The Western Dragons Clan is an all inclusive group of Heathens whom have come together in solidarity and frith to honor the many different pantheons and paths. We accept people from all walks of life regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, ability, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, race, faith or creed. We embrace our differences and celebrate the uniqueness of others. With a strong Zero Hate tolerance, The Western Dragons Clan will not stand for racism, bigotry, or xenophobia of any kind. Our goal is to create a safe space for all, where we may learn, grow, and support each other on our spiritual walks through Heathenry. We are a Heathen kindred, dedicated to the worship and veneration of the Old Gods.
The Western Dragons Clan
Code of Conduct 2021
Statement on inclusivity and stance on hatred, racism and internet violations of human rights
The Western Dragons Clan is an all-inclusive organization focused on promoting religious, spiritual, and community aspects based on the influence of ancient Nordic, Icelandic, Norther European, and World culture. The Western Dragons Clan does not reject other paths, nor do we require any members to follow any specific path. The Western Dragons Clan recognizes the individualistic nature of all spiritual paths, thus embracing our diversity and welcoming the many different perspectives our members bring to the community.
The Western Dragons Clan actively rejects all racist, bigoted, xenophobic, or discriminatory actions, words (written and/or spoken), behaviors, and beliefs in any The Western Dragons Clan function – both online and offline. The Western Dragons Clan will not accept membership of/or ordain anyone who is currently associated with any organization or business that is known to be racist, white supremacist, or promotes hate. Anyone applying for a membership that are former members of these types of organizations or businesses will be subject to a higher amount of scrutiny to ensure their reformation via screening and interviews. The Western Dragons Clan will never partner with any kindreds, organizations, or businesses associated or aligned with racist, bigoted, xenophobic or discriminatory actions, behavior, or literature.
Members that misrepresent themselves about current or past affiliations with any organization or business that promotes, endorses, or engages in hate, racism, bigotry, xenophobia, or discriminatory practices to gain membership or benefits of The Western Dragons Clan will have their membership revoked. There will be zero tolerance of all hatred accepted by The Western Dragons Clan in any function that we have control over online or in person.
The Code of Conduct (CoC) is the rules by which all The Western Dragons Clan activities will follow.
The following article is one body of rules divided by General Conduct and Social Media Conduct. The division does not separate the enforcement. If a rule within the General Conduct set applies to the Social Media Conduct set, it will be enforced as such and vice versa.
1. Zero tolerance for any posts, discussions, comments, memes, pictures, or any other form of a post that is racist, bigoted, discriminatory, xenophobia or disrespect towards other members the following categories (but not limited to):
2. The Western Dragons Clan has Zero Tolerance for cyberbullying, trolling, or cyberstalking.
The Western Dragons Clan Kindred
Article I: Name
Article II: Purposes and Powers
Article III: Officers
Article IV: Applications
Article V: Privacy
Article VI: Meetings
Article VII: Duties
Article VIII: Finances
Article IX: Codes of Conduct
Article X: Ethics
Article XI: Appeals
Article XII: Protocols
Article XIII: Suspension, Revocation, Resignations, Cancelations
Article XIV: An Outline of our Beliefs
Article XV: Dissolution
• Name: The name of this Kindred shall be: _The Western Dragons Clan_. The business of the organization may be conducted as _The Western Dragons Clan_, Kindred, or any combination thereof.
2.01A: _The Western Dragons Clan_ will be run as a folkish/tribalsit/universalist Kindred and shall be operated exclusively to foster and grow the religion of Asatru.
2.01B: _The Western Dragons Clan_funded via gifts and donations from the members of the Kindred when necessary.
2.01 Powers: The organization shall have the power, directly or indirectly, alone or in conjunction or cooperation with others, to do any and all lawful acts which may be necessary or convenient to affect the organization and its finances. The powers of the organization may include, but not limited to, the acceptance of gifts or funds/donations from the public or private sectors, whether financial or in-kind contributions.
3.01 Chief Officers: _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred is based in _The Western Dragons Clan_ and its chief officers will include the Council headed by the Chieftain.
3.02 The Council: _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred day to day affairs will be managed by the Council, consisting of the following titles.
3.03 The Council: The Council consists of volunteer Full Kindred Members who are serving as administrators.
4.01 Types of Membership: There are two types of membership with _The Western Dragons Clan_. Each has its own process and is independent of each other.
4.01A Full Membership: Full members have full voting rights in all manners of business for _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred. Full members must be Provisional Members and fulfill all prerequisites of Provisional Membership. All founding members of _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred will be granted Full Membership. Full Members will be granted to right to conduct blots and ceremonies as needed.
4.01B Provisional Membership: Applicants are accepted based on information provided. _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred reserves the right to reject any applicant based on lack of information provided. __The Western Dragons Clan_ reserves the right to request additional information, put applications into internal review, or decline applicants until such time as we can gather the correct information. Applications can take an indeterminate amount of time to process as we may need to investigate applicants further. Applicants can appeal the rejection of an application via the appeal process set out in Article XI Appeals. All applicants must be sponsored by a Full Member to be considered for Provisional Membership. Provisional Members will be granted Full Membership once a series of tasks has been completed. Each Full Member will give the Provisional Member a task to complete. The tasks will include knowledge of lore, ceremonies, runes, and the gods and goddesses of Asatru. A Provisional Member will be required to take part in two blots and at least three Kindred Meetings. Provisional Members will not have a vote in Kindred business. Full Membership will be granted after all prerequisites are fulfilled and a favorable vote it made by the Full Members of _The Western Dragons Clan Kindred. A unanimous vote is required to gain Full Membership.
4.02 Application Process: Applications for membership may be completed via physical application. All applicants must, regardless of their location, provide full disclosure of their full name, legal address and or other information via physical application. Applicants are not permitted to use a fake identity or a screen name on an application. If a member does not wish to have their identity known, they must request that in writing along with a reasonable explanation as to why this request is being made. Only in extreme situations will _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred comply with requests to obscure legal names.
4.03 Rejected Applications: The rejected application is filed in the database as a record only. The applicant is sent an email with the following: date of rejection, reason of rejection and the information for requesting an appeal. The applicant has 30 days to appeal the rejection. If they do not appeal within the specified time period _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred will consider the rejection as accepted by the applicant. Rejected applications who either did no appeal or appeal and were denied the appeal will be prevented from applying for 30 days. If an applicant is rejected more than 2 times may be prevented from applying in the future. These 2 rejections will include the rejected appeal. Applications that are rejected are kept on file for a period of no less than 1 year after which time they are disposed of in a proper manner.
_The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred has knowledge of the person’s true identity. Full Members, Provisional Members, Guests, The Council, and Founders are not required to tell anyone about their role and/or participation with _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred in any way that may violate their personal privacy rights. If any Full Members, Council member, Provisional Member, or Founder wishes to have access to their own records, they are fully able to view their own records at any time. They also have the right to request their file be destroyed, removed or closed should they wish to leave _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred or no longer participate in kindred events, workshops, notification lists or any other action. All physical documents will be destroyed by shredding.
6.01 Frequency of Meetings: The Chieftain, Gothi, And Council Members shall be in constant and frequent communication on all matters that pertain to the organizational structure or any other matter that concerns of involved the operation of _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred. At least once per month, an official meeting will take place in which The Council will be updated on all projects and any issues or other matters by the members. A list of projects will be kept updated. The Council will conduct meetings at whatever frequency is deemed necessary. Meeting frequency will be determined by the Chieftain. The meetings will be conducted by the Chieftain.
7.01 Exceptions: With the exception of the Chieftain, Gothi, Council, and any other member of _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred, no other person, organization, group or kindred shall be expected to perform any duties or serviced for _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred.
7.02 Who Can Perform Duties: Any Full Member can apply to perform duties with
_The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred at any time that there is an open position.
7.03 Protections: No member or non-member of _The Western Dragons Clan_ shall, by force or coercion, be required to participate in any event or proceeding which may be deemed to be in conflict with or in opposition to the by-laws of _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred, or the Asatru religion in general. This includes, but not limited to, involuntary service of any kind requiring the use and administration of otherwise binding oaths not based on the tenets and beliefs of the Asatru religion in any fashion.
7.04A Chieftain: The duties of the Chieftain shall be to oversee and direct new projects to ensure that all projects fit into the general direction of
_The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred. The duties of this position may include but are not limited to: writing articles, publishing, membership maintenance, daily operations, and ensuring that the Gothi and Council are fulfilling their duties. The Chieftain can appoint, demote or hire people to fill positions as needed. The Chieftain maintains one vote as a member of _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred. The Chieftain is the last contact for the Council in case of emergency. The Chieftain also serves as a tie breaker in the event there should not be a majority in any vote. Should matters be unable to be resolved based on the processes and protocols outlined in these bylaws the Chieftain retains the right of executive order. The positions of Chieftain and Gothi may be merged and held by one person when/if necessary. If this position is merged the Chieftain/Gothi will retain only one vote on all issues.
7.04B Gothi: Gothi is the religious head of the Kindred and holds one vote in matters pertaining to _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred. The Gothi will write, and conduct ceremonies, blots, and rites as needed by _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred. The positions of Chieftain and Gothi may be merged and held by one person when/if necessary. If this position is merged the Chieftain/Gothi will retain only one vote on all issues.
7.04C Skald: The duties of the Skald will include but not be limited to: keeping all records of _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred, keeping minutes of all meetings including votes, and serves other roles as needed. The Skald will be the primary contact for anything the Council needs unless the task specifically falls to the Chieftain or Gothi. The Skald holds one vote in all matters of _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred.
7.04D The Drighten: The Drighten is responsible for enforcing the protocols below. He or she is the constable of _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred. It is the duty of the Drighten to maintain the wellbeing of Kindred members and keep them from harm,
whatever that may be. The Drighten will have one vote in all matters _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred.
7.04E Runemaster: The Runemaster will be the primary source of teaching in the runes. Other members may conduct rune classes with the approval of the Runemaster. The Rune Master will hold one vote in all matters of _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred.
8.01 How Funds Are Used: All funds donated to _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred for any purpose is to be used at the sole discretion of _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred for religious purposes. The funds may not be used for personal gains or any activity which would be considered a “corporate venture”, an investment or any activity which is seen as a profit Article IX: Codes of Conduct
9.01 Codes of Conduct: There are two Codes of Conduct. These are the Internet Code of Conduct (Internet C.O.C.) and the Standard Code of Conduct (Standard C.O.C. All codes are maintained and updated by the Chieftain, Gothi, and Council. Any violation of these Codes of Conduct will be handled as deemed appropriate.
9.02 Internet Code of Conduct: There will be no intolerance of racism against any religion, race or ethnicity is allowed. There are no exceptions to this rule. Harassment, be it sexual or otherwise, will not be tolerated. There will be respect of ideas and opinions regardless of personal beliefs. If a statement is made based on unverified personal gnosis (opinion) please state accordingly so there will be no arguments regarding the statement. Ideas are welcome. If the idea is not well known, please be patient and explain the idea. _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred requests of its members that no thread or comment online should be deleted by the author. Administrators will not remove an online thread unless it violates the Codes of Conduct. All emails shall be retained for business purposes. Rude and disrespectful comments will not be tolerated. _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred promotes online expression of ideas. If expression of those ideas becomes harassing, then those comments will be removed. Any issues with the Codes of Conduct or online messages need to be brought to the attention of the Drighten who will handle the matter. If the Drighten is unable to handle the issue, then the issue can be presented to the Council for vote. _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred reserves the right to remove any unapproved links or ads posted online. _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred requests that all content posted online through any site are properly sited if used or copies elsewhere. Please keep online content relevant to the heathen religion _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred will not be held liable for any content posted online through any site.
9.03 Standard Code of Conduct: No kindreds, individuals, or groups of people that support racist ideas will be allowed to remain affiliated with _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred once _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred is made aware of the issue. Members must be respectful of each other. If an issue arises and is brought to the attention of the Drighten then a proper review and resolution will be conducted. _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred is not a political entity nor will they become involved in any political activity.
10.01 Guidelines: All activities at _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred are dealt with in a highly ethical manner. No action shall be taken without discussion and reasonable research in relation to the consequences of change. Information is not shared with members outside of the Council. Private information is only shared in a manner conducive to business dealings. _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred is a religious organization and will base their actions on these beliefs.
11.01 Appeal Process: An applicant must send an email outlining the reason for the appeal request within thirty days of the rejection being received by the applicant. During the appeal, the applicant must answer any and all additional questions that might be asked of them. The decision of the Council is final.
11.02 Appeal Considerations: All further evidence and information will be considered in the event of an appeal. All applications are subject to the Code of Ethics and Codes of Conduct outlined in the Bylaws.
11.03 Automatic Rejection Reasons: The following reasons may be cited for rejection of an application: misrepresentation, failure to complete required criteria, providing improper payment, failure to adhere to the Codes of Conduct or Ethics, failure to treat members with respect or any action that may be detrimental to _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred.
12.01 Council Protocol: The Drighten will be responsible for banning any offending council member. The offending member will be banned until an investigation can take place. The investigation will be conducted by The Council. The Council will review the case and either decides to take further actions or to overturn the suspension and removal should no evidence be found. The offending council member may be allowed back into the group but not to the Council. The offending council member will only be allowed back into the Council if they demonstrate they have completely changed or have proven trustworthy. The Council will decide if the offending council member will be allowed back into the Council. A Council member will be considered offensive if any of the bylaws are broken.
13.01 Full Members: Full members may have their membership suspended or revoked if they violate any C.O.C. A _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred member may also cancel their membership as long as they inform _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred. A suspension of membership may be overturned by appeal. Notification of suspension must be provided to the member by the Drighten no later than 10 days prior to the suspension.
13.02 The Council: The Chieftain, Gothi, or Council may have their positions suspended or revoked if they violate any part of the C.O.C. or are caught in illegal or illicit activity. If a Council member has their position suspended or revoked, a Full Member may take over until such time as a new person can be elected to fill the vacant position. If a Council member wishes to voluntarily leave their position, they must turn in all business information used in their position.
14.01 Overview: Although __The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred is a heathen organization we do not enforce or push any specific beliefs on those who attend or join _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred. Our specific beliefs include acceptance of the Gods included in multiple Pantheons. We define ourselves as heathen and being true to the Gods of the path we choose although our application of said path is our own and may be varied from other paths following the same faith. Our beliefs do not infringe on the rights of those who join to freely assemble, to conduct themselves according to their own conscious as long as they abide by the C.O.C. as outlined above.
15.01 Dissolution: Upon dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed between the Full Members of _The Western Dragons Clan_ Kindred.