Opening & Closing Ceremony Procedures

Opening Ceremony

President: (Raps gavel once / twice.)
Will the meeting please come to order. Mr./Madame Sergeant-at-Arms, are all officers in their places?

They are, Mr./Madame President.

President: (raps three times for assembly to rise.)
Mr./Madame Sergeant-at-Arms, please lead the assembly in the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America.

Will the assembly please note that the phrase, “one nation under God” is meant to be said without a pause. Turn, Salute, Pledge (Lead Pledge to the Flag.)

President: (Raps once and assembly is seated.)
Mr./Madame Secretary, will you please call the roll.

Mr./Madame Sergeant-at-Arms.

Present. The symbol of my office is the “hearty hand shake” and it is my responsibility to see that the assembly is comfortable and properly welcomed. It is also my duty to serve as doorkeeper for this organization.

Mr./Madame Reporter.

Present. The symbol of my office is the beacon tower and it is my duty to see that our school, community and national association have a complete report of our organization’s activities.

Mr./Madame President.

Present. The symbol of my office is the gavel. The duties vested in me by my office are to preside at all regular and special meetings of this organization and to promote cooperation in carrying out the activities and work of our organization. Mr./Madame Secretary.

Present. The symbol of my office is the pen and it is my responsibility to see that accurate and proper records are kept of all business and correspondence of this association. Mr./Madame Treasurer.

Present. The symbol of my office is the balanced budget and it is the duty of my office to keep accurate records of all funds and see that our financial obligations are met promptly.

Mr./Madame 1st Vice President.

1st Vice President:
Present. The symbol of my office is the five-pointed star. It is the duty of my office to see that we always have a strong membership, a good work program and are alert to the welfare of our organization.

Mr./Madame 2nd Vice President.

2nd Vice President:
Present. The symbol of my office is the four-pointed star. My office represents the new high technology of today. It is the duty of my office to assist the 1st Vice President in maintaining a strong membership.

Mr./Madame President, all officers are present and in their places.

Mr./Madame Sergeant-at-Arms, do we have guests present?

(If so, introduce guests, if not)--No, Mr./Madame President.

Mr./Madame Secretary, we are ready to transact business.

Closing Ceremonies

President: (Raps three times, assembly rises.)
Mr./Madame Secretary, will you recite the TSA Creed?

(Recites the TSA Creed.)

Will the assembly repeat the TSA Motto after me?
(Motto is spoken: “Learning to live in a Technical World.”)

Does anyone know of any reason why this assembly should not adjourn?
Hearing none, I declare this meeting adjourned until a special meeting is called or until our next regular meeting.

(Raps once with gavel.)

Physical Arrangement for Opening & Closing Ceremonies:

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Am Flag Sgt-at-Arms Reptr Pres Sec Treas 1st VP 2nd VP State Flag
Officers Facing Audience

TSA Motto"Learning to Live in a Technical World"

The TSA Creed:

I believe that Technology Education holds an important place in my life in the technical world. I believe there is a need for the development of good attitudes concerning work, tools, materials, experimentation, and processes of industry.

Guided by my teachers, artisans from industry, and my own initiative, I will strive to do my best in making my school, community, state, and nation better places in which to live.

I will accept the responsibilities that are mine. I accept the theories that are supported by proper evidence. I will explore on my own for safer, more effective methods of working and living.

I will strive to develop a cooperative attitude and will exercise tact and respect for other individuals.

Through the work of my hands and mind,
I will express my ideas to the best of my ability.

I will make it my goal to do better each day the task before me, and to be steadfast in my belief in my God, and my fellow Americans.