> Due to extraordinary legal
> expenses from an ongoing lawsuit, the SCA has determined
> that our best option
> is to raise membership fees in most
> classes by $8.00, effective January 1, 2011. Family
> membership rates will not
> increase, although the family cap for memberships will be
> raised by $5.00
> effective the same time.
> When we indicated in 2009
> that membership fees would raise gradually over the next
> three years, we were
> not fully aware of the extent and impact of the legal fees
> required to defend
> our organization. Earlier this year we received a realistic
> projection for
> legal expenses through 2011. We are committed to protecting
> not only the SCA
> Inc., but the assets of every SCA group. This lawsuit may
> go on for additional
> years and cost-cutting alone will not be sufficient.
> We are formulating a plan to
> get the SCA back on track and are selecting options to
> restructure our
> operating business model. One option is a move to
> electronic kingdom
> newsletters with a print-on-demand option for those who
> would like to get their
> version in hardcopy. With these changes, there are many
> details to consider
> including: legal issues
> surrounding the fulfillment of our current subscription
> liability; the
> development of an electronic publishing framework for use
> by kingdom chroniclers
> that supports both web-publishing and print-on-demand;
> writing relevant changes
> to governing documents, officer handbooks, and kingdom
> procedures; and making
> dramatic programming changes to the SCA website and
> corporate systems.
> The current migration of
> corporate and Society officer email addresses to a more
> robust infrastructure
> is a step in this direction.
> It is our hope that as
> financial circumstances evolve we will be able to
> re-evaluate the entire
> membership fee structure once the effectiveness of the
> restructured business
> model can be determined. This would include evaluating the
> necessity of
> collecting NMS as well as potential reductions in
> membership fees.
> There will be many stages in
> this process where feedback will be needed and solicited.
> We want to be
> completely transparent with any changes that will be made,
> and will share
> details as they become available. As every year, the budget
> will be posted on
> the SCA website as soon as it is approved for your review.
> Our job is to keep
> you as fully informed as possible and in that spirit we
> welcome any and all
> questions and comments. For the moment, please submit
> questions and comments
> through comments@....
> Finally, this process will
> be very difficult and take many months to complete, so
> please bear with us.
> During this time, Board members will be attempting to
> attend as many events as
> possible to be available to answer your questions.
> The SCA Board of Directors