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justinYouth Leading Lodges

The year 2005 has been an exciting one for young Master Masons under the age of twenty-one. State Master Councilor Justin Killian was given the unique opportunity to confer the Master Mason's Degree on his father, Robert, on January 22, 2005. Justin joined Elizabethtown DeMolay in 1999, and shortly thereafter his father became an Advisor for the Chapter. When he reached his 18th birthday in 2003, Justin joined the Chapter's sponsoring body, Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682. By conferring this degree, Justin fulfilled a wish he shared with us when interviewed for the Masonic Heritage video shown to participants in the Man To Mason One Day Adventure. The Lodge officers were impressed with his conferral, but were stunned when it was announced that he learned it in just 10 days. His ritual coaches were Thomas R. Labagh, PM, Brent D. Richards, SW, and Samuel C. Williamson, RWPGM.

At another unusual event in January, Master Mason Kurt Chillas, II, was installed as Master Councilor of Reading Chapter, Order of DeMolay. Kurt may be the first Master Mason in Pennsylvania to hold that office in DeMolay. Kurt began his DeMolay career when he joined Riverside Chapter in Columbia in 1999, where he served as Master Councilor. He became a Master Mason in 2004 in Lamberton Lodge No. 476, Lancaster, PA.

And, speaking of unusual twists, Master Mason Gerald Miller, who joined Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 in 2004, became interested in the activities of the local DeMolay Chapter. As an active Mason, he recognized the important charitable activities of the Chapter and he also realized how much fun the members were having, so on March 13, 2005 he was inducted into Elizabethtown Chapter, Order of DeMolay, becoming one of only a few Master Masons in Pennsylvania who joined a DeMolay Chapter after becoming a Mason.

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