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Welcome to our Kingdom!

A Missive from Their Royal Majesties of Æthelmearc:

We have Heirs!
By the time you read this Our Crown Tournament will have taken place. Through chivalrous combat strong and mighty warriors will have decided who will sit next on the Sylvan Throne. We know the Kingdom will be in
good hands far in the distant future when We retire to our estates. We are looking forward to Brawling in Kings Crossing, and choosing our A & S champs there. We plan on a fun day fighting at the Cornmaze. There
are many teaching and learning opportunities this winter. Participation in the arts is enriching on many different levels and makes the dream we love real.
Plan now to journey with Us to Gulf Wars. Join Us to bring renown for Our lands in battle and Arts. Many warriors from Æthelmearc will be participating in the Viking Deed at Gulf Wars as well. Please contact
Sir Merak if you wish to take part in the deed and he can give you information on the kit requirements.

Gareth and Juliana
Rex and Regina Æthelmearc
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From the Kingdom Seneschal, Mistress Illadore:

On 27 August 2021, Their Royal Majesties, Maynard von dem Steine and Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh, the Crown of Aethelmearc, have issued a Temporary Removal from Participation from the SCA against Amy Simeister, known in the Society as Constantina Warbler.

Hello AEthelmearc!

I know we’ve had a number of changes lately. We have another one. Corporate has informed me that the previous sign in sheet does not match their requirements. Here’s the updated information:

1. Everyone who physically attends an event/practice/gathering/etc. has to provide their name and contact information. That should go to the local Seneschal and be kept for 60 days. You only need name and contact information.

2. The attestation sheet should be a separate sheet and should go to the Kingdom Seneschal – a picture of that signed sheet should be emailed to aecovid@aethelmearc.org – or send it to the Kingdom Seneschal via regular mail, and that address can be found in the AEstel.

Basically, Corporate et al. did not like us combining the two sheets. However, this should streamline the process a bit – Covid Vax/Test Checkers can just visibly look at persons ID and proof and waive them through, and then sign the attestation form once Gate/Troll/Practice is over. The Checkers do not have to write anything else down.

I am sorry for the confusion. My deepest apologies and I greatly greatly appreciate your patience.

Illadore

PS. If you need an attestation sheet, the East Kingdom made one –
Covid Waiver

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 negativeCovid-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.”

I have had several questions about feasts in the past few weeks.
Bottomline – masks are required inside, at all times, by all participants (regardless of vaccination status) at events/practices/gatherings – if you are in an area of high or substantial transmission. As of today, that is all of AEthelmearc. Not a single county in AE is moderate or low in Covid transmission. This means people cannot eat inside, and we cannot have feasts inside. If you are having feast outside (under the stars, in an open tent, under an open shelter), that’s fine – but – be mindful as that means that unvaccinated folks (including all kids under 12) have to eat away from others (or away with their families.) My discussions with Duke Christopher in the past included how Covid-19 transmission has happened while people were eating – and that was pre-Delta, which is even more contagious than the previous strains. I have deep concerns about unvaccinated folks inside, unmasked, with other unvaccinated folks, for extended periods of time. Being together and eating for extended periods of time is pretty much the definition of a normal SCA feast. I know, I don’t like it either. I deeply want to eat with my friends.

This pandemic is terrible – but would be even worse than not having feast is my beloved AE folks catching COVID and getting sick, passing it on to others, going to the hospital, or dying. Please contact me or the Deputy Kingdom Seneschal for Pandemics (mailto:pandemic@aethelmearc.org) if you have any questions.

We still need to:

Wear masks indoors, vaccinated or unvaccinated, if you are in an area of high or substantial transmission, per the CDC. Use our own individual drinking vessels – no sharing mugs and no water jugs with tubes.

Please remember to stick to these rules. If someone is at an SCA event, practice, or gathering in Æthelmearc, they must follow these rules. If they do not or won’t, even after a polite reminder, please contact the autocrat, seneschal, or marshal in charge and they should ask the person to leave. We have had questions about feasts – we can have those now but because of the current state of COVID-19 transmission in Æthelmearc, as of this writing, all feasts would have to be outside. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact me or our amazing Deputy Kingdom Seneschal for Pandemics, Duke Christopher, at pandemic@aethelmearc.org. Please stay safe and I hope to see you soon.

Illadore de Bedegrayne
Kingdom Seneschal

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.

News From SCA.org and Around the Kingdom:

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Announcements

* 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.

* 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.

* The following Kingdom Policies have been updated. Please check the new policies on the corresponding officer’s page:
Armoured Combat (7/19) Effective 8/11/19

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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.

 

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