Board of Directors
Letter from the Board of DirectorsAugust 19, 2011
Greetings! I have just returned home from Pennsic XL, the first Pennsic I have had the pleasure to attend. There was no way to talk directly to the 11,000+ people in attendance, so this missive is an attempt to communicate out to more participants.
Several Directors, Corporate Officers and Society Officers held a Meet'n'Greet at Pennsic and many of the topics and questions raised were related to communications, both to and from the corporate and society levels. In our current information age of instant and abundant communication options, the pressure placed upon volunteers to meet the 'information demand' is great. No single communication method can reach all the participants in our organization, however, compounding the difficulty. Some members may not read the kingdom newsletters, some have no access to the Internet, and others want the personal touch of phone or in-person communications. We are committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for face-to-face communications, with Meet'n Greets at major wars, attendance at as many local events as possible, and the quarterly public Board meetings. We urge you to attend the Board meetings, seek out Board members at local events and major wars, and email, phone or write your Ombudsman with any concerns you may have. We'll do our best to respond to all your correspondence in a reasonable amount of time.
I'd like to address a couple of issues that were discussed at the Pennsic Meet'n'Greet. The move to electronic newsletters was primarily a business decision made to ensure the fiscal solvency of the SCA as an organization. The decision to retain an option for paper newsletters for those who wish it was made specifically so that those who do not have readily available Internet access or who choose not to get their information that way can still be informed. As the number of newsletters printed on paper diminishes, the cost per printed copy increases, so consolidating the printing of the hardcopy newsletters to gain the largest possible copy count is the best option financially. That does require that all hardcopy newsletters follow a set physical format, with the content specific to each Kingdom. Kingdom Chroniclers will continue to have a vital role in ensuring that correct information is communicated out to their Kingdoms, whether it be electronically or hardcopy.
The SCA Census that was taken last year was a concerted effort by the Board, Society and Corporate Officers to gather information and communication from the participants in the SCA on a wide range of topics related to our organization. The purpose of the census data is to provide the Society and Corporate levels the ability to be responsive to the participants as we navigate through a difficult economy in our external, modern society. I'd like to express the Board's deep appreciation for the volunteers on the Census Committee. The Census Committee is a group of volunteers that have committed hundreds of hours of their time to develop the census, and now, to extract and validate the data so that the most relevant and usable information is available to all of us. The Committee's goal is to release, upon the Board's approval, validated sets of data each quarter. Gathering the data is the first step, interpreting and utilizing that data to make the best decisions for the organization as a whole is the next challenge. Any and all input from participants regarding the topics contained within the census is critical to this process.
I listened to many opinions while I was at Pennsic, as I (and the rest of the Board) do at all events/gatherings/fighter practices we attend. We all want to hear your opinions, in person or through Comments@sca.org; or through email or letters to Officers and/or Ombudsmen. We are participants in the SCA as well as volunteers for the administration and stewardship of our organization, and we look forward to hearing from everyone. Please help us stay informed.
Leslie Vaughn Chairman, Board of Directors, SCA, Inc.
Chairman Leslie Vaughn aka Baronessa Isabeau della Farfalla
Vice-Chairman Mark Faulcon aka Duke Martin Lochner
Director John Fulton aka Duke John the Bearkiller
Director Denise Hundley aka Countess Denise Duvalier
Director Tim Jennings aka Master Garraed Galbraith
Director Kim McAuley aka Viscountess Kaellyn mac Dermott
Director Mitchell Steck aka Master Ljotr Einarsson
Director-Elect Lisa A. May aka Countess Margaret ni Conner
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