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Poster: Betty & David Eyer <Betty_and_David@compuserve.com>

I have a question about guild traditions in atlantia.  The Fellowship of
St. Lawrence, a recent re-incarnation of the Caer Mear Cooks Guild, has a
debate going about its internal structure; should it have an apprentice,
journeyman and master rankings.  On the one hand, the argument is that
there is surely enough structure and hierarchy in the SCA without adding
another layer, and that the purpose of the Fellowship is the open exchange
of learning and labor.  There have also been hurt feelings when folks move
into the barony with previous sca cooking experience and have to start at
the bottom of a local hierarchy in order to participate in the cooks guild.
Other's feel that without structure, learning will not happen and local
cooking standards will suffer.  

Have other groups met with this delima?  How does your guild work?  How
long has your guild been in existance? How do you share knowledge? Do you
make an attempt to set standards of excellence?  How well is it working?

Let me express my appreciation for your responses in advance.

Magdalena de Hazebrouck
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