Revised: July 6, 2016


Pennsylvania Elks State Association
Founded, March 8, 1906

RITUALISTIC COMMITTEE

 

Chairman: Kyle Minnich (Laura)

Bridgeport Lodge No. 714 (SE)

 

Vice Chairman: David Harry, State College Lodge No. 1600 (NC)

Frank Swingle, Sayre Lodge No. 1148 (NE)

Peter J O’Polka, Franklin Lodge No. 110 (NW)

Thomas Wilhelm, Carlisle Lodge No. 578 (SC)

Laura Minnich, Bridgeport Lodge No. 714 (SE)

Barbara Gagliardi, Monongahela Lodge No. 455 (SW)

Carl Smith, Beaver Falls Lodge No. 348 (W)

Charles Cook PSP, Oakmont Lodge No. 1668 (W)

Dan Shirley Jr, Kittanning Lodge No.203 (WC)

 

BRIDGEPORT LODGE #714

NATIONAL RITUAL TEAM CHAMPS 2015-2016

 

 

 

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Bridgeport Lodge #714

National 2nd Place Ritual Team

2014-2015

 


 

Official Rules for the 11 O’clock Toast Contest

 

Contestants must be the elected Lodge Exalted Ruler.

 

Contestant must provide a candidate of choice.

 

Contestants and Candidates must position themselves in the same position as they do there ritual.

 

The “TOAST” must be given as printed on the Official Judges form.

 

The Contestant will be introduced by the chairman and be given an opportunity to compose themselves.

 

When the contestant is ready, the chairman will ring the eleven chimes, and proudly say “it is the hour of recollection”.

 

Dress will be Sport (or State) Jacket and Tie. Or Dress /Business Suit

 

Judges will mark the contestant in the same manner as they do in the regular Ritual Contest.

 

Judges will grade the contestant on the basis of WORD ACURRACY (30%), PRONUNCIATION (10%), and IMPRESSIVENESS (60%).

 

Only the Official Judges form is to be used in the contest.

 

The Judges shall be Grand Lodge Certified Judges.

 

Contestants may  remain in the room after competition but must be seated in the audience.

 

Scores are to be computed immediately after the conclusion of all contestants.

 

Scores and final results should be announced on the same day the contest took place in your District and at the State dinner on Saturday at the State Convention in May.

 

One winner from each district.

 

District Chairman to provide State Chairman with the winner’s name by March 30th.

 

Exalted Ruler: You have heard the tolling of eleven strokes. This is to impress upon you that with us the hour of eleven has a tender significance. Wherever Elks may roam, whatever their lot in life may be, when this hour falls upon the dial of night, the great heart of Elkdom swells and throbs. It is the golden hour of recollection, the homecoming of those who wander, the mystic roll call of those who will come no more. Living or dead, Elks are never forgotten, never forsaken. Morning and noon may pass them by, the light of day sink heedlessly in the West, but ere the shadows of midnight shall fall, the chimes of memory will be pealing forth the friendly message, “To our absent members.”


OFFICIAL RULES FOR THE FLAG CHARGE CONTEST

 

All Leading Knights are eligible to participate.

 

Contestant must provide a candidate and flag.

 

The Flag Charge must be given as printed on the Official Judges form.

 

Contestant will be introduced by Chairman, and given an opportunity to compose himself.

 

When the contestant is ready, the chairman will give “three (3) raps of the gavel”. The contest starts when the contestant looks down at the flag. He will then go through the complete charge (following ritual guidelines), leave his station and present the flag to the candidate.

 

Dress Code will be Sport (or State) Jacket & tie or Dress / Business Suit.

 

Judging will be the same as the ritual contest, except that PRONOUNCIATION (10%), Word ACCURACY (30%), DEPORTMENT (10%), and IMPRESSIVENESS (50%).

 

Judges will mark in the same manner as the ritual contest.

 

Only official judges form is to be used.

 

All Judges shall be Grand Lodge Certified Judges.

 

Contestants may remain in the room after competition but must be seated in the audience.

 

Scores are to be computed immediately after the conclusion of all contestants.

 

Scores and final results should be announced on the same day the contest took place and at the State dinner at State Convention in May

 

District Chairman must provide State Ritual Chairman with the name of the district winner no later by March 31st.

 

District winner will compete at the Spring convention to determine state winner.

 

Computing will come from the flag Charge Computing Sheets.

 

Rap  Rap  Rap  (By Chairman)

 

Exalted Ruler: Please salute our flag.

 

As this emblem is first in our hearts as loyal Americans, so is it close to our alter as loyal Elks. The gentle breezes with lingering caress kiss the folds of no flag which can compare with it in beauty. There is no such red in budding rose, in falling leaf or sparkling wine; no such white in April blossom, in crescent moon or mountain snow; no such blue in woman’s; eye, in ocean’s depth or heaven’s dome; and no such pageantry of clustering stars and streaming light in all the spectrum of the sea and sky. In the name of this great brotherhood, and on behalf of this lodge, I present you with this, our flag. Preserve it as a memento of this occasion, and may it ever stimulate you to the performance of your full duty in the preservation and defense of all it represents.

 


 

 

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