The goal of Grimnir's Crossroad Kindred (GCK) is to provide a safe and inclusive environment for people from all walks of life to come together to exchange knowledge and feel free to practice their faith with other like-minded individuals.
GCK has a zero tolerance policy on discrimination based on age, sex, gender, race, orientation, etc. As far as we are concerned there is absolutely no space for racism or bigotry in our community. We will not tolerate discrimination within any domain we control.
The purpose of this organization is to carry out the ideas and plans expressed in the Mission Statement while striving to honorably represent our collective spiritual paths to the greater community. To that end we encourage the exchange of cultural ideas and techniques to do our part to ensure this knowledge is not lost to time.
A) PROVISIONARY MEMBERSHIP
Provisionary Membership may be granted upon submission and approval of the membership form available via our website. No additional forms will be required to change/update membership.
Provisionary Membership with GCK shall be open to anyone 18 or older regardless of race, sex, or sexual orientation. Members are expected to adopt these bylaws, follow all rules set forth by the kindred, uphold the name and the reputation of this Kindred, honor the membership as a whole, and defend fellow members if needed. Provisionary membership entitles individuals to participate in private kindred events and join our closed Facebook group to interact with the kindred online. Provisionary Members must complete a 60-day trial period, attend at least 2 kindred events, and be in good standing with the kindred before they will be considered for advancement to full membership.
B) FULL MEMBERSHIP
Full Membership shall be granted automatically to members upon completion of the required 60-day trial period and 2 event attendance requirement provided the member is in good standing with the kindred. Full Membership entitles an individual to be considered for initiation, which will include the opportunity for the individual to swear a personal oath to the kindred and it’s membership.
Upon approval, Full Members will be allowed to participate in a formal initiation where they will be given the opportunity to swear a personal oath to the kindred. Oaths are handled on a case-by-case basis. Members will be encouraged to make their oaths personal and realistic. These oaths will be the standard by which the individual will be held by the kindred. Members must complete an initiation/oath before they are eligible for consideration to hold a position on The Council.
D) MINOR/JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP
Minors between the ages of 13-17 will be allowed to join with parental or guardian permission. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in kindred activities regardless of their parent or guardian’s membership status.
E) MEMBERSHIP DUES AND FEES
1. Membership with Grimnir's Crossroad Kindred will always remain completely free. At no time will any member be required to pay application or membership fees or dues.
2. While there will be no set Application fees or Membership fees, donations to the kindred to cover expenses will be graciously accepted.
F) REVOCATION OF MEMBERSHIP
Any member is subject to having their membership revoked immediately by majority council vote if the bylaws or rules of the kindred have been broken. Membership may also be revoked at any time upon arrest and sentencing of member for any violent crimes. Minor legal infractions will be discussed on a case-by-case basis among the Council. Use of chemically formulated drugs, other than prescriptions in member’s name, abuse of prescription narcotics, or charges & prosecution of drug usage, distribution, or intent to distribute will also be reason to revoke membership. Members are expected to follow all state and federal laws.
The Executive Board of Grimnir’s Crossroad Kindred shall be referred to as The Council.
The Council of the Grimnir’s Crossroad Kindred shall consist of the following: Warden, Priest/Priestess, Scribe, Skald, Law Drighten, and a small advisory council. These officers shall hold office until the post is vacated or the Council member is voted out by a council majority. In the event of resignation or permanent inability of an officer to serve, or to fill any vacancy in the slate of officers, the Council shall, by majority vote, elect a member of the organization to the vacated office. To avoid conflict of interest significant others are ineligible to hold council roles.
Council members are required to be present at all official council meetings. They shall meet as necessary at the call of the Warden. The Council shall have full power to carry on the work of the organization, to act in all matters of the Kindred allowed by this document, and their acts shall be binding on the Kindred. A simple majority of the Council will constitute a quorum, provided at least three (3) Council members are present.
Council positions will be held until the council member resigns, is unable to fulfill the duties of their roles, or until they are removed by majority council vote.
In the name of transparency official meetings will be open to all members.
DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL
A) DUTIES OF THE WARDEN
The Warden shall call and preside at all official meetings of Grimnir’s Crossroad Kindred and the Council, act as the Executive head of the organization, ensure that all meetings of the Grimnir’s Crossroad Kindred and Council follow the rules of the By-Laws, follow the evolution of business to an end, appoint all committees, and perform all other duties which may fall within the province of the office. If necessary, the Warden may also fulfill the role of High Priest or Priestess. The Warden shall be responsible for the dispersing of funds and The Warden will sign all checks upon approval by a majority of Council members, including the Scribe.
B) DUTIES OF THE SCRIBE
The Scribe shall assist the Warden in any necessary matters of record keeping including but not limited to meeting minutes, event schedules, and membership. The Scribe will coordinate with the Skald for such items as important meeting dates, birthdays, anniversaries, Rituals of any kind, meeting dates, and other important events.
C) DUTIES OF THE HIGH PRIEST/PRIESTESS
It shall be the duty of the High Priest/Priestess to act as spiritual advisor(s) for Grimnir’s Crossroad Kindred.
It shall be the duty of the High Priest/Priestess to act as representative for the Warden in all cases where the Warden is unable, for any reason whatsoever, to perform the stipulated duties of the office.
In order to better serve the spiritual needs of the kindred membership this position may be held by two individuals so that both a priest and priestess are available. Both Priest and Priestess will hold an equal position with individual votes.
D) DUTIES OF THE LAW DRIGHTEN
It shall be the duty of the Law Drighten to guard and protect members of the Kindred at Board meetings, Meeting Gatherings, and other events. When necessary, the Law Drighten shall choose and oversee members for security detail at all official events. It will be the duty of the Law Drighten to be familiar with all by-laws so that they can offer lawful judgement to the Council.
The Law Drighten may be requested to act as an impartial third party to assist in settling disputes
E) DUTIES OF THE SKALD
The Skald shall keep track of and announce all important events and dates as well as any additional announcements as needed. The Skald shall collect material for and publish the Grimnir’s Crossroad Kindred newsletter quarterly. In addition to other duties the Skald will work with The Warden in generating a viable online presence across major social media platforms to assist in reaching out and promoting the kindred to new potential members. The Skald will be available as a point of contact between membership and the Council.
At Council discretion members may be nominated to join the Advisory Council. Members must have sworn an oath to the kindred and proven themselves as active members with the best interests of the kindred in mind to be eligible for nomination. The intent of the Advisory Council is to form a body of skilled, knowledgeable, active, and helpful members to assist the kindred.
Drightens are members designated to act as security at events. They are expected to do everything to keep the peace between all members of the kindred as well as the general public. Drightens are expected to set an example for all members both in private and in public. When a council position is vacant a Drighten may be elected by a majority council vote to step in until the role is filled.
Hearthkeepers will act as local points of contact for kindred membership. They will schedule at least one local social event each quarter and be responsible for organizing their regional members.
To protect the privacy of all kindred members, sharing of private/candid information within a kindred context is strictly prohibited unless express permission is given by all parties. This includes but is not limited to pictures, screenshots, text, or conversations via any official kindred channel or event. Breeches of kindred privacy will be handled on a case-by-case basis and may be grounds for membership termination.
Official Holiday and Ritual events will be scheduled by The Council.
B) LOCALIZED SOCIAL EVENTS
All members are encouraged to plan meetups, kindred outings, cookouts, etc. locally to help in building frith among fellow members.
Council assistance will be readily available to any member wanting to organize an event as long as it does not interfere with official gatherings. Any member wanting assistance with an event will be expected to contact a council member with a request. Likewise members will need to submit a request if they would specifically like a council presence at their event.
C) COUNCIL MEETINGS
Meetings of the Council shall be held as needed, to be called by The Warden.
A yearly meeting of all kindred and council members will be called on or around Samhain. Additional meetings may be called as needed. Attendance of all members will be requested, but not mandatory, at official meetings.
This Document shall be amended only upon the approval of two-thirds (66%) of the members in attendance at a Meeting. The By-Laws shall be amended only upon approval of three quarters (75%) of the members of the Council at a meeting.
This Association agrees that no member or officer will benefit financially from this Association and if this Association is dissolved, any funds in the treasury will be donated to another similar association to be determined by the Council.