ANSTHRLD - New Laurel Sovereign of Arms needed

Timothy A. McDaniel tmcd at
Mon Apr 23 21:11:19 PDT 2001

[Hey, gang!  Let's put on a College of Arms!  Stargate, you doing
anything in particular for the next, oh, 3 years?

Damme, why did Gwenllian have to be moving out of kingdom *now*?
I even offered to marry her and make her a kept woman so's she could
stay in-kingdom and bid, but she says I don't have enough money to
keep her in the style to which she'd like to become accustomed, and
besides she wants to be one of them career wimmen ... -- DdL]

    Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 19:09:40 -0400
    From: Kathy Van Stone <kvs+ at>
    To: [lots of people]
    Subject: New Laurel Sovereign of Arms needed

Note: a printed copy of this letter is being sent to the College of Arms 

Unto the members of the College of Arms and all others who may read
this missive does Dame Elsbeth Anne Roth, Laurel Queen of Arms, send

The Board of Directors have told me that they will not be extending my
warrant and that I need to find a replace-ment in time for their
conference meeting on June 15.  Even though they want to choose by
June 15, I will be finishing my term, which ends July 21. This means
that the July LoAR will be my last one.

The Board will be happy to accept single or multiple-person (i.e. 2 or
3 people) bids.  I am also willing to help match people who want to do
part of the job with those who want to do the other parts.  I had no
bids from my last request, although I did get some indications of
people willing to do names or armory.  Thus I am particularly in need
of someone to do the administrative duties (including personnel
management) as well as manage the files (which are now smaller than
they used to be).

Please send this message to anyone you think might be interested. I
will, of course, be willing to help my successor make as smooth a
transition as possible.

My apologies for the short notice; while I had been informed in March
that there were issues about renewing my warrant, I did not know until
Saturday that a definite decision had made made not to renew it.

I am repeating here the announcement I made in the August 2000
LoAR. Note: the term is for three years and resumes are due by June
15, 2001

Position Opening - Laurel Sovereign of Arms

     The Laurel Sovereign of Arms (Laurel) is the principal heraldic
     officer of the Society and the head of the College of Arms. Laurel
     is responsible for fostering the study and practice of heraldry,
     processing sub-missions, and overseeing the heraldic activities of
     the Known World. Because the time and commitment required to
     oversee the College of Arms and process submissions are so great,
     the Laurel Sovereign of Arms usually has a major deputy, the
     Pelican Sovereign of Arms, to perform part of the duties. The
     current split has Pelican in charge of processing name submissions
     and Laurel in charge of everything else. The previous incarnation
     had Pelican in charge of administration instead. Applicants may
     use either of these configurations, or a new one which better fit
     the applicant's skills. The Board will accept applications from an
     individual or a team to perform the duties of these offices;
     however, they will not accept applications where only part of
     these duties will be assumed.

     Laurel and its deputies are unpaid positions. Laurel currently
     requires approximately 20 hours a week (primarily submissions
     processing) plus about 10-20 hours a week for Laurel staff. Also
     required is office space sufficient for 18 filing cabinets, 20
     boxes of "to be archived" submissions files, 1 filing cabinet of
     "currently in process" submissions, and about 20 more boxes of
     assorted books, etc., plus the computers, computer programs and
     documentation, backup tapes and disks, printer, photocopier, and
     flatbed color scanner.

     The position requires tact and patience, local staff to assist in
     the weekly filing (an average of 4-6 people at least once a week),
     knowledge of armory and onomastics, bureaucratic ability, the
     ability to meet tight deadlines and produce a Laurel letter of
     Acceptance and Return monthly, computer literacy and word
     processing skills, e-mail access, and time and ability to travel.

     Resumes should be made in writing to the SCA office, at Box
     360789, Milpitas, CA 95036 by January 1, 2001.

     If anyone has any questions regarding the workload or the job
     function, feel free to contact the current Laurel (Elsbeth Anne
     Roth (Kathy Van Stone), (412) 306-0416, herald at

In service,

Elsbeth Anne Roth
Laurel Queen of Arms
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