Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Family Members can now Access eNewsletters

The following announcement was sent this morning via the SCA Announcements elist:

The Board of Directors is pleased to invite all current Family members to access the SCA electronic newsletter site. To log in, please go to:

User Name - membership number
Password - start

If you experience any difficulties, please contact membership@sca.org, and include your legal name & membership number in the message.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Trillium Exchange Accepting Sign-ups

THL Marie l'Englois tells us about the next round of the Trillium Exschange, which is accepting sign-ups now!

Trillium Exchange starting soon!

What is the Trillium exchange? It's like a "secret santa" swap for Ealdormerean artisans. At the start of a new exchange, each participant fills out an online questionnaire about their activities, interests, and preferences, and is then assigned a recipient for whom they will craft something in the SCA art form of their choice. Each participant will also be assigned to a different participant as that person's recipient.

The survey for the next round is online now, and can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QGXJLLL

The first 30 people to fill out the survey will get into the exchange. The link will stop working after 30 responses. At that point the admins will match artisans with recipients, and crafting can begin!

The end date for this next exchange will be July 2nd, 2016. People can either mail their items to arrive before that date, or for those attending Trillies we will be setting up a time for an in-person exchange at Trillies as well. There will be three intermediate check-in points during the exchange, dropping out after the second checkin is not permitted. For everyone to receive a shiny, everyone must make a shiny! Materials cost for the item created is capped at $25, though use of “stash” materials is exempt and does not count towards costs.

You don't have to be an expert in your craft to participate. There are frequently laurels and absolute beginners participating side by side in the same exchange, along with every level of expertise in between. You can use an existing craft, or learn a new one, it's totally up to you!

For more information, check out the Trillium Exchange page on the Ealdormere wiki (http://ealdormerewiki.gyges.org/wiki/doku.php?id=activities:arts_sciences:trillium_exchange) or join the Trillium Exchange FB group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/142642069270903/). Or, you could just take a deep breath and sign up. :)

Full rules for the exchange are posted in the FB group, and are also included in the survey questionnaire.

Monday, 14 December 2015

January Newsletters Available

The Membership Staff have announced that the January 2016 Kingdom Newsletters are now available to all current Sustaining and International members.

To visit the enewsletter site, please go to http://enewsletter.sca.org to access the newsletters. Your Membership Number is your User ID and unless you have changed it, the password is the word start. 

If you have any questions or difficulties, you should contact Member Services at (800) 789-7486 or membership@sca.org

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.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Last Call for Merchants at SCA 50 Year

Time’s running out if you want to be a merchant at the SCA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration.
Applications must be mailed, and must be POSTMARKED no later than December 15, 2015.
Please follow the directions included in the application packet. The Merchant Coordinator’s address is included on the last page of the application.
This link will take you directly to the Merchant information page: http://www.sca50year.org/merchant.html
The first link on the page is a downloadable PDF that contains all the specifics for interested merchants, PLUS the merchant application.
Questions? Email the Merchant Coordinator: Merchants@sca50year.org

[Originally posted in the Midrealm Gazette]

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Daytripping: Embracing the New

Someone let Graham Day behind the keyboard again. Won't somebody please think of the children? Actually, that's kind of what he's writing about today - Baby Scadians, those new to the kingdom, and what we can to do help them find their place among the good gentles of Ealdormere.  

Let me start by acknowledging a simple truth: We’re all geeks. All of us. You. Me. That guy over there. The woman standing to his left. All of us. We’re all geeks about something, and that’s not a bad thing. Being a geek just means there’s something that you’re into to the extent that you’ll gleefully rabbit on about it, unashamed, with wanton abandon. Some people are sports geeks, some people are book geeks, almost everyone in the SCA is on some level a history geek, or in the very least a camping geek.

Being a geek is a good thing.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Royal Awards from Wassail

Honors given by Quilliam and Domhnail, at Wassail, December 5, 2015, A.S. L

Award of Arms
Rua Lupa
Athelberht

Wain
Adnar Dionadair

Thorbjorn's Hammer
Tristham Ovinra I Groffa