Have you ever watched someone bust his or her tail working at some event, complete an endeavor or project that has benefited the Kingdom, the Barony or somehow enhanced your personal experience in the SCA? Do you think that person deserves some form of public recognition? Then why not do something about it? Especially if whatever was done was not in the limelight and needs to be pointed out to the powers that be.
Who can recommend someone?
YOU can! Anybody can recommend a person for an award. ANYONE can write the King & Queen to recommend ANYONE for ANY KINGDOM or SCA AWARD. If you write eloquently enough, and provide concrete examples of actions yours may be the only recommendation needed, and if not it will definitely add weight to any other recommendations for the individual in question.
Don’t they already have that award?
Maybe. Maybe not. But it is easy to check (fast too). Merely enter the individuals SCA name (or part of it) in the Ansteorra On-Line Order Of Precedence search page and see a list of all of the Awards that person has. For Baronial Awards check the page for the specific award.
What awards are there?
- Non-Armigerous Awards which are specific awards for doing something well.
- There is the Award of Arms (AoA) which entitles one to called “Lord/Lady”
- Armigerious Awards which are at a more in-depth level and also give one the right to be called “Lord/Lady”, these awards imply an AoA if not already possessed.
- Grants of Arms bring the right to be called Honorable Lady/Lord.
- Patents of Arms (commonly called Peers), which are Chivalry, Pelican, Laurel, Order of Defense.
Names and descriptions of all of these can be found on the Kingdom Honors page.
There are also our Baronial Awards that are only given out in our Barony and are for those who serve our Barony well. Descriptions and Honoree Rolls for our Baronial Awards can be found on our Baronial Awards page.
There are several essential things that must be in a recommendation:
- The person’s SCA name
- The person’s SCA group
- Several accomplishments (with details) relating to the award suggested
- The next event or events the person will be attending (note that the Crown usually gives awards to people when visiting their local group).
Once you’ve put things together, it pays to confer with friends and associates to get them to submit recommendations of their own. Don’t have them “cut & paste” your letter and attach their name to it. Paraphrasing is OK, but plagiarism will get you in trouble and could hurt your candidate’s chances of suitable reward. Your recommendation is a suggestion or a request to the Crown. Remember that in the way you approach the tone and candor of your recommendation.