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What is ISB
In every V event, a group of individuals come together to provide
on-site support in carrying out its back-end requirements, along with
The V Corporate Staff who facilitate the pre- and post-event
preparations. These individuals are composed mainly of Independent
Representatives who volunteer their services at no fee.
The concept of service, humility and leadership has been instilled in
these volunteers for them to put into practice during events. With a
growing number of entrepreneurs rendering service to V events that were
growing in frequency and the number of participants constantly rising
for each event, the need to form an organisation dedicated to developing
such individuals came about.
In 2007, the In Service Brotherhood (ISB) was officially announced
during the In Service Brotherhood Bootcamp held in Camp John Hay in
Baguio City, Philippines on March 1-5..
The Brotherhood (ISB) aims to bring together entrepreneurs who share the
same beliefs and principles and train them to become men and women of
service and deliver each V event to its finest glory.
On the corporate level, in order to sustain this service-oriented group,
a great deal of organisation & coordination is involved.
What is the InService Brotherhood?
The ISB is an alliance of dedicated, qualified, highly-committed and
able-bodied leaders who render valuable services during V-Events.
The Brotherhood was instituted by The V in the year 1999 and has taken
command of every major V-Event since. The InService Brotherhood is bound
by the codes of truth, humility and committed service, otherwise known
as the essential characteristics of a true servant-leader. To be part of
the InService means meeting all the requirements, participating in the
sessions and more important, successfully completing the training that
puts to test the comrade’s level of commitment to humble servitude. The
InService Brotherhood is more than just a tradition. It is a way of life
of a true servant – leader.
1. Aspirant – A novice and contender for InService Student; an understudy for servant-leader based on humility and service above self
- - Must be an Independent Representative of Qnet recommended by V-Ambassadors or BDMs
- - Preferably has served at World Tours, NSS and any local V event
- - Has been called upon by the Core InService to render service in any of the abovementioned local events on-site
- - Has attended and successfully completed at least ONE (1) ISB Bootcamp
- - Insignia: Service Wings
2. Apprentice – A trainee and MUST be an Aspirant; a student for In-Service Duty in all V-Events or projects
- - Has successfully completed at least TWO (2) InService Brotherhood Bootcamp (i.e., ISB Bootcamp and HARDCORE ISB Bootcamp)
- - Has served in V-Conventions
- - Has been called upon by The Core IS to render service in International Events
- - Insignia: Service Wings with 1 star
3. Acolyte/Accolade – A determined Apprentice and a servant-leader recognized by the Core InService
- - Has attended Advance ISB Bootcamp
- - Has qualified from Apprentice to Acolyte/Accolade based on criteria in the ADVANCE: ISB Bootcamp
- - Has pass through the Advance ISB Investiture Ceremony and taken the Oath of Alliance with the Brotherhood
- - Preferably has served as Department Heads or Assistant Department Heads in VCONs, World Tours, NSS and other V Events
- - As Acolyte/Accolades, they will be first-pick for local events as HODs, Crew Chiefs or Assistant Crew Chiefs
- - On-call to serve 24/7
- - Insignia: Service Wings with 3 stars
4. Adept/Airbourne – A servant-leader; a Trainer/Facilitator; MUST be an Acolyte/Accolade
- - Has successfully completed the ELITE: ISB Bootcamp
- - Has qualified from Acolyte/Accolade to Adept/Airborne based on criteria in the Elite ISB Bootcamp
- - Has attended and participated in at least ONE (1) The Zone Training
- - Preferably has served as InService Crew Chief, Asstistant Crew Chief or Departmentt Head in V-Conventions and other V Events
- - Has facilitated or co-facilitated in V Events
- - Insignia: Service Wings with 5 stars
ISB Logo Rationale
The ISB Logo consists of several symbolic elements that characterize the nature and goals of the InService.
1. V-Logo – the V Logo is superimposed in the middle to denote the
central role that the V has in the ISB’s priorities. Everything that the
ISB does is in service for and of the V and the Network
2. Wings – taken from a fable about an eagle who taught other birds
the power of flight, the wings symbolize the ISB’s goal to soar and
empower those who are humble enough and wise enough to take the
learnings and spread their own wings.
3. Shield – the ISB aims to strengthen, to support the ideals of the V through service.
4. Colours - the colours chosen for the ISB logo are earth tones of
green and brown which are inherently pleasing to the eyes and complement
other colours very well. This symbolizes the ISB’s neutrality and
impartiality: anyone can serve.
Taken together, these symbolic elements bring forth a message of
empowerment and camaraderie that is unique and unparalleled anywhere
Story Of The Wings
When the earth was young, in a forest far away, there lived a flock of wild turkeys. They lived
close together, foraged for food together and lived simple, uncomplicated lives.
One day, a shadow passed over the forest clearing where the turkeys lived. They looked up and
saw a team of majestic geese soaring across the sky in perfect V formation. The strength, grace
and power of their mighty wings impressed the turkeys very much.
One of the turkeys, a young male, looked down at his body and flapped his feathers. “We also have wings. Why do we not fly like they do?” he asked the others.
“It is not our way,” said a stubborn elder male beside him.
“We can always try. It would be really amazing if we could fly like that,” said one of the younger females.
After a lengthy discussion, they decided to ask the geese to teach them the secrets of flying. The next day, the geese appeared again, and they shouted and called out to them.
“O, mighty geese! Come down and share with us your ways!”
The geese heard their cries and swooped down, landing on a patch of grass near the edge of the forest.
“Oh, please, mighty geese, won’t you teach us to fly like you do? If we could fly we could escape our enemies, build better nests, and forage for more food,” cried the eager turkeys.
“Very well. We shall teach you.” And so they did. For seven mornings, the geese taught the turkeys the techniques and strategies of flight. They taught them how to take off from, and how to land on the ground; how to take off from and land on the trees. They taught the turkeys how to glide, swoop, and swerve in midair and soon the forest was filled with their happy shouts, rejoicing in their newfound skills and abilities.
On the eighth day the geese bid farewell to the turkeys. “Goodbye, my friends. You have learned well and our flight lessons have taken you some distance from your flock. Go and fly home, and remember to teach the others what you have learned here, as we have taught you.”
When the geese had left, the turkeys talked amongst themselves about the quickest way to get back home.
“I don’t know about you,” said the stubborn elder turkey, “but I am so sore from all this flapping. I’d rather do it the old way and walk back home.” Some of the other turkeys, also exhausted from the flying lessons, gobbled in agreement.
“But you can fly now! We have received an amazing gift! Why would you not want to use it?” said the other turkeys in astonishment.
So the discussion went on through the night. The next morning the turkeys set off into two groups: one group chose to walk back home (for they have walked this forest for years and can navigate all the paths with their eyes closed) and the other took off in flight (for they believed that flying is a gift and a blessing, and should not go to waste. Besides, without the twists and turns of the forest paths, they knew they could get home in half the time.)
Lesson: In the InService Brotherhood Bootcamp, we are given Wings as a symbol of the empowerment that our experiences here have given us. Through this Bootcamp we receive skills, gifts and lessons that make us better individuals. Like the turkeys, we can now “fly”, but the choice to use and develop those skills is still up to us. We can receive the best training in the world, but if we do not apply and share our knowledge, then it stagnates and becomes useless.
THE ISB OATH EXPLAINED
An oath is a solemn promise to uphold the ideals of an organization. Each comrade of the InService Brotherhood must live faithfully by this oath, remembering that it was created as a reminder to constantly strive to follow the path of the true servant-leader.
On my honour, I bear the value
of service above self;
As Comrades of the InService Brotherhood, honour is a concept that we hold in the highest regard. We take the Oath upon our honour, our character, our integrity as a person and we present ourselves to be worthy of this promise.
With our honour as our witness, we carry with us always the importance of putting the need of others before our own, to focus on what we can do for those around us rather than what we can gain. Regardless of personal convenience, comfort, or benefit, we seek to serve our brothers and sisters to the best of our ability. We believe that in selfless service lies the meaning of being InService.
…to keep a humble heart,
and focus on a mission greater than my own…
We do not boast, we are not prideful and we are not arrogant about our achievements or actions. Modesty is our virtue and we believe that service is its own reward. We accept our responsibilities with no thought of recognition or prestige, but instead we dedicate our work to the service of others. We do not think of ourselves as better or higher or more important than anyone else. Our actions speak louder than our words.
We focus on the bigger picture, and look at things on a grand scale, and work together to achieve a goal.
In exercising RYTHM,
I dedicate myself
to the InService Brotherhood
We raise ourselves to help mankind. We develop skills, knowledge and abilities that will help us serve others better, fulfill our tasks more efficiently and strive for the common good through a common goal.
and expect nothing in return,
for this is my duty,
my calling, my destiny.
Being InService is not about power or popularity or making connections. It is not about becoming well-known or getting authority over other people. It is about offering yourself – your whole self: body, mind, and spirit – to the service of others with no thought of reward or recognition.
We accept that to be InService is to be InService completely and for always. We do not rest, we do not falter, and we do not lose sight of the reasons behind our motivation.