[Ansteorra] Fw: [Ansteorra-announce] [Announcements] From the Board of Directors: FAQ on E-Newsletters

gail young gwynethb63 at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 7 16:07:47 PST 2011

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Subject: [Ansteorra-announce] [Announcements] From the Board of Directors: FAQ 
on E-Newsletters

FAQ on E-Newsletters: 
Q:       I am presently a Sustaining Member and I want to continue receiving a 
paper newsletter. Can I? 

A:       Yes. If you are presently receiving a paper newsletter you will have 
the option to continue receiving it in that format.

Q:       I like paper newsletters. Once the e-newsletters go into effect, will I 
be able to get a paper copy mailed to me? 

A:       Yes. You will have a choice between the electronic version or a paper 

 Q:       The Board has suggested an implementation period of almost a full 
year. Why can’t we go to electronic newsletters right now? 

A:       There is much to do before the transition can happen including updating 
kingdom and corporate documents, revising the Chronicler’s Policies, modifying 
our current software, and adding new software and hardware. As quickly as 
everyone is working, all of these aspects take a considerable amount of time and 
we want to do this properly the first time.

Q:       I thought I paid membership fees in order to receive the newsletter. 
A:       As a Sustaining Member, you will still receive yourKingdom newsletter.  
We are not doing away with the newsletter; we areoffering a new option for 
delivery.Your membership fees go to support the operations of the non-profit 
organization that oversees the national and international activities and rules 
of the game. This includes everything from the insurance coverage we use for 
events to office supplies and the phone line that lets you call our member 
office. Sustaining Members receive newsletters in addition to the other benefits 
of membership.
Your membership gives you access to:
§         Quick Event Check-in– By signing the waiver on the membership 
application, you can speed up your check-in at events by presenting your 
membership card instead of signing waivers.
§         SCA Publications– Sustaining Members may also purchase subscriptions 
to other kingdoms’ newsletters, Tournaments Illuminated (the quarterly magazine 
of the Society), The Compleat Anachronist (the SCA’s quarterly monograph 
series), and the Board of Directors’ Proceedings.
§         Discounts– Members receive discounts on some event admissions.
Additionally, for many SCA-related activities, membership is a necessity, 
§         Holding Office– Membership is a requirement to hold an office.
§         Voting Privileges– When polling occurs in your local area, the 
membership rolls are used to determine who receives the poll.
§         Combat and Combat-Related Activities– In some kingdoms, membership is 
a requirement to participate in combat and combat-related activities.
§         Awards– In certain kingdoms, membership is a requirement for 
eligibility to receive awards.

Q:       Why is this necessary all of a sudden? Why hasn’t it happened before? 
A:      The option of e-newsletters has been a topic of interest for several 
years, but as with any decision, there were number of factors that made it high 
priority now. These include increased paper newsletter production costs 
including postage, the recent economic downturn and its effects on the SCA and 
its members, technological advances in quality and availability, and the 
majority of members (as shown by the recent census) would prefer to subscribe to 
this format. We believe that both the members and the SCA will benefit 
economically by the e-newsletter option, especially using the Kingdom of Lochac 
as a case model. The Kingdom of Lochac (SCAA – Australia and New Zealand) added 
the option of e-newsletters in 2009, and their information on adding 
e-newsletters for one kingdom demonstrated how it might be effective for the SCA 
and the other 18 kingdoms. 


Q:       I appreciate/don’t like these decisions. How can I have more input into 
this process? 

A:       As always, we encourage your comments and questions at 
comments at sca.organd will try to answer any question you may have. Your kingdom 
or officer ombudsman is always available to you to answer these questions 
directly and those assignments are listed in your newsletter and on the 
www.sca.orgwebsite. Additionally, if you want to have more effect at the 
corporate level, you should volunteer for or recommend people to the Board and 
to Society Officer positions as they become available. 

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