Chapter Team is one of the 37 middle school competitive events in TSA where students compete in presenting meetings in parliamentary procedure. The team consists of the chapter officers.
At DMJ, our officers are club leaders with at least a year’s experience in TSA. We hold elections each year in September to select our officers. Students campaign for a week before the elections. This year our officer elections will take place during our September 22nd meeting, with the campaigning beginning at the September 15th meeting. Any returning TSA member who wishes to run for an office must make their intentions to run by the September 8th meeting to the advisors.
All DMJ TSA Chapter Team members will be required to meet before school once a week with the advisors for practice. (The day of the week is still to be determined.)
Chapter Team offices and mottos are as follows:
President – The Gavel
The symbol of this office is the gavel. It is the duty of the president to preside at all regular and special meetings and to promote cooperation in carrying out the activities and work of our organization.
Vice President – The Star
The symbol of this office is a star. It is the duty of the vice president to see that there is always a strong membership, a good work program and to be alert to the welfare of our association.
Secretary – The Pen
The symbol of this office is the pen. It is the responsibility of the secretary to keep accurate and proper records of all business and correspondence of our association.
Treasurer – The Balanced Budget
The symbol of this office is the balanced budget. It is the duty of the treasurer to keep accurate records of all funds and see that our financial obligations are met promptly.
Reporter – The Beacon Tower
The symbol of this office is the beacon tower. It is the duty of the reporter to see that our school, community and national association have a complete report of our organization’s activities.
Sergeant-at-Arms – The Hearty Handshake
The symbol of this office is the hearty handshake. It is the responsibility of the sergeant-at-arms to see that the assembly is comfortable and properly welcomed. It is also their duty to serve as doorkeeper for this organization.
Sample Opening and Closing
OPENING & CLOSING CEREMONY PROCEDURES
President: (Raps gavel once / twice.)
Will the meeting please come to order. Mr./Madame Sergeant-at-Arms, are all officers in their places?
They are, Mr./Madame President.
President: (raps three times for assembly to rise.)
Mr./Madame Sergeant-at-Arms, please lead the assembly in the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America.
Will the assembly please note that the phrase, “one nation under God” is meant to be said without a pause. Turn, Salute, Pledge (Lead Pledge to the Flag.)
President: (Raps once and assembly is seated.)
Mr./Madame Secretary, will you please call the roll.
Present. The symbol of my office is the “hearty hand shake” and it is my responsibility to see that the assembly is comfortable and properly welcomed. It is also my duty to serve as doorkeeper for this organization.
Present. The symbol of my office is the beacon tower and it is my duty to see that our school, community and national association have a complete report of our organization’s activities.
Present. The symbol of my office is the gavel. The duties vested in me by my office are to preside at all regular and special meetings of this organization and to promote cooperation in carrying out the activities and work of our organization. Mr./Madame Secretary.
Present. The symbol of my office is the pen and it is my responsibility to see that accurate and proper records are kept of all business and correspondence of this association. Mr./Madame Treasurer.
Present. The symbol of my office is the balanced budget and it is the duty of my office to keep accurate records of all funds and see that our financial obligations are met promptly.
Mr./Madame 1st Vice President.
1st Vice President:
Present. The symbol of my office is the five-pointed star. It is the duty of my office to see that we always have a strong membership, a good work program and are alert to the welfare of our organization.
Mr./Madame 2nd Vice President.
2nd Vice President:
Present. The symbol of my office is the four-pointed star. My office represents the new high technology of today. It is the duty of my office to assist the 1st Vice President in maintaining a strong membership.
Mr./Madame President, all officers are present and in their places.
Mr./Madame Sergeant-at-Arms, do we have guests present?
(If so, introduce guests, if not)–No, Mr./Madame President.
Mr./Madame Secretary, we are ready to transact business.
President: (Raps three times, assembly rises.)
Mr./Madame Secretary, will you recite the TSA Creed?
(Recites the TSA Creed.)
Will the assembly repeat the TSA Motto after me?
(Motto is spoken: “Learning to live in a Technical World.”)
Does anyone know of any reason why this assembly should not adjourn?
Hearing none, I declare this meeting adjourned until a special meeting is called or until our next regular meeting.
(Raps once with gavel.)
Physical Arrangement for Opening & Closing Ceremonies:
Am Flag Sgt-at-Arms Reptr Pres Sec Treas 1st VP 2nd VP State Flag
Officers Facing Audience
TSA Motto“Learning to Live in a Technical World”
The TSA Creed:
I believe that Technology Education holds an important place in my life in the technical world. I believe there is a need for the development of good attitudes concerning work, tools, materials, experimentation, and processes of industry.
Guided by my teachers, artisans from industry, and my own initiative, I will strive to do my best in making my school, community, state, and nation better places in which to live.
I will accept the responsibilities that are mine. I accept the theories that are supported by proper evidence. I will explore on my own for safer, more effective methods of working and living.
I will strive to develop a cooperative attitude and will exercise tact and respect for other individuals.
Through the work of my hands and mind,
I will express my ideas to the best of my ability.
I will make it my goal to do better each day the task before me, and to be steadfast in my belief in my God, and my fellow Americans.