From the Chair (March)

It’s been a busy month, and once again we’re making the pegasus editors life difficult because that means we have a lot to tell you and will be filling a lot of pages of this issue of pegasus. I’d like to welcome Honore on board as editor of this issue and thank Lucia for her term as chronicler and pegasus editor, especially for extending that term beyond the standard 2 years.
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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.

Child Protection Policy and Background Check Procedures

New Australian Child Protection Policy and Background Check Procedures

Following consideration of the feedback provided by our members we have finalised our new Child Protection Policy and Background Check Procedures, with only small changes. I encourage everyone to read the new policies which you will find published in this issue of Pegasus, and on the SCA Ltd website. These policy documents apply only in Australia.

The Children’s policy is effective immediately.The background checks will commence immediately for any activities under the forthcoming Youth Combat or Youth and Family Achievement (YAFA) program. Other currently scheduled children’s activities shall have until 1 May to comply with the background checks procedure, in order for members to acquire background checks where needed. I encourage all members involved in children’s activities to act upon these policies promptly as the processing time of background checks can vary considerably.

I know this will cause some disruption, but this is necessary to maintain compliance with mundane laws and to increase what the SCA offers to our minor members. Please help us spread the word regarding these new policies.

Laurence Cooke
Secretary SCA Ltd.

From the Chair of SCA Ltd (January)

I hope you read about the changes to contributing membership in the December pegasus newsletter, or in this column. This couldn’t have happened without a lot of work by a lot of people, so I hope you’ll bear with me while I name some of them: Leonor d’Scotia for her work on administering the constitutional change process which allowed this change, Jacques du Bar sur le Loup for changing the registry database to enable these changes, Nicodemus Novello for changing the registry website, Sorle Maknicoll for changes to the SCA Ltd website and following up on contributing memberships, Caelia the Fair, for sending out messages to contributing members as registrar, and the rest of the board for processing these amendments. Seeming small changes can take a big group effort to produce like this one, so please take a moment to appreciate all the jigsaw pieces that go together to make our chronicler’s life easier and our organisation more financially viable.

While I am talking about the bumper December issue of pegasus, I’d like to thank Lucia delli Fenice, the pegasus editor and Lochac chronicler for her extra effort in editing such a long edition, and for all the editions she has edited during her extra long term. If you’ve been really inspired by her efforts, perhaps the best way you can repay her is by giving her a holiday – see the advertisement for replacement chroniclers in this edition of pegasus.

We’ve also introduced our revised alcohol policy recently. Those who read carefully may notice the requirement for a intoxicated persons management plan where alcohol is served. I’d just like to reassure people that the word “served” is important – this refers to alcohol being provided by the event, and is already a requirement for liquor licenses in many states. This revision owes it’s existence to our former board member Danielis Pyrsokomos, and I’d like to take this chance to thank her for all her work for the board and regret that we couldn’t have kept her for longer. I’d also like to thank Rurik Farseer for giving feedback on this revision on behalf of the brewer’s guild.

Just as Danielis has made her mark on the board, you’ll find an advert for replacement board members on this site, I’d encourage you to read that and recommend people of rare  perseverance to apply for our remaining vacant positions.

I hope you’ve all had a great festive season, and if you are having any summer holidays that they are very enjoyable. I’ll be heading to the lovely green Southron Gaard for Canterbury Faire where I hope to meet with some of the SCA New Zealand committee in person as well as having a lot of fun at a relaxing event. But despite that, the work of the board will continue through January as we ponder questions such as improving the procedures for applying for bank accounts.
If you’d like to hear the board in action, we meet electronically on a monthly basis, usually on the first Monday of the month (except January when we meet on the second) at 7:30pm Sydney time. Please contact our secretary <> if you’d like to listen in.

Tiffany Brown
Chair, SCA Ltd