Volume LVIMAY/JUNE 2009Number 2


Twelve new DeMolay members pose with State Master Councilor Jeff Bortz (left, second row) and the officers of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Rose Croix of the Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh.

On March 14, DeMolay chapters from all over Pennsylvania gathered together for the annual Rose Croix Class. The class of new members is sponsored every year by the Pittsburgh Chapter of Rose Croix of the Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh, represented by the Most Wise Master, Charles Bombich, and his officers.

The day started at 9 a.m. at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center, with an intense ritual rehearsal for the Initiatory and DeMolay Degrees. The team members represented the best ritualists from all of the Chapters, but with just one rehearsal, everyone must be prepared in advance. All of the hard work paid off, and two nearly perfect degrees were performed, including the costumed dramatic depiction of the last trial of Jacques DeMolay on the magnificent Scottish Rite Auditorium stage.

The Initiatory Degree was conferred by Bro. Branden Glass and the 4th Section was conferred by Bro. Howard Wagner, D.S.M.C., both of Lorraine Chapter in Butler. Both did a fabulous job with the help of the rest of the degree casts, including Kevin Hunt, P.M.C. of Lorraine Chapter, in the role of Jacques DeMolay, and Max Ullom, Master Councilor of the newly instituted Joppa Chapter of Washington, in the role of Master Inquisitor.

Twelve new brothers received their degrees during the day, including the first class of inductees for al-Aksa Chapter, which is working hard to return to active status in Altoona.

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