Requirements for Membership and Participation in Clan MacColin
The requirements of Clan MacColin are little more than good manners and general responsibility, given our precepts, and most will expect these implicitly.
- Each active member must know the Chief and his officers by sight and name, and show respect for the officers and gentlefolk of the Clan. The chain of command is a major part of why we can complete a mission when others fail.
- All members must establish themselves in a household and use their household head as their primary means of communicating with the organization.
- The Chief's word is LAW. Officers speak with His voice. He will consider all views and make the decisions; we are not a democratic organization, but an enlightened dictatorship.
- Clan members are expected to respect their kinsmen's minds, bodies, beliefs, and belongings at all times.
- All must understand and support the aims of Clan MacColin and know the name, purpose, activities of the Clan in both the 20th and 16th centuries.
- Each active member must have a current Clan Application on file, with the required medical information, as well as parental consent for minors, for the benefit and safety of all members. Updates of all information must be timely.
- Members are expected to keep their membership subscription current.
- Each member is expected to develop and portray a persona, not based on an historical person, for our activities. All aspects of the society are important in our portrayal, so drills, history, lore, Gaelic terms, and crafts must be learned by men, women, and children. We must learn in order to teach.
- Members must be properly garbed in clothing appropriate to their station, approved by the Chief or his designated assistants. These may be made, bought or borrowed.
- Accessories and weapons must be approved and used in an approved manner.
All blades must be peace knotted. Steel may not be drawn without the Chief's express permission and with concern for safety.
- Each member must provide their own eating and drinking utensils, appropriate to the occasion. The minimum is a cup, bowl, and spoon.
- Members are always expected to provide for their own food, drink, and personal effects. Theft is unacceptable, and constant borrowing is annoying and wears out the welcome.
- The rules, regulations and customs of any other group or location we deal with must be respected. Public laws must be obeyed.
- Operating as an extended family, all members are expected to look out for all our children. However, parents must provide for their progeny's needs, welfare, and supervision.
- All injuries, illness, or changes in medical status must be reported to Clan medical personnel immediately. Confidentiality will be maintained. We must do all we can to keep ourselves in good health, helping each other.
- Personal problems, dissension, arguments, claims, and complaints should be resolved by the involved persons. Failing that, the Household Head, and Officers will attempt to assist the resolution of problems. The last resort is the Chief, at which point decisions are final.
- Unacceptable behavior will result in official counseling, and continued problems will result in termination of membership through the process of the Chief sitting in "baron's court."