Order of United Commercial Travelers of America
Brother Councilors, attention! Fellow officers, you will occupy your respective
Page! You will inform the Sentinel that we are now ready to open this council,
that no one shall be admitted during our opening ceremonies.
standing at salute in front of altar:
Brother Senior Counselor! Your orders have been obeyed.
Brother Conductor and Brother Page, you will proceed to my station, transmit to
me the perpetual and term passwords, after which you gill satisfy yourselves
that all present are Councilors.
Conductor and Page will approach the front of the altar, salute and approach the
station of the Senior Counselor, the Conductor being on the right and the Page
on the left as they face the Senior Counselor’s station. Each will communicate
both, the perpetual and term passwords to the Senior Counselor; the Conductor
will then take up the words from the Councilors on the Senior Counselor’s
left, and the Page from those on his right; they will meet in front of the
Junior Counselor’s station, the Page reporting to the Conductor; they will
then repair to the front of the altar and salute the Senior Counselor. Each
Councilor, as he is approached, will arise and give, in a whisper both of the
required words; should he be without the words, he shall remain standing until
the officers have made their report.
Senior Counselor! We are satisfied that all present are Councilors, except those
standing, who are without the passwords.
found worthy, the S.C. shall invest those standing, with the required words.
Conductor will remain in front of the altar.
Brother Chaplain, you will proceed with the duties of your office.
escorts Chaplain to altar and stands one pace behind him.
***: You will be
attentive to the invocation. Brother Chaplain, proceed.
standing in front of the altar: Our Beneficent Father. We bow our heads in humble recognition of our
dependence upon Thee. Bestow Thy blessings upon us, while here assembled, and
may the spirit of Unity and Harmony prevail throughout our deliberations, and
all of our actions and decisions be in accordance with Thy will. Be with our
absent brothers, guard them in their out-goings, and grant unto them a safe
return to their homes and loved ones. Help us so to direct our lives that we may
be living exponents of the chief of our tenets, Charity: Amen.
Chaplain will remain standing until the S. C. has declared the council open. He
will then open the Bible at the twenty-seventh chapter of Matthew 3-5. Conductor
escorts Chaplain to his station and resumes his own station.
Brother Councilors, let us give the Oath of Allegiance to our Flag.
It is my duty to preside over your deliberations; enforce the decrees of the
Supreme Council; teach the new members the beauties of Unity, Charity and
Temperance; maintain the dignity of the Order, and use all honorable means for
the advancement of our interests as commercial and professional men accordingly,
I now declare Council, No duly opened and ready for business.*
Brother Page! Inform the Sentinel that this Council is open, and admit all
councilors in good standing.
councilors are known by the Page or Sentinel to be in good standing, the
formality of “working their way” through the Page’s door with the
consequent delay and interruption, may be dispensed with.
at salute in front of the altar: Brother Senior Counselor! Your orders have been obeyed.
Brother Secretary-Treasurer! You will call the role of officers and Past
Counselors, and read the minutes of our last regular meeting; also those of any
special meetings which have since been held. Conductor, standing, will answer
the roll call.
Calling roll of officers and Past Counselors.
Read minutes of previous meeting.
Does any Councilor know of a Councilor who is entitled to our aid or sympathy,
or needing the services of a Councilor?
Secretary reports delinquent members, if any.
New applications received and referred.
Balloting upon petitions previously referred to Investigating Committee.
Initiation of candidates.
Bills received and referred.
Reports of Committees.
Has any Councilor anything to offer for himself, the good of this Council in
particular, or the Fraternity in general?
Brother Secretary, have the proper reports and remittances been made to the
Supreme and Grand Secretaries?
Chaplain may substitute a prayer of his own choosing.
Our Beneficent Father! Grant us Thy blessing as we close this session, during
which we have sought to promote the welfare and interests of our beloved Order.
May the good accomplished here grow, expand and reach far to bless many less
fortunate than we. Overlook our faults and errors; may we strive at all times to
be fair in our dealings with our fellows. May we leave this place better men for
having been here. As we separate and go our various ways, may Thy benedictions
follow us till we meet again. Amen.
Brother Councilors! Our labors for this session are finished, and now in the
name of our Beneficent Father, and by virtue of the power in me vested, I
declare Council No closed until our next meeting, when it will be opened in the
name of Unity, Charity and Temperance. *
Brother Page! Ascertain and report if any candidates are in waiting to receive
the degree of the Order.
after going to the ante-room, standing at salute in front of the altar:
Brother Senior Counselor! I find candidates in the ante-room awaiting
Brother Secretary-Treasurer! Have they complied with all of the constitutional
requirements for admission into this Order?
They have. Previous to this the Secy-Treas. should
have collected the fees and had the candidates fill out and sign the application
Brother Page! You will request the Sentinel to prepare the candidates and when
so prepared, give the proper alarm.
Brother Councilors! We are now ready to engage in the solemn ceremonies of
initiation. These rites were intended by the founders of this Order to teach the
candidates the beauties of Unity, Charity and Temperance; therefore, we should
make them both solemn and impressive; solemn, because the sacred word of God
permeates their every part; impressive, that the lessons which they teach us
shall sink deeply into the heart of the candidate.
let every officer perform his full duty with a true appreciation of the
solemnity of these ceremonies, and every Councilor assist in due performance of
candidate will be led to the door of the Council Chamber by the Sentinel who
will make an alarm of *** **
* upon the door. This will be answered in like manner by the Page from
within, who will open the door and ask:
Brother Sentinel, Whom have you there?
An applicant for membership in this Council.
I will present his request to the Senior Counselor and return with his answer.
closes the door, goes to the center of the Chamber, and after saluting
a-la-military, stands at “attention.”
Brother Page! what is the cause of the alarm?
The Sentinel has
in charge an applicant, who is desirous of being enrolled as a member of this
You will proceed to the door of the preparation room and, with the assistance of
the Page, take charge of the initiation.
and Page will advance to the front of the altar, salute, and repair to the door
of the preparation room.
at the door of the preparation room:
My Friend! The Senior Counselor has ordered me to act as your companion. You
have not yet passed our portals; you have the permission of the Senior Counselor
to do so, but if you prefer to turn back, now is your opportunity.
must answer in the affirmative.
Then in the name of the Beneficent Father of All, enter.
conducted into the Council Chamber and the door closed.
My friend! While we are enlisted for certain purposes which will not interfere
with those duties we, as good citizens, owe to our God, our country, our
families and ourselves; they will nevertheless impose upon you obligations which
cannot be lightly cast aside; for our vows are not composed of high-sounding,
meaningless phrases; they bind us together in a common purpose, to shield each
other’s good name, lighten our burdens in the struggle for existence and link
us with bonds of Fraternalism to the destinies of our needy Brothers and to the
dependent widows and orphans of our departed brethren; therefore, you will be
required to join with the members of this council in a preparatory obligation.
Brethren! Arise, and unite in an alliance with my companion.
Counselor gives ***, All repeat.
I (pronounce name), solemnly obligate
myself to assist the needy Brothers and the dependent widows and orphans of my
deceased brethren; observe and obey the laws of my country, aid in caring for
the sick and burying the dead. Amen. *
You will be attentive to our Chaplain.
rising and offering prayer from his station: Our Beneficent Father, we pray Thee
that Thou may open the heart of this candidate that the seed of Unity, Charity
and Temperance may find lodgment, and that he may become an earnest and true
disciple of these, the tenets of our Order. Amen.
Brother Senior Counselor! Allow me to present my companion.
My Friend! I welcome you to this, our Fraternal Home. We need the hearty
sympathy and earnest support of every true commercial and professional man; yet
while we necessarily strive for numerical strength, still we much prefer the
sterling qualities of true manhood. You will, therefore, listen attentively
while I remind you of the importance of the step which you now propose to take.
I shall speak frankly upon matters of common interest between us, and request
that you give them your most careful consideration.
doubtless aware that if you be added to our number, the reputation, not only of
the Order, but also that of its individual members, will be entrusted to your
guardianship and keeping. Our Fraternity is made up of individual personalities,
and the acts of each affect all: hence, it is of most vital importance that we
vigilantly guard our reputation, for does not the book of our laws speak plainly
as to this matter?
Chaplain! Read from the Holy Book for the instruction of our friend.
rising and reading:
”He that walketh uprightly, walketh surely; but he that perverteth his ways
shall be known. It is as sport to a fool to do mischief, but a man of
understanding hath wisdom.
talebearer revealeth secrets, but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the
matter. The house of the wicked shall be overthrown, but the tabernacle of the
upright shall flourish.” Here endeth the lesson.
My Friend! We will continue with your instructions, and when you shall have
learned the three great lessons, Unity, Charity and Temperance, and the cardinal
virtues which they teach us, we will gladly welcome you, and inscribe your name
upon our rolls.
Conductor and candidate will now proceed directly to the station of the Junior
Counselor! I desire to introduce to you my companion, who is seeking knowledge,
and who hopes, in due time, to be admitted into fellowship of this great
Conductor! I cordially greet both you and your friend, and assure you of the
deep interest and appreciation we feel in your decision to become a member of
this organization. Unity, as you have already been informed, is one of the three
great pillars which support this Grand Brotherhood. Many thousand members of our
Order are scattered throughout the world. No other organization has better men,
in whose bosoms throb more faithful hearts, or who respond more readily to the
appeals of the unfortunate and distressed; we, therefore, seek to bind them into
one great unit, that we may secure, for those dependent upon us, the greatest
possible good, by protecting our mutual interests, concentrating the
contributions each may be able to devote to relieving the needy and distressed,
into one broad river of helpfulness for those who are entitled to our aid and
sympathy, and secure, through concerted action, that which will be impossible if
we disregard the cohesive force of Unity. Pause.
word is our guide, and if we measure our lives by that Rule which teaches us
that, “Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so unto
them” we can not go very far in the direction of error. Let this salutary
lesson of Unity find a firm lodgment in your heart, and may a smile of Divine
approval be your final reward.
and candidate will proceed directly to the station of the Past Senior Counselor.
Brother Past Senior Counselor! I desire to present to you, my companion.
Sr. Counselor: My
Friend! ‘We are united in the strong bonds of brotherhood and Temperance is
one of the tenets of our Fraternity. We regard it as the sturdy anchor that
keeps us true and steadfast at our moorings. Sound mental, moral and physical
health depend upon Temperance. Not only are we admonished to shun the evil of
intemperance in drink, but, in our language, we also should practice Temperance;
moderation should characterize our personal conduct in all ways. The truly
temperate person is one in whom the forces of sane control are exerted over
every action of body and mind. Thus we are taught to control our angry impulses;
place duty before pleasure; resist the glamour and folly of idle recreation when
the hours of serious occupation are at hand. Success comes to him whose conduct
is temperate under aggravating circumstances; who moulds the smile of friendly
feeling upon countenances marred by the frown of impatience and discourtesy.
“A soft answer turneth away wrath”; and that hand may be grasped in
friendship that was first extended to repel our advances.
The Conductor and candidate will proceed directly to the station of the Senior
Brother Senior Counselor! My companion has been attentive to the instructions
given him; and having learned the salutary lessons of Unity and Temperance, he
is now ready to proceed further, that he may be prepared for the ranks of our
My friend! I commend you for having been attentive to our lessons on Unity and
Temperance. It will now be necessary for you to take upon yourself a further
obligation, which is to bind you in your new relation to your brethren. The
pledge we gave you regarding former obligations applies equally to this one.
With this assurance are you willing to proceed?
Before proceeding to take upon yourself the Solemn Obligation which makes you a
member of this great Order, the only secret order in the world composed
exclusively of commercial and professional men, you will be prepared for the
most sacred and important part of your initiation by a most interesting and
instructive lecture upon the benevolence features of our Fraternity, entitled
“The Ray of Hope”
Brother Conductor! Seat the candidate in a proper position.
candidates will be seated in such a position as to have an unobstructed view.
out. First slide is U.C.T. Emblem.
My Brothers! I
will now speak to you regarding one of the greatest privileges and
responsibilities of membership in this beneficent Order. In wisdom, mercy and
true sympathy there has been wrought into the fabric of this noble Fraternity a
form of benevolence which assists in protecting from want the dependent widows
and orphans of our Fraternal household. All men indulge in the fond hope that
they may leave their loved ones secure against the visits of cruel poverty; yet
death, that relentless foe of all mankind, comes often as a thief in the night,
cutting us ruthlessly off before our cherished plans are matured. Today our dear
ones dwell in peaceful happiness and in the smile of gracious prosperity,
trusting to us, in all of their sweet helplessness, manfully to defend them
against the stings and arrows of misfortune, but tomorrow the clouds may
threaten, the clear skies of their happiness become overcast, and misfortunes
multiply. until at last the mother is compelled to look into the eyes of her
innocent little ones, knowing not whither to turn in order to provide them with
the barest necessities, food, clothing and shelter. When that dark day arrives,
the Order of United Commercial Travelers of America comes to her like “a Ray
of Hope across a Cheerless Prospect.”
The bright light from the emblem which has been worn by her natural protector,
streams across the dark pathway of her earthly pilgrimage, and the burden of
existence is shifted from her frail shoulders to the stalwart shoulders of his
brethren of this great Order.
blaring of trumpets is this assistance extended; not with a desire to build up a
reputation for ourselves out of the wants of the needy and unfortunate, but
secretly, and with sympathetic consideration for the objects of our Fraternal
interest; obeying always that Divine injunction: “When thou doest Charity, let
not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.”
world knows nothing of these benefactions, yet heart to heart with God, prayers
of thanksgiving are uttered nightly by hundreds of grateful beneficiaries upon
whom these blessings are falling like manna from heaven.
Friend! The founders of the Order of United Commercial Travelers of America have
given us a Fraternity, builded upon God’s most precious truths. In the
fulfillment of those Divine attributes, Charity and Sympathy, we hold that our
most sacred trust is the care of the loved ones of our departed brethren. He who
cultivates Sympathy and unselfish pity for those upon whom ‘the hand of God
has been heavily laid, fills his heart and ennobles his breast with that feeling
of love and respect for his fellow-man, which is the very foundation of all that
is best in our civilization.
here, behold the most precious gifts of God to man, the Mother and the children;
“God wished to be everywhere, therefore he created Mothers”. Mother! Oh,
what hallowed memories cluster around that sacred name. The one who feels for
us, in sorrow, a keener pang than we can feel for ourselves; whose joy, in our
happiness, is greater than our own; who hides our faults and infirmities and
rejoices in the honors that come to us; she, who is to us, the very embodiment
of noble and unselfish devotion. And the children! What gift has God bestowed
upon man that he can keep so close to his heart? Their mission is more than that
of simply perpetuating the human race; they expand our hearts; teach us the
unselfishness of parenthood; fill our lives with sympathy and affection; give
our souls higher aims, and call out all of our latent faculties for more
extended exertion and enterprise. They bring around our firesides bright faces,
happy smiles and tender, loving hearts.: These, my Brothers, are some of the
solemn responsibilities that we place upon you: but what of our own future?
great many years your Order has not only helped to provide the necessities for
the widowed and fatherless, but also for our own Brother Members who can no
longer be gainfully employed. Misfortune, sickness and advancing age has robbed
many of them of their ability to provide the bare necessities of life. Here
again, your Order has lightened their burdens, brought them back from despair to
hope and happiness: relieved them from their worries.
again, God smiles upon our efforts to help Him do His work upon this earth. Your
Order’s Fraternal Benevolent Fund has been serving these needy Brothers and
will continue to pour forth sympathetic assistance as long as the need
U.C.T. Foundation: created to bring immediate assistance to our members who may
be visited by a catastrophe; fire, flood or tornado. This Fund may also be used
for Scholarships; extra funds to bolster our aid to widows and orphans and to
our needy Brothers.
my Brothers, are the responsibilities we place upon you as individual members of
this Order. I admonish you to accept them as a most sacred trust. May it never
be said of us that we wilfully neglected our sworn duty or overlooked the
privilege of ministering to the widowed and fatherless: the needy Brother or to
one visited by misfortune; but let us avail ourselves of this happiness, this
pleasure of exalting sympathy; expanding our Souls to meet the fulfillment of
our destiny as men; aye glad, to sacrifice self for the upbuilding of humanity.
noble, and the nobleness which lies In other men, sleeping, but never dead, Will
rise in majesty to meet thine own.
wilt thou see its gleam in many eyes;
wilt pure light around thy pathway shed; And thou wilt nevermore be sad and
This lecture should be given orally or with any mechanical speaking device that
may be adopted by any Council, in connection with Pay of Hope Transparency,
stereopticon outfit, or appropriate movie films, with all lights out.
Brother Conductor! You will place the candidate in proper position, before the
Altar, left hand resting upon the Holy Bible, right hand upraised.
Brother Senior Counselor! The candidate is in proper position.
***, approaching the altar and facing the Past Sr. Counselor:
Brother Past Sr. Counselor! The candidate is now in proper position, ready to
assume our vows; you will, therefore, proceed with the duties of your office.
Sr.C. goes to Altar:
You will place your right hand over your heart: say: “I”, pronounce your
name in full and repeat after me: I promise upon the faith of an honest man,
never to reveal the secrets of this Order, nor the nature of any confidential
business transacted in my presence within these walls, to any person not
entitled to the same. I promise to stand to and abide by the Constitution,
By-Laws, Rules and Edicts of this Council, the Grand or Supreme Council, or to
any other Council of the United Commercial Travelers of America to which I may
furthermore promise that I will not cheat, wrong or defraud this Order, nor a
Council of the same. I will help, aid and assist my Brothers, their wives,
widows and orphans, should their necessities require, they being worthy: and I
defend the character of a Brother Member and the reputation of the Order as a
whole, when it is unjustly assailed in my presence. I will use all honorable
means in my power to advance the interests of my Council, the Grand and Supreme
Council, as well as the Brotherhood at large.
defend the character of woman and, the chastity of all womankind shall ever be
held sacred by me.
of this, I invoke the aid of Him, who holdeth the seas, in the hollow of His
hands to help me perform the same, and to keep me faithful and true. Amen.
My brother In token of the sincerity with which you have taken this obligation,
you will remove your hand from the open book before you, which is the Holy
verse of “Nearer My God to Thee” may be sung.
Brother Conductor! You will conduct the Brother to my station for further
My brother! I
congratulate you upon having arrived at this stage of our ceremonies and greet
you in the sweet name of Charity, the most beautiful of the three graces and the
corner stone of our Fraternal structure. As you have doubtless noticed, the
badge of the Order is composed of a crescent, with the “Sample Case”
suspended beneath and within the points. This crescent symbolizes the letter
“C,” and to the initiated signifies Charity, the chiefest of our tenets. In
our book of laws, the Bible, we find it written; “And now abideth Faith, Hope
and Charity, these three, but the greatest of these is Charity.” And again it
is written: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have
not Charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.” Charity is a
generous virtue, whose deeds inspire the utmost pleasure; it springs from the
heart, softens the affections and incites to good actions; it brings
gratification to its possessor and delights to dispense its bounties in aid of
the needy and distressed. To derive pleasure from bestowing good upon our fellow
men, is a most excellent attribute of humanity, which can only be manifested in
deeds of Charity; in the practice of this moral excellence the charitable man
lays up for himself an abundant store of substantial happiness. Those who have
received his assistance, stand as monuments of his goodness, and God blesses him
with that peace of mind which the selfish and unfeeling can never enjoy.
in the hearts of those who have shared his bounty, and his own conscience
assures him that he has discharged the full duties of a man. He is respected by
all. His humane acts secure for him the esteem of the rich, while his charities
call forth blessings from the poor. His grey hairs are crowned with glory and
honor, and he sinks into the grave, obedient to the will of God, attended by the
benedictions of all who knew him; with a well founded hope of a blessed
following poem may be recited here. See explanation in the appendix.
Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase),
one night from a deep dream of peace
within the moonlight in his room
it rich and like a lily in bloom,
writing, in a book of gold.
peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
the presence in the room he said,
writest thou?’ The vision raised its head,
with a look made of all sweet accord,
‘The names of those who love the Lord.’
is mine one?’ said Abou. ‘Nay, not so,’
the angel. Abou spoke more low,
cheerily still, and said, ‘I pray thee then,
as one that loves his fellow men!’
angel wrote and vanished. The next night,
again, with a great wakening light,
showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest.”
You will now be conducted to the Past Sr. Counselor for further instructions.
Sr. Counselor, United States or Canadian flag displayed by the Conductor:
My Brother! You have been fully instructed in the three Cardinal Tenets of our
Order, Unity, Charity and Temperance, yet there is a virtue, without which it is
not possible for you consistently to practice and fully conform to the
principles and the teachings of the first three.
have been taught that “Truth is a Divine attribute and the foundation of every
virtue,” so like unto it is Loyalty.
the Cardinal Virtue, this essential element of character, it is impossible for
you to be an exemplary citizen, a faithful friend and a dependable neighbor.
Loyalty absent, Truth can never be present.
and devotion to your country’s flag; a cheerful and prompt obedience to its
laws; a readiness and a willingness to sacrifice your life in defense of its
institutions; is the sentiment that should inspire the mind and dominate the
heart of every true and worthy member of this great Fraternity.
remember, that you owe to it the protection of yourself, your family and
fireside, and the enjoyment of the fruits of your industry and economy.
who deliberately conspires to destroy the government that has given protection
and security to his life, family and property, and made him secure in the
exercise of his rights and privileges of citizenship, is a base ingrate,
deserving of no better fate than that of a deserter from the front lines.
to our country, your family, this noble Order and yourself that when this
brittle span of life is broken, you may hear that Divine plaudit, “Well done,
thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, now,
behold, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joys of thy
Conductor! You will conduct the Brother to the station of the Senior Counselor
for final instructions.
My Brother! Should you wish to enter a Council Chamber while the Council is in
Session, you may do so by making an alarm of any kind upon the outer door; the
Sentinel hearing you, will open the door and admit you, after you have given him
the countersign of the Order, which is ... This countersign is perpetual, and
the same in every Council.
being admitted to the anteroom, advance to the inner door and give the alarm ...
This will be answered by the Page, from within, in the same manner. The Page
will then open the door, and to him you will give, first, the perpetual
password, which, as its name indicates, is never changed, and is the same in all
follow the perpetual password with your own name and the name and number of your
Council, followed by the term password which, for this fiscal year, is ... This
word is changed annually, at the regular March meeting.
these words have been correctly given, the Page will admit you to the Council
Chamber, where you will advance to the front of the Altar, and salute the Senior
Counselor in military fashion.
you attend any Council, other than your own, the S. C. will require of you as an
evidence that you have been properly initiated, the sign or the Order which is
made by ...
Senior Counselor will acknowledge your salute with a similar salute in each
you be without one or both passwords, you will so inform the Sentinel who will
notify the Senior Counselor; if you are in good standing, you will be admitted
to the Council Chamber and invested with the proper words; otherwise, you will
have to pay all dues, asessments, etc., before gaining admission.
you wish to retire before the Council is regularly closed, you will advance to
the front of the altar and give the military salute; the Senior Counselor will
signify his consent by returning the salute. If he fails to acknowledge your
salute you will take your seat and await a more opportune time to renew your
of the Order
honors are accorded to Supreme and Grand Officers, when making official visits,
by the Councilors rising, saluting with the sign of the Order, letting the hand
drop to the side and standing at “attention” until seated by the presiding
gavel, in the hands of the proper officer, is an emblem of authority.
Calls the Council to order or seats it.
raps: Calls up the officers.
raps: Call up all of the members.
You will now repair to the Secretary’s desk and sign the signature book,
whereby you solemnly pledge yourself to abide by the Constitution, By-Laws,
Rules and Edicts of our Order, as they now exist or as they may be here-after
My Brother! You have tonight listened to a beautiful lecture on the benevolent
features of our Order. We want you to understand these features and would
suggest that you also explain them fully to your beneficiary, that she may know
the value they may be to her.
Widows’ and Orphans’ Fund was created and intended to provide temporary help
for widows or orphan children of our deceased brothers. It is a benevolent fund
and is not a part of our insurance in any way, but if after your death your
widow, mother, sister, daughter or orphan child or children should be in need
and without other means of support, this fund may be used to assist them.
Application for assistance from this fund may be made to the Local Council
nearest her place of residence. The Executive Committee of that Council must
investigate the condition of the applicant and if she is found needy and worthy
the Executive Committee may recommend such assistance as it believes necessary,
not to exceed $600.00 for any one year. If at the end of the year assistance is
still needed, the Executive Committee may make a further recommendation.
Fraternal Benevolent Fund was created to assist the needy Brothers of our Order
on the same basis as the Widows’ and Orphans’ Fund. Application must be
requested and thoroughly investigated by the Executive Committee of the Local
C. T. Foundation was created to provide immediate temporary help to the Brother
Member who is visited by disaster such as fire, tornado, flood, etc. and who is
financially in need of assistance. The Local Secretary investigates and
determines if a need exists and he reports to the Supreme Secretary his
recommendation. This U.C.T. Foundation may also be used to bolster our other
benevolent funds, if needed.
dues and assessments promptly, both as a duty you owe this Order and also your
already know the period of time for which your application and initiation fee
pays. Shortly prior to the expiration date you will receive from the Supreme
Office a notice of your first installment of dues and assessments which must be
paid on or before the expiration date shown on said notice. In case of your
neglect to pay by time specified you become delinquent and during such period of
delinquency forfeit any claim you might have arising from an accident.
***: Now, in the
name of the Beneficent Father of all, and by virtue of the power, in me vested,
I declare you entitled to membership in this noble Order; a member of Council,
Number , holding its charter under the jurisdiction of the Grand
of, of the Fraternity, The Order of United Commercial Travelers of America, and
entitled to all of the rights and privileges, accruing to you under the
Constitution, when your application has been received and approved by the
Supreme Benefits Committee.
Senior Counselor will then introduce the new Brother to the Council.
Councilors! be seated.
officers-elect in charge of the “Marshal,” standing in front of the altar.
The “Marshal” is a special officer, appointed by the installing officer, to
have charge of the officers-elect during the installation ceremony. It is his
duty to see that the officers-elect are properly lined up before the altar, to
escort them from and to their respective stations, etc.
Councilors! Before you stand the officers whom you have elected to serve you for
the ensuing year. Are you satisfied with the choice you have made?
Officer: If any
one of you knows of any reason why they, or any one of them, should not be
installed into the offices to which they have been severally elected, speak now
or forever hold your peace.
following shall apply to Local Council only.
installing officer should pause a moment before proceeding; if objection be made
to the installation of any duly elected officer, such objection shall be reduced
to writing, specifying the reason or reasons therefor. A copy of such reason or
reasons shall be mailed, by the Secretary to each member, in good standing, of
the Council; and at the next regular meeting of Council shall vote upon the
question of sustaining or rejecting such objection.
installation of such accused officer shall be deferred until the vote shall have
been taken upon the objection; should a majority of the Council present vote to
sustain the objection, the office shall be declared vacant; should such
objection be not sustained by a majority of the Council present, the officers
involved shall be immediately installed.
We are satisfied.
Brethren! Do you accept the offices to which you have been elected?
Elect: We do.
You will each place your right hand on your heart, pronounce your name in full
and repeat after me:
solemnly promise and swear that I will faithfully respect the former obligations
assumed by me as a Councilor; I further obligate myself to uphold the
Constitution, By-Laws, Rules and Edicts of the Order, and to the best of my
ability, perform the duties devolving upon me, in the discharge of the office,
to which I have been elected and am now about to assume; and that I will deal
justly with my brethren, in the exercise of my official duties, and I shall, at
all times, endeavor to be guided by a spirit of fairness and courtesy in my
official relations with them.
installing officer shall call attention to the duties of the officers, as
prescribed by the Constitution; he should also give the newly elected officers
some wholesome advice and impress upon them the responsibilities which they have
assumed, and which they are under the very strongest moral obligation to
discharge, faithfully and conscientiously.
Executive Committee: It is your duty to familiarize
yourselves with the Constitution in regard to your office. This provides for
recommendation of Council Surgeon, examination and approval of bills, except
such as may be approved by Local Council, personal action on all claims,
examination quarterly of Secretary’s accounts, designation of S.C. or one
member of your Committee to countersign all checks, submit at each annual
session a report of your proceedings to the Council and assist
Secretary-Treasurer in contacting delinquents.
Chaplain: It is your duty to conduct devotional
exercises at the opening of the Council; give the charge of your office at the
initiation of candidates, and perform such other devotional duties as may be
Sentinel: It is your duty to have charge of the
doors and anterooms, give the charge of your office at the initiation of
candidates, and be responsible for the property of the Council and the proper
placing thereof in the Council Chamber.
Page: It is your duty to give the charge of your
office at the initiation of candidates; to have charge of the inner-door of the
Council Chamber, to receive and introduce visitors, and to perform such other
duties as may be assigned to you by the Senior Counselor.
Conductor: It is your duty to have charge of the
ballot while your Council is voting on applicants; to have charge of the
paraphernalia and arrangements of the Council Chamber for initiation; to give
the charge of your office to such candidates; and to perform such other duties
as may be required of you by the Senior Counselor.
Secretary-Treasurer: It is your duty to keep a
correct record of the proceedings; receive all funds
due, giving your receipt therefor; pay all obligations when properly presented,
and perform such other duties as provided in the Constitution and By-Laws.
Senior Counselor: It is your duty to advise and admonish your brethren; give the
charge of your office at the initiation of candidates, defend and maintain the
dignity of this Council and preside in the absence of both the Senior Counselor
and the Junior Counselor.
Counselor: It is your duty to aid and assist in the government of this Council;
in the absence of the Senior Counselor to preside; give the charge of your office
at the initiation of candidates, visit the sick, needy and distressed and report
thereon at each Council meeting.
Counselor: It is your duty to preside at all meetings of your Council and attend
as far as possible all meetings of the Executive Committee, to promptly memorize
and supervise the ritualistic work of the Council, and enforce the decrees of
the Supreme Council, maintain the dignity of the Order, use all honorable means
for the advancement of our interest as commercial and professional men and ‘by
your own conduct, impress upon the members the beauties of Unity, Charity and
Officer, ***: And
now in the name of the Beneficent Father of All, and by virtue of the authority
in me vested by the Council of the Order of United Commercial Travelers of
America, I declare the officers of Council, Number , duly installed into their
respective offices for the ensuing year; and may Peace, Prosperity and the
blessings of Brotherly Unity attend your efforts for the advancement of our
beloved Order. *
right and left sides of the Chamber are those which are to right and left of the
as he sits at his station, facing the Council.
Sentinel will attend to placing the tn-colored scarf upon pedestal at Senior
Counselor’s station, as well as the gavel upon same. He will see that Altar is
in position, and Holy Bible upon same. He will see that the Ballot Box is in
proper condition upon or near to Secretary’s desk, and the officers’ regalia
at their respective stations.
case of vacancy in the Past Sr. Counselor’s station, the Senior Counselor will
first exhaust quota of Past Counselors present in filling the station before
resorting to lay members. Should any regular officer appear later during the
session, the substitute will relinquish his position to such regular officer.
Councilors must, after securing recognition, salute the Senior Counselor prior
to addressing him. When addressing an officer the word “Brother” should be
prefixed to his title.
term password can be given only by the presiding officer, except when necessary
to communicate it to him by some brother who is in possession of same, and
except in the transmission of same by cipher to the proper officers in
promulgation of new passwords.
Sentinel may be allowed to sit in Council Chamber, except when his duties
require his presence in ante-room. He will ascertain names and official
standing, if any, in the Order, of all visitors, and report same to Page or
Examining Committee. He will require visitors to register in a book provided for
that purpose. This book should record date of visit, name of visitor, name and
number of Council, location of same, highest official standing in the Order, and
hotel or other place where sojourning. Should a visitor be without the term
password he will make same known to Sentinel, who in turn, will report to Senior
Counselor through the Page. Senior Counselor will then appoint an examining
committee of three Councilors, which committee shall repair to the anteroom and
subject said visitor to such examination as they may see fit, to satisfy
themselves that he is a member of the Order in good standing. The unanimous
report of such committee being favorable will entitle the visitor to the
privilege of the Council Chamber at that session, and the Senior Counselor may
invest such visitor with the term password.
presiding officer, before proceeding to regular order of business, should extend
an invitation to all visiting Officers present, the courtesy of a seat at his
entering Council Chamber while Council is in session, should the attention of
the presiding officer be engaged, a Councilor may turn at altar, face Junior
Counselor, give him the salute and be seated.
is well to remind the Brothers that nothing should be placed upon the American
Flag, the Canadian Flag, or upon the Holy Bible.
balloting on candidates, the Conductor will place the ballot box on the altar,
salute and stand at “attention” until the Senior Counselor announces the
purpose of the ballot. Should there be more than one candidate, Senior Counselor
can state that they will be balloted on collectively unless there be objection.
a ballot on the election of a candidate, the Conductor must pass the ballot box
to the Junior and Past Counselors for inspection.
will then salute and pass the ballot box to each officer of the Council for his
ballot, beginning with
the Senior Counselor and passing around the Chamber from left to right. He will
then return ballot box to the altar, salute, cast his vote and retire three
paces to the rear of the altar.
Councilors will then cast their ballots, beginning at the right of the Senior
Counselor, and continuing around the room until all have balloted. Conductor
will then pass ballot box to Junior Counselor, Past Sr. Counselor and Senior
Counselor in the order named for inspection, when the Senior Counselor will ask
the following of the Junior Counselor, and Past
“How stands the ballot?” If a
white ballot, the Junior Counselor will reply: “Clear, Brother Senior
Counselor.” The Past Sr. Counselor will reply: “Clear, Brother Senior
Counselor.” If more than two black balls appear, Junior Counselor will say:
“Cloudy, Brother Senior Counselor”; the Past Sr. Counselor will say:
“Dark, Brother Senior Counselor.” Senior Counselor will then report result
of the ballot.
military salute is given by standing at “attention,” hands at the sides,
fingers of right hand extended, thumb parallel with the index finger raise the
fingers to forehead, the thumb resting over the right eye, pause a moment and
drop the hand to side.
entering a Council Chamber, when the Council is in session, advance to the front
of Junior Counselor’s station, turn at right angle and advance to altar.
Senior Counselor acknowledges salutes, but does not salute officers or members
when addressing them.
are not required when initiating candidates.
crescent may be formed when the candidates take the obligation.
a Supreme or Grand Counselor, or a representative of either, visits a Council,
the Sentinel shall report the fact through the Page to the Senior Counselor. The
Senior Counselor shall appoint a committee, of which the Past Senior Counselor
shall be Chairman, who shall repair to the ante-room, escort to the Council
Chamber and introduce the visitor to the Senior Counselor.
the words, “Are you a traveling man?” appear in the key to the Ritual, use
the words, “Are you a commercial or professional man?”
officer, when addressed directly by the Senior counselor, should rise and salute
with the military sign of the Order.
Secretary should furnish the Conductor with a written list of the names of
candidates for initiation, which he should read when introducing them to the
Senior and Junior Counselors.
of the Origin of the Poem “Aboe Ben Adhem”
poem was written by Thomas Lee Hunt, a native of England, born in 1786 and died
in 1859. He became exasperated at the old, bachelor Prince, who was reigning
during the minority of the legal heir to the throne, because he had neglected
the brilliant court functions and allowed them to disappear completely; thus
showing his disrespect and contempt for the ladies.
daring to criticise publicly the actions of the Prince, Hunt was thrown in
prison for two years.
commemorate this important event, Hunt, deeply impressed by this practical
exemplification of gratitude and appreciation by those whose cause he had
defended, decided to immortalize that rare virtue, “Love for our Fellow
Man,” by making it the subject of a poem. To make the contrast as strong as
possible, he chose for the “Hero” of his poem an old Arab Sheik or Bedoin
Chief; because the Bedoins, in war, are the most cruel, relentless and
bloodthirsty of all known races of men; yet, in time of peace, they exemplify to
the highest degree, the ideal host. So great is their respect and so strong is
their sense of social obligation, that the drink of a cup of water or the eating
of a morsel of bread upon a social equality, renders one ever immune from any
bodily danger while in their domain or under their protection.
following may be repeated immediately after the poem.
beautiful thought conveyed in this poem is that, though our names be not carved
upon the corner stones of some great structures nor written in the memorial
windows of churches, and not even so much as inscribed upon their rosters; yet,
if we have deep down in our hearts, that real brotherly feeling for our fellow
man, which will awaken sympathy and support for him in his hour of need, our
Beneficent Father will reward us more richly than he will those who received the
honors and plaudits of men but who failed to do His Will.
ladies, knowing for what purpose he had been imprisoned, showed their sympathy
and support by bringing flowers in such great abundance that the bars of his
prison cell were covered; they also brought him all the dainties of the season,
so that he fared as sumptuously in his cell as the Prince Regent did in his