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					                          Installation of Chapter Officers
                             Guidelines & Recommendations

                           Suggested Scripts, Themes & Colors

The installing officer needs to know the total financial allowance for the ceremony, if
expected to develop a theme. This allowance should include such items as transportation
fee, meals, lodging, as appropriate for the installing officer and any installation fee the
officer may charge. Corsages as well as any other paraphernalia needed must be
considered in the allotments. The budget or the standing rules must provide for this
allowance of funds. If the installing officer is planning the theme and making various
arrangements, the funds should be tendered to the officer prior to the meeting. The
installing officer should not have to pay for incidental expenses. The honor of being
asked to serve as installing officer diminishes if one has to underwrite expenses
connected with the ceremony.

DEVELOPING A THEME
An installation ceremony must be as individual as a signature. No two groups or
organizations are identical. The variables are many and all these must be taken into
consideration

When choosing a theme, such things as time of the year, goals of the group, and
aggregate age of the group, should play an important part in the final decision.

The script to be used generally will vary for each installation. The number of people to be
installed as well as the particular office being filled will determine to a large extent the
kind of script chosen. The wording of the script has to be tailored to fit each office and
ideally will be tailored to blend with the aims and objectives of the group.

The following scripts and/or themes are to give you some ideas for your own installation.

INSTALLATION SCRIPTS
   1. Candles
       Needed: One large candle to represent the chapter. A smaller candle for each
         officer.
       The installing officer lights the large chapter candle.
       This candle flame represents our dedication to serve (Name of chapter). The
         candle constitutes the passing of the flame of light and loyalty from one set of
         officers to another. During their year of service, each retiring officer has
         contributed knowledge, experience and understanding to the chapter flame.

(As each new officer is introduced, the outgoing officer lights a candle from the chapter
candle and presents it to the new officer)
       A. Secretary – (name), as secretary, you shall give notice off all meetings and
          activities of (name of chapter), and shall carry on the correspondence of
          our chapter. You will also keep an accurate record of the proceedings of
          all meetings.

       B. Treasurer – (name), as treasurer, you are the fiscal officer of (name of
          chapter). You will receive all funds, pay all bills promptly, and keep
          accurate records. These records will be kept up-to-date and available if
          needed.

       C. Vice President – (name), as vice president, you will perform all duties and
          exercise all powers of the President in his/her absence. You will also be
          official host/hostess at our chapter functions. May your planning be a joy
          to you and a joyous experience to each of us who attend.

       D. President Elect – (name), as president-elect, you will perform all duties of
          the Vice President in his/her absence and shall act as his/her substitute
          whenever necessary. Remember, you are very important to your President.
          You must always lend a helping hand. Always be ready with words of
          encouragement.

       E. President – (name), you have been selected by the membership of (name
          of chapter) to serve as our leader for (year). You will use your talents and
          abilities to organize the year's work, motivate our volunteers, lead and
          work with enthusiasm. You are charged to preside with dignity, fairness
          and impartiality. Make the well being of (name of chapter) your first
          consideration in all your actions as president.

       F. (President name), I am very happy to install you as President of (name of
          chapter). I know that you will fill this office with dignity and
          understanding. Never hesitate to ask for assistance from your officers. We
          are here to help you.

2. Colors
    These colors could be presented in the form of flowers or colored ribbon
      around candles. Colors can also be used for the paper on which bylaws duties
      have been type, or the ribbon tying scrolls that outlines bylaw duty.
    Throughout the ages, color has been used to reflect moods, denote countries
      and organizations, and signify important events. Today we will use color to
      welcome and honor our (year) officers.

       A. Secretary – (name) our secretary. Your color is red, a symbol of vigilance
          and alertness. Both of these qualities will help you record the important
          events and decisions of (name of chapter) accurately.
           B. Treasurer – (name), our treasurer. Your color is white, which denotes
              complete truthfulness and honesty. You have the most trustworthy
              position in our chapter. You are the keeper of our funds and assets.

           C. Vice President – (name), our Vice President. Your color is green, a sign of
              creation and growth. You will welcome and orient the new members in
              our chapter who will help us to grow and prosper in the coming future. In
              his/her absence, you will be the acting President.

           D. President Elect – (name), our president-elect. Your color is orange, which
              signifies loyalty. You are the right hand of our President and will help
              him/her whenever necessary. You are an apprentice and should become
              familiar with all aspects of the chapters' affairs.

           E. President – (name), our president. For you we have the colors of purple
              and gold. Purple the color of royalty. It symbolizes leadership and power.
              You are the leader of (name of chapter), and have the power to carry out
              the business of the chapter. Gold signifies unity. Your members are united
              to help you achieve the goals of our chapter during the coming year.
              Remember to rely on us when you need help.

Other colors for additional officers:
Blue-Truth and Wisdom
Silver-Purity and Valor

   3. General Installation
       An installation is a solemn occasion. Solemn with the acceptance of serious
         and important duties to be shouldered, but it is likewise a joyous event with
         memories of past work well done, of problems faced together, of friendships
         made and the honor of working with others and for others.

           A. President – (name) With this gavel has passed to you the duties,
              responsibilities, and government of our chapter. Remembering
              experiences of past administrations, the cooperation of the officers and
              committee chairman, and the appreciation of the members, I predict even
              greater achievements for you and this chapter.

           B. Nominating Committee – (names) Because the officers represent the
              chapter, we as members would like them to be a composite of executive
              ability, vision, tolerance, wit and wisdom with agreeable voice. Because
              few human beings combine such perfection, the Nominating Committee
              should be sufficiently acquainted with the members to know their
              suitability for office and secure their consent to serve. Their qualification
               and duties must be seriously considered for upon the right leadership
               depends the success of an organization.

           C. Treasurer- (name) Money is of no value unless used wisely, and while
              success cannot be measured in terms of dollars and cents, your books are,
              nevertheless, a record of the "viability" of our chapter. As treasurer, it will
              be your duty to expend funds as voted by the chapter and keep an accurate
              record of monies spent and collected and to make a final accounting at the
              close of the year.

           D. Secretary- (name) As Secretary, your duties are two-fold. You have the
              pleasant duty of expressing the good will of our chapter in attending to its
              general correspondence as frequently as needed and as promptly as the
              occasion demands. You must also keep an accurate accounting of all
              chapter proceedings. This will be a detailed record or much work well
              done-and how it was accomplished.

           E. Vice President- (name) As Vice President, you will assist the President in
              his /her undertakings for the chapter and in case of his/her absence
              perform duties in his/her place. The president may turn to you often for
              encouragement and help-let your advice always be soothing and honest.

           F. President Elect-(name) As President Elect, you are an apprentice. You
              have time of chapter service and experience behind you but your role, as
              President will be very new. Use this year to serve the chapter and, in
              particular, the President in any capacity he/she designates. Also, observe,
              learn and plan ahead to make our transition in leadership next year as
              smooth as possible.

           G. President-(name) As President, upon you will rest the responsibility of
              leading the chapter in all its endeavors. You will preside at all chapter
              general meetings. You will appoint members to lead committees and will
              serve as an ex-officio of the committees. As coordinator of the chapters'
              general activities, you hold the gavel, but in your heart and eyes of those
              you lead, you hold the bright banner of inspiration.

Fellow members, when you join our AORN chapter, you agree to contribute generously
of your time your energy and your thoughts realizing that only through cooperation can
we hope to achieve our goals. You have indicated your faith and trust by electing these
officers for our chapter. They have given the pledge of service. If they are to serve us
well, they must have help and cooperation from us. Will you pledge to them now that you
will endeavor to attend meeting regularly, serve on committees, and work, as individuals,
in loyal support of these officers in the fulfillment of their duties, in hopes that every
program and activity will be a credit to our chapter?
To the officers-you are not really new officers. You are new only to these offices. All of
you have had past experience in AORN work. Your election has come as an honor, an
"award of merit" in recognition of work well and faithfully done, and so you have been
chosen now as the standard bearers of your chapter. Meet the challenge of your duties
with courage and Godspeed.

THEME IDEAS
  1. Animals
     There are approximately one million types of animals in existence today. Each of
     these has a distinct personality of its own. Through the years, animals have
     helped, influence, and provided companionship to many people. Because of this,
     we will use some well-known animals to help us introduce our new (year)
     officers.

   2. Candles
      The work of your officers is just beginning. The light from their candles will
      make the chapter glow with activity. As you light your candles, do it with the
      promise that an unwavering light will remain as a shining example that you as
      members are constant in your participation in chapter activities.

   3. Spices
      My dear members, you will find at each of your places a bouquet of parsley. This
      lovely, green, crisp herb enhances many of our dishes with flavor and color. And
      so it is with your presence-for without you, our chapter would not prosper. Just as
      spices add flavor to foods, your hard work is the main ingredient in our chapter's
      recipe for success.

   4. Jewels
      The story of precious stones is one of the most romantic chapters in history. The
      life of the gem is infinitely more stable and enduring than the life of any living
      thing. Because of this, we have put a great value on precious stones. History and
      legend throughout the centuries have attached certain meaning to gems. We have
      chosen five of the best known as symbols of your duties for the coming year.

   5. Landmarks
      Throughout the ages, people have looked upon landmarks as a sign of strength
      and guidance. Ancient travelers, who sighted landmarks, knew they were taking
      the right path and would reach their destination soon. Today, we will use famous
      landmarks to introduce our new officers. These leaders will be our guidance and
      support throughout (year).

   6. Growth
   The greatest thing about life is that as long as we live, we have the privilege of
   growing. In order to grow, we must accept ourselves with our limitations, let us
   then learn to accept ourselves; accept the truth that we are capable in some
   directions and limited in others. We can learn new skills, make new friends, and
   accept new responsibilities if we refuse to become rigid and fixed in our ways.
   When we fail to see evidence of growth in a tiny plant, it soon withers and dies.
   Let us work toward not letting this death overcome our chapter.

7. Harvest
   We are approaching the harvest time of the year not only in our gardens and fruit
   orchards but also in our chapter year. We pause today to inspect the fruits of the
   chapter year and, perhaps, to boast a bit because of the abundance of the crop. We
   are especially proud of our retiring officers. The membership is indeed grateful
   for the many hours you've spent weeding the garden and tilling the soil for new
   and sustained growth. You see here a gathering of flowers representing the
   harvest for our year. For you newly elected officers, now is the time for planting
   and preparation. There may be new projects you wish to plant; there is always
   weeding to do to replenish the nutrients of growth. Tend our garden well so that
   the next year our crop may be as beautiful.

8. Lighthouses
   Lighthouses have always fascinated people. They draw us to the water and to the
   protection of the beacons of light they provide.

   A little information about the light house -

   Lighthouse keeping was a perilous job. Individuals who tended the lighthouses
   were known as "Keepers of the Light." Keepers of the light needed to handle a
   boat expertly and forecast weather accurately. They needed to be ready to rescue
   people from rough waters at a moment's notice. They lived alone for long periods
   of time and performed heavy physical labor. They needed to be tough enough to
   survive hurricanes, tidal waves, ice storms and even Indian attacks.

   Much like the "Keepers of the Light", nurses are "Keepers of Healthcare." As
   keepers of healthcare we need to be able to multitask with precision speed and
   swiftness, we must be able to look ahead to the needs of the patient, their family,
   and members of our multidisciplinary heath care team. We also need to be read to
   rescue anyone in need at a moment's notice. We understand the demands of
   physical and mental fatigue. As nurses we have proven the test of time as to
   strength, for we all have weathered many battles.

          As the ________ Chapter you have had strong "Keepers of the Light."
           Over the past year the BOD along with the members have (names of
           BOD) The beam of light has been steady and strong.
          Recognize first the outgoing president: As you see the flames are burning
           bright, each symbolizes the strength, the wisdom, and the passion for
           perioperative nursing. These beacons of light have been an ongoing
           beacon of light and might with multiple activities for the chapter. Now the
           activities of "Keepers of the Light" have been passed on to a new group of
           keepers. As "Keeper of the Light" it involves hard work, many hours and
           dedication and commitment.

          Recognize the incoming president: I formally recognize the Chapters
           2004-2005 Board of Directors!

9. Building Blocks Installation Ceremony
       One gift most young children receive early in life is a set of blocks. Blocks
          fuel the imagination and children can spend hours building houses,
          skyscrapers, and cities with them. Children learn quickly that every block
          in their created structures is essential. If one block is removed, the
          building can come tumbling down. Likewise, every member in the chapter
          is vital to the well being of the organization. If one member falters, a
          group is weakened.

          Officers are a significant part of the framework in a chapter. Just as the
           blocks at the bottom of a structure support an entire building, an
           organization's officers support their chapter when they provide competent
           leadership. When officers perform their specific tasks, the chapter
           structure remains strong.

          Today, the officers of the _______________ [name of chapter] shall be
           installed using a theme of blocks. The blocks given are symbolic
           reminders to the officers that they are now an integral part of the chapter's
           framework. The successful completion of their duties will help keep their
           chapter intact. Will the newly elected officers, please come forward?
           [Have the officers line up in order, with the treasurer first.]

          _______________ [name of treasurer], as treasurer, you are the
           cornerstone of this chapter. As the cornerstone is the basic element of a
           structure, you are a necessary element of your chapter. Your duties include
           collecting and depositing money, paying chapter bills as directed by the
           executive board, and giving a monthly financial statement to your chapter.
           Do you promise to fulfill the many duties of your new office? [Officer
           shoulder answer, "I do." Pick up officer's block.] You have publicly
           declared that you will help to keep your chapter's framework intact. May
           this block be your constant reminder. [Give the block to the officer.]
   _______________ [name of reporter], as reporter, you are the arch of this
    chapter. As the arch is a graceful span of an opening in a structure, you,
    through your writing, represent your chapter in a graceful manner. Your
    duties include writing letters and taking care of your entire chapter's
    correspondence. Do you promise to fulfill the many duties of your new
    office? [Officer should answer, "I do." Pick up officer's block.] You have
    publicly declared that you will help to keep your chapter's framework
    intact. May this block be your constant reminder. [Give the block to the
    officers.]

   _______________ [name of secretary], as secretary, you are a buttress of
    this chapter. As the buttress supports and gives stability to a building, you
    support your chapter with accurate records. Your duties include listening
    attentively at all times, writing up the minutes of each meeting, and
    keeping the history of the chapter. Do you promise to fulfill the many
    duties of your new office? [Officer should answer, "I do." Pick up officer's
    block.] You have publicly declared that you will help to keep your
    chapter's framework intact. May this block be your constant reminder.
    [Give the block to the officers.]

   _______________ [name of vice-president], as vice-president, you are the
    pillar of this chapter. As a pillar provides firm upright support for a super
    structure, you provide strength to this chapter. Your duties include
    chairing the membership committee, keeping all chapter members
    informed as to chapter business, learning about chapter policies and
    procedures, and working closely with your president. Do you promise to
    fulfill the many duties of your new office? [Officer should answer, "I do."
    Pick up officer's block.] You have publicly declared that you will help to
    keep your chapter's framework intact. May this block be your constant
    reminder. [Give the block to the officers.]

   _______________ [name of president], as president, you are the facade of
    this chapter. As the front of a building, or facade, is given special
    architectural treatment, you take on a special dignity representing your
    chapter. Your duties include presiding at all meetings, appointing
    committees and chairmen, following up on all chapter matters, and
    representing your organization at all times. Do you promise to fulfill the
    many duties of your new office? [Officer should answer, "I do." Pick up
    officer's block.] You have publicly declared that you will help to keep
    your chapter's framework intact. May this block be your constant
    reminder. [Give the block to the officers.]

   [To the membership.] Members, you are the rest of the elements in this
    chapter's structure. Each one of you has different skills and talents that are
           needed by this organization. Use your many abilities and support your
           officers. When you work together, you can build a strong chapter from top
           to bottom and accomplish great things. Keep your chapter's framework
           solid.

10. Rainbow Installation Ceremony
        A rainbow is made up of seven different colors — red, orange, yellow,
          green, blue, indigo, and violet. Each one of these colors is exquisite.
          However, when they all come together to form a rainbow, they become
          unequaled in beauty. Likewise, chapters are made up of many types of
          people. Each person is unique, but in joining a chapter, a new member
          becomes a part of a colorful group unequaled in strength.

          Although there are only seven colors in the spectrum, there are over two
           million tints and shades of these basic colors. The tints and shades of the
           colors can be compared to the many talents and skills that individual
           members bring to a chapter. Some members have creative abilities, some
           have organizational skills, and some have leadership qualities.

          Today, the officers of the _______________ [name of chapter] will be
           installed using the colors of the rainbow. Just as each color of the
           spectrum is distinctive, each office of this chapter has specific tasks. When
           officers successfully perform their duties, they help keep their chapter
           running smoothly. Will the newly elected officers please come forward?
           [Have the officers line up with the treasurer first.]

          [Give the treasurer their gift.] The color red symbolizes the treasurer. Red
           represents energy, vitality, and perseverance. It is also known as a
           sacrificial color, indicating one's willingness to give of oneself. As
           treasurer, your duties include collecting all dues and monies, paying all
           approved bills, and keeping accurate financial records. You will be giving
           of yourself in many ways to this chapter as you handle its financial
           responsibilities. May the red color of your ribbon give you the energy,
           vitality, and perseverance needed to fulfill these obligations.

          [Give the reporter their gift.] The color orange symbolizes the reporter.
           Orange stands for thoughtfulness and consideration. As reporter, your
           duties include handling all of this chapter's correspondence. Remember to
           take the time to think before you write. Your words are a reflection of this
           chapter and its members. May the orange color of your ribbon always
           remind you to be thoughtful and considerate.

          [Give the secretary their gift.] The color yellow symbolizes the secretary.
           Considered to be bright and optimistic color, yellow stands thought and
           mental concentration. As secretary, your duties include keeping an
           accurate record of all of this chapter's business. Writing up each meeting's
           minutes will require a great deal of thought. May the yellow color of your
           ribbon give you the mental concentration and optimism needed to fulfill
           your commitment.

          [Give the vice-president their gift.] The color blue symbolizes the vice-
           president. Blue represents healing love, faith, loyalty, and inspiration. Blue
           is a calming color. As vice-president you are in training for the office of
           president. Your faith and loyalty are important to this chapter's members,
           and especially to the president who will reply on you for help. As
           chairman of the membership committee, inspire members, old and new, to
           become active in your chapter. As a source of healing love, you must
           strive to keep members in harmony about projects and goals. May the blue
           color of your ribbon give you the inspiration needed to face the challenges
           of this office.

          [Give the president their gift.] The color purple symbolizes the president.
           Purple represents leadership, greatness, and unselfish efforts. A regal
           color, purple is associated with royalty, or persons of high rank. As
           president, you will be treated royally for you have been elected to the
           highest office in your chapter. Being president is an honor and a privilege,
           but with this esteemed office comes many responsibilities. Duties of the
           office include presiding at all meetings, dealing with internal chapter
           matters, and handling any chapter crises. As president, you are also this
           chapter's representative to the community. May the purple color of your
           ribbon remind you to give unselfishly of yourself as you lead your chapter.

          During this ceremony, each officer has been installed with a different
           color. Alone, each color is striking, but when the colors come together, a
           larger more beautiful thing occurs. [Pull all the streamers together.] A
           rainbow is created. Each color is needed to make this rainbow, just as each
           officer is necessary to make this chapter run properly.

          [To the membership.] Members, you are also a part of the rainbow. You
           are the tints and shades of these basic colors. You bring various talents and
           skills to this chapter. Work with your officers, and together you can make
           this chapter a beautiful one.

11. Puzzle Pieces Installation Ceremony
        Puzzles are a part of our daily lives. There are crossword puzzles, number
           puzzles, and jigsaw puzzles. Children learn to work puzzles at an early
           age, and this process of figuring out how everything fits together continues
           through adulthood.
   The unique thing about puzzles is that until the last word, number, or piece
    is put into place, the puzzle is incomplete. Every word, number or piece is
    needed. Likewise, every member of this organization is essential. If one
    person fails to attend a meeting or function, a piece of this chapter is
    missing, making it incomplete.

   Today, the officers of the _______________ [name of chapter] will be
    installed using pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Each officer has different duties
    to perform just as each piece of a puzzle is shaped differently. The officers
    are the leadership pieces in this organization. They provide guidance and
    help to keep everything running. Will the newly elected officers please
    come forward? [Have officers line up in order with the treasurer first.]

   The treasurer's piece in the puzzle is a financial piece. Your duties include
    collecting and depositing money, writing checks, and giving a monthly
    financial statement to your chapter. Do you accept the responsibilities of
    this office? [The officer should answer, "I do." Give the officer a puzzle
    piece and small puzzle.] Congratulations. You are an important piece in
    this organization. Always work to keep your chapter complete.

   The reporter's piece in the puzzle is an inscribing piece. Your duties
    include writing letters and notes that will display your chapter in a positive
    light to the community. Do you accept the responsibilities of this office?
    [The officer should answer, "I do." Give the officer a puzzle piece and
    small puzzle.] Congratulations. You are an important piece in this
    organization. Always work to keep your chapter complete.

   The secretary's piece in the puzzle is a writing piece. Your duties include
    taking minutes at every meeting and making sure that all the decisions of
    your chapter are accurately recorded for the chapter's history. Do you
    accept the responsibilities of this office? [The officer should answer, "I
    do." Give the officer a puzzle piece and small puzzle.] Congratulations.
    You are an important piece in this organization. Always work to keep your
    chapter complete.

   The vice-president's piece in the puzzle is a membership piece. Your
    duties include charring the membership committee and working closely
    with your president. Spark chapter interest in all members, old and new,
    and support your president. Do you accept the responsibilities of this
    office? [The officer should answer, "I do." Give the officer a puzzle piece
    and small puzzle.] Congratulations. You are an important piece in this
    organization. Always work to keep your chapter complete.
          The president's piece in the puzzle is the leadership piece. Your duties
           include presiding at all meetings, appointing committees and chairmen,
           and representing your chapter within the community. You have been given
           the highest honor your chapter can bestow. Serve your membership with
           love and loyalty. Do you accept the responsibilities of this office? [The
           officer should answer, "I do." Give the officer a puzzle piece and small
           puzzle.] Congratulations. You are an important piece in this organization.
           Always work to keep your chapter complete.

          On the table is an unfinished jigsaw puzzle. It represents the members of
           the _______________ [name of chapter.] Currently it is incomplete. It
           needs the officers' pieces to be whole. [To the officers.] Would you please
           place your pieces in the puzzle? [Continue once the officers are finished.]
           Officers, you have now assumed your positions within this organization;
           however, you are not the only pieces in the chapter.

          [To the membership.] Members, you are the other pieces needed to
           complete the chapter. Just as every piece in a puzzle fits snugly together to
           make a picture, every member of this organization is joined together to
           accomplish chapter goals. Support one another, and your chapter will be
           able to achieve great success.

12. “It Is Written” Installation Ceremony
         Aware of it or not, each of us writes a page for others to see. Some people
            write pages of love, understanding, and cheerfulness while others write
            pages that are filled with hatred, intolerance, and bitterness. Our actions,
            words, and deeds become our compositions.

          Officers of an organization are no exception. Together they write an entire
           chapter in their chapter's history. To ensure that the pages written are
           positive, the officers must strive to complete their various obligations
           promptly and effectively. A successful chapter is comprised of dedicated
           leaders.

          Today, the officers of the _______________ [name of chapter] will be
           given a pen as they are installed. These pens can contribute to the writing
           of this chapter's next chapter when the officers use them to fulfill the
           duties and tasks of their respective positions. Will the newly elected
           officers please come forward? [Have the officers line up in order with the
           treasurer first.]

          [Give a pen to the treasurer.] _______________ [name of officer], as
           treasurer, your pen will be signing checks, balancing the checkbook, and
           making out treasurer's reports. Some of your other duties include
    collecting dues and paying bills. The page that you write is in the world of
    money management. It is a page that will keep members informed as to
    this chapter's financial status. Congratulations, and may your mark always
    be in the black.

   [Give a pen to the reporter.] _______________ [name of officer], as
    reporter, your pen will be writing letters, responding to correspondence,
    and making notations on incoming mail. The page that you write is in the
    world of communication. It is a page that will keep members, and the
    community, informed as to this chapter's happenings. Congratulations, and
    may your mark always be in the bold script.

   [Give a pen to the secretary.] _______________ [name of officer], as
    secretary, your pen will be constantly taking minutes of executive board
    meetings and general chapter meetings. Your minutes are the records of
    your chapter, and you are the keeper of the records. The page that you
    write is in the world of history. It is a page that will remind members of
    their chapters votes and decisions. Congratulations, and may your mark
    always be precise.

   [Give a pen to the vice-president.] _______________ [name of officer], as
    vice-president, your pen will be signing new membership applications,
    keeping a list of ideas for future chapter projects, and writing words of
    encouragement to fellow chapter members. Some of you duties include
    chairing the membership committee and working closely with the
    president. The page that you write is in the world of growth. It is a page
    that will challenge members to add to their chapter's numbers.
    Congratulations, and may your mark always be enthusiastic.

   [Give a pen to the president.] _______________ [name of officer], as
    president, your pen will be writing agendas, taking notes, following up on
    details, making lists, and appointing committees. At times your pen may
    never cease to write as you fulfill your many obligations. You must be
    tactful, courteous, conscientious, and always loyal to your office and your
    membership. The page that you write will inspire members to reach
    beyond their past to a new future. Congratulations, and may your mark
    always be one of encouragement.

   [To the membership.] Although the officers have been given pens, they do
    not write the chapter's next chapter alone. Everyone within an organization
    contributes to the writing process, page by page, year by year. Members,
    work with your officers and support them, so that the chapter composed
    during this next administration is the best chapter your chapter has ever
    written.