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Welcome to our Kingdom!

A Missive from Their Royal Majesties of Æthelmearc:

Unto the noble populace of Æthelmearc do Murdoch and Ríoghnach, King and Queen of these Sylvan lands send greetings. As We travel throughout the Kingdom, We are once again struck by the warmth, kindness, and hospitality shown by the people of Æthelmearc. We feel very fortunate and humbled to live in a Kingdom where the guiding principles of courtesy, chivalry, and honor are not only remembered, but embraced so vehemently.

One trend We are seeing and are quite happy to experience is the large number of newcomers We are seeing at events. This is a very good thing, and We would love to see this continue. This is a very unique pastime We share, and it is not for everyone so when we find ourselves in the position to introduce new folks to our shared Dream, we all benefit. Please keep this trend going!

Our travels continue throughout the Kingdom and throughout the season. We are enjoying meeting new people and reacquainting Ourselves with those We have not seen in some time. We once again want to express Our desire to continue this. The roles of King and Queen are, of course, busy ones but, We genuinely want to meet you, talk to you, listen to you. It is absolutely Our job to, to the best of Our ability, add to the medieval feel and enhance Our Dream. We are Monarchs because YOU choose to treat Us as such. We will strive to be worthy of that.

We hope you all have a good event season. We would encourage you to do (at least) one new thing. Try a new skill, sit a shift at troll, help in the kitchen. Even just introduce yourself or another to someone new…maybe even Royalty. We look forward to a glorious summer rolling into an amazing Pennsic.

In service to you and to Æthelmearc We remain,
Murdoch and Ríoghnach King and Queen of Æthelmearc

Their Majesties Æthelmearc, Andreas Morgan and Kallista, as of August 10, 2023, and the Kingdom Seneschal, Illadore de Bedegrayne, in consultation with the Society Seneschal, do hereby issue a Temporary Removal of Participation for Simon Moody known as Simon at the 50th Pennsic War. This sanction will remain in place until the Society Board of Directors has reviewed it and made a final decision.

Their Majesties Æthelmearc, Andreas Morgan and Kallista, as of August 10, 2023, and the Kingdom Seneschal, Illadore de Bedegrayne, in consultation with the Society Seneschal, do hereby issue a Temporary Removal of Participation for John Bojanowski known as Ioannes Aurelius Serpentius at the 50th Pennsic War. This sanction will remain in place until the Society Board of Directors has reviewed it and made a final decision.

Their Majesties Æthelmearc, Murdoch and Rioghnach, as of June 23, 2024,  issued a Temporary Removal from Participation for Michael Rodriguez, known in the Society for Creative Anachronisms as Michael Rodriguez. This sanction will remain in place until the Society Board of Directors has reviewed it and made a final decision on disposition.

The Second Curia Regis for Murdoch and Ríoghnach will be taking place via Zoom on August 21st at 6:30pm.

Zoom link is forthcoming.

A Missive from The Kingdom Earl Marshal with Regard to the Heat Index:

 

Greetings to the populace of the mighty Sylvan Kingdom! I Sir Ardan  Scot -Kingdom Earl Marshal send fond greetings to one and all. Many  have noticed that on numerous occasions that the heat and humidity has  spiked a great deal. I stress caution to one and all about the Heat  index and hope one and all consider instituting the same policy that  will be followed at Pennsic this year. Please see the following,

Pennsic 51 rule on heat:

“ALL  martial activity on ALL fields will cease if the heat index on ANY  field reaches 103. The heat index will be checked at least one hour  prior to every battle at the battle location. If the heat index reaches  103 prior to the battle start time, then the battle is cancelled. If the  heat index reaches 103 during the battle, then the cannon is sounded  and the battle is concluded.”

Look out for one and all. Make sure everyone Hydrates frequently and doesn’t overdo.

Your Kingdom loves you and cares about you.

This  is not a mandatory ruling, Just making sure everyone outside is as safe  as can be with the heat. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

IS,
Sir Ardan Scot
Kingdom Earl Marshal

The current edition of the Æstel is on the new portal on the Society page.

Royal Favors

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If you would like to assist with making Royal Favors for HRM Rioghnach, please check our the instructions on TRMs Website.

Padraig From the Kingdom Seneschal,
Barún Pádraig:

Greetings Æthelmearc. First, I would like to announce the second Curia Regis for Murdoch and Ríoghnach, which will be taking place via Zoom on August 21st at 6:30pm. Zoom link will be mailed to the Announce mailing list prior to the meeting. We plan for a few more tweaks to the language of the Kingdom Law as well as come to a decision pertaining to the question sent to the Orders of High Merit.

I am generally a peaceful man, which is why I am always a bit bewildered about how excited I am when Pennsic is just around the corner. Pennsic is the biggest single thing the SCA does. That it happens within our lands is a constant source of pride.

If you are attending the Pennsic War I would highly encourage you to volunteer for both the Kingdom and the war itself. As you can imagine, it takes a great amount of work to make all of the magic happen, and spending even just a few hours of your time can make a world of difference. Setting up the royal encampment, helping at hospitality, and volunteering to guard or retain for our royalty helps bring the dream alive for everyone. Likewise spending some time in any of the many places throughout the event is greatly helpful, and can be found at Volunteer Point.

And in the meanwhile, check your camping gear to make sure it is in fit condition, and as always, stay hydrated.

In Service,
Barún Pádraig Ó Branduibh

Kingdom Announcements

* Æthemearc has a 4-month variance from Society (expiring 4.June.2024) regarding the new rapier rules in the Society Rapier Handbook. More information can be found here.

* Documents needed to be posted at all SCA functions are here:
   – SCA Bullying & Harrassment Poster

* If you have any unused scroll cases in your possession, please kindly return them to the Kingdom Signet.

* There are new Event Submission and Update forms found on the Event Submission Form page.

* Information regarding the icons found in event announcements can be found in the Icon Guide.

* There is a Frequently Asked Questions page on this site. Please see if your question is listed here.

Society Announcements

NMR Increase
Effective April 1, 2024:

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) Inc. wishes to inform its participants about a change in the cost of event memberships, referred to in some places as the non-member registration, and how it will be implemented. 

Effective April 1, 2024: 

The non-member registration (NMR) for event memberships will be increased from $5 to $10 from April 1, 2024. This adjustment is necessary to support the continued growth and sustainability of our events and organization. 

Action Required: Update Event Advertising 

To ensure transparency and accurate information for our community, we request all event stewards and organizers for events occurring after March 31, 2024, to update their advertising materials promptly. Please reflect the new event membership rate (non-member registration) of $10 in all promotional content and event announcements. 

Please read the rest of the announcement here: https://www.sca.org/news/implementation-of-the-april-1-2024-increased-event-membership-rate-non-member-surcharge/ 

Membership Fee Increase Effective February 15, 2024:

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA, Inc.) is announcing an increase in membership fees and non-member registration fees for events.

This decision comes after careful consideration and extensive discussion among the Board of Directors, office staff, and Corporate officers. The effects of inflation across all sectors of operation, as well as other factors impacting the organization’s operational costs, including insurance premiums, legal expenses, and general business expenses, necessitated a comprehensive review of membership rates.

Annual membership fees have not been adjusted in over a dozen years, and non-member registration fees have not increased in over 15 years.

Please read the rest of the announcement here: https://www.sca.org/news/membership-fee-increase-effective-february-15-2024/

Kingdom E-Newsletters 

The Kingdom Newsletters portal moved locations in February 2023. Please go here to see the current newsletters

At this time, we are awaiting a link to the past newsletters. Please stay tuned for this information.

Information on Paid Membership, from SCA.org:

The Signorotti Membership Assistance Fund:

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to seriously affect our members and their families.  In response to suggestions from our community, the Society has set up a donation fund to support those participants who may find it difficult to continue their memberships. 

Information can be found on the Society Website

If you would like to donate to this fund, please visit this same link above and scroll down to the Donations information.

Join the Corporate Communications Team:

Are you passionate about making a positive impact? Do you have skills in social media management, community building, graphic design, or content creation? We’re looking for enthusiastic, passionate and skilled communicators to join our dynamic team of volunteers!

Please read the rest of the announcement here: https://www.sca.org/news/join-the-corporate-communications-team/

Help Wanted

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

 * The Kingdom Signet, Mistress Roberta McMorland, is requesting scroll blanks for Kingdom Awards. If you are able to help out, kindly let her know at signet@aethelmearc.org.

* 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 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

* Letters of Intent are being accepted for the position of Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal. Any interested gentles should send letters to youthcombatmarshal@aethelmearc.org with a CC to resume.marshal@aethelmearc.org.

*  Letters of Intent are being accepted for the position of Chancellor of the Æcademy. Any interested gentles should send letters to resume.aecademy@aethelmearc.org.

* The Kingdom Youth Officer is seeking a Deputy Youth Officer. Please send an email to resume.youth@aethelmearc.org if you are interested.

* The Kingdom Webminister is seeking a Compliance Officer. Please send an email to resume.webminister@aethelmearc.org if you are interested.

* The Kingdom Silver Buccle Herald is accepting Letters of Intent for Cornelian Herald, the Deputy Submissions Herald. Please send an email to resume.herald@aethelmearc.org if you are interested. 

* The Kingdom Silver Buccle Herald is accepting Letters of Intent for Sycamore Herald, the Deputy Herald responsible for organizing and training vocal heralds for martial tournaments throughout the Kingdom. Please send an email by May 30, 2024 to resume.herald@aethelmearc.org if you are interested.

* The Kingdom Silver Buccle Herald is accepting Letters of Intent for Region 1 Herald. Please send an email to resume.herald@aethelmearc.org if you are interested.

* The Kingdom Silver Buccle Herald is accepting Letters of Intent for Region 4 Herald. Please send an email to resume.herald@aethelmearc.org if you are interested.

* The Kingdom Social Media Officer is seeking deputies. Please send an email to resume.socialmedia@aethelmearc.org if you are interested.

* The Kingdom Social Media Officer and Silver Buccle Herald are seeking gentles to serve as part of the Æthereal Herald team. If you are interested, please fill out this form: Æthereal Herald Warrant Form. Please send an any questions to socialmedia@aethelmearc.org and herald@aethelmearc.org.

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