Companions of the Forest of America
Chaplain occupies station
formerly assigned to the Chairman of Trustees, the three Trustees to be
stationed in front of Sub-Chief Companion’s platform, Chairman in center. If
space will not accommodate these three officers, then Chairman will sit on
platform with Sub-Chief Companion.
Circle Deputy will always occupy
chair on right of Chief Companion.
Inner Guard will take seat on
side of Sub-Chief Companion after meeting has duly advanced.
Chairman of Auditors and Third
Member of Finance Committee shall be seated on each side of Past Chief
Hostess and Chairman of
Delinquent Committee shall be seated at each side of the Chaplain, Hostess to
Sub-Chief Companion shall
announce to Chief-Companion all members seeking admission.
Members entering shall cross to
Sub-Chief Companion’s station, walk a straight line to altar, salute the flag
by placing right hand over the heart. Then salute the Chief Companion. Reverse
When a Supreme (or Grand) Officer
is announced, the Chief Companion requests the Right and Left Guides to retire.
Upon re-entering, the Guides will proceed to altar in advance of Supreme
Officers, cross flags, Officers pass through, then Guides stand on a direct
line, when all salute. Guides then proceed in direct line to dais in advance of
Officers, cross flags high enough for Officers to pass under. When platform is
reached, Chief Companion presents the Supreme Officers (mentioning name and
title of each) to assemblage; then seats Circle. Guides resume stations,
The Welcome Ode is sung by
members as soon as Supreme Officers enter.
Never keep candidates in anteroom
longer than necessary. Transpose order of business and proceed with initiation
immediately upon candidate’s arrival.
Members are not properly
initiated unless presented with membership certificates.
]n class initiations, when a
number of candidates are presented to the Chief Companion the second time,
Guides will arrange candidates in a semi-circle, that they may have a better
opportunity of seeing the salutation sign, etc., as communicated by presiding
Degree Teams must not introduce
in floor work any measure that will cause any deviation from the ritualistic
To help preserve decorum,
Secretary should endeavor to collect dues before meeting is opened, or during
recess. If possible, please conform to this suggestion, as the collection of
dues during the transaction of business of Circle has a diverting influence upon
Meeting should be opened not
later than 8:30. Non-attendance of members points to the fact that meetings are
started too late.
Members addressing Chief
Companion will always salute.
Members are not permitted to
cross Circle Room without first stopping at altar% giving salutation sign.
New Password will be communicated
on roll-call under “New Business.”
Under “Good and Welfare,”
Social Committee should not serve refreshments while any member or visitor has
been accorded the privilege of addressing the Circle.
In Grand Circle jurisdictions the
word “Grand” shall be substituted in lieu of “Supreme.”
Ledger and Medical Dictionary
must be on the Recording Secretary’s desk at each meeting, for inspection of
Finance Committee when supervising claims for benefits.
Beneficiary Book and Members’
Register shall also be on Recorder’s desk, enabling Hostess to procure
signatures of new members.
Chaplain is added to list of
Officers’ march is optional.
(See Degree Book, sold by Supreme Circle.)
All floor movements should be by
square corners when not otherwise directed. Guides carry flags all through floor
work and cross flags whenever possible.
Duties of Hostess
The duties of the Hostess are as
To receive the candidates in the
anteroom, remaining with them until Guides are in readiness to escort them for
To see that during recess the
newly initiated members sign the Beneficiary Book, which, some time during the
evening, must be attested by the Chief Companion, Sub-Chief Companion and
To promote a friendly spirit
between new members and other members present by introduction, etc., and to
accompany newly initiated members to anteroom, upon their retiring when Circle
is closed, and solicit future attendance at meetings.
In general to make every member
feel she is thoroughly welcome, and her attendance appreciated.
NOTE: Chief Companion assumes
station and calls assemblage to order.
C.C.: By virtue of the power reposed in me, I call this Circle to order. The
Hostess will conduct those present not entitled to the privileges of the Order
to the anteroom. The Officers will assume their stations; the Guides and Guards
will advance and communicate the current password.
NOTE: The Guides arise, facing
The Guards advance in front of
Sub-Chief Companion’s station, proceed to altar abreast and salute, then walk
a straight line on each side of altar toward presiding officer and assume
position between Guides, who then face Chief Companion, communicate password and
grip, commencing with Right Guide.
C.C.: The Guards will secure the doors and the Guides ascertain that all
present are in possession of the password, reporting to me all irregularities.
NOTE: Guards and Guides face
The Guards return to their
stations the reverse of entering. The Guides remain standing until Guards assume
stations; the Guides then take up password and report to Chief Companion upon
return to their stations. (Members arise when communicating password.)
C.C.: The Recording Secretary will call the roll of officers, and each officer
NOTE: Upon responding, each
officer will arise, salute and remain standing until completion of roll call,
when Chief Companion sounds gavel.
C.C.: Worthy Chaplain, what are your duties in this Circle?
CHAPLAIN: To preside over all religious services, officiate at funerals of members,
drape the altar in memoriam and invoke the blessings of God on all our fraternal
C.C.: Worthy Sub-Chief Companion, what are your duties?
S.C.C.: To assist you in maintaining order, to officiate in your absence, to
announce to you all Supreme Officers, members and visiting companions seeking
admission. To perform all other duties enjoined upon me by the regulations of
C.C.: Recording Secretary, what are your duties in this Circle?
To keep accurate minutes of the transactions of this Circle, to read same in
open Circle, call the roll of officers, read all communications and bills,
transcribe in minute book list of dues and expenditures from carbon sheet
submitted by Financial Secretary, and perform all other duties that are required
C.C.: Financial Secretary, what are the duties pertaining to your office?
F.S.: To keep correct accounts between this Circle and its members, receive all
money due the Circle, pay the same to the Treasurer, taking a receipt therefor;
assist Auditors in making a report quarterly of the financial condition of the
Circle and the standing of all the members; attend to the correspondence of the
Circle, and perform such other duties as the laws may require of me.
C.C.: Treasurer, what are your duties?
TREAS: To have charge of the funds; to pay all bills legally authorized; render
at each meeting a true account of all money received and the disbursement of
same; deliver, when properly authorized, all money and other property in my
possession belonging to this Circle and the Supreme Circle.
C.C.: Right Guide, what are your duties?
R.G.: To examine all persons present before the Circle is opened that are
seated on the right of the Chief Companion, and report those that are not
correct in the password; to take proper care of the regalia; to assist at
initiation and obey your commands.
C.C.: Left Guide, what are your duties?
L.G.: To examine all persons present before the Circle is opened that are
seated on the left of the Chief Companion and report those that are not correct
in the password; to assist the Right Guide in the care of the regalia, assist at
initiation and obey your commands.
C.C.: Inner Guard, what are your duties in this Circle?
I.G.: To have charge of the inner portals of this Circle Room and see that no
one enters without communicating the current password.
NOTE: While stating duties, Inner
Guard stands at portal.
C.C.: Inner Guard, you will request the Outer Guard to enter.
NOTE: Outer Guard enters,
proceeds to altar (by way of straight line from Sub-Chief’s station) salutes
the Chief Companion.
C.C.: Outer Guard, what are your duties?
O.G.: To have charge of the anteroom; secure the circle room from intrusion;
see that no one enters who is not qualified.
NOTE: The Guard retires, reverse
C.C.: Worthy Jurnor Past Chief Companion, what are the duties of the Chief
Companion of the Circle?
J.P.C.C.: To have charge of the Circle; preside over the sessions with courtesy and
justice; to enforce the laws, rules and regulations of the Order and all
decisions or orders emanating from the Supreme (or Grand) Circle or officers
thereof; sign all orders and documents requiring your signature, and perform all
other duties as specified in the general laws and constitution.
NOTE: Chief Companion will call
the Circle to a standing position.
C.C.: All of these duties I am under solemn obligation to perform with kindness
and justice. Let us realize, during this session, that we are consecrated to the
loftiest spirit of service to God and humanity. Let the most kindly feeling
prevail during the transaction of the business of our Circle.
We will now sing our Opening Ode.
NOTE: At completion of Ode:
C.C.: I now declare this Circle duly and legally opened for the transaction of
such business as may lawfully come before it.
NOTE: Members salute Chief
Companion and remain standing.
C.C.: Our Chaplain will now invoke God’s blessings.
NOTE: Chaplain will step to Altar
shortest route and salute Chief Companion.
CHAPLAIN: Gracious God, we acclaim Thee. We realize Thou art the guiding,
sustaining and strengthening influence in our fraternal endeavors. We glorify
Thee for enabling us to meet each suffering member’s need.
We meditate upon health, not alone for our members
but for the sick of the world. Restore and comfort them.
We commit to Thy care our members in hospitals, our
orphans and aged, that they may be enriched by Thy divine grace and comforted by
Thy divine love.
We pray Thee envelope in Thy protection our absent
members, inspire in their hearts an intense interest in our Fraternity.
We pray Thee to illumine all present, that we may
go forth from this meeting with a clearer vision of our duty to Thee, our
Father, and to humanity.
We ask these graces in Thy blessed name. AMEN.
NOTE: Upon completion of prayer,
Chaplain salutes Chief Companion and returns to station.
C.C.: We will now pledge allegiance to our flag
NOTE: When pledging allegiance to
the flag, members stand erect facing the flag, with right hand over heart, and
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United
States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
C.C.: We will now sing the first verse of America
NOTE: During singing Guides hold
flags aloft and wave.
Chief Companion seats Circle
C.C.: The Secretary will read the minutes of our last regular meeting.
NOTE: After the reading:
C.C.: Companions, the minutes just read are the records of our last regular
meeting. Are there any errors or omissions?
NOTE: After a slight pause:
C.C.: There appearing to be no errors or omissions, I now declare the minutes,
as read, approved and confirmed.
NOTE: If any corrections are
made, omit the above and say:
C.C.: I declare the minutes, as corrected, approved and con6rmed by the Circle.
NOTE: Right Guide brings Record
and Roll to C. C., Left Guide brings pen and ink from Financial Secretary’s
desk (shortest route).
C.C.: The officers will report members who are now sick, or those reported sick
since our last meeting. If any Companion knows of a member who is in distress,
or if there is a member present in distress, make the same known to
Companion at recess.
C.C.: The Secretary will read the commiunications and bills received since our
NOTE: Communications shall be
acted upon immediately after reading. All bills, and claims f or benefits are
read, and referred by Chief Companion to the Finance Committee; said Committee
shall be in readiness to respond when the Chief Companion calls for reports of
Standing Committees, and shall refer to ledger and medical-dictionary to
ascertain if members are entitled.. The Finance Committee shall complete its
duties during recess
C.C.: Worthy Recording Secretary, are there any candidates to be balloted for?
If so, kindly read application for membership.
NOTE: After application is read:
C.C.: Will the Committee kindly report
NOTE: Investigating Committee
shall sign application form prior to opening of meeting, if possible, and report
verbally at this time.
C.C.: The Guides will prepare the ballot box.
C.C.: Worthy Companions, you are about to vote for or against (candidate’s
name). Remember that white balls elect, and black balls reject. Be careful how
you vote. Let me remind you, the ballot is a sacred instrument of protection.
Violate not this privilege, but let justice prevail in the casting of your vote.
NOTE: When more than if one
candidate is to be balloted for:
C.C.: If there are no objections, the ballot will be a collective one.
NOTE: If any member objects to a
collective ballot, then each candidate should be voted for separately.
If Chief Companion wishes to
vote, she will request the Sub-Chief Companion to take charge of Circle,
immediately after declaring the ballot open.
If Sub-Chief Companion wishes to
vote, she proceeds after Chief Companion resumes her station.
The pianist casts her vote
immediately after the Sub-Chief Companion.
C.C.: The members will vote in consecutive order, commencing with the Recording
Secretary on the right.
NOTE: Members give salutation
sign upon reaching altar, before voting.
C.C.: Have all voted who wish, on my right? If so, members on my left will now
vote, commencing with the Financial Secretary.
NOTE: After all have voted, the
Chief Companion will say:
C.C.: I now declare the ballot closed.
NOTE: Left Guide will take the
ballot box to the Sub-Chief Companion for inspection, return it to altar, then
Right Guide takes it to the Chief Companion. The Guides in taking the ballot box
to the stations will march in a straight line from center of altar to
officers’ stations, and reverse to altar. Guides place ballot box on the
pedestal directly in front of officers and take one step backward. Chief
Companion inspects ballot.
C.C.: How stands the ballot, worthy Sub-Chief Companion?
S.C.C.: Favorable, (or unfavorable), worthy Chief Companion.
C.C.: I, also, find it favorable, (or unfavorable), worthy Sub-Chief Companion.
Does any member desire to inspect ‘the ballot?
NOTE: There being no response,
the Chief Companion then destroys the ballot and Right Guide returns ballot box
to the altar.
C.C.: I hereby declare (names of candidates) elected (rejected) as members of
this Circle. Worthy Guides, you will kindly return to your stations.
NOTE: Guides return to their
stations. Right Guide carries ballot box and rests it on floor at right of her
C.C.: Worthy Inner Guard, kindly report to the Sub-Chief Companion if there are
any candidates in waiting.
NOTE: Sub-Chief Companion reports
to Chief Companion names of candidates.
C.C.: Worthy Financial Secretary, kindly retire and collect the balance of
initiation fee, dues for Hospital Association and Old Age and Orphans’ Fund,
and report if the candidates are qualified.
NOTE: The duties of the Financial
Secretary often necessitate her absence from the room for so lengthy a period
that to prevent delay in proceedings the following Order of Business should be
Proposition of candidates
C.C.: Worthy Recording Secretary, has any member presented an application for
membership? If so, please read same.
NOTE: After reading of
application, omitting immaterial printed matter:
C.C.: Worthy Companions, what is your pleasure in accepting this application?
NOTE: The Chief Companion shall
appoint an Investigating Committee, provided the Circle has voted to accept the
NOTE: The Financial Secretary,
upon returning, makes her report at altar, reading name, age, residence, and
birth p lace of each candidate, also names of pro poser and seconder. (Secretary
does not read all of the printing on form.)
C.C.: Companions, are you satisfied that the candidates whose applications have
just been read, and who are in waiting, are worthy of becoming members of our
NOTE: Members will respond. If
response is satisfactory, the Chief Companion will continue:
C.C.: Worthy Junior Past Chief Companion, you will please retire and propound
the necessary questions.
NOTE: Junior Past Chief Companion
salutes and retires.
J.P.C.C.: I have been instructed by our Chief Companion to propound to you certain
questions and I trust that your answers will prove satisfactory, so that I may
have the pleasure of recommending your admission within our portals.
There is nothing in our laws or customs that will
conflict with your religion, social or political duties; being thus assured, are
you willing to conform to the rules of this Order?
CANDIDATE: I am.
J.P.C.C.: Believing that there is nothing in our laws that will conflict with any
of your lawful duties, will you promise to remain true to your obligation as a
Companion of the Forest of America?
CANDIDATE: I will.
J.P.C.C.: You will remain here in patience until I have informed the Chief Companion
the result of my investigation, when, if the report be favorable, proper
officers will be authorized to conduct you through the ceremony of initiation.
NOTE: Junior Past Chief Companion
returns to the altar, and after saluting, will say:
J.P.C.C.: Worthy Chief Companion, I have propounded the usual questions to the
candidates in waiting, and am assured the candidates are worthy of being
admitted to our Order, and would therefore recommend that you authorize your
officers to proceed with the initiation.
C.C.: Worthy Junior Past Chief Companion, I am grateful for the results of your
investigation, and in behalf of the Circle I thank you for the fidelity y6u have
manifested in the discharge of your duties. You will kindly resume your station.
Worthy Guides, you will please retire and conduct the candidates through the
ceremony of initiation.
NOTE: The Guides will arise and
march down each side of room until they reach the altar, when both give the
salutation sign and retire, the Right Guide leading and the Left Guide
following. Guides carry American flags during initiation ceremony and will turn
square corners in conducting candidates around meeting room.
I.G.: Worthy Sub-Chief Companion, an alarm at the door.
S.C.C.: Attend to the alarm.
I.G.: Who comes here?
R.G.: Strangers, seeking sociability, sincerity and constancy.
I.G.: Worthy Sub-Chief Companion, strangers are awaiting admission, seeking
sociability, sincerity and constancy.
S.C.C.: Worthy Chief Companion, strangers approach our portals, seeking
sociability, sincerity and constancy.
C.C.: The strangers having fulfilled the requirements of this Circle, are they
under the protection of our worthy Guides?
S.C.C.: They are, worthy Chief Companion.
C.C.: Thus assured, you will allow the strangers to enter.
S.C.C. to I.G.: By direction of our worthy Chief Companion, you will admit the strangers.
NOTE: The Right Guide takes the
candidate’s left arm while conducting her through the ceremony of initiation,
and the Left Guide the candidate’s right arm When two or more candidates are
being presented, the Guides enter, the Right Guide and candidate leading, the
Left Guide and candidate following, and march around the room, turning square
corners. (The Right Guide always keeps candidate at her night; the Left Guide
keeps candidate at her left.)
When Guides and candidates enter,
the Chief Companion will raise the Circle, and instruct the members to sing the
first verse of Initiation Ode.
R.G.: Worthy Chief Companion, I take pleasure in presenting to you these
candidates, who desire to be initiated in our Order.
NOTE: After the introduction, the
Guides will take one step back wand and cross flags. (C.C. seats circle.)
C.C.: My friends, we are honored in accepting you in membership in the
Companions of the Forest of America, realizing you are a soul sent forth from
God for the purpose of expressing Him in His fullness. To you is given the
blessed privilege of service in our Fraternity, as well as the power to unfold
all the crowning graces of cultivated womanhood.
Evidenced everywhere is the call of the century for
the ministry of women. No doors are now closed to her earnest endeavor. That her
achievements are recognized and proclaimed, is a truth well established. So you
have done well to embrace our fraternity as the chosen field wherein all the
finer elements of your womanhood will forever find avenues of expression.
Our portals open to you a world of light, for you
have truly found the light when you radiate it in such a way as to illumine the
paths of others, especially in the fulfillment of the purposes of the Companions
of the Forest of America in devotion to the sick, the orphan, the aged and the
discouraged. You broaden your life’ when you find room to include all these
souls, finding happiness and consolation for them; you share in the
accomplishments, for the blessings gained through being unified with others in
helpful purposes, are divinely sent.
You will now be presented to our honored officer,
our Junior Past Chief Companion, for the purpose of dedicating yourselves to our
Worthy guides, you will please conduct our friends
to the Junior Past Chief Companion, where greater knowledge awaits them through
her fraternal message.
NOTE: Pianist plays march.
R.G.: Worthy Junior Past Chief Companion, by direction of the Worthy Chief
Companion, I present to you these candidates for instruction and obligation.
NOTE: After this introduction the
Guides will take one step backward and cross flags.
J.P.C.C.: My friends, you have been referred to this station by the Chief Companion
of our Circle. You have been given assurances that the vital and animating
purposes of this Fraternity are to be found in sympathy and co-operation. With
this knowledge, are you willing to assume a fraternal obligation?
NOTE: Response by candidates.
J.P.C.C.: You will kindly place yourselves in the position that I now assume:
Left hand over the heart.
Right hand uplifted, palm to the front.
NOTE: Junior Past Chief Companion
exemplifies position for candidates to assume and Chief Companion raises Circle.
J.P.C.C.: Repeat after me, substituting your name where I use mine:
I, ..., in the presence of the Companions of the
Forest of America here assembled do solemnly promise to abide by and maintain
the laws and customs of the Order now in force or
hereafter to be made and to keep in sacred confidence the password and other
unwritten work communicated during my initiation.
I promise to give earnest co-operation in the field
of usefulness to the Companions of the Forest of America in its mission of
carrying inspiration, hope and consolation to less favored lives. I promise to
be charitable in my judgment of others and to search for the righteous motive
back of every deed. I also promise forgiveness to my enemy: tolerance to my
opponent and above all to respect the religious tendencies of every member of
I further promise to cultivate the charm of
beholding the good in every member I meet, every one I think of, every one I
speak of and to be loyal to the ideals of the Companions of the Forest of
promise to honor the flag of the United States of America and to glorify it by
emphasizing the justice wrought beneath its starry
folds that by my charity of thought and action it
shall continue to bring inspiration to all nations of the world in following the
Stars and Stripes in its triumphant march to universal peace.
You have now assumed your obligation, and I shall
NOTE: Chief Companion seats
J.P.C.C.: My friends, the Companions of the Forest of America teaches the true
meaning of life. It teaches to keep God’s Commandments. It teaches that
service is prayer; that to pray one need not always have set words, for true
prayer is a blessed, constructive thought of service sent out, any way, any
time, any place.
The Companions of the Forest of America teaches
that devotion to the home is woman’s natural expression; that by living the
good, speaking the good, knowing the power of good, every woman can transform
the home into a shrine, for the Kingdom of Heaven is in a happy home.
May manifold blessings await you as a Companion of
the Forest of America.
Worthy Guides, you will now present our Companions
to our Sub-Chief Companion, who will further unfold the ideals of our
NOTE: Chief Companion calls up
Circle and instructs members to sing the second verse of Ode. Guides conduct
candidates to Sub-Chief Companion’s statiOn, holding position on line with
candidates until members finish singing Ode.
R.G.: Worthy Sub-Chief Companion, by instruction of our Junior Past Chief
Companion, I present these Companions to receive your message of love.
NOTE: Guides take one step
backward and cross flags C.C. seats circle.
S.C.C.: Through exercising love for our members, we find that love developes
within ourselves. In giving loving service to others, we increase our own
blessings and have more love to express. Think of the rose saying, “I cannot
afford to give away my beauty and sweetness; I must keep them for myself; I
shall roll up my petals and withhold my fragrance.
But behold! The moment the rose tries to store up
its beauty and perfume and withhold them from others, they vanish. They do not
exist in the unopened bud. Only when the rose opens itself up, is its beauty and
So, human selfishness defeats its own ends. When we
refuse to give to others, when we close the petals of our charity and withhold
the fragrance of our sympathy and love, we find that we lose the very things we
try to keep.”
If you refuse to give, you will soon cease to enjoy
that which you have; but the moment you open wider the portals of your charity,
sunshine will enter your soul. This is in keeping with the law, universal and
We pray that graces in abundance shall rest upon
your membership as a Companion of the Forest of America.
Worthy Guides, kindly escort our Companions to our
Chaplain, who has a message of good counsel to offer.
NOTE: Pianist plays march.
R.G.: Worthy Chaplain, by instruction of our Sub-Chief Companion, I present
these Companions, for your message of good counsel.
NOTE: Guides take one step
backward and cross flags.
CHAPLAIN: One of the most common forms of misjudgment is criticism. We little
realize the burden of sorrow we inflict upon others by expressing our
unenlightened opinions. If we look beyond appearances, we can see the good in
all. God’s greatest gilt rests in His forgiveness, for no matter how fallen or
condemned, if one resolves to live the good, think the good, express the good,
from that moment on, all the helpful forces of the Universe are standing by.
At each sunrise every soul is born anew; yesterday
is but a dream, tomorrow only a vision, but today, well lived, makes every
yesterday but an experience and every tomorrow a day of hope for a better and
Let us look for nobler human expressions, and we
will find them everywhere, for we shall never know God in His fullness until we
see the good in every soul we contact, and recognize the divine spark in every
May your membership bring you the graces attendant
upon a noble and useful life as a Companion of the Forest of America.
Worthy Guides, you will kindly conduct our
Companions to the Chief Companion for further enlightenment.
NOTE: Pianist plays march. Guides
present members, then they take one step backward and cross flags.
R.G.: Worthy Chief Companion, by instruction of our Chaplain I again present
C.C.: Companions, you have been instructed in the ideals of our Fraternity, and
you have learned of the melody of being kind. Your affiliation brings comfort to
the sick, shelter to the orphan, and to the aged the brushing away of tears in
the sunset hour of their lives.
“Give, and thou shalt receive” was divinely
spoken. Up to the present moment you have been promising to give (of service, of
love, of charity); therefore, that we may give emphasis to the truth of the law
“to give is to receive” we shall in some measure strive to unfold inspiring
thoughts that may be absorbed in your own life.
There is real grace of character in forgetting the
conditions that disturb the harmony of life. We want you to be too noble for
anger, too strong for fear, too courageous for worry, and too happy to permit
the presence of trouble.
HAVE YOU BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL?
Then put the past behind you, press forward,
confident of your ability, and grateful for the powers within you to succeed.
HAVE YOU BEEN MISUNDERSTOOD AND MISREPRESENTED?
Then let go the memory; forget it utterly. God un
His own good time makes all things right.
HAVE YOU BEEN DISCONTENT?
Then realize Heaven is not some distant place. You
can have it here and now, for in sending to others your blessings of service,
you build an invisible channel from earth to Heaven, through which peace and
content shall flow to you.
HAVE YOU BEEN DISCOURAGED?
Then realize that all about you are opportunities.
Refuse to entertain any thought but that only good has place in your life.
Tremendous opportunities unfold at the dawn of every day, so let go any thought
PERHAPS YOUR LIFE IS FILLED WITH HAPPINESS AND JOY:
Then let it shine through your smiles, radiate
through your words, pass it on in numberless ways to those less favored, to be
absorbed in their troubled hours. Thus you will be truly expressing the purpose
of your creation.
C.C.: I shall communicate to you the Uniform Work of our Order, which regulates
the deportment of members while in attendance at meetings.
C.C.: I shall instruct you in the salutation sign. This sign is used when the
Circle is declared open, when entering or retiring, crossing the circle room,
upon approaching altar to cast votes, and when addressing the Chair.
Place the right hand over the heart long enough to
say “Worthy Chief Companion.” Drop hand to side, palm to the front.
The permanent password of the Order is “PEACE TO
Worthy Guides, you will kindly communicate the
NOTE: After password has been
C.C.: This password cannot be revealed to other than the Inner or Outer Guard
upon seeking admission, or to the Guides when the Circle is about to be opened.
C.C.: The voting sign is the right hand raised, palm to
C.C.: In respect to the presiding officer, a member must
never pass between the altar and Chief Companion’s station.
C.C.: Worthy Guides, you will kindly invest our
Companions with membership regalia.
This regalia is emblematic of our Order. We rest
confident in the fact that you will wear it, a credit to the principles of our
C.C.: Worthy Guides, you will kindly present laws. These
laws which are placed in your hands will, I trust, be studied by you. You will
not be permitted to plead ignorance in justification of any violation thereof.
C.C.: Worthy Guides, kindly present Certificates of
Membership. These Membership Certificates are presented to you in the hope that
they will occupy a prominent place in your homes, which we trust will inspire
pride in our Order, and will perhaps be the means of attracting your relatives
and friends to membership.
C.C.: I will now instruct you in the use of the gavel,
the emblem of authority. You will please face the Circle and note the effect.
One rap calls the Circle to attention and seats it when standing. Sounds
gavel. Two raps call the officers to their feet sounds
gavel; and at three raps the entire Circle will arise sounds
C.C: Worthy Junior Past Chief Companion, will you
kindly demonstrate for our Companions the proper way to enter and retire from
our circle room?
NOTE: After Junior Past Chief Companion returns and salutes at altar,
Chief Companion will say:
C.C.: Worthy Junior Past Chief Companion, I express the
grateful appreciation of the members present for the assistance you have
rendered. You will resume your station.
C.C.: Companions, I am honored in presenting to you our
new members. I trust they will find as much happiness in affiliating with us as
we do in accepting them. Your expression of welcome will be signified in the
singing of the Welcome Ode.
NOTE: At Conclusion of Ode:
C.C.: Worthy Hostess, you will now assume charge of our
new Companions; please see that they are properly introduced to other members,
that fraternal greetings may be exchanged.
C.C.: We stand at the close of the evening. Night lowers
her curtains. Love, hope and service we see reflected in God’s writing across
the sky. Our souls quietly receive the benediction of this hour, and lifting our
eyes heavenward, we perceive the good deeds of the Companions of the Forest of
America written in stars of gold. Our souls touch the spirit of our Father, and
Godward we send our praise.
We shall rest peacefully tonight, Dear Lord,
because we know Thy love hath blessed the fraternal assistance and kindly
influence that have been given forth at this meeting.
C.C.: Companions, what is our affirmation?
Members answer: “THROUGH SERVICE MY BLESSINGS
C.C.: I now declare this meeting closed.
NOTE: Members salute. Chief Companion returns salutation. Sounds gavel.