I have been thinking about structure of the Guild, since it probably quite important. I will include the Charter with the new structure. Please let me know if you agree or disagree. All constructive criticism welcome!
Charter of the Guild
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 organizer of local meetings, classes and possible events. A Guild meeting should happen at least once every six months, which also includes teaching sessions.
Have a ME persona which involves some basic research into the culture of your choice (including history, garb, cuisine etc). Have a basic knowledge of dance and/or music.
Publish research articles on your chosen ME field. Teach a class in your ME field. Have a good knowledge on the history of the dance. Intermediate dancer/ musician (must be able to improvise or choreograph?)
Teach three classes in your chosen field. Have knowledge & teach different ME styles of dance/music. Be involved in at least one ME theme event per year (hafla, feast, market day etc). Be available to encourage others through speech & deed (including entering A&S competitions). Be able to co-ordinate a Royal performance..
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.