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The Justice should determine that the ordering of the room is correct, then ascertain that all officer posts are occupied, designating substitutes where necessary. If the Justice is absent, the Vice Justice should serve in such capacity.
The Marshal should urge all members to take their seats and close the meeting room doors.
In keeping with the tradition of this Fraternity and for purposes of uniformity in operating procedures, all meetings should be opened in the following manner:
The Justice should sound the gavel ONCE and say: I now declare this meeting of … Chapter of Pi Lambda Phi duly opened for business. Let’s proceed with the order of business, keeping in mind the principles and ideals of Justice, Equality, and Understanding upon which our Fraternity is founded.
Thereafter, the Chapter will proceed with the Order of Business under Robert’s Rules of Order.
After the room has been properly prepared and the officers have taken their proper seats, the Marshal shall go to where the initiates, chapter members, and chapter guests are assembled and inform them that the Initiation is about to commence. The Marshal shall admit the chapter members into the room where the Initiation is to take place and seat them in the chairs reserved for members. Then the Marshal shall escort the guests into the room and seat them in the seats reserved for guests.
The Marshal and a designated member shall return to where the candidates are waiting and shall form them into a single line in alphabetical order. After this is accomplished, the designated member shall return to the Chapter Room and indicate to the Chapter Justice that the candidates are ready to be escorted into the presence of the Chapter
While the Chapter Justice is being so informed that the candidates are ready to be escorted into the Chapter Room, the Marshal shall address the candidates: I will now escort you into the presence of the … Chapter for your initiation into Pi Lambda Phi. Please give your serious attention to our statement of principles and ideals which will be given to you during this ceremony. As you enter the room, please remain standing until you are asked to be seated.
When notified that the candidates are ready to enter, the Justice shall sound the Gavel and say: The candidates for admission into Pi Lambda Phi are about to be escorted into the Chapter Room.
Will all present please stand.
Whereupon the Marshal shall escort the candidates into the Chapter Room and station them before the chairs provided, taking care that the alphabetical arrangement is not disturbed.
Then the Justice shall say: Please be seated
Then the Justice shall sound the Gavel and say: The purpose of this meeting is the Initiation of new members into our Fraternity and Chapter. This is a proud and happy occasion for the … Chapter, as the benefits of membership in Pi Lambda Phi and active participation in Fraternity activities will now be possible for a new group of members.
On behalf of the Chapter, I extend a cordial welcome to our prospective members.
I ask your careful attention and earnest consideration of our statement of principles which follows.
The Marshal shall then stand at the front center of the seated candidates and shall address the Chapter Justice as follows: Justice …, I am pleased to present the following candidates for membership in Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, International:
Then the Marshal shall read the list of all candidates: …., etc. I request that they be admitted into membership of Pi Lambda Phi so that the Bond of Fraternalism which is the essence of Pi Lambda Phi may be extended to each of them.
Then the Justice shall address the candidates thusly: You have been invited to join with us in the membership of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, International. Before we proceed, however, there is a duty which the laws of the fraternity lay upon me. I must place before you certain matters of which we request your deepest consideration. Pi Lambda Phi offers you an opportunity to translate an ideal into the practical side of your life. As aspiring members of Pi Lambda Phi, you must assume certain obligations and loyally fulfill them. This being so, in fairness to you and to ourselves, some indication of these obligations should necessarily be given to you at this time. The fact that you are here together is symbolic of our Fraternity. With a common purpose and united by that bond which is Pi Lambda Phi, we aid each other in finding the way to honorable service within society. United by that bond, we can achieve much for ourselves, for our community, and for humanity.
The attributes of Justice, Equality, and Understanding are fundamental principles of Pi Lambda Phi, and the indispensable ingredients of the character of a man. The Chapter Officers, here with me, will now address you concerning these attributes.
Addressing the candidates, the Vice Justice shall say: Justice is one of the indispensable attributes of society. It is that unchanging spirit of fidelity to principles which makes it impossible for a true man to mislead, distort the rules of man, or deceive another man as to the strength or weakness of his cause. It is that undeviating loyalty to truth which makes it impossible for one to mislead another as to the status of a matter. It is that subordination of one’s own personal gain or an advantage for one’s higher principle which makes candor a habit and a man’s word a universally accepted bond. Integrity makes of each member a custodian of those high principles of justice which ensure our heritage of human freedoms, individual liberties and equal justice under law for all of our citizens; to tolerate the abridgement of these principles is to forfeit the right to declare that one is just.
Addressing the candidates, the Clerk shall say: Equality is an additional principle which every man must possess. Equality leads a man to accept the cause of the unfortunate, the underprivileged, and those who are the object of scorn and public disfavor. Courage brings a member to press these causes and to defend the rights of these persons with full abilities and a stout heart. Compassion and Courage are essential if man is to be a true servant of society for all the people. One who would serve society and attempt less than complete loyalty to these principles is unworthy of the status of a man, or of membership in this Fraternity.
Addressing the candidates, the Treasurer shall say: In conjunction with the principles of Justice and Equality– and deriving strength from them - is another which is required. This principle is Understanding. Understanding is of vital importance in our everchanging world and increasingly complex society. Understanding is the capstone of a man’s essential structure of principles and virtues. Public trust demands the enlightened leadership which members are especially well qualified to provide. If the understanding man is to fulfill his responsibilities to society, we must assume the obligations of effective and competent understanding and must discharge these responsibilities with the utmost of our abilities. Only then will our free institutions survive and the principle of Equal Justice Under Law become a reality for all of humanity.
Understanding, in every form, is a proper complement to a man’s indispensable attributes of Justice and Equality and is the essence of Pi Lambda Phi.
JUSTICE: So that you may better understand your responsibilities as a member of Pi Lambda Phi, the Chapter Vice
Justice will now explain to you the symbolic meaning of our Coat of Arms.
Whereupon the Marshal shall place the Coat of Arms in a position where it is readily visible to all the candidates and proceed to a standing position adjacent to the initiates. After this has been accomplished, the Vice Justice shall address the candidates thusly: Before you is the Coat of Arms of our Fraternity. An understanding of the symbols of our Coat of Arms will give you a better understanding of the principles and ideals of Pi Lambda Phi and of your responsibilities as a member of our Fraternity. The Golden Torch, located on the right side of the shield, typifies that immortal and undying spirit which is in truth justice. May this flame, inspire you with an everabiding faith in justice, which is worthy of your loyalty and support....pause...The Lamp of Learning, located above the shield, signifies that only through great industry and application will true learning be acquired. You must be diligent in your application to academics throughout your life. Only then will your accomplishments serve as a true guide to those who follow you...pause...The Scroll, located between the shield, contains the name of our Fraternity...Pi Lambda Phi...and signifies that fraternal bond which unites us into a cohesive force for the advancement of the legal profession and of our Fraternity...pause...
Our name...Pi Lambda Phi...connotes the Greek phrase “Philos Adelphos Dikaios”. Translated into our contemporary language “Philos Adelphos Dikaios” stands for “Justice is a Dear Brother”, and in another translation, “Love of humanity and justice for all”.
Our name thus signifies the two basic precepts upon which our Fraternity is founded: Fraternalism – the joining together in a common spirit; and Justice - that ideal which we who have chosen the path must preserve by exemplifying the principles of Justice, Equality, and Understanding by devoting our time and talent to society...pause...
The Shield, which supports and sustains all the other symbols on the Coat of Arms, represents our membership, whose duty it is to maintain the principles and ideals of Pi Lambda Phi and to pass them on, intact, to those who follow us.
Then the Marshal shall return to seat provided for the Marshal. Thereafter, the Justice shall say: As you become members of Pi Lambda Phi, we ask your aid and support to ensure that our Fraternity and its principles will endure into the future - as it has in the past – with the aid of those who have preceded you as members of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, International.
Then the Justice shall address the candidates: You have now heard our statement of those principles and ideals which must dominate the activities of a member of Pi Lambda Phi...pause...
To signify your acceptance of these principles and ideas as your own, I will now administer to you the Oath of Membership in Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, International. Will the candidates please stand.
Then the Marshal shall stand at the rear of the candidates. Thereupon, the Chapter Justice shall stand and raising the right arm in the manner of giving an oath, shall administer the Oath of Membership, saying: Raise your right hand and repeat after me:
I solemnly and sincerely promise and swear...that I will support...the laws and legal precepts of my country...and of its legal entities...that I will respect their courts...and obey their legal mandates...that I will be just and honorable...in all my activities...and will be faithful...to my brothers...and that I will support...the Constitution, Rules and Principles...of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, International,...insofar as they do not conflict...with my religious or civil duties.
JUSTICE: Please be seated.
After all the candidates have been seated, the Marshal shall return to the regular station, and the Justice will be seated.
Thereupon, the Justice will say: In a moment you will sign the Official Roll of the Chapter signifying your formal entry into the membership of this Chapter. You will receive the Fraternal Greeting of the Fraternity, which consists of a normal handshake with the index finger extended along the wrist of the other member touching the pulse.
This greeting is symbolic of the Bond of Fraternalism which Pi Lambda Phi exemplifies. Thereupon, the officers shall leave their posts and in single file, station themselves near the table upon which the Roll of the Chapter is placed:
After all officers are at their proper stations, the Clerk shall open the Roll of the Chapter to the proper place and distinctly call, alphabetically, the name of each initiate, who will then sign the Roll.
After the signing of the Roll of the Chapter, the Justice shall extend the Fraternal Greeting to each initiate, followed by the Vice Justice and Treasurer.
It is appropriate and recommended at this portion of the ceremony that each initiate be invested by the Vice Justice and Treasurer, aided by the Marshal, with an appropriate item of Fraternity jewelry, or in lieu thereof, with a Red Carnation, the official flower of the Fraternity.
Thereafter, each initiate should return to the seat heretofore provided. After the above has been accomplished, the officers shall return to their seats.
Then the Justice shall address the Chapter, saying: Members of Pi Lambda Phi, I take you all to witness that the candidates here present have been duly initiated into our Fraternity and Chapter, have taken the Oath of Membership, and have signed the Official Roll of the Chapter.
Then the Justice will sound the gavel and shall address the candidates: Will the candidates please stand.
After all candidates are standing, the Justice shall stand and raise the right arm in the manner of giving an oath and say: Now, by virtue of the authority vested in me, I declare you members of Pi Lambda Phi Law Fraternity, International, and of the … Chapter of the Fraternity. I hereby invest you with all the rights and privileges appertaining thereto.
Please be seated.
After all candidates are seated, the Justice will be seated and, addressing the candidates,
shall say: On behalf of all members of Pi Lambda Phi, I extend to you a cordial welcome into our Fraternity. We are happy to have you join with us in furthering the principles and ideals of Pi Lambda Phi.
Here the Justice may add such additional words of welcome as are appropriate.
Then the Justice will face the Alumnus Member and say:
I now recognize …, who is present as a representative of the Alumni of Pi Lambda Phi. The Justice may add such introductory remarks as may be appropriate to further identify the Alumnus Member.
Then the Alumnus Member will stand and say: As a member of the Alumni of Pi Lambda Phi, and representing all of its alumni members, I extend to each of our new members a fraternal welcome into our Fraternity...pause...
Facing the new members, the Alumnus Member shall say: To you, our new members, we offer the assistance of the Alumni in the achievement of your goals. I urge each of you to seek the aid and guidance of the Alumni of Pi Lambda Phi whenever we can be of service.
You will find us ever ready to be of help to you...pause...
Turning to face the assembled Chapter Members (or Chapter Officers), the Alumnus Member shall say: To you, the older members of this Chapter, I commend these new members and urge you to make them welcome in your midst so that they may soon realize the true and full significance of membership in our Fraternity. Then the Alumnus Member shall be seated.
Thereafter, the Justice shall address the new members thusly: The development and maintenance of a special relationship between the student and alumni members of Pi Lambda Phi is of vital importance and is a unique characteristic of our Fraternity. I commend to you the greetings of our Alumnus Member.
Then the Justice shall face the Alumnus Member and say: … name of Alumnus Member, on behalf of our Chapter, please accept our sincere appreciation for your presence and participation, which will serve as a reminder to each of us of the Bond of Fraternalism which exists between all members of Pi Lambda Phi.
Then the Justice shall address the new members thusly: Your initiation into Pi Lambda Phi is now completed, and you are now full members with us in Pi Lambda Phi. I charge each of you to hold foremost in mind the principles and ideals to which you have subscribed today. With your help, Pi Lambda Phi can remain a real, living force for the advancement of our fraternity and so of humanity.
We have gathered here today to advance in this meeting the principles and ideals of Pi Lambda Phi by the initiation of the new members present here with us. The admission of our new members will ensure the future of Pi Lambda Phi and of our Chapter, and we are indeed proud to have them join us in Pi Lambda Phi. In adjourning this meeting, let us do so with the firm resolve that our new members will be made welcome into our midst as full members of this Fraternity and Chapter. I now declare this meeting of the … Chapter of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, International, adjourned.
Thereafter, the members present will be afforded the opportunity to greet and congratulate the new members.
After the business of the Chapter meeting has been concluded, the Justice shall say: Is there any further business to come before the Chapter?
If there is no response, the Justice shall rise and say: Please rise.
We have gathered here to advance in this meeting the principles and ideals of Pi Lambda Phi.
Before we began, we directed our minds to the noble purpose of the Fraternity.
In closing, let us lay aside any differences of opinion that may have arisen. Elsewhere they may breed hard feelings and deep enmities; but not so with us. For us they are, and must ever be, forgotten in that bond of fraternalism, Pi Lambda Phi, which we all share.
I now declare this meeting of … Chapter adjourned.
Pi Lambda Phi offers an opportunity to translate an ideal into the practical side of our life. It offers you an opportunity to assume obligations and to loyally fulfill them to the best of your abilities. To build and maintain our Fraternity, which is a real living force in safe-guarding the highest ethics of society, is a task worthy of the best endeavors of each of our members. This is the opportunity and the responsibility which Pi Lambda Phi offers to each of you. . . pause. Having now heard the basic principles and ideals of Pi Lambda Phi, in the name of … Chapter, I now ask you whether you desire to accept the invitation to association in this Chapter as prospective members of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, International.
Will you subscribe with us to these principles and ideals and will you now make a personal commitment to join our Chapter and Fraternity as a full member, should such an invitation be extended to you?
Please indicate a response to this invitation as I call your name. …, etc. naming them all.
As each name is called, each candidate shall clearly and unequivocally accept or decline.
If any decline, they shall be removed. The Justice shall rise, assume a station directly in front of the candidates, and shall say: You will now take upon yourselves a solemn obligation, which I charge you never to forget. Raise your right hand and repeat after me.
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The Justice shall sound the gavel and say:Will everyone present please stand.