GROUP NUMBER 1: “HENRY ARTHUR CALLIS!”
CHARTERING OFFICER: “COME” 2ND group of Brothers come forward. The Lead Brother, (number 1 of group) goes to designated position (B) in front of the Center Table and receives Candlelighter from his Brother of group number 1. The Lead Brother group number 1 departs to his position (c). at the secondary table. The remaining brothers of group number 2 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 2: “JEWEL !”
GROUP NUMBER 2: “CHARLES HENRY CHAPMAN!” Brothers behind table depart following Brother number 2 to designated positions at secondary tables. Brother number 1 remains at position (B).
The above procedure is repeated 5 more times: GROUP NUMBER 3: “EUGENE KINCKLE JONES!” GROUP NUMBER 4: “GEORGE BIDDLE KELLY!” GROUP NUMBER 5: “NATHANIEL ALLISON MURRAY!” GROUP NUMBER 6: “ROBERT HAROLD OGLE!” GROUP NUMBER 7: “VERTNER WOODSON TANDY!”
The Lead Brother of group number 7 replaces Candlelighter and follows the group to his designated position at secondary table.
BROTHERS TURN AND FACE HEAD TABLE AND SING ONE VERSE AND CHORUS OF THE ALPHA HYMN.
Brothers remain standing facing the Head Table.
Chartering Officer: :IT IS DONE. THE SPIRIT AND THE LIGHT OF ALPHA IS HERE. THE CIRCLE IS COMPLETED, THE SEVEN JEWELS WHO FIRST BROUGHT THE LIGHT OF ALPHA TO THE WORLD HAVE NOW BROUGHT THEIR SPIRITS AND PRECEPTS TO THIS CITY __________________________ : LEADERSHIP, ALWAYS LEADERSHIP; SERVICE. WE GIVE OF OURSELVES FOR THE LOVE OF ALL MANKIND. BY THE POWERS INVESTED IN ME I LET THE CHARTER BE NAMED ____________________________________ TO BE A LIGHT IN _______________________________. IT IS WELL THAT HIS BE DONE. THERE IS MUCH WORK FOR YOU; A CHARGE TO KEEP AND EXPECTATION TO HOLD. WE CAST A LONG SHADOW BUT WE WALK IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY. YOU ARE OBLIGATED NOW TO WITNESS WITH US.”
15th Draft 9/18/07