BVC - The Brewing newsletter/publication issue...
pug at pug.net
Fri Jun 11 13:36:50 PDT 1999
I am sure you have had more than enough irate people writing to you
regarding this particular topic. I am not irate. I am disappointed
and hope to encourage you to rethink an issue that I do not think is
going to work.
I have read both the report from the Exchequer's office as well as
missives from Duke Andrew. While I am definitely much less concerned
now, I still wish to voice concern.
Before I get started, I agree that we should make all attempts of our
educational process to be historically oriented. However that does not
mean that I think the Corporation should try to enforce this through
Corporate policy and regulation. Self-policing does work.
I also agree that SCA money should not be used to purchase supplies or
equipment for local brewers. I feel that it is up to them to support
their own habit and that the money has no need to go through a
Corporate bank account.
It appears that due to the SCA's insurance limitation on alcohol, the
Corporation is trying to put a definition to the term "manufacture"
with regards to recipes and publications. This definition is not only
unenforceable, but it should not even try to be enforced or regulated
by the Corporation for something that is not "manufacture" of alcohol
and thus does not cause any harm to the insurance policy.
The original letter from the Society Chancellor of the Exchequer
states that only accurate period descriptions are allowed. This would
mean that redactions and "modernifications" would not be allowed.
It appears from latter missives that reprinting and possibly redactions
of period recipes are safe within the new confines. Unfortunately
original recipes, even in a period style, are not. As well, if someone
were to post in a format such as has been suggested, there is nothing
to keep someone from putting a modern recipe in the article.
As well, since publications and newsletters are not defined, it means
that it affects *every* local newsletter within the Society. Not only
that, but it might possibly extended even further than that given the
desire. The policing of this policy is unattainable and thus shouldn't
even be considered.
Besides, where will this definition stop? Will it include the teaching
of classes at SCA events where SCA money is used to furnish the site?
Before you easily blow that off as non-sensical, please note that no
where in any of the letters does it state the amount or percentage of
the SCA money that is involved.
I am a brewer within the Society. I am also an Officer within the
Society. Please do not require us to try to enforce an unenforceable
restriction because of the misapplication of an insurance policy.
I wish you patience and wisdom in your decision.
Phelim "Pug" Gervase | "I want to be called. COTTONTIPS. There is something
Barony of Bryn Gwlad | graceful about that lady. A young woman bursting with
House Flaming Dog | vigor. She blinked at the sudden light. She writes
pug at pug.net | beautiful poems. When ever shall we meet again?"
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