IMPORTANT: Registration to Compete for King & Queen Bardic Championship

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Greetings and good fortune to all who read these words:

It’s less than a month until K&Q Bardic Champions, and we still have less than 10 people signed up to compete.

Please be aware that, in order to accommodate having K&Q A&S and Bardic Champions on the same day, we NEED to have every Bardic competitor PRE-REGISTER by February 6, 2017. You pre-register by e-mailing me your name and a statement that you wish to complete, to alys.mackyntoich@gmail.com.

Pre-registering for the event is not the same…

Mistress Alys Mackyntoich

Office of the Chancellor Minor (Youth Activities) seeking new Youth Clerk

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The Office of the Chancellor Minor (Youth Activities) is seeking a new Youth Clerk. This deputy position is described below.

The East Kingdom Youth Clerk helps handle the modern administrative burden of managing the Kingdom’s extensive youth officer background checks. Background checks are required for adults involved with the supervision of a youth activity: Chancellor Minor of an SCA group, youth officer at large, Youth Combat Marshal, Youth Rapier Marshal etc.

The duties of the Youth Clerk are to:
– Serve as the primary contact for all East Kingdom background check submissions, processing, and tracking.
– Maintain the membership rosters for all Kingdom youth programs (Chancellors Minor, Youth Combat and Youth Rapier).

The Youth Clerk does not make warranting, training, or program decisions other than to advise rostered individuals and program coordinators of warrant status. Individual youth programs remain under the full control of the various Kingdom officers entrusted with those programs. The Youth Clerk IS responsible for collecting and storing individual personal information in support of that mission.

The Youth Clerk is a deputy to the Kingdom Chancellor Minor with additional supervision and oversight from the Kingdom Youth Combat and Youth Rapier Marshals.

Qualifications:

  • Access to a secure home computer and telephone (landline or cell phone).
    Basic computer and internet literacy.
  • Basic proficiency in the use of e-mail, Google drive, Excel, Google sheets, MS Word.
  • Task and deadline oriented.
  • Able to pass the standard SCA background check to work with youth – Pennsylvania residents must also pass their state’s background check requirements.
  • Familiarity with the offices of Chancellor Minor, Youth Combat and Youth Rapier is a huge plus.

Please contact Mistress Leonete at chancellor-minor@eastkingdom.org if you are interested in the position, or if you would like more information.

Board Announces Committee Structure

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This week the Board of Directors of the SCA, Inc. released the following summary of it’s committee structure via the official announcements email list:

SCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMITTEES

The following proposal is a summary of the Board Committee structure approved by  the SCA Board of Directors on October 22,2012.

  1. The Board approves the formation of the following committees to serve at the  pleasure of the Board, with the mission of each committee to be as set forth below that committee’s name:
  • Executive Committee

Mission:  Execute day-to-day oversight of Society business between Board meetings and such other responsibilities as may be designated by the Board from time to time in its discretion.

  • Finance and Audit

Membership to include 3 representatives of membership at large

Mission:  assist the Board’s oversight of the Company’s accounting and financial reporting processes, the audit and integrity of the Company’s financial statements and the qualifications and independence of the Company’s independent auditor

  • Risk Management

Membership to include 3 members at large

Mission:  Oversee insurance, legal, and related matters.

  • Nominating and Governance

Membership to include 3 members at large

Mission:  recommend to the Board the persons to be nominated for appointment as directors; recommend to the Board the directors to be appointed to each committee of the Board; develop and recommend to the Board Society governance guidelines and policies

  • Communications

Membership to include 3 to 7 members at large

Mission:  develop and oversee advertising; public relations; publications, social media and other communications initiatives of the Society

  • Membership

Membership to include 3 members at large

Mission:  grow and sustain membership in the Society; evaluate and oversee implementation of programs and initiatives for membership support

  1. The Board also approves formation of the following ad hoc committees to serve for a specified period of time or until their mission is completed in the discretion of the Board:
  • Youth Activities

Membership to include 2 members at large

Mission:  Completion of design and implementation of YAFA programs

  • Technology

Membership to include 4 members at large

Mission: Prepare 5-year technology development plan for Society

  • Peerage

Membership to include 4 members at large

Mission: Review proposals for the creation of new peerage

  1. From time to time the Board, at its discretion, may form other ad hoc committees for special projects. The Board has the authority to dissolve or modify any committee or its membership at any time.  Committees will make recommendations to the Board and give quarterly reports, but final decision making on all issues will remain with the Board.
  1. Committees will consist of Board members, Society officers, and members-at-large to be nominated in response to a Request for Nomination (RFN) sent by the Board to each Kingdom Seneschal, describing the mission of the committee and suggested minimum qualifications for committee members. Nominations may be made by the sitting Crown with the advice and consent of the Kingdom Seneschal.  RFNs for membership of the Finance, Communications and Peerage Committees will be promulgated by the Board on or before year-end, 2016.

It was followed a short time later by an addendum, also distributed via the Announcements e-list:

Requests for nomination for the Finance, Communications and Peerage Committees have been sent to all Kingdoms (Crown and Seneschal) asking for nomination of members from the populace.

Please contact your Kingdom Seneschal if you are interested.

Requests for nomination of members for the remaining committees will be sent at the end of Q1 2017.
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

 

Pennsic Announcement from Their Highnesses

Photography by Cateline la Broderesse

Photography by Cateline la Broderesse

Greetings to the populace of the Known World from the Royal Highnesses of the kingdoms of Aethelmearc, Ealdormere, East, Middle and Northshield.

We are making a public notice of our intentions for Pennsic War as follows: The mighty kingdoms of Aethelmearc and Northshield shall meet the mighty kingdoms of Ealdormere, East and Middle in a contest of truly epic proportions.

All other kingdoms, non-aligned households and mercenary companies are politely requested to fight with the Aethelmearc-Northshield Alliance in order to ensure the sides are fair and even for all of the battles.

Our number one goal for Pennsic is for everyone to have fun and bring back a little old school Pennsic magic to the many battle scenarios we have planned. We will also be focusing on archery, the arts and sciences, and service, which will all be included in war point battles.

As an added bonus the heavy weapons woods battle will return to the previous location off Zion Church Road.

If you have left the Pennsic family, we are hoping this is the war you choose to return. Rejoin the camaraderie, spirit and fun. We promise this Pennsic will be something special and one for the ages. Come back to Pennsic.

Experimental Rapier Deputy Sought

Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Master Frasier MacLeod, Kingdom Rapier Marshal, send warmest greetings,

I am writing to you today to put out a call for my Experimental Deputy position.  Before I go any further, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Master Alesone Grey for her tireless work in that position up to this point.  This positions’ duties include coordinating with my office any experimental programs and proposals my office receives, reporting progress on a quarterly basis to my office, and assisting those running experimental programs with any questions or concerns they may have and relaying those inquiries to me.

If you are interested in applying for this office, please send your SCA resume and qualifications to my office at: kmof@eastkingdom.org

I remain, in Service,

Master Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

Announcement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer

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badge ExchequerFrom the Chancellor of the Exchequer:

The term of office for the East Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer will expire in June 2017. Applications are now being accepted for this office. The initial term for this office is two years. There is the option to request an additional two terms at one year each. Please note that I am NOT going to be requesting the last additional term.  Having served 3 years in this office, I now need to place my attention elsewhere.

Applicant letters of intent, resumes and questions are to be sent to these three addresses/offices.

Kingdom Exchequer

Kingdom Seneschal

Their Majesties

The duties and requirements of the office include:
• Managing SCA assets.
• Maintain current membership in the SCA for the duration of the time in
office.
• Serve as a member on financial councils.
• Is responsible directly to the Crown, but also reports to the Society
Exchequer.
• Will disburse funds in accordance with East Kingdom and Society
Financial Policies.
• Safeguards and maintains records of the monies of the Kingdom and
supervises the finances of the Kingdom.
• Receives monies allocated by East Kingdom Law or donated.
• Disburses the monies of the Kingdom in accordance with East Kingdom
Law.
• Makes a report of the Kingdom finances on a quarterly basis to The
Crown and Kingdom Seneschal.
• Supervises the Lesser Office of Kingdom Archivist.
• Supervises the Lesser Office of Kingdom Chamberlain.
• Supervises the Lesser Office of Kingdom Pennsic Steward.
• Is responsible for maintaining the financial records of the kingdom,
supervising the finances of the kingdom, and assembling financial
reports and submitting them to the Society Chancellor of the Exchequer
in a timely fashion.

Additional descriptions, expectations and or detailed requirements of
this office can be found in CORPORA & SCA governing documents, Society Financial Policy, EK-LAW and East Kingdom Financial Policy.

In service,

Maestra Ignacia la Ciega, East Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer

Leurs Altesses souhaitent recevoir des recommandations pour les ordres votants.

Salutations à la population de l’Est !

Nous espérons que cette nouvelle année vous trouve en santé et comble vos espérances!

La date limite pour soumettre une recommandation pour le premier scrutin d’un de nos ordres votants sera le 20 janvier 2017. Veuillez envoyer vos recommandations par le site www.eastkingdom.org.

Nous attendons d’avoir de vos nouvelles.

Avec émotion et grand enthousiasme pour le futur,
Princesse Honing et Prince Ioannes

Traduction par: Behi Kirsa Oyutai

EASTERN RESULTS FROM THE OCTOBER 2016 LoAR

The Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the October 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

 

From Laurel: Farewell Lillia

The College of Arms has a rank of Herald Extraordinary that has a long and honored history. The rank was formally created and defined in the July 1981 cover letter by Wilhelm Laurel. The intent of the rank is to recognize and reward “… those heralds who have greatly served the College of Heralds and/or the College of Arms and have achieved the highest level of competence in heraldry.”

In light of her considerable contribution to the College of Arms through her efforts as Pelican Queen of Arms, I confer upon Lillia de Vaux the rank and style of Herald Extraordinary. I charge her to register a title of her choosing with the College of Arms.

I am very grateful for Lillia’s service, and I wish her the best in her future endeavors both within the College of Arms, and without.

 

Society Pages

On December 3, 2016, Master Malcolm Bowman, new Brigantia Herald of the East, named Master Ryan Mac Whyte, retiring Brigantia, a Herald Extraordinary.

 

EAST acceptances

Angelina Foljambe. Household name House of the White Elephant and badge. Azure, an elephant and a bordure argent.

The submitter requested authenticity for English. The inn-sign Black Elephant and the pattern of White + [animal] are found in Lillywhite’s London Signs dated to the 16th century. Therefore, this household name appears to be authentic for 16th century England.

Arabella De Mere. Name.

The submitter may wish to know that the form de Mere is more likely than De Mere. The FamilySearch Historical Records database typically capitalizes prepositions and other elements, even if they were not capitalized in the primary source.

This name combines an English given name with a French byname from the Netherlands. This is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

This name does not conflict with the registered name Arabella de la Mer. A syllable has been removed and the vowel changed in Mere versus Mer. Therefore, this name is clear under PN3C1 of SENA.

Arsinoé Dragonette. Name.

Arsinoé is a French literary name.

Brandulfr Sæfinnsson. Name.

Submitted as Brandulfr Saefinnson, the name was changed in kingdom to Brand-Ulfr Sæfinnsson because Brand- and Ulfr- were documented as given names that could not be combined to form another given name. Instead, the name was modified to use Brand- as a prepended descriptive byname, so the name only had a single given name. In addition, the spelling of the patronym was modified from -son to -sson to match the documented form.

In commentary, Siren noted:

Brandulfr is a header form in Fellows Jensen; there’s a Brandulf in the Domesday Book (http://domesday.pase.ac.uk/Domesday?op=6&filterString=brandulf) and Brandlfsike is dated as a place name to the 13th-14th c. She admits that it is not impossible that it’s from a Continental Germanic name.

Therefore we can give the submitter the benefit of the doubt and register the submitted given name.

The submitter requested authenticity for a 10th century Norse name. This name does not meet this request because the given name is dated to the late 11th century from England and the byname is found in Iceland after the 10th century.

Brick James Beech. Device. Sable, on a chevron couched from dexter argent two footprints toes to dexter sable.

There is a step from period practice for the use of footprints.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for the East Kingdom’s Southern Army. (Fieldless) Five mullets of six points conjoined in cross Or.

“East Kingdom’s Southern Army” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for the East Kingdom’s Southern Army. Azure, five mullets of six points in cross Or.

“East Kingdom’s Southern Army” is a generic identifier.

Elaria Grenway. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for “late 14th cen./early 15th cen. England”. The entire name can be documented to England in the 1580s, but not in the 14th or 15th century. Therefore, this name does not meet the submitter’s request.

Gregor von Medehem. Name.

Nice late 14th century German name!

Grímólfr Skúlason. Badge. (Fieldless) A closed book argent sustaining in chief a wolf couchant sable.

Ile du Dragon Dormant, Baronnie de l’. Order name Award of the Argent Mountain.

Ile du Dragon Dormant, Baronnie de l’. Order name Award of the Gold Mountain.

Ile du Dragon Dormant, Baronnie de l’. Order name Award of the Purple Mountain.

Lorencio Matteo Espinosa. Device. Per pale azure and vert, a covered cup Or within an orle of flames proper.

Merlyn Kuster. Alternate name Eyjolfr dreki.

Muiredach Ua Dálaig. Device. Sable, a fess azure fimbriated between two talbots passant respectant and a cross formy argent.

Ogurr Aðalbrandsson. Name and device. Per pale vert and sable, a drinking horn and a sword in saltire and on a chief argent a pair of shackles sable.

We note that the form {O,}gurr, using an O-ogonek, is found in Geirr Bassi. However, under Appendix D of SENA, we can register this name as submitted instead of changing it to the attested form.

Sigrida Arnsdottir. Name and device. Per bend vert and sable, a bend embattled counter-embattled between an eagle’s head erased and a stag’s attire in annulo conjoined to itself Or.

Siobhán inghean uí Ghadhra. Name and device. Per pale vert and purpure, a unicorn argent between three harps Or.

Urr{a-}ka al-Tha`labiyya. Badge. (Fieldless) A magpie proper perched on and maintaining a rapier fesswise reversed Or.

 

EAST returns

Esa Gray. Name.

This name was pended to allow discussion of whether it presumes upon the name of 19th century botanist Asa Gray. Asa Gray is the original author and current namesake of Gray’s Manual, the standard reference on North American plants, and is considered to be the most important American botanist of his time. In addition, he collaborated with Charles Darwin, arranged for the publishing of On the Origin of Species in the United States, and wrote defenses of the highly controversial theory of evolution. Although his name is largely known only to specialists, his work “significantly shaped the course of science” in the areas of botany and genetics. Thus, Asa Gray is important enough to protect under PN4D1 of SENA.

The submitted name Esa Gray can be identical in sound to the protected Asa Gray, so we are returning this name for presumption.

Upon resubmission, we suggest the addition of a Scots or English locative byname to avoid the appearance of presumption: Esa Gray of X.

This name was pended from the May 2016 Letter of Acceptances and Returns.

Sitt al-Gharb ha-niqret Khazariyya. Badge. (Fieldless) Two winged monkeys combattant each maintaining two daggers the center daggers crossed in saltire Or.

This badge is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states “Elements must be drawn to be identifiable.” Commenters had trouble identifying the winged monkeys, probably because the daggers make the outline more confusing than the one used in her device.

 

Award Recommendations for Their Highnesses

Their Highnesses

Greetings to the populace of the East!

We hope the new year finds you all well and hopeful.

We will be accepting award recommendations for our first polling until January 20th 2017. Please send your award recommendations via the www.eastkingdom.org website.

We look forward to hearing from you.

With much love and excitement for the future,
Princess Honig and Prince Ioannes

Arts & Sciences Research Paper #16: The Double Bind: Thomas Campion and Elizabethan Women

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Our sixteenth A&S Research Paper comes to us from Lord Drake Oranwood of the Shire of Rusted Woodlands, who examines the work of the Elizabethan songwriter Thomas Campion, and uses his texts as a way to look closely at the role of women in that complex society. (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

The Double Bind: Thomas Campion and Elizabethan Women

Young Lady Aged 21, possibly Helena Snakenborg, later Marchioness of Northampton.

Young Lady Aged 21, possibly Helena Snakenborg, later Marchioness of Northampton. By English School, 16th century [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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