[Ansteorra] Member or Not?

Paul E. Kiefer, Jr. rapierman at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 10 15:28:07 PST 2008

Okay, putting the legal issues aside and wading into dangerous waters, here's my concern....

Was this corporation formed only for the rich?  It would seem to me that, regardless of level of membership subscription, we have two primary purposes:

1.  To relive the Middle Ages/Renaissance as if it were still here today; and (b)
2.  Bring about an education of the time period to the general public, in compliance with IRC 503(c)

If one limits the populace count to a membership fee that could be a financial hardship to someone, do we then fail to fulfill IRC 503(c)?  Do we, in fact, endanger the existence of an entire kingdom, if not the entire society?

Just something to ponder....

Lord Johann Kiefer Haydon (Paul E. Kiefer, Jr.)

----- Original Message ----
From: Pat Mullins <paedrics at yahoo.com>
To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 1:42:36 PM
Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Member or Not?

Chris Zakes <dontivar at gmail.com> wrote:Thus there is no clear black-and-white statement of whether 
a Family or Associate member qualifies as a subscribing member. I 
think it's a reasonable interpretation that "subscribing member" 
means "paid member" (of any flavor.)

-Tivar Moondragon 

It makes more sense to me that "member" means "'paid member' (of any flavor)" while "subscribing member" means "member with a subscription" i.e. someone who gets the kingdom newsletter.

Having said this, however, it does seem ridiculous to me to require two or more people living in the same house to *each* have a subscription to a kingdom newsletter, for both to be counted toward a group's membership count.

It is ironic that a group formed by Berkeley, Ca hippies in the 60s would require such a waste of paper (and by extension, trees). Guess they aren't the tree-hugging flavor of hippies...

My tuppence,

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