2019 Peerage Committee Survey – Withdrawn

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The following is a message from the Society Seneschal’s Office:

Effective immediately, the Board of Directors and the Peerage Committee is withdrawing the Peerage Survey published on December 28, 2018.

A number of issues have been identified with this survey related to privacy regulations in various countries and the collection of identifying data. It is clear that the Committee’s attempt to construct a neutral and unbiased survey has been unsuccessful. It has instead caused offense and dissension, and for this, we apologize. Please note all member information gathered will be erased.

Please note that the survey was not sponsored in any way by the East Kingdom.

The Board and Committee thanks all participants for its constructive criticism and suggestions. Should you have any further comments or feedback, please email peerage@sca.org and comments@sca.org.

If you choose to send in comments, please use the subject “Peerage Committee Feedback

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.

Polling Recommendations Due January 5th

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Their Highnesses Ozurr and Fortune have announced that they will accept polling order recommendations for their first poll through January 5th, 2019.

Recommendations for non-polling orders can be sent at any time.

As a reminder, you do not need to be a member of an order or have any special qualifications to write someone in. Their Highnesses thank you for your effort.

The link to fill out the recommendation is here.

Duchess Avelina has written in the past for us on how to write a recommendation.

Eastern Results from the September 2018 LoAR

badge HeraldEASTERN RESULTS FROM THE SEPTEMBER 2018 LoAR

The Society College of Arms 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 King 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 September 2018 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

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2019 Peerage Committee Survey

SCA shield logoOn behalf of the SCA Board of Directors, the Peerage Committee would like to solicit the opinions of all members of the Society in the following survey to gauge post-implementation views within the Society of the addition of the Order of Defense, as well as to understand the appetite for a future martial peerage or peerages for activities such as archery, thrown weapons, equestrian, and siege engines.

The last survey of this type, the SCA Census, was conducted over 10 years ago. Much has changed within the Society in the years since that survey, and the Board cannot assume the data from the Census still reflects the opinions of members, particularly following the implementation of the Order of Defense.

The purpose of this survey is to understand if and how opinions have changed since the Order of Defense was introduced as a Peerage order, as well as to understand the lessons learned during that implementation. The Board also recognizes that there has been much discussion by the membership since the implementation of the Order of Defense regarding extending recognition to other activities currently not covered by a martial skill-based peerage, including (but not limited to) archery, thrown weapons, equestrian activities, and siege engines. This survey is a prelude to any future discussion by the Board regarding additional peerage Order(s).

By completing this survey, you will help the Board to collect fresh data regarding attitudes towards existing and potential Peerage orders, and to progress the discussion of these topics. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Deadline for completion of this survey is January 28th, 2019. The Survey is now live HERE.

If you wish to re-take the survey to change your responses should your opinions change you may retake the survey but be aware that taking the survey again will negate your previous survey in its entirety. Please fill the survey out again fully.

-In Service

The Peerage Committee.

If you send comments, please use the subject line “2019 Peerage Committee Survey“.

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.

EK Curia – Birka

Greetings to all who see these words,

Their Royal Majesties Wilhelm and Vienna will hold the second session of
Their Curia
on Sunday, 27 January 2019, 10:00am
at the Market Day at Birka in the Barony of Stonemarche (Manchester NH)
https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3349

Details of the proposed changes for the Curia session will be provided
to those holding seats on the Curia via the dedicated e-list, and also
posted on the Seneschal’s web site, when they are available.

in service,
Eadgyth aet Staeningum
Clerk of Laws

Medieval Mountain Climbing: Malagentians Hike Douglas Mountain

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A group shot by the tower (L-R) – Radbod, Col. Christian Woolfe, Mercedes Gurney, Mat Wyck, Sir Ivan Ulrickson and John of Yseux.
Photo by Ivan Ulrickson

By Lord Mat Wyck

The casual event had started simply enough, one of a series of small, occasional fencing opportunities loosely organized in Malagentia to promote more bladework in fun and interesting outdoor environments.

But for the ambitious half-dozen folks who participated, the day evolved into a proving ground for a variety of period gear, testing the technology of the middle ages against a two-mile mountain hike along trails blanketed with a good 5 or 6 inches of snow. It did, to be sure, culminate with ferocious fencing in the shadow of a stone wizard’s tower atop a treacherous mountain peak.

Everyone learned a few things about their kit and themselves, and gladly share those bits of knowledge through this written dispatch. Continue reading

2018 Report on the SCA Archives Now Available

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John Fulton, President for the SCA, has announced that the 2018 Report on the SCA Archives is now available  on the SCA website.

The report can be located here. Questions or commentary regarding this report should be directed to Mr. Fulton. Please use the subject line “SCA Archives  Commentary

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.

Book Heraldry Symposium in Lion’s End

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The fighting season has ended – Eastern minds and hands turn to indoor pursuits; Repair and Replace armor bits, sew new garb, or embellish something you already own, take a class…

Students hard at work at the Book Heraldry Symposium

Photo courtesy of Baroné Francesco Gaetano Gréco d’Edessa

In Østgarðr’s Canton of Lion’s End Seahorses and neighboring Ducks of an Dubhaigeainn gathered together for a Heraldry Symposium.  The agenda was set to teach and learn about Heraldry and Heralding. Lady Lilie Dubh inghean ui Mordha, Pantheon Herald in the EK Submissions Office, and Lord Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Seahorse Pursuivant of the Crown Province of Østgarđr, and the Elmet Herald of the East Kingdom, taught a 5 hour session on the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of being a Working Book Herald, walking the class through the process of how a Device, Badge, and Name go from an Idea to Registration; what are the rules of construction for a name? How do you fill out those registration forms? Lilie and Mathghamhain accessed and projected onto a big screen the websites actually used, performed actual searches for names, and showed off the latest tips and tricks available to smooth the pathway of Conflict Checking and Documentation for both Names and Armory.

The Symposium was cozily attended by members from  Østgarđr and An Dubhaigeainn. Good questions and informative discussion were all around.  It was deemed to be a successful first meeting, with a hope for a Heraldry 102 class. That could happen in the near future, either Live or Virtually, with a tentative Focus on the use of OSCAR (Online System for Commentary and Response), what to say and how to say it.

Respectfully submitted

Sláine báen Ronán

Drake Pursuivant