New or Reinstated Chapter Installation

Instructions

Modify this ceremony for your division: FBLA, FBLA-Middle Level, or PBL.

Materials Needed:

  • Tall Candles: white, gray, green, violet, blue, yellow, orange, red
  • Official Charter
  • Names of Charter Members, New Officers, or New Members

Installing Official (Standing):

FBLA-PBL is a national organization for business students who are preparing for careers in business or business education. I have been authorized to conduct the installation of [school name] into the national chapter of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc.

FBLA-PBL is designed to promote Future Business Leaders. It is fitting, as we begin this new chapter, that we consider what these words represent to our organization:

[Use for FBLA and Middle Level]

  • Future: Our daily educational experiences and our involvement in leadership activities prepare us for the future—a time to accept challenges. In [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL], we will find the tools to prepare for the future. We will profit from the experiences of others, those who have preceded us, as well as our teachers and others with whom we associate. Our studies and activities will help us meet changing conditions and further our understanding of the world’s varied economic systems.
  • Business: We realize the importance of education and training in business methods and procedures. We appreciate the roles of business and education in our daily lives.
  • Leaders: The future of our country depends on the quality of leadership. Leadership implies honor, foresight, tact, competence, dependability, discretion and integrity. A leader must listen, withstand criticism and be flexible. A leader accepts failure in stride but is willing to profit from it. As members of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL], it is our duty to prepare for the enormous responsibility of business leadership in the years ahead.
  • America: If America is to remain a world leader, intelligent young men and women are needed to guide our country by studying America’s past and analyzing her present. The initiative and success of leaders in business will help shape the future of America. Through [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL], we will strive for leadership in the field of business, thereby helping to strengthen America.

[Use for PBL]

  • Future: Our daily educational experiences and our involvement in leadership activities prepare us for the future — a time to accept challenges. In PBL, we will find the tools to prepare for the future. We will profit from the experiences of others, those who have preceded us, as well as our teachers and others with whom we associate. Our studies and activities will help us meet changing conditions and further our understanding of the world’s varied economic systems.
  • Business: We realize the importance of education and training in business methods and procedures. We appreciate the roles of business and education in our daily lives.
  • Leaders:The future of our country depends on the quality of leadership. Leadership implies honor, foresight, tact, competence, dependability, discretion and integrity. A leader must listen, withstand criticism and be flexible. A leader accepts failure in stride but is willing to profit from it. As members of PBL, it is our duty to prepare for the enormous responsibility of business leadership in the years ahead.

(At this point in the ceremony, it may be helpful to provide a brief history of FBLA-PBL. Call your state FBLA-PBL leaders for state membership information.)

Our organization has a definite and worthwhile list of goals. I should like to ask [name of assistant installing officer or member of installation team] to read these goals.

Assistant Installing Officer (Standing):

FBLA-PBL Goals:

  • Develop competent, aggressive business leadership.
  • Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work.
  • Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise.
  • Encourage members in the development of individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community.
  • Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism.
  • Encourage and practice efficient money management.
  • Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty.
  • Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals.
  • Facilitate the transition from school to work.

Installing Official:

Will the new officers of the [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL] please rise and remain standing as I announce each office name.

(Installing officer calls name and title of each officer.)

You have been chosen from among the members at [school name] as officers for the coming year. You have been selected because your members have faith in your ability and confidence that you will fulfill the duties of your office. I challenge you to accept the responsibility that has been given to you. Please raise your right hand and repeat after me.

I, as an officer of the [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL] do solemnly promise that I will fulfill the responsibilities of my office to the best of my ability, and that I shall carry them out in accordance with the bylaws of FBLA-PBL, Inc.

(While lighting the tall candle…)

By lighting this candle, I seal the vow you have taken and vest in you the authority of your office.

(Speaking to all members.)

You have heard the vows that these officers of your chapter have taken. In your presence, I now declare them officially installed as officers of the [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL] for the year [year].

(Speaking to officers and members, and particularly to chapter president.)

By authority of FBLA-PBL, Inc., I am pleased to present you with the official charter of your chapter.

(Reads the charter.)

By virtue of this charter, this chapter now becomes a part of the national organization. You now have the privilege and the responsibility of operating under the name Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda and as a part of the state chapter and the national organization. The responsibility of making the [school] Chapter a success rests with its members and officers.

Installing Official:

The [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL] Chapter president, [name of president], will give the oath of membership to the charter members of the chapter.

(Chapter officers turn and face audience.)

Chapter President: The secretary will now read the names of the Charter members of [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL]. As the names are read, the members will please rise and remain standing until all members have been presented.

Chapter Secretary:

(Reads slowly the name of each charter member. Charter members stand as their names are called and remain standing until the oath has been administered.)

Chapter President:

Each of you, please raise your right hand and repeat the oath of membership in unison after me.

I do solemnly promise to uphold the aims and responsibilities of FBLA-PBL and, as an active charter member, I shall strive to develop the qualities necessary to become a leader in business and in the community in which I live. As president of the [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL], I declare you duly inducted as charter members.

Installing Official:

[Name of assistant installing official or member of installation team] will lead members in reciting in unison the FBLA Creed.

(The Creed is recited.)

  • I believe education is the right of every person.
  • I believe the future depends on mutual understanding and cooperation among business, industry, labor, religious, family, and educational institutions, as well as people around the world. I agree to do my utmost to bring about understanding and cooperation among all of these groups.
  • I believe every person should prepare for a useful occupation and carry on that occupation in a manner that brings the greatest good to the greatest number.
  • I believe every person should actively work toward improving social, political, community, and family life.
  • I believe every person has the right to earn a living at a useful occupation.
  • I believe every person should take responsibility for carrying out assigned tasks in a manner that brings credit to self, associates, school, and community.
  • I believe I have the responsibility to work efficiently and to think clearly. I promise to use my abilities to make the world a better place for everyone.