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Pythagoras, Acacia’s Mentor

Reference: Pythagoras, Membership Manual of the Acacia Fraternity, pages 58-62

  1. The founders of Acacia Fraternity selected Pythagoras to serve as Acacia’s mentor because they wished to embody three ideals. To provide an example of the ideals of

, ,

  1. Timeline: Pythagoras was born on the Greek island of off the coast of Asian Minor about . Having absorbed the elements of Greek philosophy and science, Pythagoras set out to discover and study the and of other lands. Pythagoras was recommended by Polycrates to , King of Egypt, and he was admitted to the entire range of Egyptian learning by the high priests of that land. Pythagoras had spent the first 50 years of his life in the search for and and was ready to begin his life’s great work.

  1. Pythagorean Institute: The citizens of Crotona established the world’s first university and a model city. Describe the two main classes of students.

  1. 47th Proposition of Euclid: Finish the sentence…Pythagoras discovered that the square on the hypotenuse of a…

  1. Pythagoras Contributions: List two other teachings of Pythagoras in music and science.

  1. The right triangle, to Pythagoras, represented the and the representing the . The hypotenuse, forming the connecting link between the and the with mathematical , represented .

  1. The Six Meanings of Acacia

AKAKIA has ritualistic significance in the to which the Fraternity owes its Heritage.

AKAKIA is the name of a which survived the seasons standing out as a symbol of and .

AKAKIA is a Greek word which has been used to designate and among Mankind.

AKAKIA indicate a truly masculine state, importing strength and

protection to the weaker.

AKAKIA reminds us of the need to live a life always mindful of the


AKAKIA fraternity, is ever reminding us of our duty to its age-honored symbolic meanings and our as Acacians toward those with whom we .

Week Two

Operating as a Team


  • Reflections from Week One

  • Reciting the Acacia Preamble

  • Pythagoras, chapter III and VI

  • Executive Member Spotlight: Venerable Dean

  • Meeting Etiquette/ParliPro Tips

  • Discussion of personal goals

  • “Human Service” Project

  • Alumni Mentors

  • Big Brother requests

  • Election of Class Officers


  • Be able to participate in meeting, using parliamentary procedure

  • Reinforce the importance of goal setting

  • Begin planning “Human Service” project

Assignments Due for Next Week:

Up Next Week:

  • Cornerstones activity: Academic achievement

  • Learning the Legacy

  • Your Acacia Story

  • Website Profiles

Reflections from Week 1

  • What does the Senior Dean do?

  • The Senior Dean, House Corp President and Chapter Advisor were all pledges at one time

  • Are my goals realistic and obtainable?

  • Am I already taking action to reach my goals?

  • Do I want to run for an office?

Pythagoras Reading: Chapters III and VI, Active Membership and The Chapter
In the Space Below Write the Preamble to Laws of Acacia:

Reference: Pythagoras, Membership Manual of the Acacia Fraternity, page 71

Executive Member Spotlight: Venerable Dean, Brother____________________

Below list 3 main responsibilities and any other important notes about this office:

Parliamentary Procedure Tips – Running Effective Meetings
What is Parliamentary Procedure?

It is a set of rules for conduct at meetings that allows everyone to be heard and to make

decisions without confusion.
Why is Parliamentary Procedure important?

Because it’s a time tested method of conducting business at meetings and public

gatherings. It can be adapted to fit the needs of any organization. Today, Robert’s Rules

of Order newly revised version is the basic handbook of operation for most clubs,

organizations and other groups. So it’s important that everyone know these basic rules.
Example of the Order of Business

Organizations using parliamentary proced


1. What is Parliamentary Procedure?

2. Why is Parliamentary Procedure important?

3. Example of the Order of Business.

4. Motions

5. Types of Motions.

6. How are Motions presented?

  1. Voting on a Motion.
ure usually follow a fixed order of business.

Below is a typical example

1. Call to order.

2. Roll call of members present.

3. Reading of minutes of last meeting.

4. Officer reports.

5. Committee reports.

6. Special orders – Important business previously designated for consideration at this


7. Unfinished business.

8. New Business.

9. Announcements.

10. Adjournment.

The method used by members to express themselves is in the form of moving motions. A

motion is a proposal that the entire membership take action or a stand on an issue.

Individual members can:

1. Call to order.

2. Second motions.

3. Debate motions.

4. Vote on motions.

Types of Motions

There are four Basic Types of Motions.

1. Main Motions: The purpose of a main motion is to introduce items to the

membership for their consideration. They cannot be make when any other motion

is on the floor, and yield to privileged, subsidiary, and incidental motions.

2. Subsidiary Motions: Their purpose is to change or affect how a main motion is

handled, and is voted on before a main motion.

3. Privileged Motions: Their purpose is to bring up items that are urgent about

special or important matter unrelated to pending business.

4. Incidental Motions: Their purpose is to provide a means of questioning

procedure concerning other motions and must be considered before the other

How are Motions presented?

1. Obtaining the Floor

a. Wait until the last speaker has finished.

b. Rise and address the Chair by saying, “Mr. Chairman, or Mr. President.”

c. Wait until the Chair recognizes you.

2. Make your motion

a. Speak in a clear and concise manner.

b. Always state a motion affirmatively. Say, “I move that we…” rather than, “I move that we do not…”.

c. Avoid personalities and stay on your subject.

3. Wait for someone to second your motion.

4. Another member will second your motion or the Chair will call for a second.

5. If there is not second to your motion, it is lost.

6. The Chair states your motion.

a. The Chair will say, “It has been moved and seconded that we…”. Thus placing your motion before the membership for consideration and action.

b. The membership then either debates your motion or may move directly to a vote.

c. Once your motion is presented to the membership by the Chair, it becomes “assembly property”, and cannot be changed by you without the consent of the members.

7. Expanding on your motion.

a. The time for you to speak in favor of your motion is at this point in time, rather than at the time you present it.

b. The mover is always allowed to speak first.

c. All comments and debate must be directed to the Chair.

d. Keep to the time limit for speaking that has been established.

e. The mover may speak again only after other speakers are finished, unless called upon by the Chair.

8. Putting the Question to the Membership.

a. The Chair asked, “Are you ready to vote on the question?”

b. If there is not more discussion, a vote is taken.

c. On a motion to move, the previous question may be adapted.

Voting on a Motion

The method of vote on any motion depends on the situation and the bylaws of policy of

your organization. There are five methods used to vote by most organizations. They are:
1. By Voice – The Chair asks those in favor to say, “aye”, those opposed to say,

“no”. Any member may move for an exact count.

2. By Roll Call – Each member answers “yes” or “no” as his name is called. This

method is used when a record of each person’s vote is required.

3. By General Consent – When a motion is not likely to be opposed, the Chair says,

“If there is no objection….”. The membership shows agreement by their silence,

however, if one member says, “I object”, the item must be put to a vote.

4. By Division – This is a slight variation of a voice vote. It does not require a count

unless the Chair so desires. Members raise their hands or stand.

5. By Ballot – Members write their vote on a slip of paper. This method is used

when secrecy is desired.
There are two other motions that are commonly used that relate to voting.
1. Motion to Table – This motion is often used in the attempt to “kill” a motion.

The option is always present, however, to “take from the table” for consideration

by the membership.

2. Motion to Postpone Indefinitely – Often used as a means of parliamentary

strategy and allows opponents of motion to test their strength without an actual

vote being taken. Also, debate is once again open on the main motion.

Parliamentary Procedure is the best way to get things done at your meetings. But, it will

only work if you use it properly.

1. Allow motions that are in order.

2. Have members obtain the floor properly.

3. Speak clearly and concisely.

4. Obey the rules of debate.

Most importantly, BE COURTEOUS.
The Rules

*Point of Privilege: Pertains to noise, personal comfort, etc. – may interrupt only if necessary.

*Parliamentary Inquiry: Inquire as to the correct motion – to accomplish a desired result, or raise

a point of order.

*Point of Information: Generally applies to information desired from the speaker: “I should like to ask (the speaker) a question.”

*Order of the Day (Agenda): A call to adhere to the agenda (a deviation from the agenda requires

Suspending the Rules).

*Point of Order: Infraction of the rules, or improper decorum in speaking. Must be raised immediately after the error is made.

*Main Motion: Brings new business (the next item on the agenda) before the assembly.

*Divide the Question: Divides a motion into two or more separate motions (must be able to stand

on their own).

*Consider by Paragraph: Adoption of paper is held until all paragraphs are debated and amended and entire paper is satisfactory; after all paragraphs are considered, the entire paper is then open to amendment, and paragraphs may be further amended. Any Preamble cannot be considered until the debate on the body of the paper has ceased.

*Amend: Inserting or striking out words or paragraphs, or substituting whole paragraphs or resolutions.

*Withdraw/Modify Motion: Applies only after question is stated; mover can accept an amendment without obtaining the floor.

*Commit/Refer/Recommit to Committee: State the committee to receive the question or resolution; if no committee exists, include size of committee desired and method of selecting the members (election or appointment).

*Extend Debate: Applies only to the immediately pending question; extends until a certain time or for a certain period of time.

*Limit Debate: Closing debate at a certain time, or limiting to a certain period of time.

*Object to Consideration: Objection must be stated before discussion or another motion is stated.

*Lay on the Table: Temporarily suspends further consideration/action on pending question; may be made after motion to close debate has carried or is pending.

*Take from the Table: Resumes consideration of item previously “laid on the table” – state the motion to take from the table.

*Reconsider: Can be made only by one on the prevailing side who has changed position or view.

*Postpone Indefinitely: Kills the question/resolution for this session – exception: the motion to reconsider can be made this session.

*Previous Question: Closes debate if successful – may be moved to “Close Debate” if preferred.

*Informal Consideration: Move that the assembly go into “Committee of the Whole” – informal debate as if in committee; this committee may limit number or length of speeches or close debate by other means by a 2/3 vote. All votes, however, are formal.

*Appeal Decision of the Chair: Appeal for the assembly to decide – must be made before other business is resumed; NOT debatable if relates to decorum, violation of rules or order of business.

*Suspend the Rules: Allows a violation of the assembly’s own rules (except Constitution); the object of the suspension must be specified.

Discussion of personal goals

Take some time now to review your goals with a partner or the whole pledge class. Take an interest in the goals of your pledge brothers and think if there are any ways that you could assist your brothers in the accomplishment of their goals.

Acacia “Human Service” Project:

As you probably already know “Human Service” is Acacia's motto. As an active member you will play an important role in future philanthropic and service opportunities. The success of these ventures hinges on your involvement and participation. Understanding what it takes to plan a “Human Service” event is a great lesson you will learn during your pledge period.

The active Chapter is asking you and your pledge class to plan your own “Human Service” project. This project was planned to be scheduled for week 6 of the pledge program. As a pledge class you will have to answer these questions:

  • Which organization or entity would we like to help? (Goodwill, Big Brothers and Big sisters, etc...)

  • Why are we picking this organization? (It should have a connection with the pledge class.)

  • How will we help this organization? (Raise money, volunteer, etc...)

  • When will this take place? (Time, dates, check calendar for conflicting events.)

  • What do we need to accomplish this task? (Raise $1000, 100 hours, etc...)

  • Who can participate? (All of the pledge class, active members, even a sorority.)

This service project is designed to develop a stronger bond of brotherhood between you and your pledge class. Learning how to plan a successful philanthropy or service project will increase the likelihood that you will do so again in the future. But, regardless of those things, the most important aspect is that you will be helping your fellow man.

Big Brother/ Cornerstones Mentors request

Identify three brothers in the chapter that you would like to be paired with as your Big Brother or Cornerstones Mentor and submit those names to your Senior Dean.

Pledge Class Officer Elections

Hold officer elections according to Parliamentary Procedure.

List the elected officers here:
Name: _____________________________ Office: _____________________________
Name: _____________________________ Office: _____________________________
Name: _____________________________ Office: _____________________________
Name: _____________________________ Office: _____________________________

Week Three

The Legacy of Acacia & You


  • Reflections from Week Two

  • Pythagoras, chapters X and XI

  • Cornerstones activity: Academic achievement

  • XX Chapter History

  • Insert_Local_Alumni

  • Your Acacia Legacy

  • Executive Member Spotlight: Treasurer


  • Develop a knowledge of the history of Acacia

  • Prepare tools to begin building a personal legacy

Assignments Due for Next Week:

Up Next Week:

  • The International Fraternity

  • Acacia History

  • Cornerstones activity: Social attitude

Reflections from Week 2

  • What is the preamble actually saying?

  • Have I been making an effort to strengthen the ties of friendship?

  • How does ParliPro help run a meeting?

  • What have I done this week to get me closer to completing my goals?

  • What can I do to help the class officers, or what do I need from others to help me succeed in my office?

Pythagoras Reading: Chapters X and XI, Fraternity History and Acacia History
Cornerstones activity: Academic achievement

  • Seek an extra-curricular opportunity in the area of academics, such as a time management speaker, study skills presentation, or test-taking seminar

XX Acacia History

Reference: Reference_For_Local_History
Local_History The chapter was chartered on January 17, 1911, as the twenty-fifth chapter of Acacia. The chapter remained in operations until 1970 when the charter was revoked. CHAPTER was just one of many chapters to fold during this era of anti-establishment. In the mid-70's there was a push to recolonize the chapter but after about five years the Chapter was again closed.
On May 5, 1990 the chapter received another charter, with a membership base of 45 men. The chapter was very active in human service in the community. It recognized at the 1992 Conclave as the Best New Chapter for their superior operations and commitment to Acacia’s ideals. A fire in the mid-90's set blaze to the second floor of the fraternity house dooming the chapter. It subsequently closed shortly after.
In 2008 the XX was again recolonized by Acacia Fraternity. At an all-time level of success in the the XX Greek Community the Acacia Alumni decided to push once again for a recolonization effort. Led by a massive INSERTCHAPTER Alumni outpouring and the Acacia Fraternity Headquarters staff, Patrick W McGovern, Michael Pastko, & Ryan M Allen, the XX Chapter is now recognized as an Associate Member of the IFC and have begun to plan for chartering as a chapter. The recolonizing class members are:
Spencer Cummins Martin Hughes Steve Smith Joey Cirilo

Owen Brennan Mike Willemain Bryon Wells Shane Von Krosigk

Chris Thompson Walker Phillips Mick Toren Tim Coates

Ethan Fox.

Acacia History – reference the Pythagoras membership manual, Chapter XI, pages 72-80
Notable Local Alumni

Insert_Local_Alumni, XX Acacian 1918



Reflection Essay Name:

Your Acacia Story

Write the first chapter to your own Acacia story. What has Acacia meant to you thus far? What are your visions for a lasting legacy at Acacia, XX and your life?

Executive Member Spotlight: Treasurer, Brother____________________

Below list 3 main responsibilities and any other important notes about this office:

Worksheet Three Name:

Acacia History: Over 100 Years of Brotherhood

Reference: Pythagoras: Membership Manual of the Acacia Fraternity, pages 72-80

  1. “We’ve got to organize on a fraternity basis,’ Marshall said. Thus Acacia was conceived in the library of the University of , and thanks to the enthusiasm and insight of one man it was fanned into life from the dying embers of the moribund, undiscriminating .

  1. In the minutes of the first meeting, held on it was recorded: “...for the purpose of organizing a fraternity to be known in law as “The Aleph Chapter of the Acacia Fraternity.”

  1. In 1904, membership was restricted to those who had already taken the Masonic obligations. The members were to be motivated by a desire for high and of such that the fraternity house would be free of the vices and unbecoming activities.

  1. Originally Chapters were named in nomenclature but this designation was dropped at the 1913 Conclave.

  1. The Dual Membership Question: What was the first great conflict of the fraternity?

  1. The Pre-Pledge Era: With the average age of students in colleges and universities declining and initiations in the Masonic Lodges steadily decreasing, change had to come. At Conclave at , Colorado, in , the Chapters voted to dispense with the Masonic prerequisite altogether.

  1. What happened to the membership of Acacia following the internal conflict?

  1. Depression and War: In 1942 the first was set up in Chicago and the position of and were created.

  1. The Post-War Era: What was the ‘adherence clause’?

  1. In 1969 Acacia left its rented quarters and moved to its own National Headquarters building in , . And in December 1981, to better service the undergraduate Chapters, Acacia again moved its National Headquarters to its present location in .

  1. The 1980s witnessed Acacia become in scope as Chapters were chartered at the University of Western Ontario and Carleton University in Canada.

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