|Volume LIX||August 2012||Number 3|
Tall Cedars Join Grand Master
in Support of Masonic Youth
A group photo of many of the Masonic youth and their adult leaders at the end of the parade.
On May 12, 77 Masonic youth group members and 40 of their advisors assembled in Wildwood, N.J., for the annual Tall Cedar Parade. They received their marching orders from R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith and Supreme Tall Cedar Harvey A. Willard, Jr. Following a warm welcome from Bro. Willard, Grand Master Smith encouraged the participants to represent their organizations well and to, "Have a great time at the parade and at Morey's Pier."
Youth group leaders marching in the parade included DeMolay State Master Councilor Matt Blaisdell, Job's Daughters Miss Congeniality Jenny Chappell and Rainbow Grand Worthy Advisor Diana Jolly.
Through the generosity of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation and the Supreme Forest of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, the youth and their adult chaperones were bussed to Wildwood, treated to lunch and dinner and enjoyed six hours of fun at Morey's Piers, a three-pier amusement center with rides, games and fun for all.
"Bud" Willard, a Past Master Councilor and Senior DeMolay from the former Norristown Chapter, has made support of the youth groups - DeMolay, Job's Daughters and Rainbow for Girls - a priority during his year as Supreme Tall Cedar. This focus complements the efforts of Grand Master Smith, making for a memorable weekend for the young women and young men.
During the opening session of the Supreme Forest on May 11, Bro. Willard presented the Past Master Councilor's Meritorious Service Award to Adam Neubauer, the most recent DeMolay to preside over Westmoreland Chapter, of Greensburg. The Tall Cedars of Lebanon have been sponsoring the PMC-MSA program nationally for more than 30 years. The following morning, Adam and fellow PMC-MSA winner Isaac Holtzer, also from Westmoreland Chapter, wore kilts in honor of the Supreme Tall Cedar and assisted with the cedar tree planting ceremony in Wildwood's Cedar Park.
As the Annual Convention wrapped up with the closing banquet, Grand Master Smith and Supreme Tall Cedar Willard reaffirmed their continued support for Masonic youth and encouraged everyone to join them in visiting, supporting and making these youth groups a priority in the years to come.
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