Grange Ritual Contest

Can you crack the Grange code? If so, you can present your skills at the National Grange Session and test your skills against other Grangers from across the country.

You can obtain a copy of the code book and the cipher by request from the Assembly of Demeter, High Priest Bruce Croucher, 2514 County Road 25, Clifton Springs, NY 14432, (315) 462-3067, or croubr@fltg.net. Or, you can contact your state master or state youth director for additional information.

The winners of the contest will have to recite a portion of the opening ceremonies during the Evening of Excellence. Participants will be judged in their oral presentation of the code. There will be two categories:

Novice – for beginners learning the code (can compete in contest for up to 2 years.) Novice contest winners will advance to the Patron Contest next year.

Patron – for members with two or more years’ experience.

The judge(s) will be selected by the High Priest, Assembly of Demeter, certified and able to issue the Award of Merit code reading card to qualifying members.

Novice contest

Novice contestants will present to the judge the following items from the code book: The Use of the Gavel, Degree Words (1st-4th) Annual Password, Voting Sign, Sign (1st-4th) and Patrons Grip. Novice contest winners will have to compete in the Patron Contest next year.

Patron contest

The Patron contest is designed to follow the code reading Award of Merit card requirements.

From Section I, contestants must read:

1. Opening ——————————- pg. 2-3

2. The Use of The Gavel —————- pg. 5

3. Salutations for all Degrees ——— pg. 7

4. Password At Outer Gate ———– pg. 8

5. Degree Words ——— 1st Degree pg. 9

6. Degree Words ——2nd Degree pg. 13

7. Degree Words —— 3rd Degree pg. 15

8. Degree Words —— 4th Degree pg. 17

9. Annual Word ————————- pg. 19

10. Voting Sign ————————— pg. 19

From Section II, they must read:

1. Passing To Different Degrees — pg. 4-5

2. Signals at the Inner Gate ——– pg. 6-7

3. Signal At Outer Gate – 1st Degree ——pg. 8

4. Signal At Inner Gate — 1st Degree —–pg. 8

5. Sign ———————– 1st Degree pg. 9

6. Salutation ————- 1st Degree pg. 10

7. Signal At Inner Gate —– 2nd Degree -pg. 13

8. Sign ——————– 2nd Degree pg. 14

9. Salutation ———— 2nd Degree pg. 14

10. Signal At Inner Gate — 3rd Degree –pg. 15

11. Sign ——————– 3rd Degree pg. 16

12. Salutation ————3rd Degree pg. 16

13. Signal At Inner Gate — 4th Degree –pg. 17

14. Sign ——————– 4th Degree pg. 18

15. Salutation ———- -4th Degree pg. 18

Contestants select two of the elements in Section III to compete.

1. Sign of Caution pg. 10-11

2. Sign of Distress pg. 11

3. Patrons General Sign pg. 12

4. Sign of Recognition pg. 20-21

5. Patrons Grip pg. 22

6. Patrons Test pg. 23-24

In case of a tie, the judge can select another portion for the contestants to read to break a tie.

Code Book Reading Award of Merit

Note: Participant may elect to read the entire code book. In electing this option, the participant will be allowed five mistakes

SECTION I:

1. Opening —————————— pg. 2-3

2. The Use of the Gavel —————- pg. 5

3. Salutations for all Degrees ——— pg. 7

4. Password at Outer Gate ————pg. 8

5. Degree Words ——— 1st Degree pg. 9

6. Degree Words —– 2nd Degree pg. 13

7. Degree Words —— 3rd Degree pg. 15

8. Degree Words —— 4th Degree pg. 17

9. Annual Word ————————- pg. 19

10. Voting Sign ————————— pg. 19

(Participant cannot make a mistake within Section I.)

SECTION II:

11. Passing To Different Degrees–pg. 4-5

12. Signals at the Inner Gate ——-pg. 6-7

13. Signal At Outer Gate —– 1st Degree pg. 8

14. Signal At Inner Gate —— 1st Degree pg. 8

15. Sign ———————- 1st Degree pg. 9

16. Salutation ———— 1st Degree pg. 10

17. Signal At Inner Gate —– 2nd Degree pg. 13

18. Sign —————— 2nd Degree pg. 14

19. Salutation ———- 2nd Degree pg. 14

20. Signal at Inner Gate —— 3rd Degree pg. 15

21. Sign ——————– 3rd Degree pg. 16

22. Salutation ————3rd Degree pg. 16

23. Signal At Inner Gate —— 4th Degree pg. 17

24. Sign ——————- 4th Degree pg. 18

25. Salutation ———- -4th Degree pg. 18

In addition to the above, participants must select two of the following six options in completing Section II.

1. Sign of Caution —————— pg. 10-11

2. Sign of Distress ———————— pg. 11

3. Patrons General Sign ————– pg. 12

4. Sign of Recognition ————-pg. 20-21

5. Patrons Grip —————————-pg. 22

6. Patrons Test ————————pg. 23-24

(Participant is allowed three mistakes within Section II)