Our past Chief Philip Carr-Gomm described OBOD as organic and without the strictures of modern organization. Besides the three ‘officers’ there are 2 paid part-time office staff, and a small group of volunteers who help with OBOD HQs group listings, mentors, the print Touchstone Magazine, discussion forum, and press. Our Pendragon also creates the monthly Druidcast podcast. Other Order related activities such as local Seed Groups and Groves, gatherings, workshops, celebrancy, and nation-based websites are completely autonomous without any direction or support from OBOD.
Here is a very approximate ‘organizational’ description of OBOD at this point in time.
OBOD HQ LEADERSHIP & STAFF–
Chosen Chief: Eimear Burke (IE)
Pendragon: Dave Smith (UK)
Scribe: Stephanie Carr-Gomm (UK)
Office staff: Annie & Kate (UK)
Also deeply involved in the life of the order: ‘Past Chief’ (unofficial): Philip Carr-Gomm (UK) & Patroness: Dwina Murphy-Gibb (UK)
HQ ‘CORE’ VOLUNTEERS:
Press & Media Inquiries: Adrian Rooke (volunteer, UK)
‘Druidcast’ Podcast: Dave Smith/Damh the Bard (UK)
Touchstone Magazine: Penny Billington (volunteer, UK)- editor
OBOD Discussion Forum: Kathleen Harrington (volunteer, US)
OBOD Groups: Paul Corcoran and Pat Booker (volunteers, UK)
English Language Mentor coordinators:
Mentor Coordinator: Steve Hounsome (volunteer, UK)
Assistant Coordinators: Mike Williams (volunteer, UK) and Gayle Gray (volunteer, US)
Course Administration and Support in Other Languages:
French, Dutch, German, Italian and Portuguese is undertaken by groups of OBOD members in other countries. (Each with their own administration and mentoring teams.)
VOLUNTEERS WORKING WITH HQ ‘CORE’ VOLUNTEERS:
Discussion forums: gatekeeper, and about 6 moderators at last count
English language mentors team: about 50 Druid grade members
LOCAL ACTIVITY VOLUNTEERS:
These are provided by independent and autonomous volunteers: Gatherings, workshops, Seed Groups & Groves, national member & personal websites, social media groups, celebrants, books, art, etc.
OBOD ORDER MEMBERS:
Members have access to the discussion forums, and unofficial social media groups. For the first year in any of the three courses they receive Touchstone Magazine and general Order information. After this period, members can pay to continue the magazine and information mailings. Otherwise, once done with their course members will not be contacted by the Order. Old information was that there were about 2,000 members receiving their years worth of lessons at any one time (maybe just the English language course). (Most of these were Bards.) The total number of people joining OBOD and starting the Bard course is listed as 22,000 to 25,000 (which includes our deceased members).
OBOD provides a 3 part course, and fosters growth in a spiritual order. OBOD does value and empower the work of individual members in a casual way.
Important Note: It is helpful to realize that the features of ‘membership’ organizations in the US and North America are not a part of OBOD: there are no advisory groups, referendums, elections/voting, representation, sharing of member information to other members, financial reports, or dues.