****** PARMA FAQ ****** 1. What is PARMA? The Pacific Association for Recreating the Middle Ages is a nonprofit society incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia in September of 1994, and presently has some 30 members. The current Board of Directors are: Mark Shier - President <firstname.lastname@example.org> or <email@example.com> Nicholas Welch - Vice-President <firstname.lastname@example.org> Ken Giles - Treasurer Barbara Gordon - Secretary <email@example.com> Chris Vickers - Ombudsman Membership is $5.00 per year. Applications for membership should be made in writing to the Secretary, at PO Box 5831 Station B, Victoria, B.C., Canada, V8R 6S8. 2. What does PARMA do? The Pacific Assocation for Recreating the Middle Ages studies and recreates the arts, crafts and entertainments of the past, puts on feasts, revels, picnics and other events "set in" past times and places. For instance, a Christmas celebration set in Civil War England, a picnic in 17th century Tibet, a parish fair in Chaucer's England or a bazaar in 7th century Baghdad. PARMA also supports and encourages the study of the Middle Ages, by demonstrating aspects of medieval life for schools, youth groups and other organisations.,and by donating books to school libraries and funding a scholarship in Medieval Studies at the University of Victoria. Plans for the future include funding a second scholarship and bringing in lecturers. Members of PARMA are expected to behave courteously and to attempt to dress in pre-1700s costume at period events. 3. What's the difference between PARMA and the Society for Creative Anachronism? The SCA is a nonprofit, educational society incorporated in California. Although it has members all over North America as well as in Australia and Europe, the legal status of branches outside California has always been fuzzy. The existence of PARMA as an incorporated group means that members who are organising events or activities cannot be held individually liable. Members renting halls or equipment can do so under the protection of the organisation, without running the risk of personal liability. Several members of PARMA are also members of the SCA or the Northern Society for Creative Anachronism, but PARMA is an independent incorporation. Its aims are similar to those of the SCA and NSCA, but as a smaller organisation, it has somewhat more flexibility and responsiveness to its members. In recent years, the SCA has instituted a non-member surcharge, requiring those who are not registered members to pay extra for entry to events. Except in rare cases, PARMA events have no such charge, and are often by donation. 4. Does the SCA recognise PARMA? No. As far as we can determine, the Society for Creative Anachronism has never formally recognised any Canadian incorporation. 5. What is involved in being a PARMA member? Membership is $5.00 a year. Members are expected to behave courteously and to attempt to dress in pre-1700s costume at period events. A member is entitled to vote at regular meetings and at the AGM. Members also have the privilege of signing in guests at any PARMA event.