Attending Board Meetings

Meetings of the SCA Ltd Board are typically held online from 7:30  pm (Sydney NSW time) on the first Monday of each Month. Meetings are typically open, therefore members are welcome to attend unless they go in camera. Observers will be informed if this is to happen.

Team Speak 3 is the software used to conduct the meetings. Team Speak is available for all platforms. Headphones with a build-in Microphone are recommended for all meetings – for your own comfort and the consideration of your fellow meeting attendees.

Please contact the Secretary if you would like to attend a meeting, and the Webwright if you would like assistance getting connected.

New member of the SCA Ltd Board

Unto the populace of Lochac, greetings.

After a commentary period and consideration, the Board of SCA Ltd (the corporate body in Australia) welcomes a new Board Member, Kate Turley, known in the SCA as Lady Edine Godin, from Stormhold (VIC), formerly of Innilgard (SA).

We look forward to her contributions on the Board and the SCA in Australia, over the coming years.

The Board now has seven members and is no longer actively seeking nominations at this time. However, members of the populace who are considering undertaking a three-year term of service on the Board in the future, are always welcome to discuss their interest and find out more about Board membership.

Yours in service,

Michele Le Bas, Secretary, SCA Ltd
(THL Yvonne de Plumetot)

Draft Minutes for 2015 AGM now available

The SCA Ltd board has approved release of the Draft AGM minutes (that have been submitted to ASIC as required under the Corporations Act). These will be confirmed as true and correct, by the membership, at the 2016 Annual General Meeting and are provided for information only in the spirit of transparency.

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Draft Social Media Policy – Available for Comment

A new draft for a SCA Ltd Social Media Policy has been approved by the SCA Ltd Board for release for comment. This new draft is a modified version of the SCA Inc (Society) policy that is in effect in the USA, NZ and (until we have our own) Australia. The modifications to the Society policy seek to make Social Media usage by groups in Australia answerable to the SCA Ltd Board rather than the SCA Inc (US) Social Media Director. The SCA Ltd Board believes this is a better, more responsive approach and seeks comment from members and other participants in Australia.

Click here to read the draft policy.

Commentary on this draft should be sent to the SCA Ltd Webmin on or before 31 May 2015.

SCA Ltd Membership Price Rise – effective 1 May 2015

Please be advised that the membership fees for SCA Ltd will increase to $35 per annum as of the 1st of May 2015. This applies to all new and existing memberships paid for on or after this date.

Membership fees have not increased in several years, however the expenditure of the SCA Ltd has increased greatly in this time. If you wish to understand the reasons for the increase please feel free to send an email to secretary@sca.org.au

Changes to SCA Ltd Constitution

At the 2015 Annual General Meeting, the SCA Ltd Constitution was amended to provide clarity on the distinction between members of the Board and positions on the Board; to remove the position of Stock Clerk as a Corporate Officer; and to make this website the primary source of notifications for any official SCA Ltd business (while still being published in Pegasus).

For the amended Constitution, please go here.

New SCA Ltd Board Members

Unto the populace of Lochac, greetings.

After consideration and commentary, the Board of SCA Ltd (the corporate body in Australia) welcomes two new Board Members for the next three years, commencing at the AGM on Friday, 3 April 2015. The new members of the Board are:

  • Ray Gleeson from NSW, known in the Society as Don Gomez de Crecy from Rowany
  • David Beresford from TAS, known in the Society as THL David de Derlington from Ynys Fawr

These appointments bring the Board to six members, which is still shy of the preferred number. The Board now has a member each from QLD, VIC, TAS and WA as well as two from NSW. While prospective Board members are still welcome from any State or Territory except NSW (due to the constitutional limit of two from any State), we would particularly like to receive nominations from SA or ACT.

More Board Members means less work per Board Member, and this makes it easier for everyone. If you have some experience in the SCA, particularly royal peers and former landed B&Bs, seneschals or reeves (although that is NOT a requirement), and you would be willing to help behind the scenes for a three year term – please email me.

Additionally, the majority of the Board will be in attendance at Rowany Festival and would like to see many members at the AGM. All are welcome.

In service of the Society, always.

Sorle Maknicoll
mka Jeff Nicholson
Secretary, SCA Ltd

SCA Ltd 2015 Annual General Meeting

Greetings from the Board,

The Society for Creative Anachronism Ltd Board of Directors wishes to advise that the Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held on Friday 3 April 2015 in the Great Hall at Rowany Festival, commencing at 9 am.

With this notice, please find the draft minutes for the 2014 AGM, as well as the Agenda and Proxy Form (updated 18 Feb 2015) for the 2015 AGM and the proposed constitutional amendments (updated 18 Feb 2015) that will be voted on at the meeting. Printed copies of the Financial Report will be made available at the AGM.

We hope to see as many of you at the meeting as possible.

Jeff Nicholson
Secretary, SCA Ltd.

Victorian Control of Weapons Restrictions

Urgent advice to all Victorian participants and those planning to travel to the State of Victoria

Due to changes in the Victorian Control of Weapons Act 1990, effective immediately, a restriction has been placed on members of SCA Ltd in Victoria, who are new members since the 5th of June 2014, these members must not handle or acquire metal weapons, including swords, dress swords, rapier, flails, maces or throwing blades. This does not include rattan weapons.

New members who reside in Victoria and intend to handle or acquire such weapons must complete a Statutory Declaration stating that they are not a prohibited person under the Victorian Control of Weapons Act 1990. This is a requirement of the Victorian State Government.

The restriction for new members will be lifted once they receive a confirmation of receipt of declaration or permit via email from the Registrar.

This will eventually affect all members of SCA Ltd, who live in or plan to travel to Victoria. These members will also need to send a Statutory Declaration to the Registrar, although members prior to the 5th of June 2014 are not currently restricted from acquiring, using or carrying metal weapons, including swords, rapiers, flails, maces or throwing blades in Victoria during the phase-in period. This includes those in Royal or Baronial Households who may be required to handle ceremonial weapons.

The Statutory Declaration and Application form for this exemption can be found at http://sca.org.au/board/documents/policy/weapons, and needs to have details completed and to be signed and witnessed, as per the attachment to the document. The application form and declaration (Pages 1 & 2) must be posted to the SCA Ltd Registrar.

Overseas members who intend to undertake travel in Victoria in the near future, please contact the Secretary for further information relating to this issue.

Donna Page
Chair, SCA Ltd

New SCA Ltd Board Member

Unto the populace of Lochac, greetings.

After consideration and commentary, the Board of SCA Ltd (the corporate body in Australia) welcomes Michele Le Bas, known as THL Yvonne de Plumetot as a Board Member for the next three years. This appointment brings the Board to five members, which is still two shy of the preferred number.

The Board is still looking for new Board Members. More Board Members means less work per Board Member, and this makes it easier for everyone. If you have some experience in the SCA, particularly royal peers and former landed B&Bs, seneschals or reeves (although that is NOT a requirement), and you would be willing to help behind the scenes for a three year term – please email me.

In service of the Dream, always.

Sorle Maknicoll
mka Jeff Nicholson
Secretary, SCA Ltd

Definition of an Event (a clarification)

It has come to the attention of the Board of Directors of SCA Ltd (Australia), that there is still a lot of debate around what an “event” actually is. Event is a word that is commonly used within the SCA and incorporates any Activity that is sanctioned under the society guidelines.  An event is any activity in which you demonstrate participation in pre-17th century European Middle Ages and Renaissance re-enactment within the auspices of the SCA.  Any educational activity, meeting, tournament, practice or feast is an event – garbed or not. Indemnities need to be signed, or membership cards sighted, and insurance levies for non-members paid. Kingdom levies, however, are only paid on garbed events such as Camping Events, Tournaments, Revels and Feasts.

Below is the definition as stated in Corpora.

ORGANIZATIONAL HANDBOOK
Including Corpora, the By-Laws, Corporate Policies, and the Articles of Incorporation – Revised January 18, 2014

A. Society Events Defined
The term “Society event” refers to tournaments, feasts, and other activities whereby participants can display the results of their researches into the culture and technology of the period in an environment which evokes the atmosphere of the pre-17th century European Middle Ages and Renaissance. It also refers to educational activities involving either one-time classes or ongoing Society university organizations, and meetings where participants share skills or discuss the business of the group.

All Society events must be sponsored by official branches of the Society, registered with the Seneschal of the sponsoring branch, publicized at least to the members of that branch, and conducted according to Society rules.

B. Requirements for Participants at Society Events
Anyone may attend Society events provided he or she wears an attempt at pre-17th century clothing,conforms to the provisions in Corpora, and complies with any other requirements (including but not limited to site fees or waivers) which may be imposed. At business meetings and informal classes, the requirement to wear pre-17th century dress may be waived. All participants are expected to behave as ladies or gentlemen

If you have any queries regarding this definition please feel free to contact the Board via the Secretary or contact the Kingdom Seneschal.

In Service
Board of Directors
SCA Ltd (Australia)