The Council of Trustees is the official governing body of Spellbinders. Chapter Representatives comprise at least 55% of the Council of Trustees. The remainder of the seats is held by At-Large Trustees. These Trustees are advocates for Spellbinders and may offer a specific area of expertise (legal, accounting, storytelling, fundraising) that is important to the operation of Spellbinders. These At-Large Trustees may or may not be Spellbinders storytellers. The Council of Trustees comprises no less than seven and no more than 15 individuals with a preference for an odd number of members.
Selection process for the Council of Trustees: Chapter “delegates” elect Chapter Representatives to the Council of Trustees at the Annual Meeting
There are four categories of being affiliated with Spellbinders®:
Chapter Members and Chapters: Chapter members belong to Chapters, which are the basic unit of membership in the organization.
To qualify as a Chapter (or maintain its status as such), Chapters must ratify the Charter, which primarily consists of the Preamble, Purpose and Principles (“PPP”) and this Organizational Design, and have at least six active volunteer storytellers.
Chapters that fail to do so would no longer be considered members in good standing and would not be permitted to use the Spellbinders name and logo, or copy the materials. The rights and responsibilities of Chapters are detailed in the sections that follow.
Qualifications to become a member of a Chapter may be established by each Chapter, as long as those qualifications are in accordance with the PPP. Chapter members could include: a) active storyteller members, b) inactive storyteller members who are not currently active in telling stories but wish to support and/or remain associated with a Chapter, and c) relocated storyteller members who were once active storyteller members in a particular Chapter, but since moved away and are now active storytellers in a new locale that doesn’t have its own Spellbinders Chapter.
Chapters, regardless of how or whether they are incorporated, have the same Rights and Responsibilities. Chapters may be:
Trustee: Trustees comprise the Council of Trustees (“Council”), which serves as the governance body of Spellbinders, and is a successor to the original Board of Directors. Its roles and responsibilities, composition and selection process are detailed in later sections.
Friend: A “Friend” of Spellbinders is an individual or organization that wishes to be affiliated with Spellbinders but not as a storyteller Chapter member. Spellbinder Friends may be donors or may otherwise wish to support, be informed of and/or participate in the work of Spellbinders. They would signify their endorsement of the PPP and any other criteria established by the Council, in order to be designated a Spellbinders Friend. Friends would not belong to Chapters and would not have the rights and responsibilities of Chapters.
Employees: Employees may be hired by the Spellbinders Resource Center or by Chapters. The Council is responsible for hiring the Spellbinders Executive Director, who in turn, is responsible for hiring other employees of the Resource Center. Chapters establish their own process for hiring employees, if any.