The Irminfolk Auxiliary
The Gift Cycle, How Irminfolk Auxiliary membership can help the community at large
The Irminfolk Auxiliary is a donor-based member program designed to enhance our commitment to the propagation of native European Folk religions and to the development of formal and informal kindred affiliations beyond our immediate local area. By joining the Irminfolk Auxiliary you contribute to supporting the Irminfolk’s mission from wherever you may live. It provides an opportunity to be a part of a powerful, competent, professional structure and to network with other similarly oriented folkish heathens who may not have the ability to participate directly in the Primary Irminfolk Community activities requiring geographical proximity to us and other restrictive requirements.
Over the years, many people have expressed interest in joining the Irminfolk, or just wanted to find ways they could help out. Many people reach out to us seeking advice on best practices for their local kindred, or how they can incorporate some of our programs and features into their local initiatives. But the Irminfolk was only able to provide limited help to them because of the small geographical area our Kindred resides in. This Auxiliary program is an answer to that.
The Irminfolk provides Asatru kindred building and administration instruction; It provides and facilitates Asatru spiritual development; supports wholesome activities such as hikes, campouts and challenges; commissions and distributes awards, medals, and heraldry; facilitates the sharing of resources, and the establishment of settings where supportive friendships can form; and it facilitates both formal and informal opportunities for networking, trade and frith. Your sponsorship can help these initiatives grow.
As a donor, your auxiliary membership does not incur any influence on the Irminfolk Odinist Community directly. Membership in the Irminfolk Auxiliary acts as a sponsorship program and is not the same as membership in The Irminfolk Odinist Community’s Primary Organization. Auxiliary members do not have the same commitments as full voting members of the Irminfolk do, and auxiliary members may not vote at Irminfolk board decisions. However, while you do not have a vote in how business is conducted, you DO have a voice and your feedback and ideas will have a platform.
As the program develops and grows, more formal systems of representation will begin to take shape, allowing individual members and affiliated kindreds to engage directly in the decision making process. We will strive to ensure that every voice and opinion is heard but that only those who persuade the majority will govern.
How to Join
You can join by obtaining a membership medallion through our official webstore, or directly from one of our vendors. Your sponsorship is a tax deductible donation. Auxiliary membership is available to any individual who accepts the principles and beliefs of the Irminfolk Odinist Community, pays the membership fee, and is 18 years of age or older.
As an auxiliary member, you will:
- receive a welcome letter and a general information questionnaire to return to us
- receive a membership Medallion with the current year (or lifetime) embossed on it
- have access to private Irminfolk Social media groups
- have eligibility to purchase members-only items
- receive additional benefits, like invitations to events outings and meetups.
501(c)3. The Irminfolk is a legally recognized tax exempt nonprofit organization. All donations, including membership due, are tax deductible, minus the value of any gifts received.
Dues: Rather than create a giant bureaucracy, which would require staff and software to maintain a dues system and database (and all the security and training that entails), we decided to keep the program as simple and decentralized as possible. Each level of charitable donation is indicated with an appropriate membership medallion inscribed with the current year. Possession of the medallion is a token of having current membership. In this manner, you control your own membership enrollment and level at your own leisure. Your membership begins the moment your charitable donation is accepted, and all annual auxiliary memberships expire upon the New year.
Levels of Membership:
Irminfolk Auxiliary affiliated Kindreds
Where we have a number of auxiliary members living close enough to one another to actively collaborate and form a formal or informal kindred, they may choose to enroll in the Irminfolk’s kindred development program. To be eligible for enrollment in the kindred Development program, a kindred must maintain at least 4 members in the Irminfolk Auxiliary program, with at least one of those members being a lifetime member (or the group can obtain the lifetime membership medallion in the name of the kindred as a “corporation”).
As an affiliated kindred, the kindred will receive:
A custom kindred Flag designed with the assistance of industry professional graphic designers.
A streamer for the organization flag.
Access to leadership education training, organizations training, and sample “best practices” manuals for organizing a kindred.
Members of the auxiliary kindreds will be eligible to be awarded many of the medals, 0rders and decorations of the Irminfolk Odinist Community, such as the Algiz Rune in Honor of the Heathen Mother, the sport badge, and the long service ribbons.
Auxiliary kindreds will be eligible to receive special Futhmark distribution packets to begin using the Futhmark currency program within their own local community.
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Q: Is there a conflict of interest between my Kindred and the Irminfolk Auxiliary?
A: No, there shouldn’t be. The Irminfolk does not wish to “play Rome” and influence your local affairs. You can choose what level of activity you or your kindred wishes to partake in regarding what we offer. Your personal and kindred prerogatives govern. We are just offering a framework. In any conflict of interest between your status as an Irminfolk Auxiliary member and your local kindred or your family, we recommend you place your loyalty with your own first! Each Kindred or individual tailors its own interaction with the Irminfolk Auxiliary, though we will offer our recommended best practices guidelines to help us all grow together.
If you are a member of another organization, there should be no problem also contributing to – and receiving benefit from – the Irminfolk Auxiliary program as we do not ask for any oath from the individual in order to sponsor our programs.
Remaining in Good Standing
The issuance of a membership medallion bestows no permanent right to membership. The membership status and privilege of any Auxiliary member can be revoked by the Irminfolk Board of Directors at any time if a member fails to remain in good standing, or for any other reason. Among the more common reasons for which a membership might be revoked are:
- Failure to pay annual dues thus allowing membership to expire.
- The commission of any act, intentional or unintentional, which casts discredit upon the Irminfolk or which is hostile to the Irminfolk.
- The determination by the Irminfolk Board of Directors that continued association with a member would be harmful to the interests of the Irminfolk.