ICOD Household Guidelines
ICOD is a voluntary, democratic fellowship of friends committed
to each other and engaged in modern medievalism through the
Society for Creative Anachronism.
Requirements for Membership:
In the SCA, we began as a fighting household and still maintain
a martial core, but we welcome anyone who makes a contribution.
We help each other, both in real life and medieval life. Taking
ICOD members into one’s home for 6 months, helping them
out financially or rescuing them at 2:00 a.m. several hours’
drive away is a real requirement--not lip service. This is
unchanged since our founding and is central to who we are as a
Because of our commitment to each other, candidates for
membership must be known to existing household members before a
membership vote is taken. In general, this means playing
actively with us for at least six months to a year.
This may be done formally, for example by becoming a
man-at-arms, squire, apprentice or protégé to an
ICODian. It is necessary for the sponsoring member to consult
others in the household prior to establishing such a
relationship. Advice will be seriously considered. Unanimous
consent is not required, but a consensus of opinion is
desirable. [See also 14 below.]
This may also be done informally by simply hanging out and
participating with us at both medieval events and modern
We strongly encourage those who can do so to camp with us at
Pennsic, since this is a true test of compatibility within the
household. [See also 15 below.]
We recognize that candidates may have other formal allegiances
or fealty obligations in the medieval world. Candidates must
honestly assess their priorities and participation level. Such
commitments outside the household will be reviewed and discussed
thoroughly in considering any candidate for membership, in order
to avoid conflicting loyalties.
and live-in Significant Others automatically have the rights of
membership. They also have the option not to play. They may
request individual membership in their own right, which then is
subject to household vote. If approved, this means they are
still members, even if the original relationship ends.
Membership Voting Process:
Advance notice to the household is necessary for any membership
vote to be taken at an upcoming household meeting. This period
should be at least a month in length -- and longer if
possible--to enable members to seek out the candidate with any
questions or concerns. Contact information for the candidates
and a list of their upcoming events should also be provided.
The candidate cannot be in attendance at the meeting during the
membership discussion, in order to promote honest dialog between
Approval must be unanimous, no exceptions. If any existing
member has a strong personal objection, the candidate is not
invited to join.
General lack of knowledge of a candidate does not constitute a
strong personal objection. It is incumbent upon existing members
to become acquainted with the candidate or to abstain.
In the event of an objection being raised, the vote may be
tabled for a time, to enable the situation to be resolved.
Rescheduling the vote again requires advance notice as before.
Lack of membership approval does not require candidates to end
their relationship with the household or prevent them from
reapplying for membership at a later date.
New members will be notified as soon as possible upon conclusion
of the vote. Household members will agree on the date and time
for induction of the new member, who will be presented with a
household favor or some other token in the household colors of
black and gold.
Real life takes priority and we all understand this.
The household is a democracy and all matters of importance are
subject to vote at a previously announced household meeting.
Each (adult) household member gets one vote. A majority vote by
those in attendance rules. We do not take proxies at meetings;
if you do not attend, you cannot vote. Customarily, we meet at
least twice a year, in the spring and at Pennsic.
Each (adult) member contributes dues to the household Community
Chest, if able to do so. Back dues are not assessed to inactive
members. Donations for special projects are always welcome.
Inactive members may be referred to as ICOD Emeritus, but there
is no loss of privilege associated with this designation. They
may reactivate themselves at any time by attending household
events or meetings, and we’ll all do the happy dance to
have them back.
An intention to join the household is not necessary for other
folks to play or camp with us, nor is it necessary for students
wishing to work with ICODians, whether formally or informally.
Any ICODian may invite friends or family members to camp with us
at Pennsic for the first time. Subsequent years require a return
invitation by vote of the household members who attended the
Internally, ICOD does not stand on SCA rank/precedence. Men at
Arms, Squires, Knights, Laurels, Pelicans, Masters, Earls,
Dukes, Kings & Queens do dishes and all have the same
rights, privileges and responsibilities within the household.
The household’s Steering Committee consists of Jovonne &
Gregor, as the most senior active members. Household finances
are currently handled by Gryffith.
The household maintains an
email list at HouseICOD@yahoogroups.com
. All members are encouraged to join the list and monitor it
regularly, since this is the easiest form of contact for many of
us. The primary function of the list is the dissemination of
information such as attendance at upcoming events, invitations
to group functions, meeting minutes, etc. Members are
responsible to pass along information to their associated
non-members where necessary. The list is not intended as a forum
for the debate of personal opinion; we prefer that such
discussions take place directly between individuals by telephone
or in person to prevent misunderstandings.
Upon induction, new members are encouraged to create their own
meaning for the household initials I.C.O.D. ;-)
JVP 3/28/11 –Approved
at the Spring Meeting 2011