Society for Creative Anachronism
College of Arms

PO Box 31755
Billings, MT 59107-1755

For the May 2004 meetings, printed October 26, 2004

To all the College of Arms and all others who may read this missive, from Shauna Laurel, Evan Wreath, and Margaret Pelican, greetings.

The following is a table showing the status of Letters of Intent, Laurel Letters of Pend and Discussion, and Letters of Intent to Protect. The header rows are the dates of the meetings that will consider them, the dates when primary commentary is due, and the dates when responses to primary commentary are due. The key follows.

Wreath meetingMay 16 & 22Jun 12 & 27Jul 10Aug 11-19Sep 11 & 25-26Oct 23Nov 13
Pelican meetingMay 15 & 22Jun 13 & 27Jul 25Aug 14-19Sep 25-26Oct 30Nov 20
Comment by     too lateSep 30
Respond by     Sep 30Oct 31
Letters of Intent being considered:
AEthelmearcJan 30-Mar 27Apr 26May 25Jun 24Jul 25
An TirJan 30Feb 27Mar 27Apr 28-Jun 29 &
(Sep 30) &
(Aug 31
[P Sep 04])
May 27 &
May 27 &
Jul 30
AnsteorraJan 26Feb 18Mar 11
[P Apr 01]
Apr 21May 21
[P May 29]
Jun 22 &
(Sep 20)
Jul 19
ArtemisiaJan 30-Mar 30-May 28Jun 23 &
(Sep 20)
Jul 17
AtenveldtJan 27Feb 25Mar 17Apr 20May 20-Jul 25
AtlantiaJan 27Feb 24Mar 25Apr 21May 27Jun 24 &
(Sep 28)
Jul 24
CaidJan 31---May 10Jun 30-
Calontir-Feb 20-Apr 08May 28-Jul 22
DrachenwaldJan 29Feb 26Mar 25Apr 22May 27Jun 28Jul 22
EaldormereJan 25-Mar 18
[P Apr 01]
-May 27-Jul 26
EastNov 30
[P Dec 03]
Feb 29--Apr 30Jun 28 &
(Sep 30)
Jul 20
Lochac--Mar 22
[P Apr 01]
Apr 21May 25Jun 22-
MeridiesJan 31-Mar 31-Apr 30 &
May 31
Jun 30-
MiddleJan 01Feb 10Mar 17 &
Mar 02
Apr 12
[P Apr 27]
May 10
[P May 21]
Jun 10
[P Jun 30] &
(Sep 20)
NorthshieldJan 25Feb 25Mar 25Apr 26May 31
[P Jun 07]
Jun 28Jul 29
OutlandsJan 27Feb 24Mar 25Apr 24May 27Jun 27Jul 27
TrimarisNov 03Feb 27Mar 31-Apr 30--
WestJan 27Feb 24Mar 24
[P Apr 12]
Apr 20May 25Jun 22 &
(Sep 27)
Laurel LoPaD
[LoAR date]
-Feb 12
[Nov LoAR]
Mar 31
[ LoAR]

Month day: the date on the Letter of Intent, Letter of Pend and Discussion, or Letter of Intent to Protect.
(Month day): for administrative reasons, this LoI has not yet been scheduled.
[P Month day]: postmarked on that bracketed date, so the LoI is redated or postponed.
"-": no LoI is scheduled for that meeting from that kingdom.
?: tentative.

The May Wreath meeting was held on Sunday, May 16, and continued on Wednesday, May 19. The May Pelican meeting was held on May 15. They had a joint road-show meeting on May 22 at Ęthelmearc War Practice.

The June Wreath meeting was held on June 12 and the June Pelican meeting was held on June 13. They held the traditional Known World Heraldic Symposium road-show meeting on June 27.

The August Pelican and Wreath meetings were held as a series of mini-meetings at Pennsic.

Wreath and Pelican held a joint meeting in the greater Washington D.C. area on September 25-26, while Wreath held another meeting in advance on September 11.

Pelican is tentatively scheduled to hold a road show November 20 at the First Northshield Kingdom Heraldic Symposium.

The December Wreath meeting is tentatively scheduled for December 11 or 18.

Not all letters of intent may be considered when they are originally scheduled on this cover letter. The date of mailing of the LoI, date of receipt of the Laurel packet, or other factors may delay consideration of certain letters of intent. Additionally, some letters of intent received may not have been scheduled because the administrative requirements (receipt of the forms packet, receipt of the necessary fees, et cetera) have not yet been met.

REMINDER: Until all administrative requirements are met, the letter may not be scheduled.

From Laurel: Immediate Change

Effective immediately, Susan Earley, Society Exchequer, will be receiving all financial correspondence for the Laurel office, including checks. This is detailed in the 'Send What To Whom' section at the end of this letter.

From Laurel: Electronic Policies Revisited/Admin Handbook Section of the Month

Questions have been raised about acceptable ways in which to notify submitters of the status of their submissions. Section V.A.2. of the Administrative Handbook (AH) says:

2. Timely Notification of Submitters - The Principal Herald, either directly or through designated deputies, shall ensure that all submitters are notified of the results of the submissions process without undue delay at any level. Notification of registration by the College of Arms or of return at any level must be made in writing to the individual submitter. Printed notices in kingdom newsletters do not meet this requirement, although they are encouraged for public relations purposes.

E-mailed notifications meet this requirement as long as a hard copy is retained in the appropriate files.

From Pelican: Those Pesky Checkboxes

Over the past few months, I've noticed that many kingdoms are uncertain how to summarize the authenticity checkboxes on their LoIs. Some kingdoms don't mention them at all, others use the phrase "desires an X name", while still others use other phrases.

When summarizing this checkbox, please either use a checklist system, such as Ansteorra does, or explicitly include the word authenticity when the submitter has checked one of the authenticity checkboxes. Sentences of the form "The submitter requested authenticity for X time period" or "The submitter wishes a name authenticity for Y language/culture" or "Authenticity:Yes, X culture, Y time period" are all good summarizations.

So, why is summarizing this checkbox so important? When a submitter request authenticity, they are requesting an extra level of research from the College. Such a check mark indicates that the name should not only be registerable according to the Rules for Submission, but that the elements and construction should also be documentable to a single time and place. If the authenticity checkbox isn't summarized or an explicit phrase isn't used to describe it, the commenting member of the College don't alway (or even often) perform this extra level of research.

Because a request for authenticity is a request for extra research, I will be pending submissions for further research where the submitter has made a request for authenticity, the request was not adequately summarized on the Letter of Intent, and the College did not suggest an appropriate authentic form.

From Laurel: KWHS 2005 CORRECTION

The information for KWHS 2005 is evolving. Here is the latest update from the hosting baronies in the Kingdom of the Outlands. The dates are the same, July 22-24, 2005, but there has been a site change from the original bid, which as many of you know was put together in a hurry due to a dearth of bids. The final, contracted, site will be the Raintree Hotel and Conference Center in Longmont, Colorado, near Denver and Fort Collins. Block rate for hotel rooms is $79 + taxes, no additional fees for more than two to a room, up to four people per room.

The Web page has further information and it will be kept up to date. Further updates will also be put into the appropriate Cover Letters as space and time allow.

Roster Changes

Margherita Alessia ..., Society Exchequer, is added to the Mailing List and Roster effective immediately. Her address is: ...; e-mail: All financial correspondence should be sent to her.

The previous Laurel Exchequer, Ealusaid inghean Ghille Bhrighde ..., is removed from the Roster.

There was an error in the mailing address for Golden Pillar in the most recent roster. The Post Office Box number should be ....

Send What to Whom

Send one paper copy of all Letters of Intent, Comment, Response, Correction, et cetera to both Evan Wreath KoA and Margaret Pelican QoA at their mailing addresses as given in the Roster and Mailing List.

Send to Shauna of Carrick Point, Laurel Queen of Arms (whose contact information heads this letter), all Laurel office copies of all submissions-related paper, including

Send all checks and money ordedrs for submissions, payable to "SCA Inc.- College of Arms", as well as any financial correspondence, to the Society Exchequer, Margherita Alessia ...; e-mail:

Send Laurel office copies of all submissions-related electronic files to This applies to all LoIs, LoCs, LoRs, et cetera.

Send roster changes and corrections to Laurel, above, and also to Jeanne Marie Lacroix at College of Arms members may also request a copy of the current roster from her at any time. Please specify what electronic format you would prefer at the time of the request (*.rtf, *.txt, *.doc).

For subscriptions to the paper copy of the LoAR, please contact Laurel, above, and also Jeanne Marie Lacroix at The cost for an LoAR subscription is currently $25 a year. Please make all checks or money orders payable to "SCA Inc.-College of Arms" and send to the Society Exchequer, whose information is above. For subscriptions to the electronic copy of the LoAR, please go to and choose the format you wish to receive. The electronic copy is available free of charge.

For all administrative matters, or for questions about whom to send what to, please contact Laurel.

I remain

In service to the Society

Shauna of Carrick Point
Laurel Queen of Arms

Created at 2004-11-14T20:28:30