This is a proposed Charter so far. It has been written this way with the express purpose of built upon! Comments are allowed and even requested at the bottom of the page.
Purpose of the Middle Eastern Dance Guild
The first purpose of the Guild is to study, teach and perform the dances of the Middle Eastern cultures. The Middle Eastern cultures before the year 1600CE shall be described as those lands under Muslim rule, including North Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Europe and India: ranging west to Tunisia, Morocco, Spain (held under Muslim rule from the 8th century until 1492) and the Canaries, east to India, south to Somalia, north to the Caucasus.
The second purpose of the Guild is to promote, educate and communicate other aspects of Middle Eastern culture so as to encourage creation and maintenance of Middle Eastern personae within the S.C.A., and to anyone else who seeks this knowledge.
To encourage through research, teaching and action the Arts and Sciences of the Middle East through classes, collegia, publications and the Internet. To allow others to use information gathered for the benefit of all.
To hold a minimum of one Middle Eastern themed event per year, as well as regular planning meetings where Arts and Sciences can also be taught. This is to help raise the number of events held locally each year, as well as a variation in theme.
Membership of the Guild is open to whomever is interested in any aspect of the cultures of the Middle East pre-1600 CE. Members should be willing to encourage others through research, Arts and Sciences, the sharing of resources and good deeds.
Currently the Guild is small. As the Guild grows, the Guild will need to be represented by a member who can be a local contact, as well as organiser of local meetings, classes and possible events. A Guild meeting should happen at least once every six months, which also includes teaching sessions.
The usual Guild structure of Apprentice, Journeyman and Master ranks and the definitions of how these ranks are achieved, what responsibilities and privileges they bear, and whether they are appropriate at all are to be discussed and agreed upon by its members. Any changes to the Charter shall be brought up prior to the planning meeting and voted upon by the Guild members at that planning meeting.
As mentioned, the Guild is currently small. As the Guild grows, an umbrella organisation with the officers of President, Secretary, Treasurer, etc. will be decided upon and voted for by the members of the Guild either at Rowany Festival or Suth Moot (the two events over Easter). All officers must then find and train deputies as suitable replacements, pending the approval of the President/ Seneschal.
Service to the Crown
As an Arts and Sciences Guild, we owe honour to the Royal Consort who rules by Grace and Beauty. As such, any gifts for Royalty shall be decided upon by the local representative of the Guild. That representative shall also decide to which Guild member to assign the gift making, to help encourage others in the Arts and Sciences.