Volume LIVMay 2007Number 2

DeMolay Returning to West Branch Valley

In late 2005, a small group of brothers from the 18th Masonic District were discussing the future of the Craft and the Order of DeMolay was brought up. After determining there would be enough interest in a DeMolay chapter to serve the area, a small committee began the process of organizing and training new DeMolay advisors.

On Jan. 17, 2007, the newly named Lycoming Chapter's Advisory Council held its first formal meeting. Assisting the eight members of the Council present were Bro. Thomas R. Labagh, Executive Officer for DeMolay in Pennsylvania, and his son, Bro. David Labagh, a sophomore at Lycoming College in Williamsport.

Brothers Wilmer Hall, Sam Aungst, H.G. Thomas, Jim Stroup, Fred Ripka and Ken McClintock, District Deputy Grand Master for District 18, were elected Chairman, Chapter Advisor, Assistant Chapter Advisor, Council Secretary, Treasurer and Masonic Liaison respectively.

The chapter will meet on the second and fourth Sundays at 7:30 p.m., in the Howard Memorial Cathedral. The Advisory Council will meet on the second Sunday of the month at 6:30 p.m., in the Armory of the Williamsport Masonic Temple.

Active recruitment of new members for the chapter has begun, and the first Induction ceremony is planned for Sunday, April 29 at the Howard Memorial Cathedral.

The chapter is generously sponsored by all of the lodges in the district, and the local York and Scottish Rite bodies including Lafayette Lodge No. 199, Lock Haven; La Belle Vallee Lodge No. 232, Jersey Shore; Muncy Lodge No. 299, Muncy; Eureka Lodge No. 335, Montoursville; Watsontown Lodge No. 401, Watsontown; and these Williamsport bodies: Lodge No. 106, Ivy Lodge No. 397, John F. Laedlein Lodge No. 707, Dietrick Lamade Lodge No. 755, Lycoming Royal Arch Chapter No. 222, Adoniram Council No. 26, Baldwin II Commandery No. 22, and the Valley of Williamsport, A.A.S.R.

If you would like to get involved in the Lycoming Chapter or would like to learn more about DeMolay or any of the other Masonic youth groups, call the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation at (717) 367-1536 locally, or toll-free, in Pennsylvania only, at (800) 266-8424.

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