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					Installation Ceremonies for Chapter Officers
Guidelines and 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 inc lude 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
before 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 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.)

           Secretary – (name), as Secretary, you shall give notice of 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.
           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.
           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.
           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.
           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. (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 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 are Blue-Truth and Wisdom and 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) 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 chair, 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, vis ion, tolerance, wit, and wisdom with agreeable
          voice. 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
   4. Animals Installation Ceremony
      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.
   5. Candles Installation Ceremony
      The work of your officers has 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.
   6. Spices Installation Ceremony
      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.
   7. Jewels Installation Ceremony
      The story of precious stones is one of the most romantic 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.
   8. Landmarks Installation Ceremony
      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).
   9. Growth Installation Ceremony
    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 continued growth for our Chapter.
10. Harvest Installation Ceremony
    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.
11. Lighthouses Installation Ceremony
    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 Health Care." As keepers of health care we need
    to be able to multitask with precision, speed and swiftness, and we must be able to look ahead to the needs of
    the patient, their family, and members of our multidisciplinary health care team. We also need to be ready 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." 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, wisdom, and passion for perioperative nursing. These beacons of light have been an ongoing
           light and strength with multiple activities for the Chapter. Now the activities of "Keepers of the
           Light" have been passed on to a new group of keepers. "Keeper of the Light," involves hard work,
           many hours, and dedication, and commitment.
        Recognize the incoming President: I formally recognize the Chapters (year) Board of Directors!
12. 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 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 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
        chair, 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.
13. 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 chair 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.
14. 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 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 chairing 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 chairs, 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.
15. “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 negativity, 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 your 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.
16. Fine Art Theme
     ―Fine Art‖ was once described as that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together. So
     let’s describe AORN (Chapter name) as a work of ―Fine Art.‖ Your hands do the work, your heads
     reason, and your hearts feel and love. All Chapter projects and programs will be better achieved when, in
     harmony, you work with hands, head, and heart.

     The heart is especially important to us tonight with emphasis on a loving, giving heart, as the officers of
     the Chapter of AORN______ will be installed.

     The hands of a Chapter are its members, old and new, to whom a Chapter owes its success in projects and
     without whom a Chapter would cease to exist as a living, loving, and working institution.

     The mind of a Chapter might well be its Board of Directors, for without this group to consider and reason
     out the projects and requests that are directed to it, the business of deciding what work is to be done
     would be so time consuming there would be little time for other work.

     Without a doubt, the heart of the Chapter would be its officers. They should always keep the Chapter
     members feeling compassionate and loving in all Chapter work.

     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.

     It is my privilege to install your newly elected officers and nominating committee for the coming year.
     The year that we will be leaving tonight has been a most outstanding one…one of which you may each be
     proud. The officers who served you may each leave with a sense of pride in their leadership and in the
     knowledge that they leave for you a firm foundation for building and the legacy of true, strong hearts.

        Past President: please stand when called. (Name), as Past President, you have already provided this
         Chapter with your ―loving touch.‖ The membership is appreciative of all your efforts and hard work
    this past year. We look forward to your continuing to provide your ―loving touch‖ as you serve on the
    Nominating Committee as an advisor. Do you accept this responsibility?
   Outgoing Officers and Nominating Committee: please stand when called. (Names), as outgoing
    officers and nominating committee you are formally thanked for your fulfillment of organizational-
    objective membership goals.
   Will the new officers and nominating committee please come forward when called. You each have
    been selected by this Chapter to assume the responsibilities of leadership during the coming year. In
    order that the work may be a success, it will be necessary for each of you to perform every duty
    conscientiously, with your hands, head, and heart. It will be up to you to give to this Chapter that
    extra ―loving touch.‖ It will be your duty to attend every meeting, if at all possible, and to serve
    faithfully in office, until your successor has been duly elected and installed to replace you.
   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 an 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 the success of an
    organization depends on the right leadership. Do you accept this responsibility? You, too, then add
    your loving touch.
   Will the following members (names) remaining on the Nominating Commit tee please come forward.
    Do you accept this responsibility? You, too, then add your loving touch.
   Board of Directors: (Names), as Board members, your hours will be spent rendering service to your
    Chapter and to your community. You should spend your time assisting your fellow Chapter members
    to become more a part of the activities of the Chapter; you will assist the other officers in providing
    leadership for this Chapter. Do you accept these responsibilities? With this symbol of the loving
    touch, the Chapter comes that much closer to fulfillment. Will the following members (names)
    remaining on the Board of Directors please come forward. Do you accept this responsibility? You,
    too, then add your loving touch.
   Treasurer: (Name), as Treasurer, you have been entrusted with receiving all funds for this
    organization. It is your duty to keep an accurate account of receipts and expenditures and to present a
    financial report at each Board and Chapter business meeting. Do you accept these responsibilities? On
    you we bestow this loving touch.
   Secretary: (Name), the work of Secretary will require special attention and care. It is your duty to
    keep the minutes of the Board meetings and business meetings so as to have an accurate record of the
    purposes and policies of this Chapter. Do you accept this responsibility? You, too, then add your
    loving touch.
   President-Elect: (Name), as President-Elect, you are an apprentice. You have time and experience of
    Chapter service 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. Observe, learn, and plan
    ahead to make our transition in leadership next year as smooth as possible. Do you accept this
    responsibility? You, too, then add your loving touch.
   Vice President: (Name), as Vice-President, your duty is primarily to assist the President and all duties
    listed in the Policy Manual. If ever his/her absence is necessary, you should be prepared to assume the
    responsibilities of his/her office and to perform the duties to the best of your ability. Do you accept
    this responsibility? To you, I also give the symbol of the loving touch, knowing you will add just that
    to your office.
   President: (Name), as President, this organization has conferred on you its highest honor and its
    greatest responsibility. In proportion to your enthusiasm and guidance, this Chapter will grow and
    develop. May it be your constant aim and endeavor to promote growth and harmony of action. May
    your decisions be free from all prejudice and injustice. It will be your duty to preside at all meetings
    and be ex-officio member of all committees, except the committee on nominations, in order that you
    may be the leader in carrying on the policies of this Chapter. It will be your duty to promote the
    objectives and purposes of (Name of Chapter) ―WITH ALL YOUR HEART.‖ Do you accept these
    responsibilities? With this symbol, you now represent the HEART of your Chapter, and with the
    added ―loving touch‖ of your officers, you now represent the new officers of (Name of Chapter).
   To the officers and to all of you, as members, remember…
    Gold and silver are gifts that are treasured by many, but gifts of the heart cost not a penny.
    A smile is a gift you can give every day.
    Laughter’s a gift that holds happiness in it, time is a gift to enjoy every minute.
    The world is a gift, for God in his love, gives us green meadows and blue skies above.
    Giving is receiving…receiving is giving, that’s really the secret that lies within living.
    So give something each day and you’ll find that’s its true, all the gifts of the heart will be given to
    you.
   May this opportunity to serve bring you joy…a gift from the heart…which is found in working
    together for a common cause and purpose.
   I am happy to proclaim these officers of (Name of Chapter) duly installed.