It is hoped that their past experience may aid in guiding the current officers should the need arise. A vote of a 2/3 majority of the Master Leviathans may override a simple majority vote of the current officers . In turn, any vote by the Master Leviathans may be overturned by a majority vote of the Guiding Members or the General Membership.
The positions of the Steering Committee, elected by
the Guiding Members, are in charge of the day to day affairs of the Order.
This includes, but is not limited to, collecting of dues, answering of media
inquiries, and approval of commercial use of Order assets (such as the Order‘s
logo). No position on the Steering Committee shall serve more than two terms in
a single office unless no other candidate may be found.
Nomination of Steering Committee positions:
Shall begin the first day after induction of new members. Positions must be nominated by Guiding Members and must be (or become) Guiding Members themselves. Nomination will last for 30 days.
Election of Steering Committee:
The election shall be run among Guiding Members. It shall begin at the closing of nominations and will run for one week. Candidates with the highest number of received votes shall take the position. In the case of a tie, a runoff election will be held for that office, lasting an additional week. Should no clear consensus be reached by that point, the current holder of office shall name their successor.
Vacancy of position:
Should a position be vacated at any time, the members of the Steering Committee may name a replacement to fill the position for the rest of the appointed term.
No Candidate: Should no person be willing to take a position within the Steering Committee and the position be truly vacant for an extended period of time, it falls to the other members of the Steering Committee to ensure that the role of that position be carried out in the most efficient way possible.
The positions of the Order of Leviathan make up the Steering Committee, responsible for the day to day affairs of the Order. While accountable to the membership, it is understood that they act as the proxies for the Guiding Members and may act on their behalf without further vote. However, the Steering Committee may be overruled by the Master Leviathans, the Guiding Members, or the membership as a whole and are not unaccountable for their actions. Terms of office are approximately two years and begin and end 38 days after an induction ceremony.
The Helmsman has the lead role in the Steering Committee of the Order. He/she will have the 'call to vote' on any addition to the articles or events involving order members or Order business via regular voting by the officers or the Guiding Members. Should an urgent matter arise that is time sensitive, the Helmsman is empowered to act unilaterally on matters of high urgency (such as legal matters and emergency disciplinary matters – covered below). The Helmsman may also ask for the creation of an advisory committee of members to further look into a particular subject.
The Navigator is the second to the Helmsman in matters relating to the Steering Committee and may act in his stead, if the Helmsman is unavailable, on urgent matters. In addition, should the position of Helmsman become vacated, the Navigator will assume said title.
Sergeant at Arms:
The role of the Sergeant at Arms is to resolve internal disputes within the Order of Leviathan and to investigate gross misconduct (discussed below). In the case of a dispute between two members those members may bring their dispute to the Steering Committee for arbitration. Such arbitration is not a requirement, but is offered to the members as a way to move past an ugly impasse.
The Purser is responsible for the funds of the order as well as ensuring that all fiduciary matters of the order are properly handled (which may require outside services). Upon request, the Purser must be able to provide a full accounting of Order funds. The Purser shall also be responsible for the Treasure Chest, a petty cash of no more than $200.00 to be used for operational funds such as printing, postage etc, without the need for a members vote as to dispersal of these kinds of operating costs. This is also pursuant to commonly recognized accounting procedures.
Keeper of the Codex:
The secretary and historian of the Order, the Keeper of the Codex is responsible for recording the details of all official meetings, activities, and decisions made by the Order and for keeping the records of all member’s contact information, signed articles, and archives of important communications. The Keeper of the Codex will also maintain copies of any contracts, agreements, and permits, and also will keep the minutes of the Steering Committee meetings, and post a condensed version of these minutes to the members’ social media page in order to keep the members informed.
This person serves as the contact for outside media and is the official liaison for all media inquiries. While any member may speak to the media on their own behalf, the Lookout is the primary contact for media relating to the Order itself. Further the Lookout position will assist members in the preparation for official Order events to be held in public venues. This is to include assistance in acquiring permission and permits as well as any needed special arrangements (such as those for induction ceremonies).
Requirements: It is to be known that these positions above are working positions and it is understood that these positions have duties that need to be fulfilled at all times to ensure that our ship keeps its course. If at any time a member of the Steering Committee cannot fulfill their duties as outlined above the position will be put to a vote by the Steering Committee to fill that position.