07 Mar 2013 Leave a Comment
Joyful Greetings are sent this day unto the Populace of Noble Artemisia.
Tourney style has been decided upon for the upcoming Artemisian Crown List: Weapon of Choice. Letters of Intent are due by the 23rd March, 2013, two weeks before the Event. Please include membership numbers and copies of all applicable cards for both the fighter and consort with your letters. Order of Precedence listings would be appreciated. Letters should be received by TRM, the Kingdom Seneschal and myself on or before the due date.
Yours in Service,
Dame Meraud des Belles Feuilles, OP
List Minister, Kingdom of Artemisia
27 Feb 2013 Leave a Comment
Judging guidelines have been added to the Kingdom Site. Look in the Library or on the Arts and Sciences page under Judging.
14 Feb 2013 Leave a Comment
From the Society Seneschals Page:
“In early 2012, the SCA settled a lawsuit brought in 2009 against it and three local
SCA officers. At this time last year, the SCA asked each of the Kingdoms of the
Knowne World to contribute to the financial settlement of that 2009 lawsuit. At that
time, the Board of Directors committed to pursuing a lawsuit against an insurance
carrier that refused to contribute to the settlement and sought repayment of the
amounts contributed by the SCA’s kingdoms.
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the lawsuit against the insurance
carrier has been settled and the SCA has recouped a significant portion of the
monies spent on the settlement of the 2009 lawsuit. Due to confidentiality
provisions in the settlement agreement with the insurance carrier, the Board is
unable to provide any details of the settlement with the insurance carrier. However,
as of February 11, 2013, the corporate office will send checks to each of the
Kingdoms who contributed to the settlement of the 2009 lawsuit, reimbursing each
Kingdom approximately two-thirds of the contributions made by such Kingdom.
The Board would like to extend its heart-felt gratitude to each and every one of its
members for their support of the corporation during these trying times. We now look
forward to building on the strengths of our Society to ensure our organization’s
Their Royal Majesties Timmur and Saige are so happy to be able to share this
wonderful news with you and to know that Our kingdom has drawn together to support
Our society during these struggles. We are extremely grateful to every member of the
Kingdom of Artemisia who helped provide the funds that were contributed toward the
financial settlement last year. We are especially grateful to those Baronies, Shires
and Households who held fundraisers to help strengthen Our coffers once the check
was sent. Although the exact amount is not yet known that We have to work with, Our
intention is to reimburse those Shires and Baronies approximately two-thirds of the
amount contributed. Those groups also have the option to leave the funds with the
Kingdom to help with the start-up costs for the Talon-Crescent War if they so
choose. We appreciate all you do to support one another and to continue living the
Timmur and Saige
10 Dec 2012 Leave a Comment
Solstice marks the end of the year for courtly business (I.E. no more awards
in 2012). I would like to have all court reports from 2012 added to the
OP before I send it up to be added to the website. If you have court
reports from 2012 (either at the Baronial or Kingdom Level) that you have
not sent me, please do so this week! IF you are not sure if you sent me
a report, send it again. There is no such thing as over reporting for
this office IMO.
If you are a local herald, and want to check your local records vs what I have for the entire Kingdom, send me an e-mail and I will be happy to work with you to make sure we have the information mirrored on all levels.
If you have looked at your personal records on the OP recently (http://www.artemisia.sca.org/
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the OP, please let me know.
06 Dec 2012 Leave a Comment
The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. would collectively like to thank everyone who took the time to write to us regarding the proposed changes to Corpora that would provide Crowns the option to allow same-sex couples to compete in Crown/Coronet Lists. This topic is clearly one that people feel very strongly about, as the opportunity to fight or be fought for in the Lists is at the heart of our Society.
To gain a more quantitative understanding of the issue the Board tasked the 2010 SCA Census Committee with surveying the populace on this topic. The SCA census results were divided almost evenly between those that did not want such changes, those that did want such changes, and those that had not given an opinion either way. As further background to the issue, one Kingdom had formally requested a variance to Corpora for a specific Coronet List, and the Board is of course aware of the broader social and political trends wherein the topic of same-sex marriage has not only been on ballots in multiple US states in recent years, but has also been addressed as a human rights issue in several non-US countries. The Board felt that requesting additional commentary would provide a deeper set of information from the membership, such as specific concerns people had, alternate wording options, and a better sense of what this proposed change or the retention of the current restriction would mean to people in our organization.
The individual members of the Board come from varied backgrounds and experiences within the SCA – so as to provide broad representation at that level of the organization. Directors are fundamentally just seven members of our Society, each with our own strongly held opinions on this topic (and many others), just like every other member of our Society – though we are tasked with an obligation to make decisions in the best interest of the organization as a whole. The topic of same-sex consorts, and the implications and needs of both today’s and tomorrow’s Society have been discussed in-depth at every quarterly meeting and many conference calls in the last months. As with any potential change to Corpora, changes only happen after the opinions of the membership have been requested and fully reviewed, and the change is approved by a majority (at least 5 out of 7) vote of the Board.
Two variants of proposed wording changes to provide the option to Crowns to allow same-sex couples to compete in Crown/Coronet Lists were sent out to the membership for commentary, the second commentary period ending Dec. 1, 2012. An additional proposed change to restrict each member of an entering couple to be either fighter or consort is still out for commentary until March 1st, 2013.
At the Dec 4th, 2012 conference call, the following Board action was taken:
Motion by Tim Jennings to approve the following change to Corpora IV.B.1, effective immediately:
Each competitor in a Royal List must be fighting for a prospective consort of the opposite sex unless the Crown has elected to permit a competitor to fight for a prospective consort of the same sex.
Seconded by Lisa May. In favor: Mark Faulcon, John Fulton, Denise Hundley, Tim Jennings, Lisa May, Max Nelson. Opposed: None. Chairman Leslie Vaughn exercised her option to vote and did so in favor of the motion. Motion carried.
Crowns now have the ability to accept entrance into their Lists by any and all pairs acceptable to the Crown. As the saying goes, “With great power comes great responsibility.” With this change, the Board places its trust in the Crowns, both current and future, to use this tool in a manner that best meets not only the wants and the needs of Their kingdoms and populace, but the Society as a whole.
Yours in Service,
The Board of Directors