Corporate Call for Comments on Chirurgeonate Closure Proposal

February 25th, 2015 by seneschal

The following announcement was posted yesterday evening, 24 February. Please note that the deadline for commentary is 1 July, 2015, and the Board really does read the commentary, so if you have opinions on this, I highly recommend that you share them.

Currently open for commentary is a proposal for the closure of the office of the chirurgeonate. The language for this proposal can be found below. The Board of Directors recognizes that this topic is controversial and would like to emphasize that commentary is being accepted until July 1, 2015, and would strongly recommend that all members forward their opinions for consideration.

Over the last number of years, issues have been brought to the attention of the Board and Society Officers regarding the chirurgeonate as it is currently organized. These issues included numerous disputes between chirurgeons regarding availability of over-the-counter medications, interactions between chirurgeons and contracted EMS personnel at large events, interactions between event participants and chirurgeons, and differences between first aid provider credentials available in different states, provinces and countries. The frequency of issues and the potential for liability to the SCA as an organization prompted the President to ask the SCA’s insurance carrier to clarify whether the duties of the Society Chirurgeon, as described in Corpora, are covered by the SCA’s policy.

In addition, a request for opinion was made to outside counsel to consider whether the risk of not having an office of the chirurgeonate created more liability for the SCA than keeping the existing office of the chirurgeonate. The response from the insurance carrier was that the duties of the Society Chirurgeon, as defined in Corpora, were not covered under the insurance policy, and there was not an available option for coverage of those duties. The response from outside counsel was that there is more liability to the SCA if the SCA has an office of the chirurgeonate.

The Board requested that a committee of current chirurgeons from across multiple North American kingdoms consider options: revising the existing office; evaluating insurance options specific to that office; eliminating that office. Given the recommendations from that committee, the following Corpora changes are proposed.

There is no intention to release the heraldry currently associated with the functions of volunteer first aiders participating in the SCA, nor to prohibit any individual from volunteering as a volunteer first aider. This proposal is driven by issues from the North American branches of the SCA. Non-North American SCA affiliates will need to determine their own needs regarding regulation of provision of first aid.

Table of Contents

Current text:

VI. H. Society Chirurgeon

Proposed change:

Delete H. Society Chirurgeon
Re-letter I. Webminister to H.
Re-letter J. Reservations to the Board to I.

Current text:

VII. H. The Chirurgeon

Proposed change:

Delete H. The Chirurgeon
Re-letter items I through M to H through L.

Corpora

VI. D. Marshal of the Society

Current text:

The Marshal of the Society is responsible for activities related to combat, archery and equestrian activities. This includes directing the Earls Marshal of the Kingdoms in matters concerning the supervision of combat and related activities at Society events and the manner and conduct of duties of all marshals throughout the Society; working with the Society Chirurgeon to promote safety in the Society’s martial arts; and working with the Minister of Arts and Sciences to encourage research in armor and weapons. The Board specifically authorizes the Marshal to make interpretations and clarifications regarding the Rules of the Lists, with the proviso that such rulings must be reported to the Board at the following meeting. The Marshal’s rulings will stand until and unless overruled by the Board.

Proposed text:

The Marshal of the Society is responsible for activities related to combat, archery and equestrian activities. This includes directing the Earls Marshal of the Kingdoms in matters concerning the supervision of combat and related activities at Society events and the manner and conduct of duties of all marshals throughout the Society; working to promote safety in the Society’s martial arts; and working with the Minister of Arts and Sciences to encourage research in armor and weapons. The Board specifically authorizes the Marshal to make interpretations and clarifications regarding the Rules of the Lists, with the proviso that such rulings must be reported to the Board at the following meeting. The Marshal’s rulings will stand until and unless overruled by the Board.

VI. H. The Chirurgeon

Current text:

The Society Chirurgeon is responsible for organizing a program of volunteer first aid services and health-and safety hazard warnings to be made available whenever feasible at Society events, and for establishing policies for and coordinating the activities of the Kingdom Chirurgeons.

Proposed text:

Delete VI. H.
Re-letter I and J to H and I.

VII. KINGDOM, PRINCIPALITY, AND LOCAL OFFICERS

A. General

Current text:

1. Officers assist Royalty in the administration of the lands and branches of the realm. Each officer has a specific area of specialization, and a defined geographic scope. Within those bounds, an officer coordinates branch activities, and may supervise deputies or lesser officers.

2. Kingdom Great Officers are responsible directly to the Crown, but also report to a corresponding Society officer if such a Society officer exists. Each Kingdom’s Great Officer corps must include the Seneschal, the Principal Herald, the Earl Marshal, the Minister of Arts and Sciences, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chronicler, and the Chirurgeon. No person may hold more than one of these Great offices at a time. The Crown may create additional Great Offices. Kingdom Lesser Officers and deputies are created by the Crown according to the needs of the kingdom. These officers may be supervised directly by the Crown, or be placed under the jurisdiction of a Greater Officer, and report accordingly. However, Great Officers retain ultimate responsibility for delegated functions.

Proposed text:

1. Officers assist Royalty in the administration of the lands and branches of the realm. Each officer has a specific area of specialization, and a defined geographic scope. Within those bounds, an officer coordinates branch activities, and may supervise deputies or lesser officers.

2. Kingdom Great Officers are not only responsible directly to the Crown, but also report to a corresponding Society officer if such a Society officer exists. Each Kingdom’s Great Officer corps must include the Seneschal, the Principal Herald, the Earl Marshal, the Minister of Arts and Sciences, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Chronicler. No person may hold more than one of these Great offices at a time. The Crown may create additional Great Offices. Kingdom Lesser Officers and deputies are created by the Crown according to the needs of the kingdom. These officers may be supervised directly by the Crown, or be placed under the jurisdiction of a Greater Officer and report accordingly. However, Great Officers retain ultimate responsibility for delegated functions

Current text:

VII. H. The Chirurgeon

The Chirurgeon administers the organization that is responsible for voluntary first aid at Society events, including assisting participants in tournament combat, notifying attendees of health and safety concerns, and such other related activities as kingdom law and custom may entail.

Proposed text:

Delete VII. H.
Re-letter I through M to H through L.

WARRANT TO APPOINTMENT OF OFFICE

Current text:

[ ] Chirurgeon
Proposed text:
Delete [ ] Chirurgeon

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036
You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Order of Defence

February 5th, 2015 by seneschal
We have more big changes on the cusp of our fiftieth year. The Board of Directors, in a conference call February 2, approved proposed changes to Corpora to create a new peerage: the Order of Defense. They further directed Laurel Sovereign of Arms to submit such name and heraldry to the heraldic comment process.
The Board waived 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 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.
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 was inducted.
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:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036
You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

Celebrations

January 18th, 2015 by seneschal

Our festivities for 50YC will be unmatched: the SCA new year will be marked by the first Crown Tournament of the Kingdom of Avacal!

Yesterday the Board approved the excellently-crafted bid package presented by Viscount Kirk Einarsson, Principality Seneschal, who was present for the historic meeting, and spoke eloquently for Avacal’s advancement.

This is a joyful moment for Avacal, and An Tir!

Why your branch officers need standard email addresses

November 29th, 2014 by seneschal

Those of you who have written the Kingdom Seneschal from the An Tir Web site know that the address that you receive a response from is not usually the one to whom you have written. Why is that? Of course, our Kingdom has used email aliases for a number of years, both to give our officers some professional chops and to protect them from spam harvesters.

Several years ago, the Kingdom Seneschal email alias started routing to a Gmail address.  Email sent to this address provides an essential historical record for successive Seneschals; also, with new features that Google has added in the interim, the account now allows for document storage, Google Hangouts, a permanent contacts database and all the other nifty Google+ features that help us communicate with one another.

What’s more, a new Gmail feature called email delegation can allow deputy officers to read and respond to email — a great service to your populace and a great way to ease the burden of office. How does it work? Say you grant your deputy seneschal access to xyzbranch-seneschal@gmail.com. When your deputy sends a message from xyzbranch-seneschal@gmail.com while signed in as somebody@anywhere.com, it will appear to the reader as having been sent by somebody@anywhere.com on behalf of xyzbranch-seneschal@gmail.com, so there’s never any doubt as to who has replied.

One of the great challenges we have is finding an easy way to transfer knowledge from one officer to the next, as well as keeping our own history intact. Creating a permanent Gmail  (or other online email service) address that officers can hand over along with other records can be an invaluable way to keep your branch’s history intact, as well as smoothly transitioning from one officer to the next.

For more information on using delegation, click here.

12th Night

November 19th, 2014 by seneschal

…is just 50 days away! In addition to preparing your finest court clothing, if your branch has not submitted a Crown-level event bid in several years, it is time to do so now! Event bids are presented, discussed, and awarded during the Curia meetings at all Crown events.

How does one find out which event need a host? Check out the Kingdom Calendar and search for Branch TBA, then pick up your quill and start writing your bid! Need help? Our Events Deputy is a font of knowledge: eventinfo [at] antir.sca.org