Greetings AEthelmearc,

Seneshcal Video update on AE’s covid policy. Policy Video

Welcome to our Kingdom!

A Missive from Their Royal Majesties of Æthelmearc:

Unto the good and loyal gentles of Sylvan Æthelmearc do Byron and Ariella, King and Queen, send Greetings.

We are thankful to have Our Heirs, Prince Arnthor and Princess Ceirech! Please show them the same great generosity and support that you have shown Us. War! It is to be War! We call upon our Nobility and all good members of the Populace to come to the defense of the Kingdom, along with our allies of the Midrealm, and oppose the Kingdoms of the East and Atlantia. For the first time in three years, we shall have a Pennsic War. We hope to see everyone there, rekindling their joy for all aspects of the SCA. We join our voices to that of our Kingdom Marshal, Duke Timothy, and encourage you to check your equipment. Make sure that all of your gear meets the current standards for Society and Kingdom. Make sure that the padding won’t dissolve right before the marshal’s eyes. Make sure that the moths and mice have not eaten their fill of critical coverings. Make sure that there is no rust where rust should not be. We seek kind and noble members of the populace to assist Us at War by acting as guards and retainers. Even a single shift will give us a chance to get to know you better and will support the Kingdom. You can volunteer by reaching out to our reign staff (https://trm.aethelmearc.org/royal-staff/).

In Service to the Dream,
Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc

From the Kingdom Seneschal, Mistress Illadore:

AEthelmearc Covid Policy Link Covid Policy Document

Greetings from your Kingdom Seneschal!

I am delighted that we’re in the swing of being “fully open” for the first summer in two years. Events are happening and we are getting ready as a Kingdom for Pennsic. There’s a few things I want to discuss. First, kindness. It has been a tough two years and many of us have not been to events in a long time. We’re also not used to being together in large groups of people or eventing. I would just like to remind folks that everyone, literally everyone, has had a tough two years. This pandemic is continuing and everyone has been affected. Please keep that in mind when dealing with others at events and online. It’s been tough and we need to give each other some grace. Second, Æthelmearc’s Covid policies. It is almost certain they will not change prior to Pennsic. We’ve had a few bobbles with people not knowing of the policies and coming to Troll and being turned away. If you have friends and family who are coming to Pennsic, please make sure they know of our policies. In coordination with Duke Christopher and the Pennsic Mayor’s staff, I’ve made a video that we can share:
https://tinyurl.com/AEPennsicCovidVideo
I am looking forward to seeing you all soon,
Always
Illadore

Here are some announcements on Kingdom Level Events,
• Fall Crown Tourney – We are currently taking bids from all parts of the Kingdom.

Stay safe, Æthelmearc!
Illadore
Kingdom Seneschal

Illadore

New COVID Policy for Æthelmearc (as of October 4, 2021):

Greetings from Illadore.

As you have likely seen, the SCA is allowing Kingdoms to adopt their new COVID Policy. In consultation with Their Majesties and Duke Christopher (our Deputy Kingdom Seneschal for Pandemics), Æthelmearc will be adopting that policy and it will go into effect next Monday, October 4th.

We want to give the Kingdom a week to come up with their questions and get prepared. The policy requires that everyone over the age of 11 (so 12 and up) to either show their proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within the past 72 hours. The Board of Directors has also clarified that by “events”, they are using the Corpora definition. This means any event, practice, gathering, meeting or anything else we do in physical spaces is covered by this policy. (Obviously, you do not have to show your vaccine card to attend a Zoom.)

We know this is going to be a burden for some and others will choose not to attend. I understand your feelings and I sincerely hoped we would not be in this position at this time. Unfortunately, the pandemic is continuing and we still have widespread community transmission in every county in Æthelmearc. It is our assessment this policy will make those attending AE events safer for more people. We feel this is the way towards getting back to a “more normal.”

This also means our first actual “event event” that will require the policy will be the Æthelmearc October 9th Crown Tourney. There will be no exceptions to the policy for that event. Everyone who attends who is 12 and up must be vaccinated or show proof of a negative test within 72 hours of the event.

This is going to require a change in how we do a few things – first and foremost, we will have to check-in first at an event. This will likely slow down trolling in, so you may have to add time into your plans.

We know you have many questions. I will be doing more updates in the near future (including a summary of all the policy rules for Æthelmearc) and His Grace Duke Christopher and I will be holding a Zoom town hall next Tuesday.

Stay safe my friends,
Monica Gaudio
Regional Vice President, SCA Æthelmearc

Illadore de Bedegrayne
Kingdom Seneschal

Resolution to Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity in the SCA as of June 1st, 2021

On March 23, 2021, the Board of Directors passed the Resolution to Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity in the SCA as of June 1st, 2021 (North America).

Details of the Resolution and its conditions are located here: https://www.sca.org/news/resolutiontoliftsuspensionapril2021/


On March 23, 2021, the Board of Directors passed the following:

Resolution to Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity in the SCA as of June 1st, 2021  

  I.    Whereas the challenge created by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic demanded heightened safety standards which led to a suspension of in-person activity in North America by the SCA Board of Directors; 
  II.    Whereas the crisis of the Pandemic is being addressed through a combination of social policy, as well as scientific and medical advancements; 
  III.    Whereas the SCA Board of Directors continues to prioritize the health and well-being of the membership and participants of the SCA; and 
  IV.    Whereas the directed suspension of in-person events in North America expires after May 31st, 2021; now, therefore, be it 
  V.    Resolved,  that the SCA Board of Directors lifts the suspension of in-person activity in North America, effective June 1, 2021, provided adherence to the items in this resolution; 
  VI.    Resolved, that all attendees in North America must follow all province, territory, state, and local health guidelines at SCA events. In addition, at all North American SCA events: 
      A.    Masks that fully cover the mouth and nose must be worn by all attendees over the age of 4 at all times and during all activities except for eating and drinking; 
      B.    Court, bardic circles, or any activity that involves voice projection shall also require that masks be worn at all times. Sound amplification devices are highly recommended; 
      C.    No day board, water-bearing, or food of any kind shall be provided by event staff or attendees to other attendees. All attendees must provide their own food and beverages; 
      D.    While consuming food or beverages, attendees are required to remain stationary and follow social distancing rules; 
      E.    No overnight camping  shall be allowed; 
      F.    All events shall be held outdoors; 
      G.    There shall be a maximum of 150 people at any event; and 
      H.    All events shall require preregistration.  
  VII.     Resolved, that the SCA Board of Directors mandates applicable Kingdoms who have determined that it is safe to host in-person events before June 1st, 2021 or who propose any deviation from the above restrictions to request a variance from the Society Seneschal in order to hold the proposed event. The Society Seneschal shall have the authority to grant or deny these requests. These requests will be reviewed by the Board using the same review method used for variances to Corpora; 
  VIII.    Resolved, that small local gatherings including, but not limited to: guild meetings, officer meetings, and local martial activities including archery and thrown weapons shall remain at the discretion of the Crown and Kingdom Seneschal, in accordance with province, territory, state, and local health guidelines. Virtual events as alternatives continue to be a viable option; 
  IX.    Resolved, that enforcement of this resolution will be handled by the Society Seneschal and President of SCA Inc.; and, 
  X.    Resolved, that the SCA Board of Directors commends the hard-working officers, royalty, membership, and participants who have allowed the SCA to continue to flourish virtually as we lift this suspension and transition forward in a manner consistent with recommended health and safety standards.   

The President and the Society Seneschal have been given the responsibility of implementing the resumption of events within the rules above and adjusting the strictures as needed with Board approval. 

As per item (H) in the Resolution, SCA, Inc. has available the Event Module for the mandatory pre-registration process.  All kingdoms are encouraged to utilize this tool. More information will be forthcoming from the SCA Accounting Specialist, Mazelle Attiya.  If you would like to contact her about this available option, she can be reached at mazelle@sca.org.

Questions or comments should be sent directly to president@sca.org and seneschal@sca.org or your board Ombudsman.

This is our first step toward the resumption of SCA events.  Working with the corporate officers and with input from the various kingdoms, we will continue to assess the pandemic environment and make changes going forward as needed, either to add further restrictions or relax existing ones as the situation allows.

No matter what safety precautions we put in place, there is no substitute for each individual being educated about the risk to themselves and their loved ones, and making responsible choices to protect themselves and others from this virus.

We look forward to seeing many of you, in person and in garb, as we prepare to begin in-person events again.

Kingdom E-Newsletters Available to All – December 1, 2020

During the October 2020 meeting, the Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of the removal of the “paid members only” barrier from the sca.org e-newsletter online portal. 

As of December 1, 2020, the paywall will be removed from newsletters, inter-kingdom directory and Board Minutes. This will give all participants and groups the opportunity to explore the rich and abundant history of the SCA. We are hoping these documents can be used as historical references and tools to help us grow the SCA community.

Subscribers to the paper copies of Kingdom newsletters will not be affected by this change.  Your paper subscriptions will continue to be mailed to you in a timely manner.

Newsletters can be found by clicking on this link: https://members.sca.org/apps/#Newsletters

Information on Paid Membership, from SCA.org:

Update on SCA Membership Status Effective July 1, 2020:

We are sorry to have to report that as of July 1, 2020, we will no longer be able to leave expired memberships open as if they were current memberships. The corporation has reached a point where it needs to resume normal financial processes. Read the full notice here.

Gifting a Membership:

There has been an extremely generous response from our members, wanting to gift memberships to people in need.

If you would like to gift a membership for a specific individual, please download and follow these instructions.

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* Vivant to the following people being named to Kingdom Positions:

Master Jonathan Blaecstan – Sylvan Signet

* There are new Authorization Forms found on the Authorizations Clerk page.

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Help Wanted

Please check out all open volunteer opportunities on our Help Wanted page.

* Position Needed College of Heralds Exchequer. If you are interested in serving the College in this manner, please reach out to me. If you have any questions about the job you can contact myself or the current Exchequer Baron Edward.

* Call for Letters for Kingdom Minister of Arts & Sciences. Copies of your Letter should be sent to Their Royal Majesties at king@aethelmearc.org & queen@aethelmearc.org, to our Kingdom Seneschal at seneschal@aethelmearc.org and to us at ans@aethelmearc.org. To be considered, the Letters should be in our email boxes by November 1st, 2021. For any questions, please feel free to contact us through ans@aethelmearc.org.

* Letters of intent are being accept for the position of Kingdom Minister of the List. Position will change at Kingdom 12th night. If you are interested, please forward your letter of intent as well as your resume to the following: Their Majesties Gareth and Juliana at king@aethelmearc.org and queen@aethelmearc.org; the Seneschal Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne at seneschal@aethelmearc.org; the Kingdom Earl Marshal Master Morien MacBain at marshal@aethelmearc.org and myself at mol@aethelmearc.org.

* Letters of intent are being accept for the position of Kingdom Rapier Marshal. Deadline is December 2021. Please send letters of interest, with your SCA resume, to Their Majesties,  Morein, and resume.rapiermarshal@aethelmearc.org

* Letters of intent are being accepted for the position of Kingdom Exchequer. Any interested gentles should send letters to resume.exchequer@aethelmearc.org as soon as possible.

The Kingdom Signets, Mistress Antoinette de la Croix and THL Shirin of Susa, are requesting scroll blanks for Kingdom Awards. If you are able to help out, kindly let them know at signet@aethelmearc.org.

* Letters of Intent are being accepted for the position of Chancellor Minor. Any interested gentles should send letters to resume.youth@aethelmearc.org as soon as possible.

* Letters of Intent are being accepted for the position of Regional Deputy Exchequer. Any interested gentles should send letters to resume.exchequer@aethelmearc.org as soon as possible.

* Letters of Intent are being accepted for the position of Pennsic Chamberlain. Any interested gentles should send letters to resume.exchequer@aethelmearc.org as soon as possible.

* Letters of Intent are being accepted for the position of College of heralds Paypal Deputy. Any interested gentles should send letters to resume.exchequer@aethelmearc.org

* Letters of Intent are being accepted for the position of Branch Reports Deputy. Any interested gentles should send letters to resume.exchequer@aethelmearc.org

 

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