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Charter of The Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition



This is the Charter of The Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition, v7. Within are the rules and guidelines by which we will govern this organization. This document will be made available on the GCVC website, and as an electronic document, suitable for printing, to those within the organization who require it.
This Charter is to be considered a “living document”, in that as the need arises, it can be amended and revised. The Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition is a growing organization, and as such, occasional revisions and addendums will be found necessary. Any such revised document will be approved by Tribunal and made available by the means mentioned above.



    We are not a House, Clan, or Coven.
    We are not a religious order, nor a cult.
    We are, simply put, a coalition. We are a conglomeration of individuals and established organizations within and surrounding Illinois. The Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition (aka “GCVC”) is an organization of Chicagoans who identify as vampires (also known as Real Living Vampires, among other names), allies, and associates, who are gathered together to represent our City and Community in an honorable and respectful manner, setting an example for others to aspire to.


    We have come together as a recognized and fully sanctioned gathering representing the Vampire-Kin of not only what is known as the Greater Chicagoland area (consisting of, but not limited to, the counties of Cook, DuPage, Will, McHenry, and Lake), but also inclusive of the outlying areas, for the express purpose of promoting Unity and growth within the Vampire Community of Chicago, as well as the Therian, Otherkin, Magick-user, and other related Communities.  Respect and be respected.


    We are the legitimately recognized Real Vampire Community in Chicago. We are here to foster the growth of the Vampire and related Nightside Communities. We are not here to sell books, jewelry, or plastic fangs and capes in exchange for “making” or “turning” anyone. We are not self-aggrandizing, nor promoting false theologies. We are a non-discriminatory organization, geared towards growing and fostering a unified Community for friendship, education, unity through diversity, as well as personal and communal growth.  We will compose ourselves with dignity, honor, and pride in all that we do, as we represent that which is special within us all.
    Respect and be respected.


    4A. We will publicly socialize. In this, we will meet in person several times a year, as necessary and convenient, to discuss the issues of the day, of our City, of the greater Vampire Community, and that which pertains to us as a group. We will also be socializing by attending events and outings, as they occur, and as convenient for members. This can include pre-existing events as well as events we ourselves plan, or are just GCVC-sponsored.

    4B. We will help each other. We will freely share knowledge and experience with each other. As individuals, we each have our own experiences and expertise. Collectively, we have numerous years of experience covering a wide array of subjects. Knowledge within the GCVC should be freely offered and shared with those who need assistance and instruction.

    4C. We will agree for ourselves, and encouragement of other members, to follow a Code Of Conduct, based upon basic Human Rights, Common Sense, and Courtesy. The principle foundations of this Code can be derived from the thirteen principles set down in the Black Veil v2, the tenets of the Noble Virtues of Bushido (the Way of the Samurai), and our basis of Responsibility can be generally defined by the Wiccan Rede (See Article 9 “Code of Conduct”).

    4D. We will, as we grow, work at organizing events of our own such as fund-raisers, charities, volunteering, Halloween parties, ghost tours, Vampire Balls, displaying or carrying a banner in events such as the Pride Parade and at the Bristol Renaissance Fair, etc, and hold our own Rites. We will endeavor to promote a positive public image.

    4E. We will affiliate with and work with other Vampire Houses, Clans, Courts, and Orders, as well as various Therian, Otherkin, and NightSide organizations, and practitioners of The Craft (i.e.: witches, wiccans, mages, etc). We will network, build solid relations, and work towards the concept of Unity. We will respect other organizations like ours, as we shall expect to be treated in kind. (See Article 12)

    4F. We will maintain a Dayside image for the general Mundane public, separate from our true Nightside nature. This is because the climate of acceptance is much different in Chicago than in, for example, New Orleans.  The Mundane public should see us as a community organization of like-minded people who enjoy “vampire-related things”; barring certain exceptions, they do not need to be made aware of our Nightside natures.

    4G. We will leave Mundane politics and religion at the door; there is no room for that divisiveness in our organization. The only politics we will deal with will be from within the Community, and then on an “as needed” basis.

    4H. We will maintain our own governing body. (See Article 10)

    4I. We will appoint officers to the appropriate positions within the Governing Council and the organizational structure, for the encouragement of governance and growth as an organization. (See Article 10)

    4J. We will uphold certain age restrictions for the protection of minors. Full membership is reserved for those aged 21 or older. Those between 18 and 21 will be considered Probationary Members, seeking mentorship. Those of teenage years will be considered for potential membership and mentorship, after demonstrating a significant need for proper mentorship and meeting the age requirements for advancement. Minors, while unable to attend most GCVC Meet-Ups and Events, should still be treated fairly, including, but not limited to, counseling, coaching, mentoring, etc. We will not, however, violate any rules regarding parental consent. The Newly Awakened will have questions that will need answers; we were all there once ourselves. We should endeavor to educate and counsel the next generation. (See Article 7H)

    4K. Requirements for future membership inductees will be compiled at a later date (See “About This Document”, specifically “living document”). We are not a college fraternity, and as such will uphold zero tolerance for hazing of any kind.  (See Article 8C: “Discipline”)

    4L. We will support and foster personal growth amongst ourselves and our fellow members. This includes encouragement on one’s educational and spiritual paths, and personal path of growth, so long as it brings harm to none. This also includes fostering friendships and bonds between members.

    4M. We aim to be a second family to each other. While we are not required or mandated to instantly become best friends with everyone in our Coalition, we will have each others’ backs when necessary. Not everyone will automatically be “Best Buds” with everyone else, but we as a group will be there when our members need us, much as a real family should. In the organizational capacity, while it is not necessary to like everyone, it is however necessary to be able to work well with everyone. If a member of the Governing Council proves to be unable to work amiably with others, they can be subject to removal from office by vote of the Council or the Tribunal. We will strive to overcome any petty squabbles in order to further the growth of the GCVC.

    4N. We will respect each others’ rights to privacy. We will not publicly “Out” or “dox” any of our members who have elected to not do so themselves and it is strictly prohibited for any member to share any information with which they have been trusted by another of our members without the express permission of that member. Save for issues pertaining to disciplinary investigation, personal information shall be kept personal, and information shared in confidence shall be kept in confidence.

    4O. We are the Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition. By definition of “Greater Chicagoland”, we will primarily cover the counties of Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, and McHenry, as well as other outlying counties for our members who live beyond City area codes. While we are a Chicago organization, we will also be open to include members from outside the Chicagoland and Illinois area.

    4P. We are the Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition. We are a coalition, that being a number of separate groups and individuals coming together for a common cause. Our aim is to gather together all of the separate and scattered vampire and vampire-related groups and individuals throughout the Chicagoland area under our banner, and grant them legitimacy, unity, and a voice within the larger greater Vampire Community. We aim to be a resource to any and all vampires, especially in Chicago, both Newly Awakened and those who have been Awakened for any length of time, to provide information, companionship, education, friendship, mentoring, an open sharing of knowledge and a sense of family. (See Article 2 “Mission Statement”, and Article 3 “Who We Are”)

    4Q. Groups already established who wish to join with us will continue operating as they normally would, retain whatever titles they hold, etc. They will maintain their own governance, without interference from the GCVC, save in such instances as is necessary, for example by invitation or if special drastic intervention is required. While maintaining their own system of rules, they will be allowed (even encouraged) to follow the Charter of the GCVC. Said groups will retain their autonomy, but having joined with the GCVC, the difference being that they will be affiliated with and sanctioned by the GCVC, granting them a voice, a position, and recognition within the Greater Vampire Community, and sharing in the resources of the GCVC.

    4R. We will maintain a distinction and separation for lifestylers. We can offer them friendship, a sense of community, a place to belong. But they will not be granted a voice in the affairs of the actual Vampire Community, especially concerning mentoring or GCVC governance. They will be a subset of the GCVC. Should they express a genuine desire to learn our truths, they may be allowed to with Council/Tribunal approval, or denied such if deemed appropriate.

    4S. Those who genuinely wish to join the GCVC proper will be allowed and invited to participate, following the probationary criteria set forth (See Article 7H & 7I), and if appropriate delegated authorities and positions befitting their abilities and areas of expertise. This will include, but are not limited to: mentors, writers, graphic designers, web designers, social positions, marketing and image, event photography, event coordinators, archivists, and more.


    5A. We will not start trouble, cause drama, or engage in problematic behavior unbefitting grown adults, either online or off. We are representing ourselves, our organization, our Community, and our City, and should conduct ourselves accordingly. Respect begets respect: if you want it, give it and earn it in return.

    5B. We will not tolerate disrespectfulness, drama, trolls, undue outside pressure nor interference within our area.  This will lead to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

    5C. We will not provide any form of sanctuary or haven (physical, emotional, or otherwise) for those excommunicated from the Community, under Declaration of Persona Non Grata or Sin Nomine by any organization with whom we have ties and/or cordial relations, nor any person who has proven, by word or action, that they refuse to recognize the values we uphold either in part or in whole. (See Articles 8C & 11) Just as we would expect other organizations to uphold any Community censures we should enact, so should we cooperate in upholding those from other organizations within the Greater Vampire Community.

    5D. The safety, welfare, and protection of our membership are of highest priority. Anyone found proven by evidence to be detrimental to the well-being of the GCVC or its members, will be dealt with, either by excommunication (which will be made public throughout the Vampire Community), or in whatever more direct methods the situation requires, up to and including legal action and police involvement.  Individuals who are considered a pre-existing threat will not be allowed within our ranks or any of our affiliations; we reserve the right to forewarn any affiliates, both current and future/potential, as well as outside venues and/or event promoters.  (See Articles 8a1, 8a2, 8c, 11, 12)

    5E. While respect is earned, mutually, we will not tolerate deliberate disrespect, or disrespectful persons or organizations. We have no place for that. Respect and be respected.

    5F. Discrimination of ANY kind, be it racial, political, sexual, mental, emotional, or any other form of harassment WILL NOT BE TOLERATED within our organization.  (See Article 11)

    5G. We will not, as an organization, promote Real Vampires, or any other community, in any undeserved negative way. There is enough stereotyping to overcome; we do not need to add to it.

    5H. We will not be a home for role-players, pretenders, or wannabe’s. (Cosplay will be acceptable within our ranks as an acceptable option for any events we host or attend for the general Mundane public, however. This can include parades, parties, etc) (See also Article 4R)
    We will not be a home for any cult-like groups, those who seek to use the term “vampire” for personal gain, self-aggrandization, or status. We are not a religion or a religious order. We can affiliate with other groups with whom we share some common elements, but the GCVC primarily follows the tenets of modern vampirism, not as a religion but as a form of who we are.

    5I. We are not a caste system. “Immortality”, “Master”, “turning”, and other related buzz-words, especially from role-playing and LARP groups, have no place within the GCVC.
    We are not a Court-based organization, and as such hold no titles reflective of a monarchy (“King”, “Queen”, etc). (5I may at some future date be amended, if sufficient need arises to reorganize into a more Court-like structure, and it be found beneficial for the GCVC to actually hold such ranks, be they official or merely nominal.)

    5J. Personal religious beliefs and opinions will be respected, but are to be kept exactly that: personal. Members can explain their belief systems, but are not to impose said systems on other members, or represent them as “the one true path”. Such behavior can lead to disciplinary actions.

    5K. We will not seek to impose our will on others. We are autonomous.  We do not seek power or dominance over others. Our growth will be based upon our actions and affiliations, not domination.

    5J. We will not force our own beliefs and ideas of what constitutes “vampirism” onto other members who may share a differing point of view. It is understood, and agreed, that the views of our members are personal and all are to be respected and held as being valid. We are all on our own individual paths.

    5K. The GCVC is not a “hook-up” or a “swingers club”. Any sort of sexual-based conduct or liaisons of such nature should be conducted outside of the organization, on personal basis, and outside of the GCVC.  Violation of this will be considered Sexual Misconduct, and will carry disciplinary action. (See Article 3 “Who We Are”, & Article 8C)



    The Ruling Tribunal, formerly known as the Council, is composed of the three highest-ranking officers of the GCVC. The Tribunal exists to adjudicate over the higher-level issues, such as: final word on excommunications and sanctions against members, financial decisions, disciplinary issues, and the larger decisions concerning governance of the GCVC.
    The Tribunal, while a component of the Council, holds higher voice than Council.

    All members are important to the GCVC, and all will have a voice. But as is the case in organizations such as this, there will be moments when a governing body will be required. For this reason, we will have a Council. This Council will always maintain an even number of members, in addition to the odd number of the Tribunal, to negate any possibility of a tie vote on any matter. Three to five total Governing Council members will also be a more encompassing number of opinions, without getting too out of hand with larger numbers.
    For all voting purposes, one member = one (1) vote.
    To prevent any potential claims of unfairness due to nepotism, Council members should not have any direct relation to other Council members (examples being both a husband and wife sitting on Council at the same time, boyfriend/girlfriend, siblings, etc).  This is not to be discriminatory; rather it is to avoid any potential claims of Council members “ganging up”.
    If, however, a full Council becomes too problematic, even hampering of progress, an executive decision can be made by the Patriarch, with sufficient cause, to disband the Council and begin again. Council can and should be addressed and even disbanded in the event that it hampers the forward momentum and progress of the GCVC organization. Such situations can arise from disagreeable or uninvolved Council members, or other unforeseen circumstances.
    The welfare of the GCVC takes priority over any one Council member, and that status can be revoked to maintain the continued well-being of the GCVC. We are formed and here for the Vampire Community of Chicago and beyond, not for personal ego or gain. Simply put, working together requires work, and doing it together. You do not have to personally like someone in order to work with them.
    Any difficulties should be brought to the attention of the Patriarch for resolution.
    Council members, or anyone else in a Leadership position within the GCVC, will be expected to pull their weight, and behave in a respectable manner befitting their rank and position, or face potential demotion.

“The right person for the right job” will be the guiding voice on determining other titles within the GCVC. Candidates, whether volunteering or nominated, should show an aptitude for the position in question, and demonstrate proficiency in said position. After a six-month probationary period in said position, the candidate will then be eligible for ascension to that title and position within the GCVC.  Council may vote on it, if necessary.


    There are some titles that have been designated from the formation of the GCVC. Others will be voted in as needed, maintaining the “right person for the right job” mantra.
    All titles and positions should be accorded the respect they deserve. Respect, however, is also earned; that which is bestowed can also, with justification, be rescinded.
    No one volunteering for, or being appointed to, and title or position within the GCVC should be in expectation of financial reimbursement for the duties of their office; the GCVC does not carry a crew of paid employees; all positions are of a purely voluntary nature.  

    7A. Founding Member: nominal title for members who were present at the founding of the organization.

7B. Patriarch (M) / Matriarch (F): The highest ranking member of the GCVC, in charge of essentially the totality of running the organization, excepting for tasks and duties delegated out to other members.  This includes, but is in no way limited to, composition of the organizational structure, planning of events, financial concerns, branding of the GCVC image and logo, and social media, among other concerns. In other Vampire organizations, this position is often referred to as “King”; the GCVC, however, is not a monarchy, and as such does not hold titles of “royalty”.

7C. Tribunal: any one of three members of the Ruling Tribunal of the GCVC

7D.  Council Member: Reserved for someone who is a chosen participant involved in the actual running of the organization. This includes social, administrative, financial, legislative, etc.  There should be at all times an odd number of Council members, to preclude any potential of a tied or deadlocked vote on any matter. Tribunal Council members have been granted, and earned, their positions through the formation of the GCVC. Subsequent Council members are granted title by majority vote.

7D. Ambassador:  Title granted to one who represents the GCVC at formal functions, out of state events, etc. One who travels outside our own regions, visits other organizations within the GVC, attends events in other states, acts as a visiting representative dignitary on behalf of the GCVC.

7E: Grand Ambassador: Given to one who goes above and beyond the qualifications of Ambassador. The Grand Ambassador is not merely representing the GCVC, but allowed to speak on behalf of the organization.

7F. Sergeant At Arms: Supervising the more physical matters on behalf of the GCVC, for example running interference in certain situations as would a knight before a king in chess, or infantry before a general in the military; essentially the Strong Right Hand of the Patriarch(/Matriarch). In more common parlance, could also be thought of as one who acts as a “buffer”, or “bouncer”, a sort of “peacekeeper” within the organization.
The Sgt At Arms also acts as the right hand and assistant during rituals (for example opening and closing a cast Circle with ritual athame).


7F. Host/Hostess: The Host or Hostess greets members at Meet-Ups, engages them in conversation, introduces them to existing members, and basically makes people feel welcome within the organization. If able and appropriate, the Host/Hostess can also set up and prep for GCVC parties and events, including but not limited to decorating, menu/food, requesting assistance as needed.

The Host/Hostess is permitted to delegate responsibilities for assistance as needed.

One who has demonstrated sufficient knowledge on specific topics, qualifying them to teach and instruct novices and other members on said topics.

title for those awaiting final advancement to full Membership, particularly those aged 18-20. Minors may not be full-fledged members of the GCVC.

7I. Affiliate Member: a member of the GCVC who already belongs to another House, Clan, Coven, etc, or is not a full-fledged member of the GCVC.

7J. Elder: an Elder is one who has been in the Vampire Community for many years, one who has experience and wisdom concerning vampire affairs and conduct, and either has given or is giving back to the Community. An Elder leads by example. Elders have a responsibility to nurture the next generation of Newly-Awakeneds to the Community.

7K. Secretary: Keeps minutes of, and helps organize, meetings.

7L. Webmaster: The Webmaster is in charge of building, maintaining, editing, content, and growing the GCVC website, and if applicable, GCVC Social Media platforms. Answers directly to the Tribunal, particularly the Patriarch/Matriarch.

7M. Treasurer: The Treasurer is in charge of handling GCVC finances, and bringing financial decisions and information before the Council and Tribunal. The Treasurer is responsible for keeping track of GCVC funds, and all monies under their watch. The Treasurer must be of the utmost reliability, responsibility, and trustworthiness. 

7N. Advisor: A member who is highly knowledgeable on certain key subjects can be offered the position of Advisor to the GCVC Leadership on said subject(s)


7O. Photographer: Responsible for taking photo and video of GCVC Meet-Ups and other Events. Images should be shared to both the Webmaster, for inclusion on the GCVC website, and to the Patriarch, for inclusion in the GCVC master files.

7P. Security Head:  Responsible for enforcement of safety and security of GCVC members at events both public and private.

7Q. Other titles and jobs may be added as necessary, as the organization grows.


    The Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition is a participatory group.  While Facebook is an acceptable social media tool, we are more than a simple online club that anyone with a smartphone can create in five minutes.
    We are live. We are active. We live beyond an electronic screen. We meet in person, at least once a month or more. We know each other in person, we meet for social events, we eat together, we share phone numbers, we are friends, we are a family by choice.
    If you wish to call yourself a member of the GCVC, we will be expecting to see you at our Meet-Ups and Events.  If you elect not to attend, you cannot effectively be considered a real and active member; you can consider yourself an “online member”, or maybe an affiliate. (See Article 8B)

        8A1. The GCVC is a very open and accepting group, perhaps at times too lax. We do, however,
    have certain reasonable expectations of our membership.
    We expect our members to uphold basic common-sense principles of decency and respect for others, Elders, affiliate organizations and their members, and the GCVC itself.
    Sexual, racial, physical, or emotional harassment of any kind, including shaming, is intolerable, as well as pushing religious/spiritual beliefs or agendas on those who do not share those beliefs.
    Criminal activity of any sort is, of course, strictly prohibited.
    Our very first statement in our Charter, on our website, and our social media states “Respect and be respected”. This is essentially our basic Golden Rule. Violation of this rule is punishable first by disciplinary admonishment from Tribunal; a second offense can lead to expulsion from the GCVC.
    If anything listed above, or any uncomfortable or questionable interactions or instances occur, members are strongly asked to notify any senior member immediately.
        8A2. The GCVC is a factual organization, based in real life. We are not what vampire organizations are portrayed as in fiction. We are not physically immortal, do not have wealthy financial backers, or fortunes amassed over lifetimes. We are real people, with real jobs and real responsibilities.
    There will be times when financial donations may be required, to cover costs of Events, licensing fees, even monthly/yearly membership dues.
        8A3. We try to base many of our monthly Meet-Up Events on predicted attendance. We ask that if you tell us you will be attending, that you kindly do attend. If you are a Maybe, please let us know whether you will or will not attend as soon as is possible. Some events require advance fees, and are based on attendees; we will require an advance headcount.
        8A4. Being that the GCVC is not a paying employer, we greatly appreciate and encourage volunteers. Anything you can volunteer to the group is greatly appreciated. This can include but is certainly not limited to volunteering time, knowledge and information, helping with planning and event committees, mentoring, one-on-one or group instruction on special topics, research, ride-sharing, financial contribution, event/party supplies, or even filling needed positions within the organization.
    The GCVC holds regular Meet-Ups for socialization, conversation, education, networking, fun, and more. While regular attendance is not considered mandatory, members should at least make an effort to attend most Meet-Ups to retain membership. Out of approximately 12 Meet-Ups per year, it should not be unreasonable to expect members to attend ½ - ¾ of the meetings per year. Out of 12 months, that is between 6-9 Meet-Ups per year. If a member does not attend 4 consecutive Meet-Ups, their dedication and membership status can be called into question, if necessary, with rank/title and membership privileges perhaps even being revoked.
    Of course, extenuating circumstances are allowable, for example: personal health issues, job restrictions, personal life limitations, etc, so long as they are reasonable. In such instances, exceptions can be made.
    If a member does not meet the minimum expectations of attendance, they should not presume to carry much, if any, vocal weight concerning GCVC communal affairs.

    While the GCVC is relatively relaxed in many ways towards its members, we will on occasion have to take precautionary or reactionary measures; we do not have an overabundance of rules and regulations, but we do expect to hold our membership to high standards of conduct.
    Should any member be found in violation of any of the rules put forth in this Charter, disciplinary action will result.
    Discipline will depend upon the offense, and will be administered accordingly. Most offenses will be dealt with by means of a vote from either the full Council, or in more extreme cases, the Ruling Tribunal only. We have hopes that circumstances will not come to this, but severe instances can result in instant disciplinary action, up to and including immediate expulsion from the GCVC.


    While the GCVC will not ask anyone to follow any type of spiritual path they do not wish to, or are uncomfortable with, we do ask that members uphold certain common-sense standards.
    No member of any standing is allowed at any time to impose their own spiritual or religious belief systems in any unwanted fashion on any other member at any time. We do encourage everyone, regardless of rank or position, to uphold and at least adhere to basic tenets of common decency.
    The following three systems, while not mandatory (save for the exclusion of 9C), are considered excellent sources on which to base one’s own personal code of behavioral standards.
    The 13 Principles Of Modern Vampirism, however, are commonly agreed upon by most all organizations of the Real Vampire Community, and should be upheld by membership of the GCVC.
    The Wiccan Rede is defined as the following: “Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill: an’ it harms none, do as ye will”.

This translates to the highest form of responsibility. On the one hand, you can do as you wish to do. On the other hand, the only condition is that your actions and their repercussions should cause harm to no one.In short, do not do anything that will in any way bring any harm to yourself or anyone else.

Common sense and common courtesy should also be self-explanatory. In short, essentially treat others with the same respect, manners, and courtesy with which you wish to be accorded yourself.

The tenets of Bushido, as sourced by Wikipedia, are as follows…

Eight virtues of Bushidō (as envisioned by Nitobe Inazō)
The bushidō code is typified by eight virtues:

    9B1 •Righteousness (義 gi)
Be acutely honest throughout your dealings with all people. Believe in justice, not from other people, but from yourself. To the true warrior, all points of view are deeply considered regarding honesty, justice and integrity. Warriors make a full commitment to their decisions.
    9B2 •Heroic Courage (勇 yū)
Hiding like a turtle in a shell is not living at all. A true warrior must have heroic courage. It is absolutely risky. It is living life completely, fully and wonderfully. Heroic courage is not blind. It is intelligent and strong.
    9B3•Benevolence, Compassion (仁 jin)
Through intense training and hard work the true warrior becomes quick and strong. They are not as most people. They develop a power that must be used for good. They have compassion. They help their fellow men at every opportunity. If an opportunity does not arise, they go out of their way to find one.
    9B4 •Respect (礼 rei)
True warriors have no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. Warriors are not only respected for their strength in battle, but also by their dealings with others. The true strength of a warrior becomes apparent during difficult times.
    9B5•Integrity (誠 makoto)
When warriors say that they will perform an action, it is as good as done. Nothing will stop them from completing what they say they will do. They do not have to 'give their word'. They do not have to 'promise'. Speaking and doing are the same action.
    9B6 •Honour (名誉 meiyo)
Warriors have only one judge of honor and character, and this is themselves. Decisions they make and how these decisions are carried out are a reflection of whom they truly are. You cannot hide from yourself.
    9B7 •Duty and Loyalty (忠義 chūgi)
Warriors are responsible for everything that they have done and everything that they have said, and all of the consequences that follow. They are immensely loyal to all of those in their care. To everyone that they are responsible for, they remain fiercely true.
    9B8 •Self-Control (自制 jisei)
This one should be rather self-explanatory. You and only you are responsible for your own actions.


The following are the Thirteen Principles Of Modern Vampires, as set down by Michelle Bellanger in V2 of The Black Veil


Thirteen Principles Of Modern Vampires



This lifestyle is private and sacred. Respect it as such. Do not make a sideshow of yourself. We do not have to prove ourselves to anyone. Appearing on public TV to tell the world that you drink blood is useless attention-getting. It gets a negative reaction for the whole community. Our place is in the shadows; our greatest protection from small-minded humanity is the fact that they do not believe we exist. Someday they may be ready for us to reveal ourselves to them, but that time is not now.

Do not hide from your nature, but never show it off to those who won’t understand.



Our paths are many, even though the journey we are on is essentially the same. No single one of us has all the answers to who and what we are. Respect everyone’s personal views and practices. We cannot let petty differences of ideology prevent us from maintaining a unified community; there are enough who would attack us from the outside.

Our diversity is our strength. Let our differences in viewpoint enrich us but never divide us amongst ourselves.



Use sense when indulging your nature. Do not flaunt what you are in public places. Feed in private and make certain your donors will be discrete about what happens between you. Donors who create rumors and gossip about us are more harm than they’re worth. If you engage in blood-letting, put safety and caution above all other things. Blood-borne diseases are a very real thing, and we cannot risk endangering ourselves or others through irresponsibility. Screen donors carefully, making certain they are in good health both mentally and physically.

Never overindulge or get careless. The safety of the entire community rests upon each member’s caution.



We cannot and should not deny the darkness within. Yet we should not allow it to control us. If our beast or shadow or darkside is given too much sway, it clouds our judgment, making us a danger even to those we love. Never indulge in pointless violence. Never bring willful harm to those who sustain you. Never feed only for the sake of feeding, and never give over to mindless bloodlust.

We are not monsters: we are capable of rational thought and self-control. Celebrate the darkness and let it empower you, but never let it enslave your will.



Live your life as an example to others in the community. We are privileged to be what we are, but power should be accompanied by responsibility and dignity. Explore and make use of your vampire nature, but keep it in balance with material demands. Remember: we may be vampires, but we are still a part of this world. We must live lives like everyone else here: holding jobs, keeping homes, and getting along with our neighbors.

Being what we are is not an excuse to not participate in this reality. Rather, it is an obligation to make it a better place for us to be.



We are, all of us, a family, and like all families, various members will not always get along. However, respect the greater community when having your disputes. Do not let your individual problems bring emotional strife to the family as a whole. Settle your differences quietly among one another, only seeking out an elder’s aid in mediation when no other solution seems possible. Never bring your private disputes into public places and never draw other family members into the issue by forcing them to take sides. Like any normal family, we should always make an effort to present a stable and unified face to the rest of the world even when things are not perfect between us.



Our havens are safeplaces where everyone in the community can come to socialize. There are also often public places where we are likely to encounter people who don’t understand our ways. We should respect the patrons of these places as we should also respect the owners of the establishments and always be discrete in our behavior. We should never bring private disputes into a haven. We should never initiate violence in a haven. And we should never do or bring anything illegal into a haven, as this reflects badly upon the community as a whole.

The haven is the hub of the whole community, and we should respect it as such, supporting it without business and working to improve its name in the community so that we can always call it home.



The community is extensive and diverse. Every city has a different way of doing things, and a different hierarchy of rule. When entering a new city, you should familiarize yourself with the local community. Seek out the local havens. Learn what households have sway here. Get in touch with key members of the community, learn who is who, and show proper respect where it is due. You should not expect to impose your old way of doing things on this new community. Rather you should adapt to their rules and be glad of their acceptance. Always be on your best behavior when coming to a new city either to visit or to stay.

We are all cautious and territorial by nature, and only by making the most positive impression possible will you be accepted and respected in a new community.



This lifestyle is not for everyone. Take care in who you choose to bring into it. Those who are mentally or emotionally unstable have no place among us. They are dangerous and unreliable and may betray us in the future. Make certain that those you choose to bring in are mature enough for this burden. Teach them control and discretion, and make certain that they respect our ways.

You will be responsible for their actions, and their behavior in the community will be reflected back to you.



There are certain members of our community who have established themselves as just and responsible leaders. These are the people who helped establish local communities, who organize havens, and who work to coordinate the networking of our culture. While their word does not have to be law, they should nevertheless be respected. They have greater experience than many others, and usually greater wisdom. Seek these elders out to settle your disputes, to give you guidance and instruction, and to help you establish yourself in the local community.

Appreciate the elders for all they have given you: if it was not for their dedication, the community would not exist as it does now.



Without those who offer themselves body and soul to us, we would be nothing. We cannot be other than what we are, but it is the donors who sustain our nature. For this service, they should be respected.

Never mistreat your donors, physically or emotionally. They are not to be manipulated or leeched off of for more than what they freely offer. Never take them for granted. Appreciate them for the companionship and acceptance which they offer us, which so many others would refuse.This above all: appreciate the gift of their life. That communion is sacred. Never fail to treat it as such.



When you choose to take a position of authority in the community, remember that you do not lead for yourself alone. Leadership is a responsibility, not a privilege. A good leader must set an example for everyone through his actions and behavior. His motives should be selfless and pure, and he should put the interests of the whole community before his own. The best leaders are those who serve to better the community and whose person and behavior gives no one — even those outside of the community — a reason to criticize them. They must strive to be above reproach.



Being a vampire is not just about feeding upon life. That is what we do, but not necessarily what we are. It is our place to represent darkness in a world blinded by light. We are about being different and accepting that difference as something that empowers us and makes us unique. We are about accepting the dark within ourselves and embracing that darkness to make us whole beings. We are about celebrating the thresholds: body and spirit, pleasure and pain, death and life.

Our lives should be lived as a message to the world about the beauty of accepting the whole self, of living without guilt and without shame, and celebrating the unique and beautiful essence of every single soul.


The Black Veil, Version 2.0 Composed by author and Psychic Vampire Michelle Belanger, the second version of the Black Veil, a voluntary code of ethics for vampiric groups and individuals.

    Out of necessity, as circumstances demand, there will be different incarnations of the GCVC Council.
    As the GCVC grows, a larger governing body will be in place, consisting of a Council and a Tribunal above it (See Article 10B).
    However, for efficiency sake, Council/Tribunal can function with the core duo from “Council V2.1”.
    From the dissolution of the first GCVC Council, the group saw its greatest period of growth thus far under the leadership of a duo of highly dedicated individuals, working well together. This can be considered the “default Council setting” of the GCVC, especially in times of Council or Tribunal dissolution.
    In lieu of a full Tribunal or Governing Council, the Duo holds all executive and decision-making power. Ideally, the Duo (or “Council Of Two”) can seek to implement a new governing body, as befits circumstances of the GCVC organization. This includes the establishment of an advisory board, a new Council, even a new Tribunal.

    The GCVC is currently neither a monarchy nor a Court. As such, we hold neither kings nor queens.
    The GCVC is not a Clan, although in some ways we are organized in a similar structure.
    The GCVC is a coalition, which is defined as follows:
    co·a·li·tion     /ˌkōəˈliSH(ə)n/    noun

Definition: an alliance for combined action, especially a temporary alliance of political parties forming a government or of states.
The GCVC is to be governed at all times (save in extreme cases of governing dissolution) by two levels: the Council and the Tribunal.


The Council shall be composed of an even number of secondary-level membership titles, to be called upon to vote on relevant issues pertaining to discipline, structure, and governance of the GCVC. While serving as Council, members shall maintain the duties and responsibilities of their titles.
For all voting purposes, one member = one (1) vote, regardless of rank or title.
The Tribunal, as the name implies, shall be comprised of the three primary-level members, who will, along with the Council, vote on all issues pertaining to discipline, structure, and governance of the GCVC. The Tribunal, while working with the Council on such matters, will also exist to vote on emergency issues, especially those pertaining to disciplinary matters. The Tribunal will hold a higher level of authority than Council, and can work and vote on issues prior to and independent of the Council.

The total membership of the Governing Council, including the Tribunal, shall always maintain an odd number, to eliminate possibility of any deadlocked vote.
Should for any reason a member of Council or Tribunal need to step down, aside, or be removed, a replacement shall be brought forward by volunteer, nomination, and vote. This includes a temporary Leave Of Absence, if necessary. In such an instance, the replacement may be named as a temporary fill-in until such time as the member on Leave is fit and able to return to duties, at which time the temporary replacement shall step down once again. If said member on Leave is unable to return to duty, the temporary fill-in member shall be considered for permanent replacement, by popular decision or by vote if necessary.

    10B4A. To prevent any potential claims of unfairness due to nepotism, Council members should not have any direct relation to other Council members (examples being both a husband and wife sitting on Council at the same time, boyfriend/girlfriend, siblings, etc).  This is not to be discriminatory; rather it is to avoid any potential claims of Council members “ganging up”.

  1.      If, however, a full Council becomes too problematic, even hampering of progress, an executive decision can be made by the Patriarch, with sufficient cause, to disband the Council and begin again. Council can and should be addressed and even disbanded in the event that it hampers the forward momentum and progress of the GCVC organization. Such situations can arise from disagreeable or uninvolved Council members, or other unforeseen circumstances.

  2.      The welfare of the GCVC takes priority over any one Council member, and that status can be revoked by majority Council vote (or in extreme case, by Patriarch/Matriarch intervention with significant just cause) to maintain the continued well-being of the GCVC. We are formed and here for the Vampire Community of Chicago and beyond, not for personal ego or gain. Simply put, working together requires work, and doing it together. You do not have to personally like someone in order to work with them.

  3.      Any difficulties should be brought to the attention of Council, Tribunal, or the Patriarch for resolution.

  4.      Council members, or anyone else in a Leadership position within the GCVC, will be expected to pull their weight, and behave in a respectable manner befitting their rank and position, or face potential demotion.

        11A. While the GCVC is relatively relaxed in many ways towards its members, we will on occasion have to take precautionary or reactionary measures; we do not have an overabundance of rules and regulations, but we to expect to hold our membership to high standards of conduct.
    Should any member be found in violation of any of the rules put forth in this Charter, disciplinary action shall be the result.
    Discipline will depend upon the offense, and will be administered accordingly. Most offenses will be dealt with by means of a vote from either the full Council, or in more extreme cases, the Ruling Tribunal. We have hopes things will not come to it, but severe instances can result in instant disciplinary action, up to and including immediate expulsion from the GCVC.

    Depending upon the severity of the infraction, the voting by Council, and final judgment set down by Tribunal, the following actions can be implemented for disciplinary action.
            11B1. WARNING: Upon acceptable proof of violation, the offender will be officially given a verbal or written warning, detailing the violation, circumstances, and what the next disciplinary level will entail. Depending upon the severity of the action, this can either be voted upon by Council/Tribunal, or issued immediately by a member of Tribunal.

            11B2. PROBATION:  The member is to be placed on a temporary probationary period, to be determined by either full Council or Ruling Tribunal, depending upon the severity of the offence.  This includes but need not be limited to suspension of Meet-Up attendance and other privileges. Probation period will not exceed 6 months before either reinstatement to full privileges, or further action is to be required.

            11B. SUSPENSION: Depending upon the severity of the offense, and the vote by either Council or Tribunal, a period of suspension will be no less than 6 months of denied membership privileges, at which time the governing body which imposed sentence will determine if privileges shall be reinstated or if further disciplinary action is required.

            11C. EXPULSION: If further disciplinary action is required, the offender shall, upon vote from either full Council or Ruling Tribunal, be faced with expulsion from the GCVC. All rank and privilege will be revoked, and the offender will no longer be welcomed at any GCVC-sponsored Event or meeting.
    Expulsion can potentially be revoked following 1) the elapse of a period of six consecutive calendar months, and 2) a favorable majority vote by duly appointed members of Council and Tribunal.

            11D. EXCOMMUNICATION: Full-on censure from not only the GCVC but also the entirety of the Vampire Community. This is the most severe and extreme censure. Offender becomes sin nomine, persona non grata, essentially a nameless ghost in the eyes of the GCVC, and this censure will be extended to all affiliate House, Clans, and Courts.  There is no appeal or reversal. (See Article 16)


    The Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition has ties, friendships, and affiliations with a large number of the largest and oldest Vampire Houses, Courts, and Clans in the Vampire Community.
    These alliances have been forged over time, and mutual respect has been earned and reciprocated. GCVC members should learn and familiarize themselves with GCVC affiliates.
    Members are encouraged, as they are able, to consider attending events held by these other organizations as representatives of the GCVC.
    Further, the GCVC will spontaneously play host to visiting dignitaries and representatives from other vampire organizations. This will usually be in the form of more spontaneous, and possibly unannounced, Meet-Ups. These visiting representatives should be accorded the hospitality and respect they deserve, just as we would expect our own representatives to be treated by other organizations.


    As necessary, a Financial Department will be formed, rules will be implemented and followed, books and notes will be meticulously kept, bank and PayPal accounts will be created as needed, and all accounts will be kept in proper order. A position of Financial Director will be instituted and held by a person deemed most competent for the job, and this person’s responsibilities will be guiding the GCVC through the legalities of becoming an officially recognized entity, especially in the area of taxes, licensing, and other related subjects.

Why would we need a Financial Department? For fund-raising purposes, such as for putting on our own sponsored events, rental space, license and registration fees, etc.

Any monies brought in should be kept track of meticulously, for as we seek legal recognition as a non-profit entity, charitable institution, etc, all of our financial bases must be covered, receipts kept, etc.

Additional rules for this department will be created and implemented as necessary. .

    As the GCVC grows, it may be possible or even necessary to form a subgroup, a branching from the main organization. If a member has demonstrated sufficient qualifications for leadership, they may form a subgroup of their own, under the flagship banner of the GCVC.

The leader of the new subgroup will receive a copy of the GCVC Charter and all other relevant documents, and will agree to abide by and enforce the tenets set forth in the Charter, in addition to any other reasonable rules that said new leader may deem necessary for operation of their subgroup.

They and their group will remain considered a part of the GCVC and all are entitled to all the same benefits, terms, and restrictions of the GCVC proper. They should be encouraged to show the flag or other symbol of the GCVC as recognition of their affiliation.
If said leader is found to be lacking in proper leadership skills, knowledge, maturity, wisdom, etc, then they should have the option of being appointed an appropriate mentor to guide them along. If this does not help remedy any issues, further actions can be taken, depending upon the circumstances.



In general, once a year there is a celebration of the formation of the Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition, taking place as close to the anniversary date as possible.

Rites and Ritual can include blessings for community and prosperity, and is a celebration of what we have accomplished, of the community we have formed; this can include a non-denominationally-specific ritual celebration, following along a ceremonial Wiccan ritual.
It is during this time that those candidates eligible for Ascension of rank can be called forward into the Circle. They will be recognized for the achievements that have led them to this point, and asked if they understand that what is about to be granted upon them can also be taken back from them . If they then present themselves as worthy, they are to be granted a Certificate of Achievement, and publicly presented to the congregation with their new rank/status.
Celebration should be custom-tailored to fit the circumstances, location, etc.


    The following are Community-wide censures and sanctions, as put forth by Clan Rahamdalph in the Offenders Registry, and acknowledged by the Greater Vampire Community. The GCVC also cooperates with these sanctions.
    16A. Common Censures and Sanctions within the nightside Community:


16A1. Censure

The expression a formal, and public, condemnation of an individual or group whose actions run counter to the acceptable standards for individual behavior and the action of condemning that someone to punishment.

Censures have two forms - Censures a jure and Censures ab homine:

16A2. Censures A Jure (by the law) These censures are inflicted by a violation of the local, State, and/or National law, or by a transgression of the laws, guidelines, or by-laws of a Community Organization.

16A3. Censures Ab Homine (by man) These censures are those which are passed by the edict, command, or particular precept of the community leadership or the leadership of an organization, as contradistinguished from the law described above. They are usually owing to particular and transient circumstances, and are intended to last only as long as such circumstances exist.

  1. Another division of censures is Censures latae sententiae and ferendae sententiae:

16B1. Censures Latae Sententiae (of sentence pronounced) These censures are incurred by the very fact or act of a commission of the crime; in other words, the delinquent incurs the penalty in the very act of breaking the law, and the censure is made immediately, without the process of a trial, or the formality of a judicial sentence.

16B2. Censures Ferendae Sententiae (of sentence awaiting pronouncement) These censures are so attached to the law or to the precept that the delinquent does not incur the penalty until, after a process, it is formally imposed by a tribunate or condemnatory sentence. Before the infliction of Censures Ferendae Sententiae, three warnings are necessary, or one peremptory warning, except when both the crime and the contumacy of the delinquent are notorious and therefore sufficiently proved.

16C. Known Community-Wide Censures: (Listed in order of severity)

16C1. Motion of No-Confidence (alternatively vote of no confidence) A statement or vote which states that a person in a position of responsibility (Leadership, eldership, etc.) is no longer deemed fit to hold that position, perhaps because they are inadequate in some respect, are failing to carry out obligations, or are making decisions that other members feel detrimental.

16C2. Persona Non-Grata (Latin: "person not appreciated") This form of censure of denying someone from entering or remaining in a particular place frequented by the community who censured the individual due to deviating from what is considered moral, right, proper, or good.

16C3. Sine Nomine (Latin, meaning "without a name") This form of censure of denying someone the use of their name within community conversations and writings is most commonly used as a final punishment for those who have shown no regard for the rules or laws of the community. To be "without a name" is to be invisible within the community and removed from the oral and written history except as a attestation of the evils within the community. Being un-named is the most serious form of censure which a community organization can give.


16D. Sanction

A a punitive measure or action that results from failure to comply with a law, rule, or order. Usually these measures are taken to impel the person or persons censured by the community to develop actual behavior which is acceptable for them by community standards and conform to an agreement on norms of conduct of their group(s). sanctions are designed to check "aberrant" or "depraved" behavior.

There are two types of sanctions: informal sanctions and formal sanctions:

16D1. Informal Sanctions These sanctions are taken privately against an individual by the group or organization they are a member of. These sanctions are usually made in hopes that the individual or group can one day be readmitted to the organization, or if the acts of the individual don't need to be made public knowledge.

16D2. Formal Sanctions These sanctions are made public against an individual or group by a collective of community-wide organizations, so that others are made aware of the acts perpetrated by an individual or group, and remain safe.

16E. Known Community-Wide Sanctions: (Listed in order of severity)

16E1. Voluntary Dismissal, Without Prejudice The self-dismissal and removal of an individual from a community's group or organization, by request of the individual, in hopes of having a chance of regaining their membership or position within the group or organization over time.

16E2. Involuntary Dismissal, Without Prejudice The dismissal and removal of an individual from a community's group or organization, usually for a designated time frame, usually regaining their membership or position within the group or organization upon completion of their expulsion.

16E3. Involuntary Dismissal, With Prejudice The permanent dismissal and removal of an individual from a community's group or organization, having no chance of regaining their membership or position within the group or organization.

16E4. Exile The state of being excluded from, denied access to, or membership in a group, society, or organization, as well as being barred from a place that group, society, or organization frequents, usually as a result of a punishment for deviating from what is considered moral, right, proper, or good. It is generally done with the goal of restoring the member when they have proven themselves worthy of that group, society, or organization again.

16E5. Excommunication The action of officially rejecting someone by means of a decree of condemnation to banishment, the state of ostracizing (excluding from society by general consent) someone from participation in the membership and services of an organization. It is used to deprive the membership and services of those within the community who uphold the decree. There are two types of excommunication: excommunicare toleratus and excommunicare vitandus:

16E5-1. Excommunicare Toleratus (tolerated)The decree which permits community members to continue to have business and social relationships with the excommunicant.

16E5-2. Excommunicare Vitandus (shunned, literally "to be avoided") The decree stating that the person is to be completely avoided by any other community members; Usually due to causing harm to others, gross immorality, or insufficient sense of responsibility.

Excommunication is the most grave of all sanctions within the community and is hardly, if ever, lifted.


Should anyone convicted of these most serious of banishments attempt to present themselves to the GCVC or any of the GCVC’s functions or events, they will be dealt with by those of Leadership positions; members not of a Leadership position should not interact with the Banished.

Leadership will deal with the Banished transgressor as is necessary as circumstances warrant. We will act in accordance with both Vampire law and Mundane law.

    All Local, State, and Federal Laws shall, or course, apply. Evidence of the commission of crimes should be reported and turned over to the police.
    All rules of polite society and decorum should be observed at all times. Violation shall incur disciplinary action.



Official Charter of The Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition v7.0, January 2020
Approved and ratified by GCVC Tribunal

Regarding GCVC Meet-Up/Event Decorum


While there are very few actual rules pertaining to the Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition, certain behaviors are presumed to be understood, and maybe even taken for granted, including at GCVC-sponsored Meet-Ups and other events.
First and foremost is Discretion. It is generally understood within the Community that while we don’t always necessarily have to fully hide our true natures, and in fact should embrace our true natures, we do still have to adhere to a majority of the rules and norms within public society.

When you are attending a function sponsored by the GCVC, you are, in effect, representing the GCVC, individually and as a part of the whole. So your conduct is not only representative of you, it is also representative of the whole group you are with. You are representing under our name, and as such should conduct yourself with dignity, honor, pride, respect, and discretion.  Not everyone present may be at the same level of “out” as you are, so while we are fine with reveling in who and what you are, please do not behave in a way that will make others in the group uncomfortable, or compromised in their nature.
Please observe the rules of whatever establishment or venue we are gathered at. Please also observe the common rules of vampire etiquette. Paramount among these, and for the most part universally agreed upon, is discretion. This includes feeding in public.  While sneaking the occasional “quickie feed” in public is akin to, and can even be passed off as, a small public display of affection, it is asked that at GCVC-sponsored events that you do not blatantly blood-feed in public, or brandish feeding paraphernalia, including but not limited to knives and razorblades. (Diabetic lancets are acceptable for a discreet “quickie feed”, provided that the donor is informed and consenting. Feeding without consent will NOT be tolerated.)
Remember, as stated above, by attending a GCVC-sponsored event, you are representing the GCVC. And if you do something to get you removed from a venue, you run the risk of getting the entire group removed with you. In short: we ask you to be responsible and discreet.

  1. Everyone who participates in this group agree, in using the group page/s, to abide by the following regulations.

  2. NO DRAMA – By drama we include personal arguments, harassment, flaming, discrimination on ANY basis, mundane religious and NO community political argument – except where such is a matter for deciding or commenting on VC matters that impact on the group. These restrictions apply both to persons in the group or persons outside of the group.

  3. Member’s personal views and opinions will be respected as their right to have and hold.

  4. No members shall make, nor attempt to make, monetary gain off the group or within the group unless such are charitable causes approved by the administration of the group.

  5. Official group comments will be made to outside sources by the administration of the group unless a person is asked to convey messages by the administration.

  6. Business within the group is considered to be for The Coalition only and is not general fodder for outside organisations or persons. “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” rule.

  7. Anybody who breaks the rules will be asked to “please explain” and, depending upon the circumstances, may be held accountable for their actions.

  8. Content should promote and be relevant to the vampire community and/or contingent communities. It should promote a positive image for any newcomers or visitors to the group.

  9. Members are required to conduct themselves with a measure of politeness and common sense.