[Ansteorra] Proposed change in waterbearing

Joe McGrew oscagne at gmail.com
Tue Jun 17 11:22:02 PDT 2008

This is a terrible idea.  On the face of it we are putting people at
practical risk in order to protect against a theoretical risk.

This also sends a message that the Society is devaluing waterbearing.
You can disclaim that as often as you want, but the message will still
be there in the subtext of the measure.

If the Society is this concerned about it, add a clause to the site
and membership waiver to cover illness received from communal water
and/or enact society-wide regulations of Society branch-provided

Putting the membership at risk is not a proper response

Everyone please give the Board a comment on this measure at the address below.

Gregor MacBeathain

> Message: 4
> Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2008 11:56:32 -0500
> From: " Alasdair MacEogan " <alasdair at bmhanson.net>
> Subject: [Ansteorra] Fw: [Announcements] Waterbearing proposal request
>        for     comments
> To: ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org, steppes at lists.ansteorra.org
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> 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

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