New Officer Installation

Instructions

Modify this ceremony for your division: FBLA, FBLA-Middle Level, or PBL. Chapters are not required to have all the offices positions listed below.

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):

Will the newly elected officers of the [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL] please come forward as I announce your office.

(Installing official lights white candle.)

Lighting the tallest candle symbolizes the chapter in its entirety with all its members working together. With this symbol we shall charge each officer to do the job for which he/she has been elected.

[name of parliamentarian], parliamentarian.

(Parliamentarian comes forward.)

You have been named parliamentarian of the [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL]. As parliamentarian, it will be your responsibility to monitor all formal chapter meetings so that they are conducted within the framework of parliamentary procedure. Through your efforts, the chapter meetings will be conducted in an orderly fashion, resulting in the efficient disposition of business. Do you accept this responsibility?

Parliamentarian: I do.

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA-PBL, the parliamentarian.

(Gray candle is lit by white candle.)

This gray candle symbolizes the achievements possible when chapter meetings are conducted in an orderly fashion.

[name of historian], historian.

(Historian comes forward.)

You have been elected historian of the [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL]. As historian, it will be your responsibility to maintain records of the chapter, including a report of activities, awards and publicity. Through your efforts, people see the progress and activities of your chapter. Do you accept this responsibility?

Historian: I do.

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA-PBL, the historian.

(Green candle is lit by white candle.)

This green candle symbolizes the satisfaction that can be derived from preserving the past and recording the present, while preparing for the future.

[name of reporter], reporter.

(Reporter comes forward.)

You have been elected reporter of the [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL]. As reporter, your job will be to report meetings and other newsworthy activities of the chapter through the proper channels. Do you accept this responsibility?

Reporter: I do.

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA-PBL, the reporter.

(Reporter selects violet candle from table, and installing official lights it with white candle.)

This violet candle symbolizes the inspiration and enlightenment that can be brought by reporting the activities of the[FBLA/Middle Level/PBL] Chapter of [school].

[name of treasurer], treasurer.

(Treasurer comes forward.)

You have been elected treasurer of the [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL]. In electing you to this office, the members have shown their faith in your business ability and your honesty. Do you promise to keep accurate records of all money received and spent and to present orderly reports upon proper requests?

Treasurer: I do.

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA-PBL, the treasurer.

(Treasurer selects blue candle from the table and installing official lights it with white candle.)

This lighted blue candle symbolizes the trust and confidence which the members have in your ability to safeguard all funds.

[name of secretary], secretary.

(Secretary comes forward.)

You have been elected secretary of the [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL]. Accepting this office obligates you to be present and keep a record of what takes place at every meeting. Do you accept this responsibility?

Secretary: I do.

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA-PBL, the secretary.

(Secretary selects yellow candle from table, and installing official lights it with white candle.)

This yellow candle symbolizes constancy in attendance and in keeping members informed of the chapter’s progress.

[name of vice president], vice president.

(Vice president comes forward.)

You have been elected vice president of the [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL]. Your duty will be to assume the responsibilities in the absence of the president. Will you strive to carry out the duties of this office?

Vice President: I do.

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA-PBL, the vice president.

(Vice president selects orange candle from table and installing official lights it with the white candle.)

This orange candle is the symbol of the harmony and faithfulness which should characterize your efforts in working with the president to carry out the ideals of the chapter.

[name of president], president.

(President comes forward.)

The members of the [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL] have bestowed upon you a great honor in electing you the president. Your major responsibilities are to lead and encourage this chapter in all its activities. It is your duty to preside at all meetings and see that they are conducted in accordance with the constitution and correct principles of parliamentary practice. Do you accept this responsibility?

President: I do.

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA-PBL, the president.

(President takes red candle from the table and installing official lights it with the white candle.)

This red candle is the symbol of your duties and obligations to the chapter and its members.

(Addressing members of the chapter.)

In your presence, I now declare them officially installed as officers of the [school] Chapter of [FBLA/Middle Level/PBL] for the coming year.

(Lights are turned out.)

You may be seated.

(The newly elected president is called forward, and with a few appropriate remarks, the installing official presents the gavel to the new president who closes the meeting.)