Daughters of America
Councilor shall say: ... Council, No. ... convenes
this evening to transact such business as may be legally presented. Those not
members of the Order please retire. Sentinels, secure the doors. Members will
maintain perfect order throughout this meeting. Inside and Outside Sentinels,
advance to this station to be examined in the annual and permanent passwords,
and then return to your stations.
NOTE I: Inside and Outside Sentinels shall march
from the anteroom to the Vice Councilor’s station, then open order and march
through the center of the room by passing on either side of the Altar to the
Councilor’s station and then return to their stations in the same manner (always
turning at right angles) The Inside Sentinel shall first give the password to
the Councilor and then the Outside Sentinel shall give the password to the
NOTE 2: If the Christian Flag is nor presented and
the Altar prepared the Jr Past Councilor
shall open the Bible at the beginning
of the Devotional Exercises It is also
recommended where Councils have the
presentation of the Christian Flag that the Jr Past Councilor mark the page of
the scripture she desires to read before the meeting opens so she will not have
to page over the Bible when she reads same in the opening exercises.
and Warden, advance to this station to be examined in the annual password. Then
proceed to take up the annual password and report to me all not in possession of
NOTE 3: when the Conductor
and Warden are taking up
the password from the members,
if either come to a member who is nor in possession of the password she
should ascertain from the member whether she is in good standing in the Council.
and if she is, this shall be reported to
the Councilor in this manner “COUNCILOR, I FIND SISTER ... (OR BROTHER ...)
WITHOUT THE PASSWORD,” and the Councilor shall then instruct the Officer to
give the password to the member If the member reports to the Conductor or warden
that she is not in good standing they should ask the member to go to the
Financial Secretary and place herself in good standing, and then obtain the
password from the Councilor If the member is not prepared to pay her dues, the
Conductor or warden may pass the member, as she is permitted by the Laws to
remain in the Council meeting without voice or vote No visiting member is
allowed to remain in the Council meeting unless she is in possession of the
password or unless she presents to the Councilor an official receipt for dues
showing her dues have been paid as required by law The Official Receipt for Dues
must be the Official dues card as provided by the National Council.
NOTE 4—Where there is a large meeting and the
Councilor appoints several members to assist the Conductor and Warden in taking
up the password, after the
password has been taken up, all shall assemble in the
of the room
just before the Vice Councilors station with the Conductor and
Warden in the center. Those who have been appointed to assist the Conductor and
Warden shall privately report to the Conductor and Warden, and then the
Conductor and Warden march to the altar and make their report to the Councilor.
If all members have given the password the Conductor and Warden shall then take
three steps backward from the altar. The Conductor should take two steps to the
left and the Warden should take two steps to the right, and then march straight
to their stations. The other members who have assisted the Warden and Conductor
shall also resume their places. Throughout the ritualistic work when Officers
approach the altar to make reports they should always take three steps backward
before advancing to their stations or before making a turn to retire from the
NOTE 5—A member who is in arrears for dues; that
who is not in good standing in the Council in accordance with the laws of the
Order, may sit in the Council meeting. but she shall nor be permitted to speak,
vote, or take any part whatsoever in the business of the meeting. It shall be
the duty of the Financial Secretary to notify the Councilor
if any member who is in arrears for dues as defined by
the Laws of the Order, attempts to take part in the business of the meeting.
ALL MEMBERS WHEN GIVING THE PASSWORD MUST RISE.
I find all members on your right qualified to remain.
I find all members on your left qualified to remain.
COUNCILOR: You have
heard the report of the Conductor and Warden. Is there any member in the hail
who has not given the annual password? If so, will you please rise.
Sentinel, instruct the Outside Sentinel to enter the Council Room.
Sentinel, what are your duties?
OUTSIDE SENTINEL: To
guard all approaches to the outer door and to receive the permanent password
from tardy members. I am also to examine all members in the permanent password
who remain in the anteroom during the opening exercises of the Council.
Sentinel, what are your duties?
INSIDE SENTINEL: To guard
the inside door of the Council room: to receive the annual password from tardy
members, and to admit no one until instructed to do so by the proper authority.
what are your duties?
TREASURER: To receive all money from the Financial Secretary; to
give a receipt for the same, to pay all checks, when they are legally authorized,
signed by the Councilor, and attested by the Recording Secretary.
Secretary, what are your duties?
FINANCIAL SECRETARY: To
keep a correct record of the finances of this Council; to receive all dues,
fines, and any other money due the Council; to turn all money received by me
over to the Treasurer at the close of the meeting, taking her receipt for the
Financial Secretary, what are your duties?
ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY: To assist the Financial Secretary. I am to act
under her instructions, and, in her absence, I am to take her place and perform
her duties and assume all the responsibilities of the Financial Secretary.
COUNCILOR: Recording Secretary, what are your duties?
RECORDING SECRETARY: To record correctly all proceedings of the meeting; to
conduct all correspondence for the Council, unless otherwise ordered, and to
perform any other duty that may be intrusted to me.
COUNCILOR: Assistant Recording Secretary, what are your duties?
ASSISTANT RECORDING SECRETARY: To assist the Recording Secretary in the discharge
of her duties and, in her absence, to assume her office and perform her duties.
COUNCILOR: Conductor, what are your duties?
CONDUCTOR: To assist the Warden in taking up the annual password at
the opening of the Council, in the balloting for candidates and the initiation.
During the closing exercises I am to assist in collecting all Jewels, Rituals,
Ode Cards, etc., and place them in the Councilor’s charge.
what are your duties?
assist the Conductor in taking up the annual password at the opening of the
Council, in the balloting for candidates and the initiation. To have charge of
the keys to the wardrobe. During the closing exercises I am to assist in
collecting all Jewels, Rituals, Ode Cards, etc., and place them in the
Councilor’s charge. After the Council has been closed, lam to place all
property of the Council under secure lock and key.
Vice Councilor, what are your duties?
ASSOCIATE VICE COUNCILOR: To
assist the Vice Councilor in the discharge of her duties and, in her absence, to
take her chair and assume her duties.
Councilor, what are your duties?
ASSOCIATE COUNCILOR: To
assist the Councilor at all times and, in her absence, to take her chair and
assume her duties.
Councilor, what are your duties?
VICE COUNCILOR: To assist the Councilor and Associate Councilor in
the discharge of their duties and, in the absence of both, to take the
Councilor’s chair and assume her duties.
Junior Past Councilor, your station is at the left of the Councilor, opposite
the altar. What duties have you to perform?
ASSOCIATE JUNIOR PAST COUNCILOR: To
assist with the devotional exercises by leading in the Lord’s Prayer; and to
give any other assistance desired. I am also to assist in the closing exercises.
Past Councilor, your station is at the right of the Councilor, opposite the
altar. You have attained the highest honors in the gift of this Council. What
further duties have you to perform?
JUNIOR PAST COUNCILOR: To
assist with the devotional exercises by reading a portion of the Scripture; to
assist the Officers and members, wherever possible, by giving instructions and
advice to the best of my ability; to assist in the closing exercises, and to
conduct myself as one worthy of the honors to which I have attained.
COUNCILOR: I expect
each Officer to attend strictly to her duties, and trust that the members will
be orderly and attentive to the business of the evening. My own duties are to
preside at the Council meetings, to be impartial in all decisions which I may be
called upon to make, to use my influence to promote peace and harmony, to have
charge of the Rituals and private work of the Order, to keep all secret work
under secure lock and key when not in use in the Council, and to assume such
other duties as I may be called upon to perform.
Past Councilor and Associate Junior Past Councilor, please conduct the
COUNCILOR GIVES THREE RAPS WITH THE GAVEL, CALLING
UP THE COUNCIL.
JUNIOR PAST COUNCILOR: I have
read ... verses of chapter ... of the
book of ...
ASSOCIATE JUNIOR PAST COUNCILOR: Let us pray.
Our Father which art in
heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it
is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we
forgive our debtors: and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Council shall Pledge Allegiance to the American Flag.
MEMBERS REPEAT IN UNISON: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United
States of America – and to the Republic for which it stands – one nation
under God indivisble – with liberty and justice for all.
COUNCILOR: Members, stand at attention, and join in singing the
first verse of the Star Spangled Banner.
COUNCILOR: The Council shall join in singing the Opening Ode.
Lord, while for all mankind
Of ev‘ry clime and coast,
O hear us for out native
The land we love the most.
Guard thou our shores from
With peace our borders
Out cities crown with
Our fields and labors bless.
Lord of the nations thus to
Our country we commend,
Be thou her refuge and her
Her everlasting friend
and Brothers, as members of this beloved Order, which is founded upon faith in
God, devotion to our country, and the perpetuation of liberty and of our free
institutions, we meet this evening. Upon each rests the responsibility of doing
all in her power to promote the principles, to advance the cause, and to guard
the secrets of our Order. In your hands is placed the golden casket of
Americanism. As guardians of this sacred charge, you must be ever mindful of our
solemn vows and obligations. As Sisters and Brothers, will you be loyal, loving,
ALL MEMBERS REPLY: I will.
COUNCILOR: With the
assurance of this pledge, the Council is now duly opened for the transaction of
such business as may be legally presented.
COUNCILOR GIVES ONE RAP WITH GAVEL, SEATING THE
Sentinel, you will admit all members waiting in the anteroom.
Order of Business
1. Calling the roll of
2. Receiving of National
and State Officers.
3. Reading of the Minutes
of the previous meeting.
COUNCILOR: You have heard
the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting, are there any errors or
omissions? They shall stand approved as read (or corrected.)
4. Report of the sick and
5. Report of the Investigating Committee.
6. Balloting for Candidates.
8. Collection of Dues (always
open until closing ceremony).
9. Report of Special
10. Report of Standing
Committees and Officers,
11. Propositions for
12. Deferred business.
13. New business.
14. Silver offering.
COUNCILOR: The regular Officers shall vacate their Stations at this
time, and the Initiatory Officers shall take their places.
COUNCILOR: Inside Sentinel, please ascertain if there are any
candidates waiting to be initiated.
INSIDE SENTINEL: Councilor, I find a candidate (or
candidates) waiting to be initiated.
COUNCILOR: Conductor, retire to the anteroom and ascertain the name
(or names) of the candidate (or candidates) waiting to be initiated.
CONDUCTOR: Councilor, I find ...
who desires (or desire) to become a member (or members)
of our Order.
COUNCILOR: Recording Secretary, has the applicant (or have the
applicants) been duly elected?
COUNCILOR: Associate Councilor, retire with the Conductor to the
anteroom and examine the applicant (or applicants) for membership.
ASSOCIATE COUNCILOR: You have applied for admission into this Council
of the Daughters of America, a patriotic fraternity, which seeks to aid in
preserving and perpetuating the Public School system; to instill a spirit of
patriotism into the youth of our land; to place our flag over every schoolhouse;
to promote the reading of the Holy Bible therein; and to protest against the
immigration of paupers, criminals, and the enemies of our social order. If you
endorse the objects of this Order, raise your right hand and repeat after me the
CALLING UPON ALMIGHTY GOD
TO WITNESS,- I DO SOLEMNLY VOW,- THAT I SEEK MEMBERSHIP- IN THIS ORDER WITH
HONEST PURPOSE,- TO ASSIST TO THE EXTENT OF MY ABILITY- IN CARRYING OUT THE
OBJECTS AND PRINCIPLES OF THIS ORDER. I SOLEMNLY PROMISE TO KEEP SECRET- ALL I
HAVE SEEN OR HEARD,- OR MAY SEE OR HEAR,- DURING MY INITIATION.
After all the candidates have signed the pledge
book the Associate Councilor and Conductor shall enter the Council room in form,
approach the altar, salute the Councilor, and then the Associate Councilor shall
make her report as follows: Councilor, I find the candidate (or candidates)
qualified for membership.
COUNCILOR: Captain of the Guards, we are now ready to proceed with
THE COUNCILOR SHALL GIVE TWO RAPS OF THE GAVEL,
CALLING UP THE OFFICERS AND GUARDS.
At the Captain’s signal Flag Bearer No 2 shall
take position at the head of the guards who are stationed to the left of the
room, which shall be the even-numbered guards Flag Bearer No I shall take her
position at the head of the guards at the right of the Council room, this shall
be the odd-numbered guards. Flag Bearer No 2 shall lead the even-numbered guards
across the hall past the Councilor’s station to the right of the room. Flag
Bearer No. I shall lead the odd numbered guards across the room past the
Councilor’s station to the left of the room Flag Bearer No I shall pass to her
right of Flag Bearer No 2 The flag bearers shall then lead the guards down the
side of the room to a point just opposite the Junior Past Councilor’s and
Associate Junior Past Councilor’s stations, then right and left face inwardly,
march to center of hall, column right and left, form twos, then down the center
of the hall. At the Vice Councilor’s station they shall column left and march
around the hall.
The Outside and Inside Sentinels shall step into
line behind the guards, the Associate Junior Past Councilor, preceded by her
Staff Officers, shall be next to step into line, next, the Junior Past Councilor,
preceded by her Staff Officers, next, the Vice Councilor and Associate Vice
Councilor, preceded by the Staff Officers, next, the Conductor and Warden, next,
the Associate Councilor and Councilor,
preceded by the Staff Officers. This will
bring the Associate Councilor and Councilor to the rear. As the flag bearers
come to the Vice Councilor’s station on this round, they shall column left,
march to the front of the hall in a “V” formation, the open part of the
“V’ to be at the Councilor’s end of the hail. At this point the Captain
shall give a signal, and the guards and Officers shall salute the Councilor (Some
member, preferably the Deputy, should be appointed to occupy the Councilor’s
station while the Officers are preparing for the initiation.
After being recognized by the Councilor, the
Captain shall give command and the Flag Bearers and team shall march forward to
the Councilor’s station then turn right and left marching down each side of
the hall to the stations of the Jr Past Councilor and Associate Jr Past
Councilor then march over to the Altar and then right and left turn to the Vice
Councilor’s stations, column left and march around to the right side of hall as
viewed from the Councilor’s station and march in open order to the anteroom
As the flag bearers come within a few feet of the
property room door. The Captain shall give command to halt. The guards and
Officers shall right and left face inwardly. The flag bearers shall right and
left face outwardly, countermarch to the rear, then right and left face inwardly
and march through the center of the column, followed by the Councilor and
Associate Councilor these to be followed by the Councilor’s Staff Officers,
and then the next two, and so on, until they have all passed into the property
The flag bearers, however, are to stop at the
property room door, step aside, and let the other Officers and guards pass
through into the property room. This line-up will leave the flag bearers at the
property room door at the head of the column ready to re-enter the Council room
The guards and Officers, after marching into the property room, shall all make,
one-half right pivot turn, facing the property room door. This will place the
guards at the head of the column and the Officers in the rear all ready to
re-enter the Council room without any change in position. While in the property
room the Officers and guards shall clothe themselves in the proper regalia of
their respective offices. Some members may be appointed to distribute the regalia
to the Officers so they are not required to break their formation (it is
suggested that this be done as quickly as possible so no unnecessary time be
wasted in the property room.
After being properly clothed for the initiation,
the Officers shall be lined up behind the flag hearers and guards in the
— Outside and Inside Sentinels
Second — Junior Past Councilor and
Associate Past Councilor, preceded by their four Staff Officers (The Staff
Officers of the Associate Junior Past Councilor shall be first.
— Vice Councilor and Associate Vice
Councilor, preceded by the two Staff Officers
Fourth — Conductor and Warden
— Associate Councilor and Councilor,
preceded by the two Staff Officers
CAPTAIN: Councilor, the Officers have been stationed and the
guards are now ready to proceed with the initiation.
Councilor gives one rap of the gavel seating the
COUNCILOR: Conductor and Warden, retire to the anteroom and escort
the candidate (or candidates) here for initiation.
COUNCILOR: Inside Sentinel, the Council is now ready for the
admission of the candidate (or candidates).
INSIDE SENTINEL: Who gives the alarm?
CONDUCTOR: The Conductor and Warden of this Council, with a
candidate (or candidates), who seeks (or seek) admission to our Order.
INSIDE SENTINEL, opens door: WELCOME!
COUNCILOR GIVES THREE RAPS WITH GAVEL, CALLING UP
CONDUCTOR: Councilor, permit me to introduce to you this stranger
(of these strangers) who desires (or desire) to know the mysteries of our Order.
COUNCILOR: Stranger (or strangers), it gives us pleasure to receive
petitions for knowledge of our Order. We are glad to welcome all who may prove
themselves worthy. We trust you may be of this class, and that we may henceforth
labor together for the promotion of the principles of this noble Order. The
Council shall join in singing our Obligation Ode.
COUNCILOR: Are you, of your own free will, ready to proceed?
COUNCILOR: My friend (or Friends), think well what you do and say,
that you may fully understand the obligation which you are about to take upon
yourself. Place your left hand upon the American Flag and the Holy Bible and
your right hand upon your heart and repeat after me the initiatory obligation.
COUNCILOR: If you cannot reach the Bible and flag, place your left
hand upon the left shoulder of the person immediately in front of you and your
right hand upon your heart.
COUNCILOR: Calling upon Almighty God to be my witness —and in the presence of the members: of this Order here
assembled — with my left hand upon the American Flag and the
Holy Bible —and my right hand upon my heart—I do solemnly
pledge my word —upon my most sacred honor: that I will never reveal:
repeat or disclose: or cause to be revealed: repeated or disclosed: either by
word, written or spoken: or by any other means whatsoever —the secret work as contained in the Ritual: the signs:
grip —passwords: or any of the secrets or private work:
of the Daughters of America: unless I am so directed: counseled or commanded: by
I promise to do all in my
power—to advance the interests of this Order: and of the Jr. Order United
American Mechanics —promote its principles: cherish its aims: and
extend its usefulness: I register here a solemn promise: to regard all the
members of this Order: as my Sisters and Brothers: whose love I crave — and whose loyalty I seek: so that I may become a part of
this great Organization.
I recognize that the laws
of this Order: are for my guidance and protection: and I will cheerfully obey
them.: I especially promise and vow: to respect and abide by all the laws: now
in force: or that may hereafter be adopted: by either the National or State
Council or by the Subordinate Council: of which I am a member.
Should my connections with
this Order cease: by suspension —expulsion:
or of my own free will: I will consider this obligation — binding upon me until death.
Members shall say: REMEMBER YOUR OBLIGATION.
JUNIOR PAST COUNCILOR: Father of all, Giver of every good and perfect
gift, we thank Thee for the promisejust given. Help us, we pray Thee, ever to
remember the vows we have just taken as members of this Order. May we be true to
Thee and to one another. Be with us in our homes, bless and guide us to the end
of life, and receive us all at last into Thy Kingdom. Amen.
COUNCILOR: Conductor, escort this Sister (or these Sisters, or
Sisters and Brothers) to the Vice Councilor for further instruction.
COUNCILOR GIVES ONE RAP WITH GAVEL, WHICH SEATS THE
CONDUCTOR: Vice Councilor, I have this Sister (or Brother, or these
Sisters and Brothers) in charge, who, having taken our obligation, desires (or
desire) instruction in the lessons of Loyalty.
VICE COUNCILOR: LOYALTY should be an outstanding trait in the
character of every true, honest American. No individual is ever deemed worthy of
full confidence and respect unless he possesses those firm, dependable qualities
which constitute LOYALTY. It is the test of your sincerity in the obligation
which you have just assumed.
LOYALTY means resolute and
undying devotion to a cause. To be loyal to a worthy cause is the highest
exemplification of human greatness. The principles for which this Order stands
are just and right and should be defended and upheld at all times. By giving
them your loyal support you are helping to protect your beloved country. You are
preserving its free and vital institutions and respecting and upholding its
Constitution and laws, and you are helping to uplift its citizenship.
The history of all our wars
demonstrates the PATRIOTISM and LOYALTY of the American solider. In times of war
many of our soldiers gave their lives, othei’s sacrificed their health in
proof of their LOYALTY to our country. We may never be called upon to make such
extreme sacrifices, but as members of the Daughters of America may we never be
found indifferent or lax in our LOYALTY to our Country, its institutions and its
LOYALTY to the principles
and laws of this Order may cost you time, talent, service and sacrifice. May you
be willing to pay this price.
VICE COUNCILOR: Conductor, escort our Sister (or Brother, or these
Sisters, or Sisters and Brothers) in Loyalty to the Junior Past Councilor, who
will instruct her (or them) in the lessons of Love.
CONDUCTOR: Junior Past Councilor, this Sister (or Brother, or these
Sisters, or Sisters and Brothers), having been instructed in the lessons of
Loyalty, is (or are) now ready to be instructed in the lessons of Love.
JUNIOR PAST COUNCILOR: My Sister (or Brother, or my Sisters, or Sisters
and Brothers), there is no bond stronger, no tie more enduring, no link more
perfect, than an unselfish Love.
It gives to motherhood its
chief adornment, to sisterhood its brightest jewel and to friendship the golden
clasp. It was heaven-created.
It was an unselfish Love
which moved the Heir to all creation to give His life for His fellow man. It was
Love which fed the hope of Washington while the winter at Valley Forge was long,
cold and dreary.
It was Love which moved our
forefathers to suffer and to die so that their children and their children’s
children, down to the end of time, might have the blessings of freedom. Out of
the unselfish Love of our forefathers has grown our birthright and our free
institutions; an inheritance which, as the years roll on, will increase in value,
until the fruits of their unselfish Love will be a crown of glory, which in our
land can be transmitted only to a true American. Wear in your heart this
unselfish Love; wear on your brow, like a crown, your Americanism and let your
hands never be weary in advancing our emblem: the Flag, which protects our
homes, our Public Schools and our native land.
You are now our Sister (or
Brother, or Sisters, or Sisters and Brothers) in the bonds of Love. May we never
see the hour when the golden chain is broken.
JUNIOR PAST COUNCILOR: Conductor, escort our Sister (or Brother, or
Sisters, or Sisters and Brothers) in Loyalty and Love, to the Associate Junior
Past Councilor, who will instruct her (him or them) in the lessons of Patriotism.
CAPTAIN: Halt, right and left face inwardly, present flags.
ASSOCIATE JUNIOR PAST COUNCILOR: My Sister, (or Brother, or Sisters or Sisters and
Brothers) our Founding Fathers have left us a priceless heritage, which is now
With steadfast loyalty we
must uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of
Independence. From time to time we are challenged to remember the values that
are included in true Patriotism: all those things which have made our
country the greatest on earth, for which we should be willing to die.
The American Flag tells a
story of noble people carving a young nation from a virgin land, that rose from
a dream: a dream that an entire nation could be totally free. And those who
pledge her allegiance realize that an individual’s liberty is a God given
right of every human being. (Picks up the American Flag, which is on her right
and holds ii.) Sisters, (Brother, Sister, or Sisters and Brothers), this Flag is
the sentinel of liberty and justice for all. Problems of interest to our country
must be of interest to you. We musi place moral integrity above worldly
possessions and treasure our birthright of American ideals.
There is something divine
in true love for one’s country. Love to God, means love for those things which
He created. God has showered on this land, blessings without number and has
chosen you as the guardian of Freedom, to preserve it for the benefit of the
May He enable you to guard
and defend, to the end of time the great charge He has committed in your keeping.
ASSOCIATE JUNIOR PAST COUNCILOR: Conductor, you will escort our Sister (or Brother,
Sisters, or Sisters and Brothers) in Loyalty, Love and Patriotism to places in
the Council room where they will heed the words of the Conductor.
CAPTAIN: Recover flags, front face, column left, forward march.
CAPTAIN: Recover flags, front face, column left, forward march.
CONDUCTOR: My Sister (or Brother), trusting that you have been
favorably impressed with the lessons of Loyalty, Love, and Patriotism which you
have just witnessed, we now desire to introduce an object lesson, which will
convey to you the ideals of this splendid Order. Through our fraternal circle we
desire to unite our Sisters and Brothers in cultivating and maintaining the
broadest possible social relations, and at the same time to instill a real
patriotic spirit into our members. To this end we wish to exemplify, reverence
and respect for the American Flag. You see before you a tableau representing the
principles and objects of our noble Order.
Observe Uncle Sam,
representing our Government, to which we, as patriotic citizens, should ever be
loyal. Next you see Liberty, that priceless boon, for which so many are yearning
and for which our forefathers so nobly contended. The fruits of their labors and
sacrifices we now enjoy.
In the background stands
our Public School, over which the American Flag waves as its protection. Our aim
is to place the Holy Bible therein, so that its lessons, which inspire us to
deeds of Loyalty, Love and Patriotism may also inspire our children, who are to
become the men and women of the future; we desire that they, too, may know and
practice those principles which will uplift and ennoble them. in the foreground
you see the guards and their Captain, who are ever ready to protect the
principles of our Order.
You have this night assumed
a high and responsible obligation. May it inspire you with a devotion to our
principles, so that you may be faithful unto the cause in which we are engaged
and so that you may always prove true to yourself, to your country and to your
COUNCILOR Gives THREE RAPS of gavel calling up the
COUNCILOR: Council shall join in singing “America the Beautiful.”
CONDUCTOR: You shall be presented to our
Councilor for final instructions.
CAPTAIN: Attention guards, right and left face inwardly.
CAPTAIN: Column left, open order, right and left face
inwardly, present flags.
CAPTAIN: Recover flags, right and left face, column left,
CAPTAIN: Recover flags, right and left face, column left,
CONDUCTOR: Councilor, this Sister (or
Brother, or these Sisters, or Sisters and Brothers), having proven true in
Loyalty, Love, and Patriotism, is (or are) referred to you for final
COUNCILOR: My Sister (or Brother, or Sisters, or Sisters
and Brothers), may the lessons which you have learned this evening be forever
engraved upon your memory. As you have been instructed in the objects of our
Order, it is unnecessary to repeat them; but it
may be well to call your attention to a few facts which are of vast
importance. We seek to aid in preserving and perpetuating the Public School
system; to instill a spirit of Patriotism into the youth of our land; to keep
our Flag flying over every schoolhouse in the nation; to promote the reading of
the Holy Bible therein; and to protest against the immigration of paupers,
criminals and the enemies of our democratic way of life. We, as Americans, claim
the right to protect and to defend our homes, our country and our Public
Schools. We oppose any foreign or sectarian interference with our National and
our State laws.
Let us remember our obligations, to protect our
homes, to defend our Flag and Public Schools, and with the strong arm of justice
maintain and protect the rights of our native land.
You will now be invested with the regalia, or
emblem, of our Order. Its colors are those of our country’s flag, red, white
and blue, symbolizing the three great principles of our Order: Loyalty, Love,
COUNCILOR: I shall instruct you in the
annual and permanent passwords. On arriving at the outer door, after the opening
of the Council session, you shall give raps. The Outside Sentinel shall open the
door, and you shall give the permanent password which is ...
This will admit you to the anteroom. At the
inside door you shall give raps. The inside Sentinel shall open the door and you
shall give your name and the name and number of the Council of which you are now
a member, which is ... Council,
No. ... The
Inside Sentinel shall report the same to the Vice Councilor, who shall order
your admission, if correct. The Inside Sentinel shall open the door and you
shall give to her the annual password, which is
... You will then be admitted.
COUNCILOR: I SHALL NOW INSTRUCT YOU IN THE SECRET SIGNS
AND WORDS OF THE ORDER. PLEASE FOLLOW ME IN MAKING THESE VARIOUS SIGNS. THE
CONDUCTOR AND WARDEN SHALL LEAD THE CANDIDATE (OR CANDIDATES) IN MAKING THESE
SALUTE TO THE FLAG: When you enter the Council
room you shall approach the altar and face the flag, which is stationed to the right of the Conductor’s
station and to your left as you stand before the altar facing the Conductor and
flag. You shall give the military salute to the flag in this manner
SALUTATION SIGN: After saluting the flag, face
the Councilor and make the Salutation Sign in this manner ... The Councilor shall rise and give the response to
the Salutation Sign ... You will then be seated.
RETIRING SIGN: Wishing to leave the Council room
while the Council is still in session, you
shall advance to the altar, face the
Councilor and make the same sign as is made upon entering the Council ... The Councilor shall respond in this manner ...
You are then at liberty to retire.
The GRIP OF THE ORDER is made in this manner ...
VOTING SIGN: In voting on any question the sign
of the Order is made by the elevation of the left hand.
If a member wishes to cross the Council room
while the Council is in session, she should
never pass between the altar and the Councilor’s station.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO TIlE AMERICAN FLAG: In
the opening exercises of the Council, all members are required to give the
Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag, all members should stand erect,
facing the Flag, with the left arm hanging loosely at the side and place the
right hand over the heart, keeping the right hand in this position while
repeating the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Please join with me in this
Pledge. (Give three raps.)
PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: AND TO THE
REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS: ONE NATION UNDER GOD: INDIVISIBLE —WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.”
COUNCILOR: Officers, members, and
visiting members, this Sister (or Brother, or Sisters, or Sisters and Brothers),
having been duly initiated and received into the Daughters of America, is (or
are) entitled to all the protection and assistance of the Order, according to
our laws. I therefore extend to you a hearty welcome in behalf of this Council.
JUNIOR PAST COUNCILOR: Heavenly Father, we ask Thy
blessing upon this new member (or these new members) who has (or have) just
assumed our obligation. Give us strength and incline our hearts to fulfill our
pledge and carry out our every resolution. Be Thou with us and incline us more
and more to obey Thy will, to execute Thy commands and to honor Thy great name
and finally receive us into that great Council above, there to enjoy a continued
fellowship one with another and with Thee forever. Amen.
COUNCILOR GIVES ONE RAP WITH GAVEL, SEATING THE COUNCIL.
COUNCILOR GIVES TWO RAPS WITH GAVEL, CALLING UP THE OFFICERS.
COUNCILOR: The Initiatory Officers shall
vacate their stations to the regular Council Officers.
COUNCILOR: is there any further business for our consideration? If
not, I shall proceed to close this meeting. Financial Secretary, report the
receipts and expenditures of the meeting. Recording Secretary and Treasurer,
make notation of the receipts and expenditures and enter them in detail upon
COUNCILOR: The Council shall join in singing our Closing Ode.
COUNCILOR GIVES THREE RAPS WITH GAVEL.
COUNCILOR: Conductor and Warden, collect the Rituals, Ode Cards,
Officers’ Sashes or regalia and put them in their proper places.
COUNCILOR: Sisters and Brothers, we are now about to separate, to
mingle with the outside world. Let us remember that the ties which bind us
encircle the earth. We have solemnly pledged each other to foster and strengthen
this Order. Let us keep that pledge by our presence at the meetings and by
seeking to unite others with us. Thus shall we benefit humanity and make the
future of our loved ones more secure.
COUNCILOR: The Junior Past Councilor and Associate Junior Past
Councilor shall approach the altar and conduct the closing exercises. (Doxology
JUNIOR PAST COUNCILOR (AND ALL MEMBERS) THE LORD
WATCH BETWEEN ME AND THEE WHEN WE ARE ABSENT ONE FROM ANOTHER.
COUNCILOR: I declare this Council closed until our next regular
meeting, as provided by our By-laws, when it shall be reopened for the
perpetuation of our most noble cause. (ONE