Sith Dynasty Charter

THIS IS THE OFFICIAL CHARTER OF REGULATIONS AND PROTOCOL FOR THE
     STAR WARS COSTUME CLUB
                                                                 THE SITH DYNASTY                                                           
     “A Dynasty For A New Hope”
                       Lucasfilm © &™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization
       THE FORCE SERVING THE SITH DYNASTY SINCE 2016
    “THE FORCE HAS SET US FREE”

THE SITH DYNASTY / TSD, IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT, STAR WARS PROFESSIONAL COSTUMING ORGANIZATION

    Founding Date:
   December 29, 2016

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE SITH DYNASTY FOUNDER:
The Star Wars saga is fun and there is no doubt of it. Many are drawn to it and obsessed with it for many varied reasons. We find others whom we form bonds with on a multitude of commonalities. We are drawn for the pure celebration it spawns to deeper aspects, but we are drawn.  

From a very personal standpoint, I want to relay the very important affect Mr. George Luca’s Star Wars story line had on me. It quite literally saved my life from the depths of despair at losing my Father. It was the manor in which he chose to exit this life …. another story better left untold here.

I have come to understand that there are millions of others with stories just like mine. They have come into the Star Wars fan base to receive their own healing, to then extend that same inspiration and uplifting magic into the lives of others. What magic you may ask? The message of “A New Hope”.

Star Wars for me and in fact millions, is not just more entertainment comprised of CG and adrenalin reactive action. It is the depth of feeling, the desperate struggles, and yet in the face of such adversity, the strength born of absolute self discipline and integrity to continue on. It is the prime example of how we maintain loyalties, of how we endure hardships, of how we can keep relationships together through hardship, which proves that love in fact …. does …. conquer all.

In a very real sense, the characters portrayals of Mr. Lucas’s Star Wars saga and even in to the talented writers of the Extended Universe, currently deemed Legends, reflect our real life struggles. Struggles which all of us in some way or the other identify with. Many of our real life struggles may not be as desperate as those played out by our hero’s. But for the struggles of others, even more so. We all experience our ability to withstand loss and the anxiety of hardship. We are all tested to our breaking points, and therein my friends is where we are all able to relate to our hero’s, and to the villains we love to hate.

We witness and relate to the losses and the breaking points of those who become Sith. We see the amount of integrity in spirit and the endurance of the heart, which it takes to triumph. Most importantly, we witness the enduring relationships which surmount all adversity. Within the ingenious writings of Mr. Lucas, we take to heart the message of, “A New Hope”. Integrity of spirit, endurance of the heart, those are the key.

In this very moment that you are reading my words, you might relate to them as reflective of your own. In one way or the other we do have a …. and yes…. I dare say a … relationship … with the Star Wars. On one level or the other, in one aspect or another, we do have quite the relationship with it, do we not? ;)  And within that relationship is where all Star Wars fans find commonality.

The Great, Great man, Mr. George Lucas, never knew the impact his story line would have on millions, and dare I say Billions? He nor his cast and crew could have never foreseen such a future in his franchise. He nor his cast and crew could have never foreseen how for millions of us, the saga would have gone far past the fun of it and become a true life line of hope.

Star Wars fans represent the very best this society has to offer within human outreach and indeed, everything humanity could offer across the board. The message of "A New Hope" ... and the incredible representations we receive from this inspiring saga, have breached the generation gap and will continue to do so.

The beauty of it is awe inspiring on every level, and the charity outreach it invokes simply by it's existence is exemplary beyond words.

In the year of 2016, and due to yet another personal loss... I had left the Star Wars fan base. I had fallen back into a despair which I had been fighting since losing my Father in ’07.

On December 27th of the year 2016, Miss Carrie Fisher, our Forever Princess left our world and passed into the Force. Only two days later on December 29th, she was followed by her Mother Mrs. Debbie Reynolds. That evening, and in reflection, I decided to sit and watch a video I had made the previous year. The video was of our incredible Star Wars collection which my husband and I have dedicated in honor of Mr. George Lucas and … my Father.

As I sat watching that video, the tears were streaming down my face. I was remembering the past few years I had spent within the fandom. I was remembering all of the many celebrities I'd had the golden opportunity to meet and converse with. I was remembering the many faces of adults and children I and others had brought an uplifting moment to. I was remembering the profound healing I had experienced for myself while helping others, the beautiful consequence of utter distraction from my own pain, due to the act of selflessly giving …… …. and the unfortunate circumstance's which had once again caused a loss of spirit, resulting in me falling away…. my own tests of integrity and endurance.

Through all of that, I reflected upon the sudden death of our Princess and how her life had taken a turn for the better, only to be brought up short. I reflected on the consequence of heartbreak, which immediately took her Mother … and I knew and remembered all to well … that heart break does in fact kill.

The video had ended and I had closed out the screen on my computer. The screen saver came on and began looping through the images I have saved there, when something profound happened. With over 200 images which should have been appearing, only the images of our Princes were looping. As I sat there viewing them, the following thought came to me, "Don't let the evil in this world stop ‘you’ from doing good".

I sat straight up as the feelings provoked by those words ran through my being. I immediately remembered some quotes by our Princes which I had read earlier that day:

“I don't want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art”.

“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die”.

“Instant gratification takes too long”.

I looked at the very same things surrounding me, which I had just been viewing in that video, then turned to again stare at the images of Miss Fischer now looping in front of me and I knew what I had to do.

I had to create another home for Star Wars fans and for myself. A home to celebrate Star Wars and for anyone out there who needs a distraction as I did … as I do … away from the stresses of every day life. To become a part of something larger than themselves, where they can take their own love of Star Wars, their personal inspiration derived from it, and use that to reach out as I and so many others had. A place offering the opportunity to do good for one another and for their communities. I had to create a place for others to find peace in their lives, to come together in fun and celebration within camaraderie.

Through my years of participating within this wonderful realm of Star Wars, I have discovered that just like myself... there are millions of people whom have found "A New Hope” just when they needed it the most. On that fateful evening of December 29 of 2016, the concept of what would become the "Sith Dynasty" was conceived and born.

The Sith Dynasty was born out of love and out of grief. It was born of a pure desire to build a home. As such, I know that the emotions which brought the Dynasty forward, are a powerful force which will take this club into the future.

The Force Is Truly With The Dynasty.

LUCASFILM LIMITED APPROVED THE USE OF THEIR DISCLAIMER FOR THE SITH DYNASTY ON:
Monday February 6, 2017

DISCLAIMER AS FOLLOWS:
The Sith Dynasty is an international Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd. it is a Lucasfilm recognized group. Star Wars, it’s characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

M’Lords and Ladies,
Welcome to the Temple Of The Sith Dynasty.
"A Dynasty For A New Hope".
Your Chambers Await You.

There Is Strength... And Peace... In The Shadow.
And As Always...
The Force Is Strong Within These Halls
Founder Of The Sith Dynasty ~ SD-002 Lord Zannah

CHARTER CREATION DATE:
02/28/2017
CHARTER AMENDMENT DATE:
04/02/2018
 
CONTACT INFORMATION:
. From Our Official Homepage: You may view our Designated Members, register upon our forums, contact us, request our presents at an event, submit costumes for a Designation, and simply learn more about us at the following links:

LINKS TO OUR HOME PAGE:  https://www.sithdynasty.org   
OR
https://sithdynastywebmast.wixsite.com/mysite

LINK TO OUR WEBSITE AND FORUMS: http://thesithdynasty.forumotion.com/login

. See Us On The Official Star Wars Fan Page:
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. You Can Learn More About The Sith Dynasty On Wikipedia:
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                                                                 TABLE OF CONTENTS:

I. MISSION STATEMENT

II. NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION
 
III. THE DYNASTY’S FOUNDING

IV. THE SITH DYNASTY AND OTHER STAR WARS COSTUMING CLUBS: Are we different? And if so, how?
A. Basic Club Protocol And Regulations
B. Handling Infractions And Disciplinary Measures: How does the Dynasty stand out?
C. The Complainant And Charges Levied
D. Roll Playing
E. Ending Statement: So my friends, Why The “Sith Dynasty”?

V.  ACCEPTED COSTUMES AND DESIGNATION SEQUENCES
A. Costume Categories Approved For Official Membership Status
B. Designation Numbers
C. For Purposes Of Our Website Forums

VI. INVITE PROTOCOL FOR OFFICIAL MEMBERS, HONORARY MEMBERS, AND ALLIES
A. Criteria For Extending Invites For Membership With The Sith Dynasty
B. Honorary Membership And Ally Awards
C. Induction And Presentation Process
D. After Induction Protocol

VII. COSTUME AND PERSONAL INTEGRITY
A. Integrity? Why Yes. What About Integrity
B. Restrictions
C. As Stated Within The Dynasty Costuming CRL’s
D. Also As Stated Within The Dynasty Costuming CRL’s
E. For complete costume CRL's i.e. rules, regulations, and costuming protocol please refer to this link:

VIII. APPLICATION PROCESS FOR COSTUME APPROVAL
A. How To Register
B. How To Submit Your Costume
C. How Costumes Are Approved

IX. LAWS, BY-LAWS, PROTOCOL, AND CODE OF CONDUCT
A. General Protocol
B. Definition Of Forum Members
C. Definition Of Apprentice
D. On Personal Behavior, Moral, And Legal Liabilities
E. We Are A Professional Costume Club - On Hygiene
F. Concerning Children At, In, Or Around Our Events
G. Age Requirements
H. Personal Speech And Private Matters
I. Forum Member Removal Protocol
J. IMPORTANT: Felony Sex Crime Convictions
K. NON NEGOTIABLE

X. MUTUAL FAN GROUP SUPPORT AND TROOPING PROTOCOL
A. Basic Protocol
B. Extending Invites From Our club To Others
C. Invites Extended From Other Clubs To Ours
D. Dynasty Members Upon Other Club Sites
E. Protocol For Trooping With Dual Club Designated Costumes: Lucasfilm Mandate

XI. LFL PROTOCOL FOR CLUB APPEARANCES
A. Concerns Commercially Sponsored Events
B. Definition Of Commercially Sponsored Or Retail Event’s /Venue’s
C. Club Promotion Criteria Protocol Such As Club Video Presentations:

XII. EVENT AND VENUE REQUEST PROTOCOL
A. How To Proceed
B. What To Do Before Contacting LFL For Club Appearance Approval
1. What The Venue Need’s To Know
2. What We Need To Know
C. Getting The Go From Membership To Proceed With Attendance
D. Now Is The Time For The Venue To Contact LFL For Appearance Approval

XIII.  CONVENTION /NON-LUCASFILM SPONSORED PARADE CONTACT PROCEDURES
A. How To Begin
B. To Pay Or Not To Pay For The Fan Table
C. Documentation Of Club Authenticity


XIV. HOW TO BE AN ATTRACTION
A. Come On Up And See Us Some Time


XV. PROTOCOL FOR FAN TABLE PERMISSION
A. Criteria Must Be Met First


XVI. FAN TABLE PRESENTATION
A. What About Props And Things To Display


XVII. FAN TABLE ROSTER DUTY, HANDLERS, AND ORGANIZATION
A. How To Build A Roster


XVIII. TROOPING THEATERS
A. Here We Go A Trooping, So Merry To Be Seen
B. Preferences For Theater Seating
C. IMPORTANT: Sustenance and Hydration
D. The Combined Club Troop


XIX. VENUE AND PUBLIC APPEARANCE RESTRICTIONS
A. Unless There Is A Substantial Charity Donation, This Is A List Of Restricted Events


XX. BASIC SCRIPT PROTOCOL FOR MEDIA INTERVIEWS
A. Oh Wow, I Hadn’t Thought Of This Happening, So What Do I Do Now?


XXI. CHARITY COLLECTIONS PROTOCOL
A. Receiving Donations, Turning In Donations, And Final Reports
B. Never The Following
C. Receiving Donations
D. After Fund Raising Report


XXII. INNER CLUB GRIEVANCES AND INFRACTIONS
A. First Protocol: You As A Member Of The Sith Dynasty
B. Second Protocol: NO AMBIGUITY
C. Third Protocol: The Sector Trial
D. Fourth Protocol: The Dark Tribunal
E. Fifth Protocol: Guidelines For Filing Grievances And Conference Call Intervention
F. Sixth Protocol: Guidelines For Sector Trial’s And Dark Tribunals Proceedings
G. Seventh Protocol: Judgements, Verdicts, And Disciplinary Actions
H. The MOST IMPORTANT Protocol: The Membership Bill Of Rights


XXIII.    OFFENSE CLASSIFICATIONS
A. While Representing In An Official Capacity For The Dynasty
B. Minor Infraction: i.e. Disrespectful Conduct Unbecoming Of A Sith Dynasty Official Member
C. Serious Infraction: i.e. Disrespectful Conduct Leading To Emotional Harm
D. A CHARGE OF MALFEASANCE
E. Possible Infraction Scenario’s Not Listed


XXIV. BASIC COMMAND,  COMMAND STRUCTURE,  DUTIES OF SERVICE,  AND PROTOCOL
A. Requirements For Holding An Office Of Service Within The Sith Dynasty
B. Basic Officer’s Protocol
C. High Command Officers / High Dark Lords Of The Sith Dynasty Sitting Upon High Council
1. The Commanding Officer /High Dark Lord Sith Emperor/
2. Executive Officer /High Dark Lord Master Galactic Regent
3. Public Relations Officer /High Dark Lord Master Intel Inquisitor
4. Costume Judge /High Dark Lord Senior Membership Inquisitor
5. Forum And Social Media Content Moderator /High Dark Lord Sith Vanguard War Master
6. Website Designer’s /High Dark Lord Webmaster’s
7. CRL or Costume Regulations Officer /Library Overseer
8. Graphics Design Officers /High Dark Lord Sith Sorcerers: Via their artistic genius, we shall know success.
9. Merchandising Officers /High Dark Lord Acquisitions Inquisitor
10. Dark Lords Serving Under Senior and Master Officers ~ Who Are They?
a. The Costume Judge /Dark Lord Membership Inquisitor
b. The Forum And Social Media Content Moderators /Dark Lord Sith Vanguard


XXV. THE COUNCILS OF THE DYNASTY, AND WHO SITS UPON THEM
a. The High Council
b. Voting Protocol Of The High Council
c. The Master Regents Council
d. Temple Council


XXVI. ELECTION PROCESS FOR OFFICER’S
A. Basic Protocol
B. Temple Elections Protocol
C. Election Protocol


XXVII. SYSTEMS, TEMPLES, AND TEMPLE OFFICER PROTOCOL
A. Basic Protocol, What Is A System As Opposed To A Temple?
B. Protocol For Establishing A Temple And Temple Borders
C. How Do I Proceed With Attaining Permissions To Establish A Temple Region
D. After Your Temple Has Been Established, What Then?
E. Other Temple Protocol
F. Temple Officers Duties


XXVIII. SYSTEMS /TEMPLE CRESTS /LOGOS AND PROTOCOL FOR MANUFACTURING BANNERS
A. Systems
B. Temples
C. Temple Crests /Logos And Temple Names
D. Temple Banners /Flags
E. Displaying The Sith Dynasty Club Crest In Association With Other Merchandise:


XXIX. MERCHANDISING AND THE USE OF THE LFL DISCLAIMER
A. Protocol


XXX. OUR CLUBS NAME AND LOGO
A. Our Clubs Name “The Sith Dynasty”
B. Our Clubs Logo
C. Our Clubs Banner



XXXI. USAGE OF THE DYNASTY LOGO IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER GROUP LOGOS
A. Basic Protocol


XXXII. PRINTING AND PRODUCING SWAG, BANNERS, BUSINESS CARDS, ETC.. IMAGE AND WORDING APPROVAL PROTOCOL, PROPER USE OF THE LFL DISCLAIMER
A. Approval Process
B. Basic Image And Color Content
C. Wording


XXXIII. LOGO /SYMBOL CONTENT
A. Basic Protocol


XXXIV. PROCEDURES FOR CHARTER AMENDMENTS


XXXV. FINAL WORDS



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I. MISSION STATEMENT
. Although the Sith Dynasty is the first LFL Acknowledged Star Wars costume club to initiate a roll playing game, taking place during the Old Republic era, the Sith Dynasty is 'not' a cos-play or role playing group.
. As such, our focus is on charitable and community outreach, while promoting the Star Wars universe.
. The Sith Dynasty is a Lucasfilm acknowledged, professional Star Wars costuming Organization.
. As of to date, other than our clubs Officer base, there are no trooping requirements in place.

. The Sith Dynasty is a Star Wars costuming organization, comprised by fans of Star Wars. Costume focus is on Star Wars characters who use or are associated with the Dark Side of the force story line. We accept Star Wars Movie accurate costumes, Legends /Extended Universe, Comic, and Video Game accurate Star Wars costumes. We also accept Custom build costumes i.e. those costumes which are built with the use of your personal imagination.

. Our focus is to develop friendships, participate in group activities, to promote multi-generational Star Wars fandom, and having fun while bringing smiles to children of all ages. We do this while celebrating our Star Wars hobby.

. We participate in community outreach by public appearances at Charity Functions, Conventions, Book Signings, Sports Games, Star Wars Movie Openings, and much, much more. The most important endeavor of our club is community outreach via the promotion of good will. We get together on many levels of friendship by going to dinners, gathering at one another’s homes, and just playing together. We celebrate the Star Wars vision originally conceived of by Mr. George Lucas, now in the hands of the Disney Corporation.  …..  The original vision of "A New Hope".

"The Dark Side is a path way to many abilities that some consider to be…… un-natural”.
“Only through us can you achieve a power greater than any Jedi”.
“You will attain focus, become stronger".
"POWER!!!! … UNLIMITED… ….. POWER!!!! ~ Lord Sidious

Where the Sith and Dark Force users are concerned, it is after all...
“Cooler In The Shadow”.
And as always......
The Force Continue To Serve You.