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Welcome to our Kingdom!

A Missive from Their Royal Majesties of Æthelmearc:

Unto the fair Kingdom of Æthelmearc, greetings from Murdoch and Ríoghnach, King and Queen of these Sylvan Lands.

We hope this message finds you well. If you are attending Pennsic, We hope your preparations are going smoothly. It looks like it is going to be a hot one this year and it is Our sincere wish that you all look after yourselves and others to avoid any heat related issues that could arise.

Please try to stay as cool as you can, seek shade, stay hydrated, and encourage others to do the same. Please feel free and encouraged to stop by Our Royal Encampment to enjoy Æthelmearc’s hospitality. Check the schedule to keep up with daily activities. Come to a Bardic circle.

Attend the Kingdom Party! We will have daily office hours if there is any business or conversations you need to have with Us. Do not forget to see Her Majesty to receive the Queen’s favor.

With all the various activities available at War, please remember that it all runs on volunteer power! If you are able and willing, please consider putting in some volunteer time. There are many areas and activities that could use a hand.

If you are not attending Pennsic this year, not to worry. There are plenty of events and activities, practices, and meetings to fill up your dance card. And as always, be it at Pennsic or wherever you see Us, please feel welcome and encouraged to approach and say hello. We remain in awe
of the people of the Kingdom and are proud to be Your Sovereigns.

In Service to you all and the Dream, Murdoch and Ríoghnach

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.

The Events Calendar is swiftly filling up for the autumn, including the usual set of Kingdom events such as Coronation and Crown Tourney. I am looking forward to attending as many events as I can. It always does my heart well to visit the various local groups in our kingdom following the War to see that people are doing well and living harmoniously.

There has been much talk recently about an action by the Board on various social media outlets. People are allowed to discuss things, of course, but I would like to point out a couple things. First, from what I have gathered nobody online has the entire story and reasoning behind the Board’s action, and there is a lot of speculation, most of which misses the mark.

The lack of transparency involved in the sanction system exists for several very good reasons: to protect the people involved, and to protect the organization. So please keep that in mind, and as always pay heed to the official announcements and Board meeting minutes on the SCA.org website as that is indeed the best source of information as to what has been going on.

And along those lines, some time ago Countess Caryl told me that she reads Corpora every year. It took that advice to heart, and every year since I have read through the Society’s Governing Documents and Æthelmearc Kingdom Law (both available online). Being familiar with what the rules actually are greatly helps understand both how we do things, and why we do things. I highly encourage everyone to do the same.

And once again, I would like to remind everyone that we have the second Curia Regis for Murdoch and Ríoghnach scheduled for August 21st at 6:30 pm. Zoom information will be forthcoming closer to the meeting via the Email lists and social media outlets.

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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