Volume LVIFebruary 2009Number 1

PA DeMolay Honors Grand Master

Hosting an induction class in honor of the Grand Master has been a tradition of Pennsylvania DeMolay for more than 25 years. The Grand Master's Class provides an opportunity for Pennsylvania DeMolay to show how much they appreciate the support of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. On Dec. 13, 2008, DeMolays and advisors gathered at the Masonic Conference Center-Patton Campus to honor Stephen Gardner, R.W. Grand Master.

Grand Master Gardner has been a long-time supporter of DeMolay, and his sons were both members of the Allentown Chapter. Currently his son John, Grand Sword Bearer, is Chapter Advisor for the George Washington Chapter in Chambersburg. Two Past Master Councilors of George Washington Chapter, Chad Reichard and Matthew Maple, had the privilege of conferring the degrees on a class of 29 members. These talented ritualists were assisted by members representing 18 of the DeMolay Chapters that meet in Pennsylvania.

Following a formal luncheon, the attendees were treated to one of the best DeMolay Degrees ever conferred by Pennsylvania DeMolay. This dramatic portrayal of the last trial of Jacques DeMolay was held in the William A. Carpenter Chapel, in full costume and make-up and under the direction of Joseph Chubb, a PMC of Pilgrim Chapter that meets in Harrisburg.

During the closing ceremonies, State Master Councilor Jeffrey Bortz presented Grand Master Gardner with the first "Legends of Jacques" t-shirt that went on sale at the class and a $500 check supporting the Masonic Temple Initiative. Following the presentations, Grand Master Gardner expressed his deep and sincere appreciation to Pennsylvania DeMolay for the class that was held in his honor.

Saturday's activities were concluded with a three-on-three basketball tournament, swimming in the pool and a dance with visiting Job's Daughters and Rainbow Girls. At the Sunday morning breakfast, State Sweetheart Mary Noble presented Grand Master Gardner with a $330 donation for the "Change for the Troops" program on behalf of the Chapters.

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