- As I'm tight on funds, so I'm trying to decide if I want to become a
paid member or not. I know that one of the big benefits is not
having to pay the non-member surcharges at events, but I doubt I'll
make it to 12 events a year that have a $3 surcharge so that it'll
pay for itself. Another option I have is to be an associate member
or is the Kingdom Newsletter worth the extra $15 a year? Are there
any other benefits that I'm not aware of? I'm also hoping that
actually having that official "buy-in" might encourage me to be more
active this time around.
- Ariadne -
I posed a very similar question last month on one of
the lists I belong to, and got quite a few replies.
Some of the answers I received outlined the reasons
you have already stated. One of the other "perks" of
being a card carrying member is that you show your
financial support of the organization. It costs money
to run the SCA, and I am happy to do my part so I can
register my name & play in the association. You also
get speedy service when going to events - you can
usually just pay your money & walk in, instead of
standing in line, filling out the paperwork (damage
waver, drivers license, etc). As a member you can
also hold office & fight. You cannot do either
without a membership card.
Just a few reasons, & my 2 cents!!
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- Well, I may be wrong (again LOL) but my understanding was that the
associate membership was for additional people at the same address
and does not include the Kingdom newsletter. So that in the case of
a couple, one would get a full membership, inclding the newsletter,
and the other would get the associate membership. So, if that is
true, you may not be able to get an associate membership.
If money is really tight, hold off on membership for a while and put
your change in a "membership jar". Depending on you Kingdom, there
are not many things extra that a memebership allows you to do. On
the other hand, as Anpliça Dell'Isola says, it is a time saver, not
to memtion that pesky non-member surcharge. I also feel that people
have a tendency to be more involved if they have a monetary
investment in something...
--- In email@example.com, R Gray <winterstar74@y...> wrote:
> Ariadne -
> I posed a very similar question last month on one of
> the lists I belong to, and got quite a few replies.
> Some of the answers I received outlined the reasons
> you have already stated. One of the other "perks" of
> being a card carrying member is that you show your
> financial support of the organization. It costs money
> to run the SCA, and I am happy to do my part so I can
> register my name & play in the association. You also
> get speedy service when going to events - you can
> usually just pay your money & walk in, instead of
> standing in line, filling out the paperwork (damage
> waver, drivers license, etc). As a member you can
> also hold office & fight. You cannot do either
> without a membership card.
> Just a few reasons, & my 2 cents!!
> Anpliça Dell'Isola
> Do you Yahoo!?
> The New Yahoo! Search - Faster. Easier. Bingo
- In a message dated 4/26/2003 10:00:47 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> Well, I may be wrong (again LOL) but my understanding was that theNo, that would be a "family membership" - which I hold. The associate is for
> associate membership was for additional people at the same address
> and does not include the Kingdom newsletter. So that in the case of
> a couple, one would get a full membership, inclding the newsletter,
> and the other would get the associate membership. So, if that is
> true, you may not be able to get an associate membership.
any person, just as the sustaining is.
Ariadne, the question of whether a kingdom newsletter is worth $15 is up to
you. One of the primary things the kingdom newsletter does is to advertise
events held in your kingdom, providing all the necessary info such as
activities, location, prices, directions, etc. If you have another, reliable
source for that information, such as a regularly updated kingdom website with
an event calendar, you may find that you don't need the newsletter. But if
you don't have such a source, finding out about events to go to is going to
be haphazard at best, and may make it harder for you to get really active.
On the other hand, I often recommend that newcomers "try out" the SCA without
buying a membership for a little while, to see if they really do want to do
this. One thing that may make a difference for you (or may not) is that I
don't know how often you are going to find events focussed on or other people
interested in 5th century Greece. I know a few Romano-Britons from that time
period, and I can think of one guy I have seen doing early Greek, but I don't
know when. For some people, that might be a problem; for others, the SCA
still gives them a place to explore what they want on their own.
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- Well after 12 years, I ain't paying membershiop no more. It just
ain't worth it to me. I go to maybe one er two SCA events a year and
it really ain't worth tha $35 US (about $55 or more Canadian)
Speaking of memberships and stuff I got a few links to share with yas.
tha first one is The Conferation of Medival Kingdoms...
it's fer ALL people in ALL medieval societies ta come to gether at a
round table and discuss stuff like get togethers at events and build
that be LUTES, CSA, DAGGER, Adrian, SCA, and others.
we respect ALL crowns and nobles no matter wot group they belong to.
It ain't fer role playing and recruiting into other groups... just a
discussion forum fer everyone to get outside of their own clique and
mingle with other minds that share a common interest.
tha link is:
Everyone is welcome ta respectfully join, be you a crown or commoner.
There's also a tavern ya cin belly up into that's fer everyone and
cin speak about anything they want...
Speakin of memberships...
permit me ta share this bit of joyful news wit yas...
are there any CANADIANS in tha house???
Canada has it's FIRST international Medieval Enactment society
approved as a non-profit corporation!!
and it be an EMPIRE with US chapters and folks overseas interested in
memberships are FREE and donations are tax deductable!!
Chapters that wanna join, pay a small annual fee ta cover admin costs
but tha idea is ta play and have fun in medieval fashion.
if yer interested in playing with more than one group and wanna be
part of this one too.. thar are two forums ya cin join:
INTERNATIONAL forum (Imperial courts)
CANADIAN chapters, local Toronto announcements etc,(kingdom court)
(Note: tha Hightower group plays alot more often and has more events
than ya cin imagine)
I'm really excited about this bit o' news an' hope ya share it yer
friends an' come out an' say 'ello to tha good folks i this
This is great fer us folks North of tha border that just cain't pay
them huge membership dues with them exchange rates. Hopefully, we cin
all play tagether and stuff, ey?
If ya gots questions,
ya cin email HRM Anastasia the Innocent at:
She'll b e'appy ta yap wit ya and stuff.
lots o' luv,
> As I'm tight on funds, so I'm trying to decide if I want to becomea
> paid member or not. I know that one of the big benefits is not
> having to pay the non-member surcharges at events, but I doubt I'll
> make it to 12 events a year that have a $3 surcharge so that it'll
> pay for itself.
- Okay, I'm going to do it. I'll be mailing out my application today.
I decided to get the sustaining membership (I'll just have to cut
corners somewhere else). On the application it says to send a
postcard if you need confirmation that you've joined. Am I correct
in assuming that this is done because it can take a while to get the
card and that it would be sent fairly quickly? I'm going to an event
on May 23rd so would like to avoid the surcharge.
- On Wednesday 30 April 2003 11:24, J. A. Gray wrote:
> Okay, I'm going to do it. I'll be mailing out my application today.Congrats, Ariadne!
> I decided to get the sustaining membership (I'll just have to cut
> corners somewhere else). On the application it says to send a
> postcard if you need confirmation that you've joined. Am I correct
> in assuming that this is done because it can take a while to get the
> card and that it would be sent fairly quickly? I'm going to an event
> on May 23rd so would like to avoid the surcharge.
If you get your application out in the next couple of days, there's a good
chance you'll have your card by May 23. The new membership system is much
faster than the old one, and turnaround time is typically about 2 weeks, though
they officially say 4 to 6 weeks.
Your decision, but only $3 is at risk. I'd chance it.
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fesswise reversed sable.
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- I've downloaded the SCA membership form. Do I have to have a SCA
name registered or anything to become a member?
And what's the difference between the two types of memberships?
I'd like to receive publications, I believe that's the first
type of membership, but I'm unclear.
The other thing I've notice on the mebership paper ...
under Publications there's First and Third, what is this?
- Hello, RJ, and welcome.
No, you do not need to have an SCA name, nor have it registered to be a
member. The membership card name and registered names have NOTHING to do
with each other. The office of the SCA, Inc. takes the name you write on
your application and types it onto your card. If you write "Jabba the
Hut" on there, "Jabba the Hut" would be on your membership card.
Registering a name, on the other hand, is done through the College of
Heralds, and any registered name must meet a number of criteria, including
period-ness and unique-ness.
The two main types of membership are Subscribing (you receive paper copies
of your Kingdom's newsletter) and Associate (you do not receive paper
copies of anything other than your membership card). In the days before
the internet, the printed Kingdom newsletter was often the only source for
event information. These days, the paper copies are nice if you're
traveling, but hardly the necessity they once were.
For the publications "First" and "Third" are the class of mail that your
publications would be delivered by. The main advantage to going "First"
class is that your publications would be forwarded if you moved or changed
addresses. Someone else may know of other benefits to paying extra for
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