Welcome to our Kingdom!

A Missive from Their Royal Majesties of Æthelmearc:

Unto the good and loyal Gentles of Sylvan Æthelmearc do, Arnthor and Ceirech, Rex et Regina, send warm Greetings.

A few weeks ago, We were privileged to witness a Crown Tournament in the Barony of Endless Hills that was well fought with honor and chivalry, and we have since been overjoyed to have Our Heirs, Prince Andreas and Princess Kallista! Please welcome them as you have welcomed Us.

It was Our pleasure to attend the Kingdom A&S Championships on October 22nd. We saw many entries in person and virtually. We were amazed by the depth of knowledge that the artisans shared with us about their craft. Congratulations to our Kingdom Champion THL Fede di Fiore, our new Kingdom Youth A&S Champion John Robert, and the populace’s choice Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson. We just returned from a joyous weekend at Corn Maze held by the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais. Our hearts were gladdened to see so many people from all over Our lands gathered to take part in this unique event. The weather was unseasonably warm and made for a perfect day for fencing, heavy fighting, and doing a little shopping at the merchant’s area. Our plan is to attend Gulf Wars. During a recent conversation Their Royal Majesties Axel and Jacquette of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann shared with Us that they know the journey is long, but they wish to extend an invitation to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc so that they can return the hospitality so freely given to them during Pennsic. They also conveyed that they look forward to seeing many happy faces and sharing a toast around the fire. Come enjoy the adventure with Us! We would love to see you there. Our upcoming events include Æthelmearc Holiday Shoot (December 10th) and Rhyderrich Hael Baronial Investiture (December 17th). At the start of the New Year, we plan to attend the Sylvan Glen Twelfth Night Celebration on January 7th and the Twelfth Night Celebration on January 14th. Our schedule may/will change as events are added to the calendar. We know this has been a trying time as Our kingdom finds its footing post-pandemic. The warmer months brought many of us back together and gave us hope, but now we head back into our most challenging season again. There is a need to work together so we can have everyone enjoying events, while also protecting those with compromised health. There is a way to do this without everyone wearing masks and we are currently working on resolving this issue. We are aware of the petition to remove the mask mandate. Whether or not the mandate is upheld or removed does not matter at this point to how We plan to go forward. You are Our populace, and we listen to all of you and care about all of you, no matter where you stand on this issue. We want to make events, practices, A&S nights, choral practice, and so forth safer, but also enjoyable for all. As a kingdom we can lead the way in working together and finding solutions that everyone can live with and stay healthy too, and we hope that you will join us in doing exactly that.

We will soon be providing N95 masks at events for those who would like to wear a mask and for those that do not want to, we are working on filtration systems that are shown in the research to keep Covid, among other viruses, from easily spreading. These filtration systems are rather simple to put together as well as affordable and Our Kingdom will be paying for them. From Their Majesties Arnthor Inn Sterki & Ceirech Na Hinnsi The Æstel December 2022 Anno Societatis LVII 7 We have a society of wonderful, good-hearted people that care about one another, and often refer to each other as chosen family. We can move beyond our challenges together by being considerate of one another. As We enter the Winter months it is Our desire that we can all come together to celebrate what makes Our Kingdom the welcoming and shining Kingdom that it is. We have all worked so hard to build a community where we are all valued and respected – and We so much look forward to spending more time with all of you in the coming months.

In Service to the Dream,
HRM Arnthor and Ceirech

From the Kingdom Seneschal, Mistress Illadore:

As many of you know, the Board of Directors has granted AEthelmearc a variance for requiring masks at indoor events, when Covid-19 transmission is high. However, as discussed at Curia, we are looking at ways to minimize masks being required, such as the use of high grade filters. We also have a budget for N95 (and equivalent) masks for upcoming events. If you are having an event and want to discuss it, please let me know. Hope all is well and you enjoy your holiday season,

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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