Order of the Pelican
In the SCA the Companions of the Order of the Pelican (OP) are those who have been recognised by the Crown with a Patent of Arms (the highest level of award) for unrelenting service to the Kingdom and the Society, along with their consistent display of the virtues of Grace, Courtesy and Chivalric Demeanour.
Generally it takes many years (usually 10 or more) of unstinting service to be recognised as a Member of the Order of the Pelican. Service is generally rendered through running events (autocratting), holding offices or undertaking work on behalf of the SCA.
The heraldic symbol of the order of the pelican is a pelican in her piety - that is tearing open her breast to feed her chicks. This symbol (any pelican, in fact) can only be worn, used or displayed by members of the order of the pelican.
Many areas have a number of Pelicans, who by their nature are often easy to find - they're the ones hard at work, and are often known for their frequent attendance at events. Ask around at a meeting or an event, and you'll be sure to have one pointed out to you. Some pelicans will wear the symbol of a pelican in order to make it easier for you to find them, others believe their actions will speak louder than a symbol. Feel free to ask them about the Order, and about the SCA. As Peers, it's their job to pass on knowledge and assist gentles whenever possible.