As each flaps his wings, it creates uplift for the bird following. The whole flock adds a 71% longer flying range than if each bird flew alone. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier when they travel on the trust of one another.

Will the incoming officers for ___________ BPW please come forward now? President on my right, and others on my left.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose takes over at the point position. It pays to take turn at the hard task and sharing leadership, because people, like geese, are dependent on each other.

The geese in the formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. We need to make sure that our honking from behind is encouraging, supportive, helpful – not demanding or discouraging.

First of all, let me pay tribute to _____________________. You must know that with your cooperation and counseling, success will come to the new officers of your local.

Secondly, let me also honor the outgoing officers by expressing appreciation for your leadership you have given to this local. You each now have the responsibility of passing on all you have learned to your successors.

When geese get sick or wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help protect it. They stay with the ailing goose until it is either able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their own, either with another formation or to catch up with their original flock.

To the officers on the left:
Do you, _______, promise to perform faithfully all the duties of president elect as stated in the Bylaws? (I do.)
Do you pledge your support to the president as she carries out the objectives of the association? (I do.)

Do you, _______, promise to perform faithfully all the duties of vice president, membership, as stated in the Bylaws? (I do.)
Do you pledge your support to the president as she carries out the objectives of the association? (I do.)
Do you, ________, promise to perform faithfully all the duties of vice president, programming, as stated in the Bylaws? (I do.)
Do you pledge your support to the president as she carries out the objectives of the association? (I do.)

Do you, ______, promise to perform faithfully all the duties of secretary, as stated in the Bylaws? (I do.)
Do you pledge your support to the president as she carries out the objectives of the association? (I do.)

Do you, _______, promise to perform faithfully all the duties of treasurer, as stated in the Bylaws? (I do.)
Do you pledge your support to the president as she carries out the objectives of the association? (I do.)

To the President on the right:
President ___________, you have been elected to serve the ________ BPW local organization as President. ________ BPW is to be congratulated upon your election.
You have been chosen because of your ability and your trustworthiness. It will be your responsibility to lead the organization in all its endeavors.
President _________, do you pledge faithful performance of your duties as stated in the Bylaws? (I do.)

To the members:
Audience, please rise.
Do you pledge your loyal support to these officers whom you have chosen and will you cooperate in making this administration a successful one? (We will.)
Your duties will prove a challenge. Yours is a responsibility of helping, planning, service and fellowship. Your president and other officers come to you with high hopes, but they can do nothing without your loyal support and cooperation. You can go far and accomplish much if you work together.

IF WE HAVE AS MUCH SENSE AS THE GEESE, WE‘LL STAND BEHIND EACH OTHER AS THEY DO! KEEP HONKING!