[Ansteorra] Fw: [Announcements] Waterbearing proposal request for comments

Alasdair MacEogan 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.

Alasdair MacEogan

>  -------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
>  assessment.
>  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
>  waterbearing.
>  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
>  occurs.
>  --
>  Patrick Anderson
>  President
>  Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
>  president at sca.org
>  952-412-4112
>  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.
>  This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.
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