Distant Shore Seneschal Gets a Deputy

Our esteemed Seneschal, Lady Pypa, has taken Dash Altan Taishi (Lord) under her wing and he is now serving as our Deputy Seneschal.

Due to a scheduling conflict for Lady Pypa, Dash Taishi got to sit in his first Baronial Curia Meeting this weekend as our canton representative.

Thank you to Dash Taishi for stepping into a support role for our canton, and Lady Pypa for mentoring this next generation of Scadians! Vivant!

New Exchequer Found

Starting after this reporting quarter, m’lord Balen Malinovski has stepped up into the position so we can keep our little Canton chugging along.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support Distant Shore and its activities.

Update on SCA Events from SCA Inc

From the  Board of Directors and the offices of the Society Seneschal, and President.
On March 23, 2021, the Board of Directors passed the following:
Resolution to Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity in the SCA as of June 1st, 2021  
  I.    Whereas the challenge created by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic demanded heightened safety standards which led to a suspension of in-person activity in North America by the SCA Board of Directors; 
  II.    Whereas the crisis of the Pandemic is being addressed through a combination of social policy, as well as scientific and medical advancements; 
  III.    Whereas the SCA Board of Directors continues to prioritize the health and well-being of the membership and participants of the SCA; and 
  IV.    Whereas the directed suspension of in-person events in North America expires after May 31st, 2021; now, therefore, be it 
  V.    Resolved,  that the SCA Board of Directors lifts the suspension of in-person activity in North America, effective June 1, 2021, provided adherence to the items in this resolution; 
  VI.    Resolved, that all attendees in North America must follow all province, territory, state, and local health guidelines at SCA events. In addition, at all North American SCA events: 
      A.    Masks that fully cover the mouth and nose must be worn by all attendees over the age of 4 at all times and during all activities except for eating and drinking; 
      B.    Court, bardic circles, or any activity that involves voice projection shall also require that masks be worn at all times. Sound amplification devices are highly recommended; 
      C.    No day board, water-bearing, or food of any kind shall be provided by event staff or attendees to other attendees. All attendees must provide their own food and beverages; 
      D.    While consuming food or beverages, attendees are required to remain stationary and follow social distancing rules; 
      E.    No overnight camping  shall be allowed; 
      F.    All events shall be held outdoors; 
      G.    There shall be a maximum of 150 people at any event; and 
      H.    All events shall require preregistration.  

  VII.     Resolved, that the SCA Board of Directors mandates applicable Kingdoms who have determined that it is safe to host in-person events before June 1st, 2021 or who propose any deviation from the above restrictions to request a variance from the Society Seneschal in order to hold the proposed event. The Society Seneschal shall have the authority to grant or deny these requests. These requests will be reviewed by the Board using the same review method used for variances to Corpora; 
  VIII.    Resolved, that small local gatherings including, but not limited to: guild meetings, officer meetings, and local martial activities including archery and thrown weapons shall remain at the discretion of the Crown and Kingdom Seneschal, in accordance with province, territory, state, and local health guidelines. Virtual events as alternatives continue to be a viable option; 
  IX.    Resolved, that enforcement of this resolution will be handled by the Society Seneschal and President of SCA Inc.; and, 
  X.    Resolved, that the SCA Board of Directors commends the hard-working officers, royalty, membership, and participants who have allowed the SCA to continue to flourish virtually as we lift this suspension and transition forward in a manner consistent with recommended health and safety standards.   
The President and the Society Seneschal have been given the responsibility of implementing the resumption of events within the rules above and adjusting the strictures as needed with Board approval. 
As per item (H) in the Resolution, SCA, Inc. has available the Event Module for the mandatory pre-registration process.  All kingdoms are encouraged to utilize this tool. More information will be forthcoming from the SCA Accounting Specialist, Mazelle Attiya.  If you would like to contact her about this available option, she can be reached at mazelle@sca.org.
Questions or comments should be sent directly to president@sca.org and seneschal@sca.org or your board Ombudsman.
This is our first step toward the resumption of SCA events.  Working with the corporate officers and with input from the various kingdoms, we will continue to assess the pandemic environment and make changes going forward as needed, either to add further restrictions or relax existing ones as the situation allows.
No matter what safety precautions we put in place, there is no substitute for each individual being educated about the risk to themselves and their loved ones, and making responsible choices to protect themselves and others from this virus.
We look forward to seeing many of you, in person and in garb, as we prepare to begin in-person events again.

Exchequer Wanted:

Good evening good Gentles,

This is a very belated note, and for this I am very sorry. But I would ask you to please join me in thanking Lady Eadwynn for her outstanding and long time service to our Canton as Exchequer. Her dedication to our group has been nothing short of amazing and inspiring for this protégé.

As she has stepped down, this leaves our Canton with an open curia position. Our Canton is in need of an Exchequer. If you have a paid membership and would like to volunteer for this position please contact me.

YIS,
Lady Pypa
Seneschal

Baronial Court, from the comfort of your own hall!

Reminder that tonight, 12 December 2020, Their Excellencies are hosting a gathering. Use whatever pool of seeing that will allow you to join on Google meetings, and spend an hour or two with your fellow Ruantallanite. Fill your cup with cheer of the season. Sit in the comfort of your own hall to share stories, songs, and merriment as we close upon the season of winter celebration.

To Join the ethereal gathering, starting at 7pm, Ruantallan time, click the Google link HERE

SCA Inc. Ban on In-Person Events Extended until 31 May 2021

“Good morning, Populace of the East Kingdom,

The Board of Directors has decided to extend the current ban on in-person events to May 31, 2021. The link to the full announcement is HERE.

Their Majesties were informed of this decision shortly before the announcement, and will be responding soon.

In service,
Medhbh

East Kingdom Seneschal”

EK Scheduled Web Support Maintenance w/e 26-27 December 2020

Greetings unto the Populace of the East!

Your hardworking webministry would like to announce an upcoming maintenance window. On the weekend of December 26th and 27th, we will be performing maintenance to the East Kingdom Server so it may continue to Serve the East.

During this maintenance period, Google based services such as email, mailing lists, Google Meet video meetings, and officer document storage will continue to be available. Services that run directly on East Kingdom systems will NOT BE AVAILABLE during this period.

These services include:

  • East Kingdom and East Kingdom Branch websites
  • Polling Lists
  • Member account management tools
  • East Kingdom Wiki

Changes made to any of these systems during the maintenance period may be lost.

The Kingdom Webministers are taking every step to minimize this interruption to service, and are currently preparing to conduct this maintenance with utmost care and safety.
For those interested in peeking under the covers, we will be changing out storage usage to better align with kingdom needs and allocated resources. We will also be upgrading the underlying server operating system and underlying web server software as needed.

In Service,

East Kingdom Webministry

Distant Shore Fighter Practices move location

MIC, Baron Perceval Gower is changing the location of fight practice from where it has been held in Victoria Park, Truro, NS (by the pool) to inside the park, by the Amphitheater. The new location will be used starting Wednesday 14 October 2020.

As it is an outdoor practice, Baroness Admiranda said, “It looks like there is more light over there so he can continue practices until it gets too cold.”

As always the Covid 19 Rules apply, please bring, and when not fighting, wear your mask, as well as only use your own personal water bottle. Spectators are welcome to wear garb, although it is not required.