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West Kingdom Cookerie Guild Charter (Proposed)

Purpose The purpose of this Guild shall be:

  • To be an informal group of subjects of the West who share an interest in cooking.
  • To further the research and study of the cooking of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance of Europe, Northern Africa, and Western Asia (hereby defined as "period").
  • To encourage and foster the art of period cooking within the Kingdom of the West.
  • To make available information on period cooking and encourage its use.
  • To disseminate the truth about period foods and help combat the myths.

Membership Membership is open to any subject of the West with an interest in cooking. Membership in the Guild is informal and can be attained by simply attending a Guild meeting, gathering, or participating in an online forum.

Ranking The West Kingdom Cookerie Guild appreciates and admires the fact that many Guilds use a system of ranking for members to achieve status and to encourage members to participate in competition. The West Kingdom Cookerie Guild, however, was created along informal lines and does not choose to utilize any system of rank or title within the Guild.

The West Kingdom Cookerie Guild provides contact information of Mentors who have made themselves available to aid other members of the West Kingdom Cookerie Guild in the pursuit of knowledge in the field of period cooking.

Annual Meeting The West Kingdom Cookerie Guild shall endeavor to hold one or more meetings per year at a Kingdom-level event. The Cookerie Guild may or may not choose to have the guild "host" the West Kingdom Arts & Sciences Pavilion once a year; this decision rests in the hands of the Cookerie Guild Minister and the Ministers of Art and Science of the Kingdom of the West.

Education and Service The Guild will provide education on period cooking in some form (classes, round-table discussions, demonstrations, etc.) during the course of every year. The Cookerie Guild Minister, at the request of the Ministers of Art and Science and/or the Collegium Coordinator, may take on the responsibility of finding teachers for Collegia and/or Art and Science events.

The Guild will be available to provide service to the Crown when needed. Traditionally the Guild has contributed to gift baskets for traveling Royalty and/or provided a hospitality table (refreshments) to the Royal Ready Rooms at Twelfth Night. The Education and Service requirements will be carried out at least once a year as the Cookerie Guild Minister sees fit.

The Guild has traditionally provided a hospitality table as a Guild display at Twelfth Night. The coordination of the hospitality tables is done by the Cookerie Guild Minister, or an individual in the Guild that has been appointed to the task.

The Guild will sponsor a Wooden Spoon competion at each Crown event. The winner of this competition will be given, at the discretion of the Crown of the West, an award of a small wooden spoon. If there are three or more entries in the Wooden Spoon competition, the winner is chosen by the highest total of awarded points from the judges. In the event there is fewer than three entries in the competition, the winner is chosen by the highest total of awarded points from the judges that exceed two-thirds of the maximum points available.

Officers The Guild Minister : The administrative head of the Guild is called the Guild Minister (or Guild Representative, as s/he so chooses), and may hold office for no more than two years, unless an extension is granted by the Crown of the West on advisement from the West Kingdom Minister or Arts, with the support of the majority of the Cookerie Guild. The Guild Minister must maintain a current list of members and maintain any Guild resources that exist. The Guild Minister reports to the West Kingdom Minister of Arts. The Guild Minister can advise the Crown of the West to have an individual other than the Guild Minister to be Minister of the Wooden Spoon. The Guild Minister may appoint a Information Deputy as s/he sees fit.

The Guild Information Deputy : The Information Deputy is responsible for publishing the information that is of interest to the Guild in either an electronic or printed format. They may hold office as long as the Guild Minister approves of the person staying in the position. The Information Deputy is answerable to the Guild Minister. The publications shall be produced as the Information and the Guild Minister see fit. The Guild Minister may assume the duties of the Information Deputy as s/he feels appropriate.

The Minister of the Wooden Spoon : The Minister of the Wooden Spoon is responsbile for running the Wooden Spoon Cooking Competition at all Crown events. The Minister will arrange for a theme of the competitions for each year, and arrange for judges to judge the competition. The Minister will provide the results of the competition to the Crown of the West so that at their discretion, a wooden spoon can be awarded. The Minister will provide the Kingdom Chronicler information on the Competitions to be published in the Kingdom newsletter. This is a required position, but can be filled by the Guild Minister with the approval of the Crown of the West.

Finances The West Kingdom Cookerie Guild has no financial accounts and will not participate in any financial transactions. Should expenses be incurred or donations received in the name of the Guild, the Guild Minister shall report same to the Exchequer of the Kingdom of the West, who shall handle the situation as the Exchequer sees fit.

Last updated 01/03/2007
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