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