Thursday, 10 December 2015

Youth Activities on Hold in Ealdormere

[The following was posted to the Ealdormere webpage today;]

To the Good People of Ealdormere,

I received the following email (see below) from the Society Seneschal Master Antonio Giordano da Sicilia. The process for Canadians to complete a background check to ensure the safety of the children in the SCA is a very complicated and ongoing issue. To be clear, everyone agrees that the need for a background check to be completed is a valid and necessary measure. The issue revolves around using IntelliCorp, a US-based company, to conduct the background checks. IntelliCorp requires our Social Insurance Number be provided to them to complete a background check. Both Avacal and Ealdormere have been very clear in communicating to the Board of Directors that providing our Social Insurance Numbers across an international border is unacceptable and that most Canadians would be justifiably unwilling to do so.

 The Seneschals of Avacal and Ealdormere have been told to submit an RCMP Vulnerable Sector background check to SCA Inc. We have been told that this is a provisional means of background checking the Kingdom Seneschals in Avacal and Ealdormere. I am complying with this request. Once another corporate background check for Canada has been selected that process will supersede this one.

At this time, it has been determined that there may be no youth activities (any activity provided specifically just for youth) or youth combat within the Kingdom unless the youth officer or youth combat marshal has a valid corporate background check. Given the circumstances surrounding completing background checks no one in our Kingdom has a valid check completed. Please ensure that we are complying with the Society Seneschal’s directive on this matter.

It is my hope that the Board of Directors works quickly to establish a new process, but at this time I have been provided no additional information or timelines.

Jocea
Duchess Jocea Valente
Seneschal, Ealdormere
ealdormere.kseneschal@gmail.com


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: A.J. Pongratz, Esq. <dragonslair88@yahoo.com>
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Date: Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 9:10 PM
Subject: A Variance for Background Checks for Kingdom Seneschals.
To: "ealdormere.kseneschal@gmail.com" <ealdormere.kseneschal@gmail.com>
Cc: "Dr. Scott Berk" <sberk@director.sca.org>, President <president@sca.org>, Renee Signorotti <renee@sca.org>, Arthur Donadio <adonadio@director.sca.org>


 The Board has granted a variance as to the Seneschals of Avacal and Ealdomere in terms of corporate background checks; as such, the Kingdom Seneschals of Avacal and Ealdomere, until otherwise determined by the Board, must submit an RCMP Vulnerable Sector background check to the Corporate Office in Milpitas California.  As the RCMP check cannot be sent outside of Canada, i.e. to Milpitas California directly, please obtain the background check and have it sent directly to your residence.  You will then forward the results of this background check in the original sealed envelope to:

Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
c/o Renee Signporotti, Corporate Vice President
P.O. Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

This is a provisional means of background checking Kingdom Seneschals in Avacal and Ealdomere; once another corporate background check for Canada has been selected, that process will supersede this provisional form of background check.

As for Youth Officers and Youth Combat Marshals, the present IntelliCorp background check that is currently in place shall continue to be utilized pursuant to the Seneschal's Handbook as noted below. [Emphasis added.]  If there is no youth officer or youth combat marshal with a valid corporate background check, there may be no youth activities or youth combat within the Kingdom.  The Board of Directors and the Society's Officer's are charged to protect the SCA, Inc. as fiduciaries; as such, the Board of Directors and I are duty bound to protect the corporation by ensuring that all reasonable safeguards are maintained in terms of protecting the children of the SCA and the SCA's civil liability.

Best regards,

A.J. Pongratz
Vice President of Operations, SCA Inc.
Society Seneschal

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