Let's Get the Misinformation Out of the Way....
We are not a secret organization, we are an organization with secrets. If we wished to hide from society, you wouldn't be reading this web page right now.
We are not a cult - we do not preach or teach any kind of doctrine or ask members to change their beliefs.
In truth, Pentagrams have been around since 3500 BC and have been used by the ancient Greeks, Hebrews, Christians, the LDS Church, Wiccans, Baháʼí , and even Asian medicine to symbolize different things - both "upright" and "inverted". Our emblem with the inverted pentagram has its own special meaning to our members and is NOT symbolic of anything satanic or evil. We have no goat heads or other dark symbols on our emblem.
FATAL is an acronym for a phrase which is revealed during a member's initiation.
Becoming a Member
During the ceremony, you will take the arm of a member who will guide you around the room. (Wear comfortable shoes!).
After Your Initiation and Beyond
There are many opportunities if you are able to devote more time - you can visit other chapters, attend Statewide fundraisers and luncheons, and attend our annual "Grand Session" which is the final week of April. There are also bus trips, cruises, as well as trips around the country and even internationally.
The length of the memorized work for officers varies greatly among the offices themselves. Some only have a few lines, while other offices require more speaking. Once you are a member, you will have access to our "Ritual" book where you can read the parts and judge for yourself. When the time comes that you wish to take an office, your speaking part is there in black-and-white for you to study as much as you need. Everything is written down in our Ritual except for: the Obligation, our signs and passes, and the secret handshake. Those items are passed down through memory.
If you are reciting your work during a meeting and "go blank", there is a designated Prompter in the room who can help you along. It happens to all of us at one time or another!
There are 18 offices in a local chapter. Some are elected by the members and some are appointed by the incoming Worthy Matron. The term for an office is 1 year.
Women can be elected to: Worthy Matron, Associate Matron, Conductress, Associate Conductress
Men can be elected to: Worthy Patron or Associate Patron.
Secretary and Treasurer are elected offices which either a man or woman can fill.
Women can be appointed to: Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha, or Electa.
Both genders may be appointed to: Chaplain, Marshal, Organist, Warder, or Sentinel.
Other Miscellaneous Questions
If you are an elected officer, your continuation depends on your election each year.
If you are going through the Line, you are generally expected to continue forward movement through the Chairs-- although there have certainly been exceptions.
Members are not required to go through the line, but its a fantastic experience! You can also be appointed or elected to be a State officer at that point.