Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a way for members with a common interest in a particular aspect or genre of costuming to pursue their interest and share information. Unlike chapters, SIGs are independent of the geographical location of its members. SIG members can live anywhere. The only requirement for being a member of a SIG is to belong to at least one ICG chapter.
If there is no ICG SIG covering your area of interest, it's easy to start one with as few as six members. Here is a checklist that will help you get started.
Check the list of ICG SIGs.
Ideally, a focus of interest in a particular aspect or genre of costuming
is represented by one SIG. However, interests represented by SIGs can overlap if their main
focus, genre, or aspect of costuming is distinctly different. If there is already a SIG with a similar focus to yours,
it is recommended that you discuss your proposed new SIG with them to iron out any
potential problems. You may decide that it is more to your advantage to join
an existing SIG than form a new one with only a minor difference in focus.
Get together a minimum of six interested ICG members
who will be SIG members to petition the ICG Board of Directors for affiliation. We recommend you obtain a copy of the By-Laws
and Standing Rules. The formation and operation of SIGs is goverened by Standing Rule 32.
Choose a name for your SIG. SIGs can have
unofficial nicknames as well as official names.
Select a board of officers for your SIG.
At minimum, you must have a Chair.
If your SIG plans to collect
dues, you should also select a Treasurer. SIGs do not pay dues to the ICG, since SIG members already pay dues through
their membership in a primary chapter. Your SIG may collect dues from members to
help defray expenses or support SIG programs.
- Write a letter of petition to the Board of Directors of the International
Costumers' Guild, requesting affiliation with the ICG. Your letter may take this form:
"We, the undersigned, request affiliation with the International Costumers'
Guild as the (Name of SIG), also known as (Unofficial Name,if any)
representing (intererst, genre, or aspect of costuming). Our chapter mailing address is
(Address). Our officers are listed below. Attached is a list of our
members. Please advise us if we have been accepted. Signed (at least
six ICG members, including Officers)."
Whatever form you use, please include all information; in parentheses in the
above sample. The letter must be signed by the SIG organizer and list at least six ICG members including all your officers.. Send this letter of petition
to the ICG President (see the officers page for the email address).
Your petition will be considered by the ICG Board of Directors. New SIGs are admitted to the
ICG upon majority vote of the Board.
If your affiliation is approved, your Chair will recieve notification from the ICG President, and a letter of affiliation from the ICG Corresponding Secretary.
- Once your SIG is approved, it should do the following within the first 30 days:
- Hold its first meeting to approve its bylaws and elect permanent officers.
- Send the ICG Treasurer a list of names, addresses of all SIG members
and officers. See the Reporting Membership web page for complete
reporting requirements, and a membership reporting template with instructions
on filling it out. Your SIG must make required reports to remain in good
SIGs do not have a seat on the ICG Board, but its Chair or other designated
representative is welcome to attend board meetings and participate in discussions.
The interest of all SIGs is represented on the board by the ICG Corresponding
See Tips for New Chapters and
SIGs for useful tips about getting your new SIG off the ground.
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