Last night at Æthelmearc Kingdom court, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle bestowed 30 scrolls upon worthy gentles. Among them, Mistress Cunen Beornhelm became Sir Cunen and THLady Hrefna Ulfarinnsdottir, became Mistress Hrefna.
Æthelmearc’s newest Knight, Sir Cunen Beornhelm. Photo by Mistress Arianna
Æthelmearc’s newest Pelican, Mistress Hrefna just after court. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Today, Don William Parris was made a Master of Defense. On the field, THLord Morien McBain was served a writ to contemplate his elevation to the Order of the Pelican for his work with Paladin’s Pantry. Baron Vladisla Nikulich was sent to vigil to contemplate his elevation to the Most Noble Order of the Chivalry.
Don William Parris is called into court to receive his MOD. Photo by Lady Arianna dal Vallone.
Tonight, at the Yama Kaminari Clan dinner Their Royal majesties issued a Writ of Summons for Duke Christopher Rawlins to contemplate his elevation to the Order of the Laurel for his extensive research on 14th century arming jackets. His Grace’s Elevation to occur at the Æthelmearc Kingdom party on Thursday night.
Duke Christopher Rawlins called into court to receive his Writ for Laurel. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Please join the Shire of Heronter in Celebration of the Art of Rapier. On May 1st, come join us as we celebrate the birth of a new peerage.
The site is a merely a deep lunge from Crown Tournament, so no need to miss that either. This event will take place on May 1, 2015 in the Shire of Heronter. Site opens at 3:00pm and the main hall closes at 11:00pm. This event will be held at Camp Timbercrest 11169 Moore Rd; Randolph, New York 14772
Stewards for the Event are Baroness Margerite Eisenwald (Jennifer Stendahl, 523 Winsor Street Jamestown NY 14701, 716-338-8184, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lady Thora ni Drukkard (email@example.com). Reservations will be conducted online via facebook or electronic mail.
The Shire of Heronter is well aware that there is another Kingdom event the next day and thus will not be charging a site fee for the evening’s activities. As there is no site fee (although donations gladly accepted) there is no NMS.
We will be providing a sideboard for which there is a $5.00 fee. There may also be bunks available for a cost of $5.00 a bunk, for one night only). These fees will be collected on site only.
This announcement was sent via the SCA Board of Directors’ Announcements list.
Creation of the Order of Defense
Due to the large amount of information surrounding the additional peerage for rapier and cut and thrust, the Board of Directors decided to participate in a conference call on February 2, 2015. The Board received a large amount of additional comments and suggestions in the two weeks following the January 17 quarterly meeting. This was considered in addition to the first Board call for commentary on this issue.
At the February 2, 2015 special conference call meeting of the Board of
Directors, the Board discussed the history of the APEC proposal process,
the commentary received from the membership, and the various options
available to the Board. The Order of Defense proposal was the result of
many years of effort, and while the commentary from the membership opened
the Board’s eyes to other options and possibilities, the Board decided at
this time to reconsider the proposal to change Corpora to create the Order
of Defense. During the call a motion was made and seconded to approve the
changes to Corpora, and such motion passed 6 votes for and 1 against.
Motion to approve the proposed changes to Corpora that will create the new
peerage, Order of Defense, and direct Laurel Sovereign of Arms to submit
such name and heraldry to the heraldic comment process, with the intention
of opening the Order on May 1, 2015. Voted in favor of the motion: Arthur
Donadio, Andrew Coleman, John Fulton, David Keen and Lisa May. Voted
against the motion: Lisa Czudnochowsky. Chairman Scott Berk exercised his
option to vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion passed.
Motion in the matter of the Order of Defense to waive the requirements of
Corpora Section IV.G. that the Crown consult the members of a peerage order
prior to inducting new members of that order, but only in the case of the
first three (3) members of the Order of Defense. Once there are three
members of the Order of Defense in a kingdom, the Crown must consult the
Order per Corpora prior to adding members. Voted in favor of the motion:
Arthur Donadio, Andrew Coleman, Lisa Czudnochowsky John Fulton, David Keen
and Lisa May. Opposed: none. Chairman Scott Berk exercised his option to
vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion passed.
No candidate may be inducted into the Order of Defense before May 1, 2015.
All candidates inducted into the Order of Defense on May 1, 2015, will
carry equal precedence, regardless of the time of day each such candidate
Five years ago, the enormous response in favor of a path to peerage was
specifically focused on rapier and cut and thrust combat. When and if
another martial activity engenders the response from the membership at
large that rapier and cut and thrust did, when another martial activity has
the depth, breadth and community as exists for rapier and cut and thrust,
then the Board of Directors may investigate the possibility of facilitating
a path to peerage for such martial activity.
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
Milpitas, CA 95036
As a result of the First Quarter Director’s Meeting, interest in the Additional Peerage Proposal has soared, with postings on the subject proliferating in social media venues.
The Gazette has compiled a list of useful links and deadlines so that you can access pertinent information from one page.
Comments to the Board of Directors As noted in Their Majesties’ letter, published by the Gazette this morning, the SCA Board of Directors will be having an Executive Session on February 2nd to discuss the issue. Comments from the populace are strongly encouraged, and may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the Board, they received commentary from less than 2% of the membership over the entire three year exploratory process and all requests for comments on the rapier peerage issue. The Directors do read the emails, and you do not need to be a paid member to send your comments. If you do not write, your voice will not be heard; it is that simple.
Since they have already rejected the proposal for a rapier-only peerage, that option is not on the table at this time. One of the options they are considering is an Omnibus peerage for all non-rattan martial arts – not only rapier, but also archery, thrown weapons, equestrian, siege, combat archery, etc. If you would like to send your opinions to the Board of Directors, please write to them this week, before the Feb. 2nd Executive Session, at email@example.com. ~ from Their Majesties’ letter
Unofficial Additional Peerage Survey Mistress Euriol of Lothian of Æthelmearc and Baron Antonio di Rienzo Ruspoli of Drachenwald have privately funded an unofficial survey on the additional peerage question. The survey is set to record a single response per IP address. The goal is to collect 2000 responses, which makes for a good statistical sampling. The polling results will be sent to the Board of Directors before the February 2nd Executive Session. It is their hope that people will share the link as widely as possible over the next few days. More than 500 responses have been received so far.
It should be noted that this survey should not be taken in lieu of sending private emails to the Board; indeed, the survey encourages comments and also gives the SCA email at the end.
Letter from Their Majesties Their Majesties’ letter to the Æthelmearc populace can be found here.
Letter from Their Highnesses Their Highnesses’ letter can be found here.
Official Board Announcement An official statement from the Board of Directors can be found here.
Information on the Original Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee You can find information on the original Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (APEC) and a link to the original committee report here.
Second Quarter Board Meeting The Second Quarter 2015 Board Meeting will be taking place in the Middle Kingdom on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Cincinnati – River Center 10 East Rivercenter Boulevard, Covington Kentucky, 41011. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.