- Supreme Council
Worthy Protector, *: It is my will that this Council
of … Club No. … now come to order. If any present are not Red Eagles, they
will kindly retire to the ante-room, while the officers take their stations. See
Bro. Sr. Counselor, what is the hour?
Senior Counselor, rising, 8 strikes of the bell: Worthy Protector, the day is done; ‘tis the hour of eight, and the
evening star appears.
W.Protector: Bro. Sr. Counselor, at this hour
where should all Red Eagles be found?
Sr. Counselor: At this hour, Red Eagles should
cease from labor seek rest and repose at the fireside home, plan for the
morrow or engage in council for out mutual good.
W.Protector: ‘Tis well So shall it be The
Sentinel will see that the faithful Picket is at his post of duty and our
doors are guarded from intrusion.
Sentinel, saluting, retires and instructs picket to lock outside door,
comes back and reports: W. Protector, the locket stands
as a faithful guard; our doors are guarded against intrusion.
W.Protector: The Captain and Adjutant will
communicate to me the passwords after which you will ascertain if all present
are qualified members or guests of the Council.
Captain passes to all on the right, the Adjutant to all on the left,
taking up the passwords from each—going to altar, salutes and reports: W. Protector, I have examined all on your right and find no stranger in
Adjutant: W. Protector, I have examined all on the left and
find all qualified to remain.
W.Protector: Worthy Adviser, you will prepare
W. Adviser: W. Protector, your commands are
W.Protector, *: Brother Red Eagles, salute the
We will now sing our opening ode.
W. Protector, after the song: We
have again assembled as Red Eagles, to learn lessons of wisdom, to renew our
friendship and engage in council for our mutual good, but before proceeding,
it were well that each renew his vow to our noble order, which pledge I freely
give, swearing it by my uplifted hand, (thus.)
All Members, assuming Position: Once
more I swear to defend the sanctity of home, the honor of a Red Eagle, and my
country against every foe. Thus do I covenant with heart, hand and purse until
death do us part!
W.Protector: What are the three cardinal
principles of the Red Eagles?
All Members: Rectitude, Equality and Devotion.
W.Protector: How are these best exemplified?
All Members: By keeping forever sacred our
W.Protector: Brothers, join me in giving the
Council Honors. now declare this Council of … Club No. … open for
business. Sentinel so inform the Picket. *.
Before Beginning the Work: Captain and Adjutant, you
will retire to the ante-room, extend our hospitality to all belated members
and guests, and properly certified travelers, and after taking up the
passwords you may escort all who wish to enter to our fraternal altar.
W.Protector: Sentinel, please ascertain if any
candidates are in waiting.
Sentinel, saluting: W. Protector, I find …
W. Protector: The Secretary will collect the
Secretary salutes, retires and does so—returns to altar and reports: W. Protector, I have collected the fees.
W.Protector: Captain and Adjutant retire with
the attendants, prepare and introduce the canditate(s).
Captain and Adjutant and team retires in marching order, passing the
altar, all salute and retire and when ready with candidate(s) give proper
signal on the door.
Sentinel, opening wicket: Who comes there?
Captain, through the wicket: The Captain with
candidate(s) seeking admission.
Sentinel: By what right do they claim admission?
Captain: That of having made application, being duly elected
and properly vouched for.
Sentinel closes the wicket: W. Protector, the Captain
with candidate(s) claims admission. I find them duly prepared, and await
W.Protector: Admit them!
Sentinel opens wide the door: In
the name of the Rectitude, Equality and Devotion I bid you enter, and welcome
to our Council.
Marches candidate(s) one and a half around the room, in team form,
presents to Sr. Counselor’s station.
Captain: Brother Sr. Counselor, I present candidate(s).
Sr. Counselor: (1) Strangers, do you believe in
a Supreme being? Answer.
(2) Do you realize the purpose of the Red Eagles?
(3) Do you believe in the sanctity and perpetual
love of the home?
(4) Are you willing to defend the chastity of home,
the honor of a friend, and your country against every foe?
(5) Are you willing to take a solemn and binding
obligation to keep inviolate all secrets of the Red Eagles?
Sr. Counselor, placing … on bare right … says: I receive your pledge on the S… K… E… of the E… C…, as you feel
its E… severing the F… and marking you with a S… of remembrance so may
it ever remind you of your duties as a Red Eagle.
Sr. Counselor: W. Protector, I have received the
pledge of the candidate(s) and marked them with a S… of remembrance. I await
your further orders.
W.Protector: Bro. Sr. Counselor, direct the
Captain to present the candidate(s) to out altar for solemn obligation.
Sr. Counselor: Captain, by order of our W.
Protector, you will place the candidate(s) at our altar in due and ancient
form to take the solemn and binding obligation.
All candidates kneel on kneeling pad, place left hand over heart, raise
right hand to level of shoulder, palm out.
Captain: W. Protector, the candidate(s) are at the altar in
due and ancient form and await your pleasure.
W.Protector, ***: Brothers, gather around the
altar and witness the solemn and binding obligation.
All members form a complete circle around the candidate(s), W. Protector
and Adviser inside the circle, in front of altar, and at close of obligation
all join hands and raise to level of shoulder, dropping same at end of
W.Protector: You are about to take the binding
obligation as all Red Eagles before you have done. There is nothing in this
obligation to conflict with your religious, or political opinions, nor
anything which an honest upright citizen can object to, with this assurance
from me are you willing to take such obligation? Answer.
Adviser: I, …, kneeling under the flag of my country, in
the presence of these Red Eagles, do solemnly swear never to reveal any
signs, grip or secret work of the Red Eagles to any person unless I know him
to be a Red Eagle, or when acting under authority as an officer for a duly
I promise never to affiliate with or recognize any
society claiming to be Red Eagles, unless I know the same to be operating
under a legal charter granted by the Supreme Council of Red Eagles.
I further promise to pay my dues promptly to aid in
increasing the membership of this club, to be temperate in my habits, honest
in my dealings and on the level with all Red Eagles.
I especially promise other things being equal to
give my trade to a brother Eagle to warn him of any danger I know about to
befall him or his family. I will speak no evil of him or them and will defend
them whenever I can rightfully do so.
I further promise and swear never to violate the
chastity of mother, wife, daughter or sister of any Red Eagle and will hold in
veneration the perpetual love and sanctity of the home.
I especially promise and swear to defend the
chastity of home, the honor of a Red Eagle and my country against every foe;
thus do I swear and covenant to keep these vows inviolate until death do us
part and bind myself under the penalty of expulsion and I be deemed a
scoundrel unworthy the confidence and esteem of all men who hold home, friend
and country sacred, should I violate this my solemn and binding obligation.
Adviser: Bro. Red Eagles, do you accept the pledge made by
Members: We do! Having witnessed your solemn and binding
obligation, we Red Eagles do covenant to aid you in keeping all these vows
inviolate, until death do us part. In joy or sorrow, in sickness or health, in
prosperity or adversity, we will watch over and assist you and yours to the
utmost of our power; thus do we covenant with heart, hand and purse.
Members here join hands and raise them, making the chain of brotherhood.
Advisor: My friend(s) I extend to you the hand of welcome
and with it the grip of an eagle; I bid you arise and stand in the presence of
these Red Eagles. You have now bound yourself to us, by an obligation which
can never be broken except by an act of dishonor. So long as you prove
yourself a worthy Red Eagle, you and your home shall have the protection
pledged in our great covenant. You here behold our members linked together
in the unbroken chain of brotherhood, of which you are soon to become a link;
as a chain cannot be stronger than its weakest link neither can our Club be
stronger than the individuals who compose this great Red Eagle brotherhood.
As the youngest member(s) of this Club there now rests a responsibility upon
you, co-equal with every other faithful member. There are three great
cardinal principles upon which our society rests. You will receive instruction
therein. Let these principles be written indellibly upon your mind so that the
slow moving ages may never efface them.
Captain, conduct the candidate(s) to our Junior
Counselor for further instructions.
Captain: Junior Counselor, I present candidate(s) for
Jr. Counselor: It is my duty as well as my
pleasure to instruct you in the secret work of our order.
(1) The working sign is made thus: …
(2) The sign of the Great Covenant is made thus:
It means my heart, my hand, my purse for the good
of the order.
(3) The Recognition sign is made thus Its meaning
(4) The answer is made thus: …
Its meaning is …
(5) The warning sign of danger is made thus: …
Its meaning is …
(6) The warning cry of danger is …
It is only given in time of great danger.
(7) The warning words to approach and speak are
H… Y… S… O… W… P…
(8) The sign of distress is made thus (Our duty)
(9) The grip is made thus: …
(10) The Council honors are made thus: …
The Grand Council honors are made thus: …
The Supreme Council honors are made thus: …
The Adviser will privately instruct you how to gain
admittance when the Council is in session. The W. P. will instruct you in the
Annual and Permanent pass words..
I now call your attention to die first Cardinal
principle of our Society which is RECTITUDE. In its original Latin it simply
means, STRAIGHT; in English, it means UPRIGHT, correct in principle, correct
in practice; no man can be a true Red Eagle who is not on the square with his
fellow-men; a man of noble mind and generous heart is always alive to the
wants of his distressed sick or needy brother; therefore, as a Red Eagle you
are to fly to the rescue of a worthy brother, give him warning of any dangers
you may know that are about to befall him or his family. You are to live right
that you may die right, for to live and die is all we have to do. As a Red
Eagle you will be judged wholly by your life among your brother Eagles. Be
true, be just, be upright, be a Red Eagle, live a Red Eagle and die a Red
Captain, conduct the candidate(s) to our Sr.
Counselor for further instructions.
Captain: Brother Sr. Counselor, I present candidate(s) for
Sr. Counselor, speaks slowly with dignity: The
second Cardinal principle of our Society is EQUALITY. Without equality no
human association can long endure. It means equal privilege, equal burdens and
equal benefits, equal rights and equal blessings. Equality is the strong rivet
that binds the Red Eagle brotherhood in ties stronger than steel bands; a
brotherhood that is Benevolent, Protective and Patriotic; a brotherhood that
fosters perpetual love and sanctity of the home. With these high principles
dominating your live(s) you can never go far from the path that leads to
peace, joy and happiness. May you ever be found worthy to wear the insignia
of the Red Eagles, ever devoted to home, friends and country.
Captain, present the candidate(s) to our Past
Counselor for further instructions.
Captain: Past Counselor, I present candidate(s) for further
Past Counselor, speaks slowly with dignity:
My friend(s) the third Cardinal principle of our
Society is DEVOTION. No man liveth unto himself; at some time he must seek a
brothers aid. The strong man who refuses to aid the unfortunate, the weak and
afflicted is guilty of the curse of ingratitude and puts himself outside the
reach of the Red Eagles. Every Red Eagle must be what he is, not what he
seems; he must be devoted to home, and its responsibilities; to our Society
with its duties; to his country and its problems. A Red Eagle cannot hide
himself. He must be a blessing to home and friends, spreading blessings and
benedictions, or a blot radiating envy, hatred and strife; a blank be cannot
be. I trust that x-our conduct as a Red Eagle will be such as to radiate power
for good, love for home and friends, and patriotism for your country.
Captain, conduct the candidate(s) to our Worthy
for final instructions.
Captain: W. Protector, I present candidate(s) for final
W.Protector, with dignity: My friend(s), you have
taken the obligation of “The Red Eagles”; you have been instructed in its
secrets, its cardinal principles of RECTITUDE, EQUALITY and DEVOTION. It
is my duty to call your attention to the symbols of our Society. The heart,
the hand and the purse; with these all working for the good of the order, no
condition can arise where any Worthy Red Eagle shall ever want fur bread. our
colors are those of the National flag, the stars and stripes forever. It means
equality before the law, contentment at home and protection on every sea. it
is a rainbow of hope to the storm-tossed and a beacon light wherever the lamp
of liberty burns; it stands for Justice, Liberty and Equality, a fitting
emblem to gladden the hearts of all loyal, patriotic Red Eagles.
Our Motto is:
“We live in deeds, not years,
In thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial;
We should count time by heart throbs;
He lives most who thinks most,
Feels most, acts the noblest.”
With these principles put in practice no harm can
ever befall our Society. Neither envy, hatred, malice or strife can ever enter
our domain. By our deeds we shall leave none to the cold hand of charity. As
Red Eagles we must visit our sick, comfort the sorrowing and relieve the
distressed; not even death shall sever the chord of our fraternity, for our
benefactions shall fall upon the widow and the orphan, and we shall hold in
memoriam all our sacred dead. Our Club shall be an abiding place for brotherly
love, where RECTITUDE shall be our highest aim; EQUALITY shall greet every
brother as a peer, and DEVOTION to the principles of our great covenant shall
be our guiding star to destiny.
Under the folds of Old Glory,
“May we a united brotherhood stand;
A defense to cur home, our friends, our land;
Over our country from ocean to ocean,
We will preach Rectitude, Equality and Devotion;
And when greeting to our brother is said,
It shall always be, Hello Red.
Our Toast is:
“Here’s hoping you may live a hundred happy
And I may live a hundred less a day;
For I don’t care to live any more
When all good fellows have passed away
In the name of Rectitude, Equality and Devotion, I
now confer upon you the name and title Red Eagle, and place upon you the
insignia of our Order wear it worthily, live worthily, and die a Loyal Red
Eagle, conscious that you have been a defender of home, friends and country.
You will now face the Sr. Counselor.
Brothers, I take pleasure in introducing these
newly made Eagles. Greet them with the Council honors.
A recess for greetings will now be had. All
greet the new members by the hand shake and grip.
W. Protector, after the greetings, *:
The new members will now come forward and receive the passwords.
The annual password is …
The permanent password is …
You will now step to the Secretary’s desk and
sign the Roll of Honor and the Great Covenant, after which you may be seated.
W.Protector, ***: I am now ready to close this
Council. We will sing our closing ode.
W.Protector: Captain and Adjutants, secure
the odes, badges and rituals and place at this station. Pause. Once more we are about to
mingle with the outside world. Let us so live that others seeing our good work,
may join us in banishing the thorns that beset the pathway of life.
Before closing let us repeat our Great Covenant.
Members: I swear to defend the Sanctity of home the Honor of
a Red Eagle and our country against every foe in joy or sorrow, in sickness or
health, in prosperity or adversity, we will watch over and assist you and yours
to the utmost of our power; thus do we covenant with heart, hand, and purse
until death do us part.
W.Protector: I now declare this Council closed
until the next regular or special meeting. Sentinel, so inform the Picket. *.