This document covers your behaviour as a member of the EAC community in any form, whether email, website, public meeting, private correspondence, or face-to-face communication.

Be Welcoming and Inclusive

One of the core responsibilities of EAC is to promote needlework through education. Beginners or advanced, male or female, young or older, all should be made welcome without discrimination or harassment.

Be Respectful and Considerate

You are working with others as a team so be considerate of how your words, actions and contributions affect your fellow members and the community as a whole. Treat one another and members of the community with respect. Everyone can make a valuable contribution. We may not always agree, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior or poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack.

Be Collaborative

Members of EAC share a common interest and love of the hobby and art of needlework. Varied views on the running of any organization are to be expected, but any new ideas or suggestions of better ways of doing things should be passed on in a constructive way. Remember that disagreement, debate and constructive criticism is often how progress is made. The important part is not to avoid these differing views, but to resolve the issues constructively and not turn them into personal conflicts.

Be Grateful and Courteous

Organizations cannot run themselves. EAC relies on the time and efforts of many volunteers, whether on the national board or local chapter level. Seminars in particular require a great deal of time and energy from EAC members on the committees who must fit it in with their busy lives. They are committed to doing their best and deserve the respect and admiration of those who attend.

Be Democratic

Within the organization all views have the right to be heard, but the will of the majority should be followed.

Be Available

Anyone who offers for a position in EAC, whether National or local, should realize they have a responsibility to be available to their fellow members. Phone calls, emails and other communication should be checked regularly and answered promptly, even with an "I'll get back to you.". If this is impossible personally, then they should arrange for others to take this responsibility temporarily.

Be Honest

Sometimes the hardest thing to say is "No" or to admit that we forgot to do something. Be honest with each other and to yourself with regards to your commitments. Never be afraid to ask for help.

Follow the Rules

Volunteers are expected to uphold the Bylaws, Policies and Procedures of EAC and their local chapters. If there is confusion on any issue, questions should be directed to the President or an appropriate member who will find the answer for you. Discretion in the use of membership information and copyright materials is expected from all EAC members.

Respectfully Submitted by your EAC Board of Directors

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The Embroiderers' Association of Canada (EAC) is a national non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to have a fellowship of persons who enjoy needlework and wish to learn and share their knowledge; and thereby to work towards maintaining higher standards of design, colour and workmanship.

Our aim is to preserve traditional techniques and promote new challenges in the Art of Embroidery through education and networking.
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