Daughters of Penelope
Warden prepares stations and Altar; places Pianist’s jewel at piano. The Marshal carries her baton.
The President shall seat the members with one rap of the gavel, officers shall take their stations and the Sentinels shall see that the doors of the meeting hail are closed.
PRESIDENT: Sisters, the meeting of ... Chapter No. ... of the Daughters of Penelope will please come to order. *
Sentinels, secure the doors of our chapter room, and allow no interruptions during the opening and closing ceremonies.
Sentinels secure the doors and return to their stations.
PRESIDENT: Marshal, obtain the pass-word from every Sister present.
The Marshal goes first to the President, and on around the room, going last to the Treasurer. Each Sister rises and with cupped hands about her mouth, whispers the password. Those who do not know it are directed to the Secretary. The Marshal returns to the Altar.
The Guards at the direction of the President may assist the Marshal.
MARSHAL: Worthy President, I have obtained the password from every Sister present, except those whom I have directed to the Secretary to ascertain if they are eligible to attend our meeting.
PRESIDENT: Marshal, prepare the jewels of our Order.
The Marshal takes three steps back from the Altar and goes to the Warden’s station, and the Warden who has the jewels in order, places them on the Marshal’s baton. The Marshal proceeds to the front of the Altar, takes three steps back and makes the following announcement.
MARSHAL: Worthy President, the jewels of our Order are at the Altar.
PRESIDENT: Worthy officers, proceed to take your jewels. * *.
Officers take their jewel from the baton and place it around their neck in unison; return to their stations and remain standing until the President raps the gavel for them to be seated. *.
The Marshal’s jewel is placed around her neck by the Warden after all jewels are taken by the officers, she returns to her station without orders from the President.
PRESIDENT: Daughters of Penelope stand reverently while our Worthy Priestess attends the Altar and aks the blessings of Almighty God upon this Order.
The Priestess takes the Bible, leaves her station and walks three steps toward the rear of the room, turns, walks to the Altar, turns and then takes three steps up to the Altar and slowly places the Bible on the Altar, lights the candles, opens the Bible, then kneels and gives the opening prayer.
PRIESTESS: Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. We humbly beseech Thy blessing upon all our Sisters gathered here in Thy service, and for the propagation of Thy ways among men. Help us to think clearly and wisely in our deliberations, and guide us in all our actions during this meeting. Amen.
The Priestess will remain kneeling and with the assembly will make the sign of the cross.
The Priestess retraces her steps to her station; the President taps the gavel to seat the officers and members. *.
PRESIDENT: Marshal, with the assistance of the Guards, conduct the Colors into the chapter room.
Guards follow Marshal and retire to the anteroom to prepare the Flags.
Colors may be posted before the meeting is called to order.
INSIDE SENTINEL: Worthy President, the Marshal and the Guards with our Colors seek admittance.
PRESIDENT: Admit them. * * *.
Members place their right hand over their heart as the Flags pass. The Marshal leads the Flag Guards from the center, and remains at the Altar. The American, or Canadian flag may be placed to the right marching right of the Greek flag. Flag Guards cross at the head of the Altar so that the American, or Canadian flag should be carried on the of the President. After the Flags are posted, the Guards step back three steps, and stand facing the Flags. At this time, members drop their hands.
PRESIDENT: Sisters let us give the Pledge of Allegiance. The hand is placed over the heart, and dropped after the words “justice for all.”
PRESIDENT: We shall sing one stanza of our National Anthem.
PRESIDENT: Sisters, Epi to Ergon. (On with our work.)
Kali Arhi. (A good beginning.)
PRESIDENT: Sisters, give the sign of our Order.
The sign of the loom is given by the assembly.
PRESIDENT: Our general purpose in the Daughters of Penelope is to cultivate the principles which are known as the Hellenic Trinity, namely, Truth, Goodness, and Beauty; and to promote our personal ideals which are Purity, Loyalty, and Patience, the virtues which were embodied in Penelope, the faithful wife of Odysseus and an ideal example of womanhood throughout the world.
Secrecy is a fundamental principle of this Order, no action taken, no comment made, no ritualistic ceremony executed, and no other event pertaining to our secret work shall be revealed to anyone other than to a regular and duly initiated member in good standing of this Order.
I now declare this chapter to be regularly convened. *.
PRESIDENT: Worthy Secretary, we shall now have the roll call of officers. *.
Secretary stands, and calls elective and appointive officers by name and rank. Officers stand when responding.
NOTE: Marshal stands during roll call, and answers for those who are absent.
PRESIDENT: The next order of business is Initiation. *.
Before the meeting, the Warden will prepare the Altar by placing an unlighted candle for each candidate on it, and candles at each officers station.
The President shall appoint one or more members who shall put out the lights and turn them on again at the proper moment:
Sisters, we are about to perform the solemn ceremony of Initiation. In order that the impression may be everlasting upon the minds of the candidates, I charge you to cease all conversation, and to deport yourselves so as not to distract the Neophytes, or interfere with the work of the officers during the ceremony.
I now declare this Chapter to be ready for Initiation. *.
Worthy Secretary, please read the names of all who have been selected by this Chapter for membership, and who have been invited here for Initiation. The Secretary does so.
Marshal, take the list and retire to the anteroom to ascertain if all the candidates whose names have been called are waiting.
The Marshal does so and returns to the Altar to make her report.
MARSHAL: Worthy President, the names of those who are now waiting to be initiated are as follows: Reads the names.
PRESIDENT: Marshal, retire to the ante-room with your assistants and prepare these candidates for Initiation.
Each candidate should have an escort. The Marshal will take with her as many Guards as there are candidates and proceed to the ante-room. If there are more candidates than Guards, the President should assign a sufficient number of members to aid in this task. In the ante-room the Marshal lines up the candidates and blindfolds them carefully with the aid of her assistants.