Charter for the Order of the Laurel

of the Kingdom of Trimaris

 Last updated: November 4th 2008

I.                   Preamble

Whereas, the Companions of the Order of the Laurel in Trimaris hold that a Peerage is a formal acknowledgement of a status which is already apparent, and that a Peerage is in no way a “prize”, therefore do we set forth in the Charter those minimum requirements which any candidate must meet or exceed; as well as those additional qualities which the Companions of the Order of the Laurel in Trimaris deem it necessary a Candidate display, prior to making a recommendation to the Crown of Trimaris regarding a Candidate’s elevation to the Peerage.

 

II.                Introduction

It is the opinion of the Companions of the Order of the Laurel (the Order) that any gentle worthy of the Peerage will already be a Peer in achievement, if not in name.  Thus, any such individual must meet those requirements and display those qualities set forth and explained below.

 

III.             Election and Elevation

A.  General Requirements for Elevation to the Peerage

The Candidate shall conform to the minimum standards of membership in an Order conferring a Patent of Arms as set forth in Corpora.  These requirements are set forth in Appendix A and shall be updated, as necessary, due to any changes in Corpora, without the need to reaffirm this Charter or the Governing Rules.

 

B.      Specific Requirements for Elevation to the Order of the Laurel

The Candidate shall conform to the minimum standards of membership in their Order of the Laurel, as set forth in Corpora.  These requirements are set forth in Appendix B and shall be updated, as necessary, due to any changes in Corpora, without the need to reaffirm this Charter or the Governing Rules.

 

C.      Additional Requirements for Elevation to the Order of the Laurel

By Trimarian custom and agreement, the Companions of the Order shall consider the following attributes with respect to each Candidate recommended for Elevation to the Order:

 

1.       A Laurel Candidate is motivated by an interest in his/her particular art form, and would continue to practice it even if there were no awards or rewards to be gained.  An artisan whose only interest in the Society is its potential as a market for his/her products or for personal profit will not be considered, unless or until he/she has offered evidence by participation of a more extensive commitment to the Society.

2.       A Laurel Candidate is considerate of the feelings of others and strives to remember that it is very easy to hurt or intimidate others.

3.       A Laurel Candidate is modest.  An Individual who publicly proclaims his/her own deservedness of the Order, or who states that he/she should have received one long ago, is not deserving of the recognition of the Order.

4.       A Laurel Candidate recognizes that he/she is not the best or only source of knowledge, and listens to and learns from all those who might have something to contribute.

5.       A Laurel Candidate is expected to have more than one skill; excellence in at least one area combined with competence in at least one other field.

6.       A Laurel Candidate should have attained prior recognition for r achievement in the Arts and Sciences; and as such, a Candidate should have attained the rank of Honorable Lord/Lady (Grant of Arms).  If this rank has not been bestowed upon an individual for the excellence in the Arts and Sciences by the Order, the Order should consider recommending to the Crown that the Crown bestow such an Award.

 

D.      Power of Elevation

The power of elevation into the Order shall rest with the Crown of Trimaris, after due consideration with the Order as delineated in Kingdom Law.

 

E.      Limitation of Membership

The number of Companions of the Order shall not be limited.

 

IV.             Arms and Precedence

1.       Elevation to the Order shall carry with it a Patent of Arms, bestowed by the Crown, raising its holder to the rank of Peer and entitling the holder to all the rights, privileges and responsibilities that pertain to such a rank.

2.       The Order of the Laurel shall be ranked with the Order of Chivalry and the Order of the Pelican.  Companions shall be ranked by the date of the award.

3.       Recipients of the Order shall be known by the title Master or Mistress, or equivalent forms, and may be so addressed and recipients of this Order may have the initials O.L. written after their name to indicate their membership in the Order.

4.       The first created member of the Order native to the area known as the Kingdom of Trimaris shall be the Kingdom Principal of the Order, and shall be responsible to the Principal of the Order in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Incorporated.  In the instance that said Kingdom Principal should move outside the boundaries of the Kingdom of Trimaris, or the office in any otherwise fall vacant, then the next elevated shall become the Principal of the Order.

 

V.                Membership

1.       A Laurel must abide by Corpora and the By-Laws of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Incorporated.

2.       Membership in the Order shall in no wise be affected by any changes in domicile.

3.       The Crown of Trimaris shall each bear the title of Protector of the Order, and shall enjoy all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of the Companions during Their Reign saving only the right to foster apprentices.

4.       Membership in the Order may be revoked by petition to and action of the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Incorporated, as provided for in Corpora.

5.       Membership in the Order may be resigned, in writing, delivered to the Crown of Trimaris, the Principal of the Order, and the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Incorporated, as provided for in Corpora.

 

 

VI.             Duties and Privileges

1.       So that a Laurel may see and judge the work of prospective nominees to the Order, he/she is expected to attempt to attend those events at which major Arts and Sciences activities are planned.

2.       A Laurel is expected to teach his/her skill in both formal and informal situations and to answer questions to the best of his/her abilities.

3.       A Laurel is not expected to know every art, but should be aware of artisans working in other areas so that he/she may refer questions outside his/her fields of knowledge to others competent in those fields.

4.       While attending Collegia, a Laurel is strongly encouraged to take classes from Candidates so he/she will be able to evaluate the Candidate’s level of expertise and teaching ability.

5.       Members of the Order are expected at all times to maintain the same attributes expected of a Candidate to the Order of the Laurel.

6.       Members of the Order are expected to conscientiously strive to be knowledgeable of the skills and qualifications of Candidates.  Members of the Order are expected to courteously, honestly and fully discuss both the positive aspects of Candidates and any potential reservations concerning Candidates, and suggestions for improvement when applicable, prior to the initiation of a vote upon a Candidate.

7.       Members of the Order are responsible for conscientiously remaining knowledgeable of their eligibility to vote and individually responsible for accurately notifying the Secretary of their attendance at the regularly scheduled meetings.

 

VII.          Governance

1.       The Order shall establish rules for self-governance: including, but not limited to, meetings, voting of candidates, procedures, and organization

2.       The Order recognizes that this Charter and any Governing Rules are a means of self-governance and, therefore, are non-binding upon any Crown of Trimaris and are superceded by Kingdom Law and Copora.

 

VIII.       Insignia of the Order of the Laurel of Trimaris

1.       The insignia of the Order shall be a representation of the laurel wreath.  Additional regalia may include, but is not limited to, a wreath of laurel leaves worn about the head, or a cap of maintenance vert winged argent, which last shall be the emblem of membership in the Achievement of Arms.

2.       The outward sign of the relationship between a Laurel and his/her apprentice shall be a green sash.  By custom this sash my be plain or decorated in any wise the laurel so desires.

 

IX.             Endorsement of the Charter

Having presented this Charter and Governing Rules, including appendices, to the Companions of the Order; and having received the endorsement of a minimum of two-thirds of the Order voting, this Charter and Governing Rules, including appendices, is hereby endorsed and enacted.

 

Governing Rules for the Order of the Laurel of the Kingdom of Trimaris

 

I.        Meetings

 

a.       The Laurels of the Kingdom of Trimaris will have only four (4) meetings at which times voting shall take place.  One of each of these four meetings shall be held during each of the two yearly Coronations and Crown Tournaments.

b.       Business, involving voting on prospective Candidates or changes to rules and policies will only take place at the four (4) regularly scheduled meetings.

c.        Meetings for the purpose of discussion of items of interest may be scheduled at any time.

 

II.      Secretary

a.       A member of the Order shall serve as Secretary for the Order

b.       The Secretary must, during his/her term, maintain a valid membership in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Incorporated.

c.        The duties of the secretary shall include establishing meeting agendas, chairing the regularly scheduled meetings, taking minutes of the meetings, collecting and disseminating recommendations, handling correspondence for the Order, and keeping, as provided by members of the Order, attendance information.

d.       The Secretary’s term of office shall be two years.

e.        Members of the Order interested in fulfilling the obligations of the office of Secretary shall be provided sufficient opportunity to advise the Order of their interest.  As such, the Secretary, at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Order that is two meetings prior to the end of the current Secretary’s tenure, shall inform the Order of the end of his/her tenure as Secretary.  This information must also be announced within the preceding issue of the minutes of the Order.  At the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Order, those interested in fulfilling the obligations of the Secretary shall announce their interest and a vote shall be taken by those present to determine who shall fulfill the obligations of the Secretary.  The Secretary may choose to present himself/herself as a candidate for an additional term as Secretary.  The individual receiving the highest total of votes shall undertake the responsibilities of the Secretary at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Order.

f.        The Secretary shall provide a copy of the Charter, Governing Rules, and the minutes of the last four (4) meetings to all newly elevated Companions within two weeks of the elevation. 

III.         Voting

Definition – The term voting is defined as the mechanism by which the opinion of the Order is determined on matters of Consultation to the Crown and recommendations of the Order to the Crown and on internal business pertinent to the Order.

 

a.       Eligibility

                                                                           i.      Current membership in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Incorporated is required to be eligible to vote.  Companions who do not have a current membership are expected to advise the Secretary of this information.

                                                                          ii.      Companions remain eligible to vote so long s they do not miss two successive regularly scheduled meetings.  Members of the Order are responsible for conscientiously remaining knowledgeable of thee eligibility to vote and individually responsible for accurately notifying the Secretary of their attendance at the regularly scheduled meetings.

                                                                        iii.      Companions ineligible to vote may become eligible to vote by attending two successive regularly scheduled meetings.  The Companion may cast a vote at the second successive regularly scheduled meeting attended.

                                                                        iv.      It is presumed that newly elevated Companions, as participants of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Incorporated, within the Kingdom of Trimaris, have knowledge of the apprentices within the Kingdom of Trimaris.  Therefore, newly elevated Companions may cast a vote at eh first meeting they attend after their elevation.

                                                                         v.      Eligibility in no way affects the Companions right to make their own opinions known either in person or in writing.

b.       Passing Votes

                                                                           i.      50% or more of the Companions eligible to cast a vote must be present for a vote to be taken

                                                                          ii.      Companions may vote  “yes”, “no”, or “abstain”

                                                                        iii.      50% or more of the Companions participating in a vote must definitively vote “yes” or “no” for a vote to be considered valid.

                                                                        iv.      Abstention votes shall be removed from the total number of votes cast and shall not be taken into consideration regarding the percentage of votes necessary to obtain an affirmative vote.  Casting an “abstain” vote shall not adversely affect a Companion’s eligibility to cast future votes.

                                                                         v.      On Candidates, an affirmative vote is defined as 66% (2/3) of the Companions casting a definitive “yes” vote during a valid vote, present or write-in, this is a 2 to 1 margin.

                                                                        vi.      On votes other than those on candidates, an affirmative vote is defined as a simple majority of the Companions eligible to vote.

c.        Absentee Votes

                                                                           i.      Absentee votes are accepted from all Companions that are eligible to vote.  The write-ins are to be registered by the Secretary of the Order and filed with the records of the Order.

                                                                          ii.      A Companion who will not be present at a meeting where a vote is scheduled, and who wishes to vote must submit his/her vote(s) in writing in advance.

                                                                        iii.      Absentee votes must be received by the Secretary of the Order before a vote is held.

d.       Scheduling of votes

                                                                           i.      Votes must be announced by the Secretary at a prior meeting and placed on the agenda for the next meeting.

                                                                          ii.      Votes must also be scheduled as part of the pending agenda in the minutes of the meeting that are issued after the meeting at which the Secretary announced the pending vote

 


 

Appendix A

General Requirements for Elevation To The Peerage

 

1.       They shall have been obedient to the governing documents of the Society and the laws of the kingdom.

2.       They shall have consistently shown respect for the Crown of the Kingdom.

3.       They shall have set an example of courteous and noble behavior suitable to a peer of the realm.

4.       They shall have demonstrated support for the aims and ideals of the Society by being as authentic in dress, equipment, and behavior as is within their power.

5.       They shall have shared their knowledge and skills with others.

6.       They shall have practiced hospitality according to their means and as appropriate to the circumstances.

7.       They shall have made every effort to learn and practice those skills desirable at and worthy of a civilized court.  To this end they should have some knowledge of a wide range of period forms, including but not limited to literature, dancing, music, heraldry, and chess, and they should have some familiarity with combat as practiced in the Society.  They should also participated in Society recreations of several aspects of the culture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

 

 

 

Appendix B

Specific Requirements for Elevation to the Order of the Laurel

 

1.       The candidate must have attained the standard of excellence in skill and/or knowledge equal to that of his or her prospective peers in some area of the Arts or Sciences.

2.       The candidate must have applied this skill and/or knowledge for the instruction of members and service to the kingdom to an extent above and beyond the normally expected of the members of the Society.