High Council Mandate
Lords and Ladies who sit on the High Council operate under the following mandate:
- Attend the monthly High Council Business Meetings. If an emergency meeting is called between regular meeting they will attend these meetings (see #9).
- A HC Member who can't attend will give E-mail notice to all other HC Members.
- If this absence causes the HC NOT to have a voting quorum present, then the absence will be considered unexcused. Three (3) such unexcused absences shall constitute an automatic removal from the office of High Council.
- Stay in close contact with the members of the Order of NOR.
- Make alliances with other guilds/orders, when deemed appropriate.
- Supervise the Dukes, Duchesses and Branch Leaders.
- Keep the membership informed about events, happenings, and special interest items.
- Determine what is of interest to the body membership.
- Decide if new offices in the order are necessary.
- Act as Liaison between other Guilds/Orders.
- A SPECIAL session of the High Council may be called by any HC Member by notifying all HC Members by E-mail one (1) week in advance of the meeting, and receiving their RSVP.
- The HC Members shall appoint a Moderator for HC meetings on a rotating basis.
- HC members shall keep their Mail Boxes clear at all times so as to be able to receive mail.
- Approved by the High Council March 29, 1998
- Updated by the High Council July 25, 2010
There are four titles at the Lord rank:
- Lord - an active male Lord
- Lady - an active female Lord
- Lord Emeritus - an inactive/retired male Lord
- Lady Emeritus - an inactive/retired female Lord
These titles are generally considered equal in weight and significance. The difference being that the Lord and Lady are active officers of the order. Lord/Lady Emeritus are no longer active officers and lose the rights and privileges attached to the office.
Lord is a deferential appellation for a person or deity who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler. In only a few cases is "lord" a substantive title in itself, most commonly that of the Lord of the Manor and certain vestigial titles from the age of feudalism such as Lord of Mann, in other cases it is a generic term applied, for example, to persons who hold a title of the peerage or persons entitled to courtesy titles, or to refer to a group or body of peers.
Under the feudal system, lord has a wide, loose and varied meaning. An overlord was the person from whom a landholding or a manor was held by a mesne lord or vassal under various forms of feudal land tenure. The modern term "landlord" is a vestigial survival of this function. A liege lord was a person to whom a vassal owed sworn allegiance. Neither of these terms were titular dignities, rather factual appellations, which described the relationships of two persons within the highly stratified feudal social system. For example, a man might be lord of the manor to his own tenants but a vassal to his own overlord, who in turn was a vassal to the king. Where a knight was a lord of the manor, as was generally the case, he is referred to in contemporary documents as "John (Surname), knight, lord of (manor name)". A feudal baron was a true titular dignity, with the right originally to attend Parliament, yet even a feudal baron, lord of the manor of many manors, was a vassal to the king.
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