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Warwick Organizational Overview

Warwick is an educational Living History group specializing in un-choreographed live steel fighting. Members of Warwick are dedicated to bringing the past back to life through the study and re-enactment and recreation of arts and skills of several historical time periods. These periods include but not limited to Medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, American Civil War, & the American Old West.

Warwick was officially established in Iowa, January 11, 2005 & is now over 30 members strong in Des Moines, Iowa & interest is steadily growing because of what the members of Warwick do on a weekly basis.

All of our events are open to anyone interested.

 It is a goal of Warwick to develop a strong community of Archers, Artisans and Combatants.

 Warwick is a great place for people to get together and make history and form new friendships.


In existence as early as the reign of Charlemagne and used by the Anglo-Saxons, the guild was of primary importance during the Middle Ages. Initially a rudimentary plan designed to support a certain group of workers (each village originally had one or two guilds), the guild system rapidly expanded throughout Europe.

The House
The House can be established in Warwick by any member of the organization. The House must consist of at least 4 members (1 House Master & 3 members of servitude), the House Master has the title of Nobility under section (IV.II (Requirements for Becoming a Noble Lord or Lady) of the Warwick Book & the other members will be given titles by the House Master upon approval of the Crown.

High Council
The High Council consist of no less than 6 members. The Crown & the many Officers of Warwick, These officers do not have to belong to any particular office but they may be holding one of the offices in the Warwick structure. These offices include: the Officer of Arms, Officer of Archery, Officer of Arts & Sciences, Crown Marshal, Hospitality Officer, the Hospitaler, Officer of Schedules & the Steward. If a office is not held by a standard member than it will be filled by a member of the High Council.
The High Council shall deal with all matters in which the Crown deems necessary in order to keep Warwick organized and also to keep the politics from the populace that wish to stay away from such matters. Any member may bring matters to the floor of the High Council as long as it appears on the agenda a week before meeting. The High Council meets the 1st Saturday of each month of the year or as deemed necessary.

Divisions of Warwick
Warwick divisions can be developed within the core organization and its subdivisions provided the new division consist of at least 6 non blood related members and is approved by the High Council of Warwick.

Warwick subdivisions can be developed by interested members who live out side of the State of Iowa boundaries. A subdivision must consist of at least 6 non blood related members as defined in the “Subdivisions of Warwick” Section of the Warwick Book. A new subdivision must be approved by the High Council of Warwick & must follow all the rules governing Warwick & Subdivisions of Warwick.

Rules of the Realm
· The Crown has final say on all matters.
· Every peer has the right to address the Crown and Officers in an orderly fashion.
· Nobles, Damsels, Squires and Pages may address the Court only when called on by the Crown.
· When addressing a member of Warwick, use proper names and titles of the group, if you are a new member (as best as possible).
· When being presented before the Crown, use the Pages bow and do not rise until recognized.
· When addressing the Crown or Court, stand erect; speak loudly and in medieval vernacular (as best as possible).



1) All rules of Warwick are from hence forth called bylaws. This is a group of members developing an Organization therefore we follow rules not laws.

2) Passing of Bylaws: Bylaws are to be presented as a proclamation at an official meeting & voted on by a quorum of 60% of the members present at such meeting. A bylaw can be appealed by a member only once at the next official meeting as stated in section (IV AMENDMENT TO BY-LAWS).

3) High Council: The number of members of the Board of Directors from henceforth called the High Council shall consist of no less then 4 members.

4) Eligibility for Office: Officers at all levels of Warwick must be members, and must be up to date on all requirements of said office.

5) Membership: Membership in Warwick is open to any interested individual, without restriction of age or citizenship. Membership can be terminated only by: (1) lapse following nonpayment of dues, or (2) action of the High Council. Memberships are not transferable or assignable.

6) HAVE FUN!!! We as a group are here to have fun above all else! #1 Reason for Revocation of Membership: If a member is a major disruption to the group and therefore causing other members of the group to be unhappy then the group will decide at the next official meeting to put such member on probation for a period of time decided by the High Council. If this matter comes before the High Council for a 3rd time with said member the group can thence fore expellee such member with no refund of membership.

7) Revocation/Denial of Membership: Membership in Warwick may be revoked as provided in Paragraph 6 of this Article for the following reasons: (1) conviction of violation of civil or criminal law (2) actions that endanger Warwick; (3) violation of the By-Laws; (4) Membership in Warwick may be denied for the same reasons as revocation. Membership may also be denied if the reasons for a previous revocation of membership are still considered by the High Council to be valid.

8) Eligibility for Office: Every member of Warwick is eligible for office and advancement within Warwick, subject to the requirements for such office or such advancement, and to the provisions established above. Employment in Warwick, as Executive Director, as staff, as a contractual agent of Warwick, or as a paid consultant to Warwick, does not require membership in Warwick.

9) Dedication of Assets: The properties and assets of Warwick are irrevocably dedicated to charitable purposes. No part of the net earnings, properties, or assets of this corporation, on dissolution or otherwise, shall inure to the benefit of any private person or individual, or any member, Director or officer of the Society. On liquidation or dissolution, all properties and assets and obligations shall be distributed and paid over to an organization dedicated to charitable purposes which has established its tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)(3).



     A. EXECUTION OF CORPORATE INSTRUMENTS: The High Council may, at its discretion, determine the method and designate the signatory officer or officers or other person or persons, to execute any corporate instrument or document, or to sign the corporate name without limitation, except when otherwise provided by law, and such execution or signature shall be binding upon Warwick.

Unless otherwise specifically determined by the High Council or otherwise required by law, formal contracts and other corporate instruments and documents shall be executed, signed or endorsed by the Baron and by the Steward.


     B. CHECKS, DRAFTS, ETC.: All checks and drafts drawn on banks or other depositories of funds to the credit of the corporation, or on special accounts of Warwick, shall be signed by such person or persons as the High Council shall authorize to do so.


     C. GIFTS: The High Council may accept on behalf of Warwick any contribution, gift, bequest, or devise for the general purposes of or for any special purpose of Warwick not inconsistent with the charitable limitations in the Articles of Incorporation.



The Fiscal Year of the corporation shall begin on the first day of January and end on the last day of December in each year.



These By-Laws may be altered, amended or repealed. Bylaws are to be presented as a proclamation at an official meeting & voted on by a quorum of 60% of the members present at such meeting and submitted to the High Council. A bylaw can be appealed by a member only once at the next official meeting. The By-Laws must be available to members by print of the Warwick Book & via the internet.


Constitution of Warwick

We the people of Warwick so each solemnly swear to compete by all articles of this parchment. We shall compete fairly and with honor to the Crown forgiving all others and with chivalry shall we concur all. There shall be no harm or dishonor to any person governed by this parchment regardless of nationality, race, or religion thereto.