Greeting to the people of Ealdormere from Rylyn Buchanan, Trillium Herald.
I am overjoyed and proud to announce that we have a draft copy of the new Order of Precedence! It’s taken way too long but after almost 2500 people and over 8000 other entries we are finally at a point where we can enter the second phase of proofreading, and that means I need some help from you.
All of this new data was entered by human beings and they make mistakes. We’ve done an initial audit of the data but even if we were perfect, I know that we are still missing awards, especially Baronial awards
So, PLEASE go check your entry of the new OP, check your friend’s data, check the data for the person that got an award that you remember, heck check your enemies data!
There are a couple of features of the new OP that I’d like to bring to your attention. First is that we now have the capacity to record the date people move or die. This, however, means we are missing many of those dates or even if they get recorded at all. Second, is the alternate titles. We’re slowly adding the list of approved alternative titles, so if you would like that recorded, please let us know.
Profound thanks go to the techno mages; Brand, Matthaus, Gwendolyn, Lucia, and Lars. And to the incredible audit team; Isabella, Gregor, Caoilfhionn, Nicola, and Dietrich. We seriously could not have done it without you.
Duchess Rylyn Buchanan
Trillium Principal Herald, Ealdormere
With less than a year remaining in my two year terms as Kingdom Archery Marshal and Kingdom Thrown Weapons Marshal I must begin the search for my successor(s).
Duties of a Kingdom Marshal include:
1. Coordinate activities of all marshals within the kingdom by:
a) Receiving the semi-annual reports from the marshals.
b) Solving problems, anticipating problems or clarifying misunderstandings by answering questions and initiating frequent dialogue with marshals at events.
c) Communicating frequently in the kingdom newsletter.
d) Keeping an up-to-date address/phone list of all warranted and inactive marshals and MIT’s.
e) Renewing warrants annually.
f) Coordinating warranting and training of MIT’s.
g) Consulting periodically with the Crown and the Earl Marshal in order to best respond to kingdom needs.
2. A quarterly report to the Earl Marshal and Society Marshal by means of:
a) Writing reports on the state of archery in the kingdom.
Reports should include:
i) a summary of archery activities in the kingdom
ii) a list of current warranted marshals
iii) a brief summary of the status of current projects you are working on or have delegated
b) Regular check-in at events or by e-mail on the status of current projects
3. Encourage archery throughout the kingdom by:
a) Supporting ideas and projects whenever feasible.
b) Suggesting projects that would help to encourage activity or improve accuracy and accepting feedback on the success or failure of said projects
c) Being a resource for archery and maintaining and enforcing all safety rules
d) Travelling to various regions throughout the kingdom to both encourage archery and gain feedback on activities (being visible and accessible).
e) Making award recommendations to recognize service and skill in archery in the kingdom.
If there is anyone interested in putting their names forward for consideration please contact me at one of the following email addresses:
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Master Gunther Wahlstadt
I stepped up into the Lord Clerk Register role last November. Although it is a different job than I initially thought it is still a really interesting one, and one that I am proud to have. It is the practice of Privy Council to seek deputies to replace members at one year so that there is time for overlap, so at this time I am seeking applications for my eventual replacement.
The bare minimum requirement:
The Lord Clerk-Register needs to have
If you have any questions email me at email@example.com and I will try to answer them.
Applications are due by December 31, 2020.
In your service
Barones Lucia de Enzinas, OL
Call for Applications for Lawspeaker
Magistra Nicolaa has indicated that her time as Lawspeaker is nearing its end. If you think this is something you’d like to do, or find out more about what being Lawspeaker entails, feel free to reach out to Nicolaa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawspeaker Selection Process and Timeline:
1. The Lawspeaker selection process will be published for two cycles of the Tidings, and the deadline for nominations is 31 December 2020.
2. To be nominated to be Lawspeaker must be nominated by 12 armigerous subjects of Ealdormere. Those nominated must be confirmed as per Kingdom Law.
3. Please forward nominations to the attention of the Kingdom Seneschal. Please send nominations electronically to email@example.com Any nominations received after 11:59PM on 31 December 2021 will not be taken in consideration.
4. Confirmed nominees names will appear in the February Tidings.
5. Should there be more than one nominee, there will be a vote by the Seneschals of the Kingdom. The list of names shall be brought forward by the local Seneschals to discuss amongst the membership and the Seneschal will vote on behalf of their membership. They will act as a representative of their group.
6. Should there be only one nominee, there shall be a vote of confidence. The name shall be brought forward by the local Seneschals to discuss amongst the membership and the Seneschal will vote on behalf of their membership which shall reflect the confidence of their branch in the nominee. The nominee must receive no less than a 50% vote of confidence. If a 50% vote of confidence is not met, the process will begin again.
7. Voting by the Seneschals will open on 1 February 2021 and close at 11:59PM on 25 March 2021
8. Results will be discussed with the Royal Family and then shared with the Candidate. The outgoing Lawspeaker will then publicize the successful candidate to the populace.
9. The Office is anticipated to change over in April 2021.
Please consider the importance of this position within the Kingdom. All nominees must be ready for the burden of the office.
ARTICLE IX - Lawspeaker of Ealdormere
IX-100 The Lawspeaker shall be an experienced member of the Society who commands the respect of the subjects of Ealdormere. This person shall possess the capacity to mediate, arbitrate and provide counsel. The Lawspeaker will act as a mediator and ombudsman and as a councilor to the Crown. The Lawspeaker will stand as a deputy to the Kingdom Seneschal and will be appointed, and removed from office, as detailed in these Laws.
IX-101 Due to the nature of the work required of the Lawspeaker, the position of Lawspeaker will be a warranted deputy of the Kingdom Seneschal, for the purposes of Legal and Insurance coverage. This warrant is to be enacted by the Crown, and Kingdom Seneschal when the Lawspeaker takes office, to be renewed for the entire term of office of the Lawspeaker. The only process by which this warrant can be revoked is outlined in section IX-600. It is hereby noted that while the Lawspeaker is a warranted deputy of the Kingdom Seneschal, the Lawspeaker is not a Seneschal and does not report to the Kingdom Seneschal, nor does the Kingdom Seneschal have any influence on the Office of Lawspeaker. The Lawspeaker stands outside the formal reporting structure of the Kingdom, the better to act as a mediator, ombudsman and councilor to the Crown and people of Ealdormere.
IX-200 No Sovereign, Consort, Heir to the Crown, Territorial Baron or Baroness, Kingdom Officer or member of the Seneschalate may be nominated for the position of Lawspeaker.
IX-300 The Lawspeaker will be selected in the following manner:
IX-301 Nominations for the position will be solicited in the Kingdom newsletter and submitted in writing to the Seneschal.
IX-302 Those people who receive nominations from 12 armigerous subjects of Ealdormere and are confirmed by either the outgoing Lawspeaker, the Sovereign, the Consort, the Crown Princess, or the Crown Prince will be approached privately by the Seneschal and asked if they accept the nomination. Upon acceptance of the nomination, that person shall be declared a candidate for the position.
IX-303 If there is only one nominee, the Kingdom Seneschal shall call for a vote of confidence. All warranted branch Seneschals of Ealdormere shall be allowed one vote that shall reflect the confidence of their branch in the nominee. The nominee must receive no less than a 50% vote of confidence. If a 50% vote of confidence is not met, the process will begin again.
IX-304 In the event there are two or more candidates, the Kingdom Seneschal shall call an election and the names of the candidates shall be made public.
(i) The Kingdom Seneschal shall oversee and conduct the election.
(ii) All warranted branch Seneschals of Ealdormere shall be allowed one vote that shall reflect the wishes of their branch.
(iii) The candidate receiving the most votes shall be declared Lawspeaker.
IX-400 The term of office for the Lawspeaker shall be three years. The outgoing Lawspeaker may be considered an eligible candidate assuming he or she receives the required nominations and is confirmed by the Sovereign, Consort, Crown Prince, or Crown Princess.
IX-500 In the event the Lawspeaker is unable to fulfill his/her duties; he/she shall appoint an interim replacement subject to ratification by the Crown. The Crown may choose to allow the interim replacement to act for a stated period of time. At the end of this period, the Lawspeaker may resume their duties. The period of absence shall be included as part of the Lawspeaker’s term in office. Or the Crown may choose to ask the Kingdom Seneschal to proceed with the selection process upon ratification of the interim replacement. The selection procedure as outlined in IX-300 shall be initiated immediately.
IX-600 In the event that the people of Ealdormere are dissatisfied with the performance of the Lawspeaker, a removal process may be initiated. A petition signed by 30% of the warranted branch seneschals of Ealdormere will be cause for the Kingdom Seneschal to call for a vote of confidence in the Lawspeaker. All warranted branch seneschals of Ealdormere will participate in this vote. The Kingdom Seneschal will initiate the selection procedure to select a new Lawspeaker only if directed to do so by a majority vote of the seneschals.
IX-700 Due to the nature of the position and the selection process, the Lawspeaker may not fight or be fought for in Crown Tournament.
IX-800 Duties of the Lawspeaker
IX-801 The Moot - In consultation with the Crown, the Lawspeaker shall ensure that a Moot is called at least once per reign.
(i) The Lawspeaker shall ensure that the time and location of the Moot are published in advance in the Kingdom newsletter.
(ii) The Lawspeaker shall ensure that one section of Kingdom Law is read at the beginning of each Moot so that the people may be familiar with their Laws.
(iii) The Lawspeaker shall chair the Moot and ensure that records are maintained and published.
IX-802 The Lawspeaker shall investigate concerns brought before him/her and mediate disputes as required. In the event of a conflict of interest, the Lawspeaker may appoint a mutually acceptable mediator in his/her stead.
IX-803 The Lawspeaker shall administer and chair Courts of Inquiry following the guidelines detailed in the Kingdom Operating Policy, Section Four - Courts of Justice.
--as mentioned during Kingdom Court on Saturday, we're going to be going ahead with the traditional Kingdom Moot on November 9 at 7pm. As is traditional, it is the right of all Ealdormerians to propose topics for discussion at the Moot. This will be your chance to provide some possible input on what you'd like to see the Kingdom doing while we're still not able to have regular events, as well as other topics of interest to the populace. Please let me know your topic proposals by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember also that we're starting the progress to choose the next Lawspeaker. Details of what's needed are in the current issue of the Tidings. It's a challenging, but rewarding position, and I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions about what's required.
Greetings unto Our Inspirational Kingdom of Ealdormere,
As we move into the fall of this most unusual year, We are reminded of the grand Crown Tournaments past fought this time most years. We are reminded of the pageantry, of the camaraderie, of the prowess, and of the companionship. Most importantly, We are reminded of the inspiration that helps drive and support the combatants in their quest for the Crown.
In homage to the consorts of the past whose inspiration has led their combatants to glory, the theme for Our October Court will be inspiration. Inspiration comes from so many of those around us and in so many different forms. We are inspired to create, to fight, and to support. We are inspired by friendship, by guidance, by great and noble deeds. We are inspired by dedication, by service, by leadership, by prowess. We are inspired by teachers, by helpers, and by craftspersons. So many amazing people in this glorious Kingdom inspire us all in so very many unique ways.
We personally find inspiration every day in the wonderful classes and gatherings being hosted throughout the Kingdom to help keep everyone connected.
While tournaments oft-times give participants an opportunity and a venue to speak of the virtues of the one that inspires them on the field that day, there are seldom opportunities for non-marshal members of the populace to do so. As such, We would like to hear your stories and praise of those who inspire you and share those words with the populace during Our Court. Your inspiration could be a person or a group. Written boasts can be sent to Us through the form on the Kingdom website at http://links.ealdormere.ca/boast or directly by email to email@example.com. If you would like your boast for your inspiration to come from you, you can submit a short video of you talking about your inspiration that We will play during the evening. If you would like it to be kept secret who it’s from, We can do that too! Just make sure to note it in the submission that you would like it to be anonymous.
We very much look forward to hearing your stories of inspiration and sharing them with the Kingdom.
King Rattanicus and Queen Isabel
Year of the Plague
For the past few months We have been sending Our finest steeds throughout the Kingdom to be stabled, barded and trained by the youth and young at heart of the Kingdom. We know they are being well cared for and We would love to see how things are going.
In episode 11 of Ealdormere at Home, they would like to feature a Light Cavalry Parade!
Please send a short video clip (5-15 seconds) or still photos of you and your mighty steed. If you have made barding for your mount, we'd love to see that too! Everyone is welcome to participate whether their horse came from Us or was already in your stables.
Please see the Ealdormere at Home website for more information on the submission process.
Due date is no later than Oct 3 (the earlier the better).
If you would like to participate and currently do not have a horse, please send Us an email at Ealdormere.crown @ gmail.com and We will send one out to you.
We look forward to seeing Ealdormere’s Light Cavalry in all its glory!
King Rattanicus and Queen Isabel
As Their Majesties announced in court, we have unfortunately been forced to roll back to Phase I of our reopening plan. This is based on the ever-increasing daily case count, which has now put our seven day rolling average over 250/day, and the Provincial government reducing allowable gathering sizes below our minimums.
This puts us all back to online gatherings only. It is unfortunate, but here we are. We all look forward to getting things back in hand so that we can progress back to Phase II and beyond. As always, the reopening plan can be found at https://links.ealdormere.ca/covid-reopening.
Stay safe, everyone.
Greetings unto Our Steadfast and Resilient Kingdom of Ealdormere,
This summer it has been wonderful to see all of the activities being planned and implemented virtually, not just in Our Kingdom, but across the Known World. It can be difficult to remain connected and this is not what any of us are used to. But Ealdormere is strong and proud and resilient and we shall make it through these dark times together and be all the stronger for it.
With the announcement from the Board regarding the suspension of events until into the new year, We find Ourselves facing many months ahead. To keep Ourselves at a manageable pace, We plan to hold Court the third Saturday of each month for the remainder of this calendar year. While We continue to hold awards for once we all can gather together in person, We do know there are some in Our Kingdom where receiving recognition virtually may be the most appropriate way for them. Maybe it’s someone who has long been deserving for service to their local group, but has been unable to make it to events on Saturdays or maybe it’s someone who does not want to be called into Court, but wouldn’t mind being acknowledged virtually without being showcased on the screen. Whatever the reason might be, please send Us any recommendation for deserving gentles in Our Kingdom that might benefit from receiving recognition in this way.
In July, We added many names to the Scroll of Honour. We recognized many of Our Kingdom for their work as front line workers and many more for making and/or assisting with the making of masks and other necessary protective gear for their communities. In September, We would like to recognize those that have been hosting or assisting with online content. If you have any names to recommend for this recognition, please forward them to Us by email. If there are names that were missed in July, please send those to Us as well so they might be rightfully added to the Scroll for their deeds.
Lastly, We would also ask you for your help during the months to come. Our staff, the Kingdom Officers, and so many others have been working hard to provide online content to help find ways to maintain and strengthen our connection with one another during this forced hiatus. With potentially six more months to go, We would ask for input from the Kingdom for new ideas for connectivity, and volunteers to donate some of their time to help support these endeavours. We would ask good gentles in the Kingdom to contact Us or Maister Colyne should you wish to help. We welcome input and assistance from all: newcomers to the Society, long time members, those who have unique interests, those who have ideas they would like to see realized. We hope to hear from you.
Stay strong friends and stay safe. We will get through this together.
King Rattanicus and Queen Isabel
Year of the Plague
Hi everyone! Your friendly Kingdom Chatelaine here! We're going to try something new ... a monthly video chat meeting to help our newcomers understand the SCA.
At 7pm this Thursday August 20th, this month's topic will be, cantons, shires, baronies, and a kingdom, oh my! How our club is broken down into local chapters.
After a brief chat about this, we open the floor to any newcomer questions.
(Now the practical stuff -- we are trying to build an comfortable space for new people where they can easily ask questions and get simple answers. Newcomers might be someone playing 0-3 years but want to understand the SCA better. Experienced folks may want to join in to help, and that's great, but please message me privately in advance, and we can coordinate your involvement without overwhelming newcomers.
Cheerfully slaving for my feudal masters,
Greetings unto Our most patient Populace of Ealdormere From King Rattanicus and Queen Isabel.
Long you have waited to see your fellows in person and We know this has been hard. As a community, you have all done amazing keeping things going in the very different virtual world in which we all find ourselves. We are so very happy to finally announce that the time has come to allow us to begin to move forward opening the Kingdom!
As the Province is now completely in Phase 3 of Ontario's Reopening Plan, We, along with the Privy Council, have voted and agreed that it is time that the Kingdom can move into Phase II of the Ealdormere Reopening Plan.
Ealdormere will go into Phase II this Saturday, August 15, 2020, at 10:00am
This will allow groups to host in-person local meetings and A&S gatherings should they choose to do so.
Her Majesty and I are so proud of the sacrifices made by the people of the Kingdom and are so looking forward to seeing you all very soon!
Rattanicus and Isabel
Rex and Regina
NOTE: To keep Our Kingdom Seneschal happy, We remind groups that all meetings and gatherings must comply with the rules stated in the Ealdormere Reopening Plan for Phase II and follow Provincial Guidelines for gathering sizes. This does not allow for any martial activities at this time. Please contact Master Lars with your group's plan.
From the Kingdom Seneschal
I'll remind everyone of the reopening plan (which has now been updated to reflect Their Majesties' good news) http://links.ealdormere.ca/covid-reopening
And, please, while the Provincial limits are quite generous, let's bear the spirit of the BoD resolution in mind - and not make the Society Seneschal have to explain to the Board why there were 100 people at an A&S gathering in Ealdormere
I'm pleased to announce that Sir Tiberius is the new Deputy Earl Marshal for Steel Armoured Combat.
He'll be heading up the effort bring this exciting new martial discipline to Ealdormere.
Many thanks to Tiberius for offering to take on this important role. It's all new territory, so we'll all be learning as we go along.
Kingdom Earl Marshal
For interest, here is the SCA Steel Combat Facebook page:
Have you ever wondered just how Pennsic happens, the planning, the expense, where your fees go? Do you have the time, energy and commitment to become a Pennsic Officer? If so, apply to be the Pennsic Exchequer. This is a volunteer position involving a very large commitment of time and energy. Only serious applicants should reply.
Hourly commitment expected:
During Pennsic, 6-8 hours per day from Opening Day through final Saturday. Ability to arrive a week Prior to the Start of the event a Major Plus.
Attend both weekend planning sessions, November and May.
5-15+ hours per week for the remainder of the year.
Work with the Pennsic Mayors to create and maintain a budget, with detail down to department expense levels.
Report regularly to the Pennsic Financial Committee and the Kingdom Seneschal Group on activities relating to Pennsic finances.
Report directly to the Society Exchequer using SCA standard financial reporting forms.
Serve as a subject-matter expert in determining allowable expenditures.
Travel to two planning meetings (November and May).
Be on-site for the entire Pennsic War (Both Weeks) and be available on site during the week preceding the war if possible.
Hold regular “office hours” during war and monitor a radio and/or pager for the entire war.
Work with the Cooper’s Lake staff to coordinate resources and funds transfers.
Skills and resources required:
1) Moderate to expert knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
2) Moderate to expert knowledge of QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online.
3) Moderate to expert knowledge of SCA reports
4) Experience as an SCA Exchequer preferred, but not required
Accounting/bookkeeping experience desired.
Reliable phone and email access.
Ability and willingness to communicate to several people over long distances.
Successful applicants will be expected to attend Pennsic for the entire war.
Please send applications (modern resume and SCA activity summary) to CJO@pennsicwar.org Application period closes 11:59pm EST, September 1, 2020.
Please direct any questions to the Acting Pennsic Exchequer firstname.lastname@example.org
It is the hope of the Pennsic Financial Committee to complete the selection process by November 1, 2020.
For information on the various Pennsic Financial Policies please refer to the Documents below.
Greetings unto Our Most Resilient Kingdom of Ealdormere,
As many of you have now seen, the Board of Directors has approved a Resolution that suspends in-person events until January 31, 2021. While it pains Us to continue to be apart, We wholeheartedly support this Resolution. Always the health, safety and wellbeing of Our populace is paramount in Our decision making in these most difficult times. We know you all want to be able to gather together again. We too want this. We miss every one of you and look forward to raising a glass together in-person. But that time is still not quite here yet. While We are saddened that this plague has not yet released us all from its harsh grasp, We would not put Our populace at risk needlessly.
We are hopeful that, with luck, We will see the Kingdom able to move forward to the next phase in the Kingdom Reopening Plan and have small, safe local gatherings begin in the coming weeks. The Plan has already been updated to include the requirements with respect to the Board’s Resolution. Should the Kingdom be in a position to open earlier than January 31, We will revisit things at that time.
As our time as the Crown will be longer than expected , We would ask you for your help during the months to come. Our staff, the Kingdom Officers, and so many others have been working hard to provide online content to help find ways to maintain and strengthen our connection with one another during this forced hiatus. With potentially six more months to go, We would ask for input from the Kingdom for new ideas for connectivity, and volunteers to donate some of their time to help support these endeavours. We would ask good gentles in the Kingdom to contact Us or Maister Colyne should you wish to help. We welcome input and assistance from all: newcomers to the Society, long time members, those who have unique interests, those who have ideas they would like to see realized. We hope to hear from you.
Stay strong friends and stay safe. We will get through this together.
King Rattanicus and Queen Isabel
The SCA honours living history, and has always done so with a progressive social mindset that values inclusion, tolerance, and common respect. Intolerant, exploitative, and predatory practices were a part of many historical cultures that our Society depicts, but we have always made the conscious choice to concentrate on the best social virtues that history has to offer. Against the backdrop of challenges that modern society is grappling with, our ‘conservative’ re-enactment of history is at its best when it honours a ‘progressive’ social value system. In the current climate of completely warranted anger over the status quo, the Order of the Chivalry has pondered how we can improve the situation.
As knights and masters who choose to do so, we swear to the Royalty each reign that we will be the “Shield of the Weak”, “Courteous at all times”, and “Champion of the Right and the Good”. The chivalric virtue of humility teaches that each of us, from time to time, will fail to live up to what our oath demands, and that as an Order, we must guide one another towards being better. Recent deliberations within the Order have led us to believe that further improvement is warranted; our values compel us to hear your criticisms, and to do better in living up to our oaths. There are no perfect knights, but trying to be is a worthy endeavour in spite of inevitable flaws.
This is not the first time that our Kingdom or our Society has made this sort of statement. If we take this challenge seriously, then recurrent deliberation and reaffirmation of these values is appropriate, in much the same way that we renew our oaths for each new Sovereign. We are not the only ones who serve this Kingdom: we rely on officers, peers, and our fellow populace to hold up the ‘Mirror of Chivalry’ so that we can see our flaws. Sometimes it is people outside our Order that are best suited to define our problems and show us the path to solutions. Our role as an Order is to hear them, respect them, and learn ways to be better from them.
We value inclusion, tolerance, and respect, and support the cause of justice. We will not defend those who, through bigotry, sexism, intolerance, bullying, or other predatory behaviours, have made themselves morally indefensible
If you have experienced one of these things, we encourage you to bring it to one of us. We will advocate for a resolution. We will help ensure that the person best qualified addresses your issue.
Edward the Red
Greetings to the Good People of Ealdormere.
I think I can safely speak for the Crown when I say Thank You to all the generous groups and individuals who have donated towards the Kingdom Zoom account.
As you may know from the challenge issued in Episode 4 of Ealdormere At Home, the Kingdom has been using the 500 participant level of Zoom account ($87/mth +tax) to make sure we can reach our populace.
As we have settled into our Digital routines, we have noted that the participant numbers have safely dropped below the threshold of the next lowest account. We have added other means of distributing our broadcasts such as streaming on the Kingdom Facebook Group and uploading the recordings to the Kingdom YouTube account. We can still reach the populace without the continued need of the high level account.
For these reasons, and to maintain good stewardship over the funds you entrust us with, the Privy Council has decided to shift our Zoom account to the 100 participant, unlimited time tier ($20/mth +tax).
Knowing that groups may be contemplating donations towards our Zoom account, we wish to inform you of the change to maintain transparency and to enable you to make informed decisions.
April R/ Jane Caldwell, KExch
I am... well, pleased is not the right word given that we even need to have such a document for these times. In any case, Their Majesties and the Privy Council have approved this plan for the reopening of Ealdormere. As you are all aware, we are officially shut down until 31 July which isn't that far off at all. We are of course in no position to just go back to things on 1 August, so please read and understand the course that has been charted to move forward. This plan describes a phased resumption of activities as Provincial health authorities and the pandemic situation allow. Many thanks to those who had great input and insightful comments as this was being developed. As always, if you have any questions please reach out to me at email@example.com.
Greetings unto Our Beloved Ealdormere,
As we move forward through this long summer, We are hopeful that the months ahead will provide us all with opportunities to gather as we have become accustomed. As the mundane authorities allow for larger gatherings so, too, will the Kingdom open. In looking forward to being able to get together again, one thing is clear, the wearing of face coverings or masks is going to be a part of things moving forward for the foreseeable future.
With this in mind, We would issue a challenge to those good gentles who would accept, to attempt face coverings and masks that are heraldic and/or medieval inspired! They could be constructed of your heraldic colours, incorporate your personal, household or Kingdom populace heraldry or badge, covered in handcrafted lace, embroidered, stamped, the possibilities are endless. They can be of any style the wearer is comfortable with, however if one is looking for instructions or a pattern, Baroness Matilda has generously put together a tutorial and pattern that can be found in this month’s issue of the Tidings. We would love to see what you come up with and show off the talents and imagination of Our Kingdom and Baron Alexander Gladstone has offered to assist in this task. We would ask that once constructed, please send a photo of your mask or, if so inclined, a photo of you wearing it while in garb to Baron Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “EALDORMERE HERALDRY MASK” in the subject line when you send your photos along with the appropriate permissions to allow for the use of the photo in the body of the message. It is Our intent to have the compilation of photos featured in an episode of Ealdormere at Home.
We will be announcing further photo challenges throughout the summer months and would welcome ideas from the Kingdom, not only for themes for the challenges, but for other ideas for online content you would like to see from Us as well. Please send your ideas to Us by email at Ealdormere.Crown@gmail.com.
One of the difficulties of having everything move into the virtual is the limitations it puts on involving the children of the Kingdom in the activities. Our plan had been to bring hobby horses to events during Our reign to gift to the children of Ealdormere to be theirs to decorate and bard so that they might participate in equestrian challenges. We would still very much like to do this, but its implementation requires some adjusting. As such, We ask those with children to contact Us by email and provide Us with a mailing address that We might send your children a gift of a hobby horse! Please note there will be some assembly required upon receipt.
It has been so wonderful to see the all of the inventive virtual events and classes being hosted throughout the Kingdom. While not the events we are used to, Ealdormere has certainly risen to the challenge of this time of the plague and shown we will persevere and we will not be discouraged!
Finally, and as previously announced, as We continue to find Ourselves without Heirs We have extended the deadline for submissions for Our Crown Tournament to Sunday September 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm. As in our previous letters, Our Crown Tournament requirements and Tourney remain the same with the exception of the deadline change as noted above. Should anyone have questions regarding Our tournament, please do not hesitate to contact Us.
We look forward to when we can all gather together again.
King Rattanicus and Queen Isabel
Warmest and Most distant greetings,
To the good People of Ealdormere I submit a new perspective of our Great Kingdom. In an effort to allow for newcomers to locate their local Group more easily, I have created the Kingdom of Ealdormere Group Locator Map. As you will see, this is an interactive and searchable map that will return the Shire/Canton/Barony serving any given location, with links to the Group webpage and Seneschal emails. The Group boundary data is derived from previous maps and, frankly archaic, written descriptions of borders. The rest of the map features consist of the standard ESRI basedata (itself combined from other basedata sources).
Please note that any disputes regarding Group boundaries must be directed to the appropriate High Seats. Should those High Seats feel a change is required, they may contact me. Otherwise, I encourage anyone with suggestions of additons or changes to submit them to me at email@example.com.
In Your Service,
Greetings unto Our Beloved Ealdormere,
This year finds us celebrating Canada Day differently than we are used to. War of the Trillium has always been an event so very dear to Us. Our memories are filled with classes, combat, dancing, archery, grand Courts, songs around camp fires with friends and so much more. While We, along with many in the Kingdom, are saddened that the plague has led to its cancellation this year, the staff have outdone themselves with their inventive and creative ideas to bring some of the fun to the Virtual.
As part of the Virtual Trillium War, We would invite all to come join us this Saturday evening for a brief Court via Zoom so that We might make a few announcements, issue a challenge and maybe a few other things.
Court will be immediately followed by the concert planned by the Trillium War staff. For those unable to attend, Court will be recorded and made available through the magic of Facebook and YouTube.
So don your garb and please come join us, Saturday, July 4 at 7:00 pm.
King Rattanicus and Queen Isabel
Ealdormere Zoom is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Kingdom Court - followed directly by a performance of music and stories Time: Jul 4, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83162804942?pwd=WFlMWk13dWZ0dzBWVm9RVmpuc3p2Zz09
Meeting ID: 831 6280 4942
These are the virtues of the Kingdom of Ealdormere to which we aspire and strive in thought, word, and deed:
Honour: In all our acts, we strive to be true to the ideals that are the foundation of our Society and to keep our word.
Inclusiveness: We welcome those of all backgrounds, regardless of ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious beliefs, or abilities, and will endeavour to make all spaces open and safe for all.
Kindness: We strive to be generous and considerate, breaking down barriers, drawing strength from our community, rejecting bigotry, combatting hate.
Above all, Equity and Justice, respecting the rights of others, giving each person their due in keeping with the laws and customs of Society and Kingdom. There shall be no place within our halls for those who by their words or actions reject these laws and customs, regardless of rank or status.
We who here witness this document hold ourselves to this pledge
This document shall not be sealed and is not complete.
This strength of unity shall ever increase in perpetuity.
Greetings unto Our Beloved Kingdom of Ealdormere,
As parts of the Province of Ontario move into the next stage of re-opening and increasing the size of social gatherings, so too must the Kingdom look to how we will move forward. We know how difficult this is for everyone. We all miss gathering together as we are used to. We all look forward to when we can gather together again. However, it is with heavy heart that We announce that time is not quite here yet.
Although the Province is increasing the number of people for social gatherings this Friday to 10, the Kingdom will remain closed for in-person official activities until further notice.
The Kingdom Seneschal, in consultation with the Privy Council, is working on a plan for moving forward together and at a reasonable pace. A pace that helps ensure the safety of our people, that applies openings equally to all groups, and where the numbers for in-person gatherings allowed by the Province should be at such a point that groups would be unlikely to have to turn people away from a meeting, A&S gathering, or martial practice. Master Lars has already sent an email to the local seneschals regarding this for more information.
We know this is not the news many of you were hoping to hear, it is not the news We wanted to bring to you today, but We feel it is way too early in this pandemic to be gathering in-person and putting our friends and loved ones at unnecessary risk. We know it is a lot to ask, but We would ask that you all bear with Us and wait a just little longer.
Always in Our hearts and thoughts, We look forward to when we can all gather together again.
King Rattanicus and Queen Isabel
It's hard to believe that a year has passed since I have stepped into the role of Kingdom Seneschal! That means it's time for me to look to the future and begin the process of seeking my successor. My term does not expire until spring of 2021, but I would like to have a good overlap period before the change of office. The deadline for applications is 31 July 2020.
Applications should include a letter of interest and your SCA resume. If your mundane resume has relevant experience, include it too! Please send applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full details of the Kingdom Seneschal’s Role are outlined in Corpora, Kingdom Law, The Seneschal’s Handbook, and the Policies and Procedures of Ealdormere.
ARTICLE VII - Duties of the Officers of State
VII-100 The Kingdom Seneschal is the chief administrative officer of the Kingdom and shall act as a signing officer in all contractual matters involving the Kingdom.
VII-101 The Seneschal shall supervise the process of formation and advancement of local branches according to the Laws and operating policies.
VII-102 The Seneschal will ensure that meetings of the Privy Council are conducted in an orderly fashion and that agendas and minutes of the meetings are issued promptly.
VII-103 The Seneschal shall be responsible for reviewing the content of all proposed laws and law changes to ensure that they do not contradict existing Law or Corpora. The Seneschal shall maintain a current listing of Kingdom Laws. The Seneschal, in concert with the Chronicler, shall ensure that the Laws are published every 20 years. The Kingdom Seneschal shall ensure that changes to Kingdom Law will be made available to the subjects of Ealdormere on the Kingdom Website.
VII-104 The Seneschal shall be responsible for soliciting bids for Kingdom events as defined in Article IV and for the maintenance of the Kingdom Calendar of Events.
VII-105 Contracts involving the Kingdom may be entered into only by the Seneschal with the approval of the Crown, in consultation with the Privy Council. Such contracts must be signed by the Seneschal, following the procedures outlined in the Kingdom Operating Policies, Section One - Financial.
VII-106 The Seneschal shall appoint deputies as necessary to fulfill requirements of the office. Deputies to the Seneschal may include but shall not be limited to:
Council Secretary - responsible for minutes of council meetings
Chatelaine - responsible for providing assistance to and education of new and prospective members of the SCA,
Calendar Secretary - responsible for maintaining the Kingdom calendar of events,
Deputy of Youth and Youth Programs- responsible for organization of children’s activities within Ealdormere.
Must be a member in good standing
Must have reached the age of majority (18)
May not be sitting Royalty
Also note that for the duration of term, you may not fight or be fought for in Crown Tournament.
If you have any questions about the position, don't hesitate to chat with me, I would be happy to discuss the challenges and rewards with you. I promise, it's not always as hectic as it has been lately!
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