Bylaws of the Druid Order of North America
The Druid Order of North America has changed to the Druid Alliance of North America. We are rewriting the changes to our documents at this time. Please check back for updates. ARTICLE I: MEMBERSHIP:
A: Discrimination Policy: The Druid Order of North America does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. Each member shall be judged only on their deeds and content of their character.
B: Application for Membership: Applications for membership may be submitted through our online process to the Sacred Oak Council. Applications must state the applicant's legal name. A submitted application is an automatic acceptance with the constitution, bylaws, and tenets of the order.
C: Classes of Membership: Officers/Members of the Council shall be known as Governors of the order and are charged with the overall governing and business management of the order under the leadership of the Grand Druid. The order shall have one (1) Representative in each state in the United States and Province/Territory in Canada known as a Regent. Different ranks can be amended and adopted by the council under the provisions granted in the bylaws and constitution.
1.2 Children of Members:
Children of members of the order shall, upon request of the parents, be nurtured under the spiritual care of the order and be allowed, at any time they choose, to apply for membership to the order at the proper age and with proper sponsorship.
1.3 Responsibility of Membership:
All members accept responsibility for their own actions as they reflect upon the name of the order. Members are responsible for living life in a manner that inspires respect for the order. Members shall respect the faith of all people and the right of all to choose a path which is correct for them.
A: Negligent Members: Members who willfully neglect their duties as outlined in Section 1.3 shall be admonished by the council. If this admonition is not heeded, they shall be dealt with as erring members.
B: Erring Members: Any member known to err in conduct, which brings discredit on the order, shall be counseled. If he/she does not heed this counsel, the matter shall be brought to the attention of the council. If he/she fails to heed the counsel of the council, the error shall be brought before a hearing by the council. Discipline shall then be administered with due regard for the welfare of the individual as well as the order.
C: Dismissal of Members: Dismissal of a member under paragraphs (A) and (B) of this section must be acted on by the council, which alone has the authority. A two-thirds vote of the council is necessary for such action.
D: Forfeiture of Rights: A member who has been properly dismissed from the order or has withdrawn membership, has forfeited all rights and privileges of membership in the order.
E: Inactive Members: The council shall have the responsibility of contacting inactive members prior to each annual meeting to determine their intention with regard to membership. Further action may be taken at the annual meeting. All members of the order are required to have contact with the order at least semi-annually.
1.5 Transfer of Members:
Members who move to another jurisdiction should notify the Regent of their area. Each Regent should notify the council of a transfer of jurisdiction of any member so membership rolls may be updated.
1.6 Removal of Memberships:
Requests for withdrawal of membership to the order must be made through a jurisdiction's Regent or, if that jurisdiction has no regent, directly to the council. All requests for withdrawal must be verified by a member of the council and will be honored. Membership may also be withdrawn from non-active members who have not had contact with the order for a period greater than one year.
Minors, who are not children of members, shall not be permitted membership to the order without sponsorship of a parent/guardian.
ARTICLE II: OFFICERS:
Officers of the order shall be members in good standing who are active in the support of the total works of the order. They shall serve as both corporate officers of the order and of the order's council.
A: Grand Druid: The Grand Druid shall preside at all business meetings of the order and of the council. The Grand Druid shall confer with the council or any subsidiary committees in preparing the agenda for such meetings. The Grand Druid shall be responsible for the leadership of the order, in whole.
B: High Druid: The High Druid shall be known as the Vice-Grand Druid or Vice-Chairman and shall assume the duties of the Grand Druid in his/her absence, assist in his/her duties and undertake other tasks assigned by the Grand Druid or the council.
C: Scribe: The Scribe of the order is the secretary of the order. The Scribe shall keep and preserve the minutes of all meetings of the council and conduct and preserve all official correspondence as shall be delegated. The Scribe shall also be responsible for the official seal and documents of the order as well as records of membership.
D: Purse Warden: The Purse Warden is the treasurer of the order. The Purse Warden shall be responsible for all funds committed to him/her and shall make disbursements as authorized by the council. The Purse Warden shall also present a written report of receipts and expenditures to each regular meeting of the council and to each business meeting and is responsible for filing annual tax forms to respective government offices.
2.3 Election and Tenure:
The offices of Grand Druid, High Druid, Scribe, Purse Warden and the other remaining seven (7) council seats shall be held for a period of nine (9) years unless death or removal leave a seat vacant. (See Amendments)
Vacancies on the council may be filled by election of a two-thirds vote from the council or the order. Nominations for a vacancy may be given by any member of the order that is in good standing.
Should a member of the council neglect his or her duties or become a hindrance to the works of the order, that member shall be admonished by the council and/or the Grand Druid in a manner consistent with Article I, Section 4 of these bylaws. Should such admonition not be heeded, a vote of two-thirds of the council will be sufficient to remove that member from their seat and the vacancy to be filled in accordance with Section 4 above.
ARTICLE III: COMMITTEES:
3.1: Executive Committee:
The Executive Committee shall consist of the Grand Druid, High Druid, Scribe, Purse Warden, and the remaining seven (7) seats on the Sacred Oak Council. They shall be the governing body of the entire order and reserves the right to approve or deny the creation of any subsidiary committees thereof and may be added to these bylaws by a two-thirds vote from the council. (See Amendments)
ARTICLE IV: MEETINGS:
4.1 Public Meetings:
Public meetings and services shall be conducted when deemed appropriate.
4.2 Celebrating the Holy Days and Other Rituals:
Members of the order may come together at their local Groves or meeting points on each Holy Day for the purpose of celebrating the day. These rites shall remain open to the public. Regents of each state may petition the council for a creation of a jurisdictional ritual committee for their perspective jurisdiction in such case, bylaws for that committee must be created and presented to the council for approval.
4.3 Business Meetings:
Business meetings shall be held regularly and not less than annually and may, if not able to meet in person can be held in an online venue for substitution. The Grand Druid of the order may call special business meetings with the council on important matters that must be immediately attended to.
4.4 Administrative Meetings:
Regular meetings of the council shall be held not less than quarterly or if called upon by the Grand Druid. Any subsidiary committees to the council must draw up their own bylaws that act in accordance with the order's constitution and bylaws that specify their perspective meeting times and must be approved by the council.
4.5 Organizational Meetings:
Any meetings or activities of organizations within the order shall be planned and conducted regularly and under the direction and supervision of the council.
ARTICLE V: GENERAL PROVISIONS:
5.1 Rules of Order:
All business meetings of the order and of boards, committees, and organizations of the order shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order.
ARTICLE VI: AMENDMENTS:
Amendments to these bylaws, not in conflict with the constitution, may be adopted at any regular business meetings or at special meetings called by the Grand Druid of the order. Changes to the bylaws must come from a two-thirds vote of the council present during the meeting, providing such amendments have been presented, in writing, to the council.
2.4 Election and Tenure:
The offices of Grand Druid, High Druid, Scribe, Purse Warden and the other remaining three (3) council seats shall be held for a period of nine (9) years unless death, resignation or removal leave a seat vacant.
3.1: Executive Committee:
The Executive Committee shall consist of the Grand Druid, High Druid, Scribe, Purse Warden, and the remaining three (3) seats on the Sacred Oak Council. They shall be the governing body of the entire order and reserves the right to approve or deny the creation of any subsidiary committees thereof and may be added to these bylaws by a two-thirds vote from the council.