The new members orientation is typically done the first night of a rally and is a fun event to do at the social gathering. It gets the first time TCTers introduced to the club while getting everyone into the rally spirit. I like the way Karen Campbell described it, “makes that feeling of unity and togetherness”.
The process is:
- to have the new members stand, so everyone can see how many new folks are attending a TCT rally for the first time. It usually is more than anyone expected. This helps people recognize those that are there for the first time and they can reach out to them and welcome them throughout the rally.
- demonstrate a few of the TCT traditions – secret handshake, secret sign, TCT motto, TCT song. For the song, we have the members sing it once, then the new members and then everyone together.
- provide the new members with their membership pins (little tct diamond) if you have them or take a new members group photo and then have everyone greet them (cheer/clap or start the social hour by having members meet the first timers).
Here are some instructions on the traditions and a page of information with a lot more stuff if you want to incorporate other items:
Secret Handshake and song
You can find the details (and lots more) on our TCT Tidbits page
Secret Handshake: Sawing motion
Secret sign: “C” made with thumb and forefinger
Motto – “Do unto others as you would that they should do unto you.
The official theme song of the T.C.T. “The More We Get Together” –
The more we get together, Together, together, The more we get together, The happier we'll be. ‘Cause your friends are my friends, And my friends are your friends. The more we get together, The happier we'll be. Oh, the more we get together, Together, together, The more we get together, The happier we'll be.