BECOMING A COMPANION
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in becoming a Companion of the Guild. The process of application for Companionship, which is subject to a flexible (currently voluntary) annual membership fee or contribution in kind (in the spirit of Ruskin’s original vision for the Guild), is to write to the Guild’s Board of Directors by email, explaining your interest in the Guild's work and the ways in which you would seek to contribute as a Companion.
Companionship of the Guild is about active contribution; Ruskin wanted everyone involved to make a commitment to actions that make a positive difference in the world, for themselves but also for others. In applying for Companionship, we therefore ask you to set out, briefly, the way(s) in which you would like to add your contribution to this endeavour, by joining with more than 320 like-minded people around the world who are currently Companions.
In writing your application, we ask that you address these five questions. It does not have to be a long or formal document; a letter will suffice.
- What do John Ruskin and his writings and thinking, or those of people associated with him and his ideas, mean to you?
- From what you have read or discovered, what do the Guild of St George and the idea of Companionship mean to you?
- What area(s) of the Guild’s current activity do you find most engaging/relevant personally?
- As Ruskin intended, we wish to be an activist organisation, making a difference in the world by way of our contribution. What would you intend (through your work, scholarship, research, personal interests and skills, activism, donations of time or resources, etc) to bring to the Guild and its work, by way of Companionship?
- What impact do you believe becoming a Companion of the Guild would have on your life and/or work and your ability to make a difference in the world?
Any relevant interests or experience, within your letter or as a resume/CV or further notes, are welcome as part of the same application document.
Please email Communications & Membership Officer Simon Seligman with your application, and your contact details, including your postal address and phone number. Once received, your application will be considered at the next Guild Board meeting; these are held four times a year.
If your application is accepted, you then receive a formal letter of welcome from the Master of the Guild and become eligible to receive a free copy of our magazine, The Companion, as well as invitations to the Guild’s Companion events, lectures and AGM (where new Companions are invited to sign the Roll of Companions). You will also be asked to submit some brief biographical information, with links if relevant to your own website or other places where your interests feature, for your entry on the online Directory of Companions on this website.
Everything the Guild has, it was given - the collection, land-holdings, property and other resources. Companions are asked to make an annual ‘Contribution’ to the Guild, which may be a regular (and flexible) financial donation, but can also take the form of research, creating and/or attending Guild events or volunteering time and expertise to Guild projects and publications.
We also add you to our secure and confidential database of companions, so that we can send you information via email pertaining to your companionship, The Guild newsletter and other Guild correspondence.