Southern Order of Storytellers Cluster Group Guidelines
- A Southern Order of Storytellers’ Cluster Group Leader(s) must be a current/dues-paid SOS member who has received training from the SOS Board’s Cluster Group Coordinator(s).
- Cluster Group attendees should be referred to as participants.
- Cluster Group participants are encouraged to become Southern Order of Storytellers’ members. The Cluster Group Leader will have SOS application forms available at each meeting.
- Cluster Group meetings should be publicized through local media and other sources (libraries, etc.) to encourage attendance by story lovers in the community.
- A Cluster Group does not have a budget. Dues may not be collected, although donations may be collected to cover the cost of food, location fees, or incidentals.
- A Cluster Group is not a money-making venture/organization.
- Southern Order of Storytellers’ Cluster Groups are not for the purpose of organizing storytelling festivals or events.
- Cluster Groups cannot produce public, for profit events such as Tellabration or seek monies under their own or Southern Order of Storytellers auspices.
- Southern Order of Storytellers Cluster Groups may not seek private, non-profit status.
A Cluster Group Leader is expected to:
- inform active and potential participants of upcoming meetings and events;
- seek out meeting facilities that are available, adequate and accessible;
- have SOS applications available at each meeting to encourage new membership;
- be sure the agenda for each meeting flows smoothly; and
- that no one participant monopolizes a meeting.
A Cluster Group Leader also ensures that:
- meetings provide a safe environment for each teller by helping the teller be in control of their telling and any request for feedback. This feedback will always be offered in a positive and supportive manner and will not go beyond what the teller has asked.