Good evening everyone. Welcome to #MembershipMonday!

Before we begin, our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas.

Tonight we're going to chat about rituals. Rituals are an important part of our fraternity in that they help to welcome our new pledges to their process and then again when they cross into brotherhood. They're solemn yet celebratory and a big deal. When getting ready for a ritual, there are a few things to keep in mind. [Please note that things mentioned will be somewhat vague given the nature of the subject.]

Do take the time to rehearse so that you're comfortable and have a lesser chance of hiccups.

Do make sure you know your school rules and thus stock your supplies accordingly.

Don't use your cell phone light if you don't have a speaking role. In fact, make sure it's on silent or off completely. If you are up front, use only one light source for the main participants.

Do have water available, especially if the room will be full of people. Have chairs at the ready in case someone needs to sit.

Don't take photos until everything is put away so that no ritual materials accidentally find themselves online.

Do be respectful. Maintain reverence during the ceremony and save chatting for after. Have no side conversations while the pledges/new brothers are being pinned.

Don't leave yourselves short when it comes to supplies, especially pins. Check your kit every semester and order accordingly.

Do be part of the welcoming committee! It's up to all of us to be the ambassadors of APO if you will, and it should be an exciting experience for everyone involved.

These are just a few things to keep in mind. If you would like more tips or tricks, please feel free to email us at membership@apor1.org.

Tune in next week as your membership squad will be LIVE in the group answering YOUR membership questions! Time will be determined asap.

As always, be excellent to each other.

In LFS, YOUR region membership squad