Attachment I ~ Chartering Ceremony Official Protocol and Procedures (Cont’d) CEREMONY FOR CHARTERING CEREMONY
THE CHARTERING CEREMONY
The Seven Candle Candelabrum is lighted before the guest are seated for the banquet. During the banquet, the Alpha Hymn or suitable dinner music is played. At the appropriate time the Chartering Officer will rise and say-
Chartering Officer: “THOSE WHO ARE OF US BUT WITHOUT US GATHER TOGETHER NOW.” Charter Members quietly rise from banquet tables and assemble in the rear according to height. Representatives rise from Head Table and assemble at designated position (A Diagram 3). Music stops.
Charter Officer: “HEAR YE, ALL BROTHERS OF ALPHA EVERYWHERE, WE ASK THAT
YOU PAUSE WITH YOUR HUMBLE SERVANT THE
DIRECTOR WHO HAS
____________ BEEN CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF LETTING A CHARTER OF THE ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC., IN THE CITY OF ____________ , COUNTY OF _______________, STATE OF ____________ AND THE SOUTHERN REGION.
I HAVE THE LIGHT OF ALPHA. THIS LIGHT REPRESENTS OUR GENERAL ORGANIZATION. FROM THE SEVEN JEWELS ITS FLAMES WAS LIGHTED.”
Representative of General Organization lights Candle lighter from the Seven Candle Candelabrum and lights tallest candle, located in center position of the Alpha Phi alpha Candle lighter. Extinguishers Candle lighter, replaces at center table and returns to position (A Diagram 3).
Chartering Office: “FROM ITS LIGHT WAS THE SOUTHERN REGION LIGHTED.” Representatives of the District lights Candle lighter from the Regional Candle and then lights the last candle. Extinguishes Candle lighter, replaces at center table and returns to position (A Diagram 3). All representatives return to Head Table.
Chartering Of icer: “SILENCE, SILENCE, SILENCE, SILENCE.” Said several times, diminishing volume to a whisper.
Chartering Officer: “COME, MEN WHO WALK IN SILENCE, LEARN TO LISTEN; THEY HEAR LOVE FOR ALL MANKIND, LEADERSHIP, SCHOLARSHIP, SERVICE.” 1st group of Brothers come forward. The Lead Brother, (number 1 of group 1, goes to designated position (B) in front of the Center Table while the remaining Brothers space themselves evenly behind the Center Table, (Diagram 3)
The Lead Brother lights Candlelighter from the District Candle and lights the number of candles for each Brother in his group going from front to rear. Extinguishes candlelighter and returns to position, (B Diagram 3)
LEAD BROTHER OF GROUP NUMBER 1: “JEWEL!”
15th Draft 9/18/07