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Valley of Pittsburgh, AASR Sponsors DeMolay Class

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The Pittsburgh Chapter of Rose Croix, A.A.S.R. invests both money and time in helping the Order of DeMolay grow. On March 12, 2005, they sponsored a class of new members for Pennsylvania DeMolay at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center. Most Wise Master, John Turkovsky, and several officers were in attendance.

The DeMolay program facilitates youth-led activities and 17-year-old David Labagh, State Scribe, took the responsibility of organizing this program. He chose the degree teams, which had never before worked together. The teams represented ALL the Chapters in Western Pennsylvania. By being prepared in advance they were able to perform with just one brief rehearsal in the morning. Candidates and their parents attended the afternoon conferral of the Initiatory and DeMolay Degrees, which were performed in impressive fashion. The memorized ritual work earned high praise from all of the Masons present. The formal ceremonies were concluded with the presentation of commemorative certificates and Pennsylvania DeMolay pins to the fourteen new members who were inducted. After the ceremonies nearly 200 participants enjoyed a meatloaf dinner, and the evening ended with music and a fun social activity. The Pittsburgh Chapter of Rose Croix once again covered the food costs and the use of the Masonic Center, and has been the proud sponsor of this class for more than 20 years.

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