[Ansteorra] Fw: [Announcements] Waterbearing proposal request for comments
alasdair at bmhanson.net
Tue Jun 17 09:56:32 PDT 2008
I would urge everyone that has concerns about this to please provide your comments and thoughts to the Directors and Mr. Anderson regarding this proposal.
> -------Original Message-------
> From: Patrick Anderson <president at sca.org>
> Subject: [Announcements] Waterbearing proposal request for comments
> Sent: 17 Jun '08 10:57
> >From the President, Patrick Anderson:
> Earlier this year, I was asked by several people in the waterbearing
> community to examine the various laws of states and countries related to
> waterbearing as an organized and official activity of the SCA, Inc.
> Various states have informed officers of the SCA, Inc. that while our
> activity does not directly violate the food codes or health regulations
> of their states, if there were to be an outbreak of illness, the SCA,
> Inc. could be held liable for that outbreak. Several health care
> professionals and attorneys have reviewed this topic and agree with this
> I was asked to examine the best way to both ensure a safe fighting
> environment for our fighters, and to comply with the various state and
> country laws. The relevant laws vary from state by state, county by
> county and country by country. I determined that the best way to do this
> would be to make waterbearing unofficial and unsanctioned by the SCA,
> Inc. and proposed this change to the Board. The only other option would
> be to regulate waterbearing, and to regulate it such that it follows the
> various food safety codes of the various states and countries the SCA
> participates in. This would be unwieldy, impractical and expensive for
> the SCA to do. Further, it is likely that waterbearers would not be able
> to continue to serve our fighters using any of the current methods of
> The proposal put before the membership for comment would stop
> waterbearing by any SCA branch or other official group. The SCA would
> not have an office of waterbearer at any level. Marshals would still be
> permitted to allow waterbearers on the field, but any waterbearing must
> not be done by any officially sanctioned or regulated groups of the SCA.
> Households are welcome to provide water to fighters, as are unofficial
> and unrecognized guilds. This does not bar groups from putting out the
> "serve yourself water coolers" at events. (In my Kingdom they are
> usually the big orange cylinders.)
> The Board and Corporate officers understand that many people have spent
> time waterbearing within the official framework, and now hope that you
> continue to volunteer unofficially. This proposal has been brought to
> enable fighters to continue to have a waterbearing service provided to
> them, without the extremely strict governance that official waterbearing
> will require.
> The actual text of the proposed rule is below. This rule has not yet
> been approved by the Board, and is being sent out for comment here. The
> Directors request comments from the membership regarding this proposed
> revision no later than October 1st, 2008. Please send them to:
> Corpora Revision
> SCA Inc.
> Box 360789
> Milpitas CA, 95036
> email: comments at sca.org
> Thank you for commenting.
> Patrick Anderson
> President, Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
> Proposed language to be added to Corpora:
> The activity of providing beverages to combatants and spectators at SCA
> Combat activities is not regulated, warranted, organized, controlled, or
> sanctioned by the SCA, Inc. or any affiliate or subsidiary entity. All
> warrants, authorizations, or other formal recognition of this activity
> are by publication of this change revoked. This document does not either
> address or restrict such volunteer activity or the methods by which it
> Patrick Anderson
> Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
> president at sca.org
> Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
> SCA Inc.
> Box 360789
> Milpitas, CA 95036
> You may also email comments at lists.sca.org.
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