[Ansteorra] Pay-2-play, Pay-2-fight, Pay-2-whatever...

ke5zw at wt.net ke5zw at wt.net
Tue Jan 8 15:19:33 PST 2008

Greetings All.....

For those that are not familiar with the Grand Council and its purposes,
one can sum it up as a SCA "Think Tank" of members from around the Known
World that the BoD and others of the SCA use for brainstorming, bouncing
off of and coming up with of suggestions and ideas for consideration by
the BoD and Officers of the SCA.

I also want to emphasize that there is NOTHING "in the works" for a "Pay
to Play" plan. It is a subject that has been requested for the GC to look
at and return feedback to the BoD on.

The subject gets looked at every now and then and it is up for a look.

However, we do need your feedback so that we may give the GC our Kingdoms
educated and true opinion on the matter and then the BoD can make an
educated decision from that.

Responses should be by direct email so as to keep the list running smoothly.

Any questions, please respond direct.

In Service,

HE Niklas Vasilevich
Grand Council Member
Ansteorra At-Large

> Unto all Ansteorrans do I, Baron Armand Dragonetti, send warm greetings
> and
> a humble request for assistance.
> I would like to share a brief excerpt from the Grand Council regarding its
> current task assigned from the Board of Directors:
>> The Board of Directors would like the Grand Council to
>> consider the topic
>> of _*membership dues with respect to "pay to play", "pay to
>> participate",
>> "pay to fight", or "pay to...?"*_
>> We would like the Council to study this issue, and to give us
>> an idea of
>> the potential problems and pitfalls, the positives and what
>> the council
>> perceives as the general feeling of the Society toward such a model.
>> The Directors would like the Council to consider to possibilities of a
>> tiered membership format, providing potential notions of how a tiered
>> format might work and how new members might be handled under such a
>> system.
> As Ansteorra's appointed representative, I would prefer to objectively
> convey the opinions of the kingdom in general, rather than solely my own
> personal convictions, therefore I seek *your* opinions and commentary.
> Discussions of this type are often esoteric or tedious and conducted
> "behind-the-scenes", so as not to overshadow or diminish the fun aspects
> of
> our game. However, once a decision is rendered, and especially if a change
> is involved, there are some who will ascribe sinister intent to the
> "secrecy" and tend to feel disenfranchised or marginalized by not being
> part
> of the process. This is a chance to be part of the process, have your
> voice
> heard and witness an effort to be open and up front.
> However, I would prefer our list not get bogged down by this topic, which
> has great potential to elicit strong emotions, distrust and deep seated
> convictions. Therefore I would prefer for responses to be sent to me
> directly at dragonetti at generich.com rather than the open list. You may
> also
> wish to follow the Grand Council's discussions by subscribing at:
> http://lists.sca.org/listinfo/list/
> While anyone can subscribe and follow along, currently only GC members may
> post directly to the discussion. However, members will forward relevant
> messages on behalf of non-members. In addition to myself, other Grand
> Council members from Ansteorra include Mistress Katrionna Heather
> MacLochlainn, Baron Niklas Vasilevich and Lady Simone Marruin
> Ui'Dunlaingh.
> (Their email addresses are available from the GC Roster found at:
> http://grandcouncil.sca.org/gcroster.php )
> BE ADVISED: To my knowledge, nothing is "in-the-works" already. This is
> not
> a zero-sum proposition. The results could be anything from "no change at
> all" to "eliminating the NMS in favor of pay-to-fight", "eliminate ALL
> memberships in favor of pay-to-do anything" or any number of variations.
> (Btw, I just made those up.)
> So in the interest of playing Devil's Advocate, what virtues/positives of
> a
> "pay-to-whatever" business model can you imagine? What are the virtues of
> a
> tiered membership format and how might one work?
> Thanks for your assistance!
> (And again, as a courtesy to those not interested, please send me your
> feedback privately at: dragonetti at generich.com)
> In the service of kingdom and crown, I remain,
> Baron Armand Dragonetti
> Grand Councilor
> Appointed by the Crown of Ansteorra
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