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From the SCA Board of Directors - A Call for Comments on proposed Mission / Business / Values statements for the SCA

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  • J M Hughes
    From the Board of Directors In 2005, in pursuit of the goal to professionalize the corporate operations of the SCA, the Board of Directors began the process of
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 21, 2007
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      From the Board of Directors

      In 2005, in pursuit of the goal to professionalize the corporate
      operations of the SCA, the Board of Directors began the process of
      creating the necessary mission and business statements to define the
      Society's scope and purpose as a nonprofit 501.c.3 corporation.

      The Alliance for Nonprofit Management lists a mission statement as one
      of the primary characteristics of a successful nonprofit organization.
      They cite the needs for a clearly defined mission statement, a dynamic
      and active board of directors, and an organization-wide commitment to
      set values and goals as vital to success in the nonprofit sector.

      To quote the National Endowment for the Arts, "Mission, Business, and
      Values Statements are the glue which holds an organization together.
      They describe what you are trying to do, how you want to go about it,
      and where you are headed. Knowing these things helps keep an
      organization on track, and provides a yardstick to measure present
      performance and plans against aspirations and values."

      A Mission Statement helps define what an organization wants to achieve.
      Why does the organization exist? What does it ultimately wish to
      accomplish? Mission statements must be neither too broad in scope nor
      too narrow in focus, or they will not successfully represent an
      organization's purpose.

      A Business Statement outlines the framework with which an organization
      chooses to pursue its mission, provide for its members, and answers the
      question, "How will we work to facilitate the accomplishment of our
      organizational goals?"

      A Values Statement outlines the principles and beliefs held in common by
      members of the organization, which are used as a guide in the
      accomplishment of the mission.

      To that end, the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative
      Anachronism, Inc. has created the following three articles and places
      them before the membership for commentary and input.

      *Mission statement: * The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
      (SCA) is an international organization devoted to the research and
      re-creation of pre-seventeenth century life, encouraging its
      participants to employ a knowledge of history to enrich their lives
      and the lives of others through events, demonstrations, and other
      educational venues.

      *Business statement: * As a 501.c.3 corporation the Society for
      Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA) provides the necessary business
      structure for the operation of its official branches, for the
      coordination of centralized policies and practices, and for the
      dissemination of information to its international constituency of

      *Value statement: * As an organization the Society for Creative
      Anachronism (SCA) values the principles of chivalry, honor, personal
      integrity, and artistry idealized in pre-Seventeenth century culture
      and society.

      The Directors request comments from the membership regarding this
      proposed revision no later than April 1st, 2008. Please send them to:

      Mission Statement
      SCA Inc.
      Box 360789
      Milpitas CA, 95036
      email: comments@...

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