Volume LIXAugust 2012Number 3

PA DeMolay Chapters Celebrate DeMolay Month

Marking the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Order of DeMolay in Kansas City, Mo., and the 89th anniversary of the Order of DeMolay coming to Pennsylvania, seven Pennsylvania DeMolay Chapters celebrated March 2012 as DeMolay Month.

The Chapters participating in the annual DeMolay Month Competition, sponsored by the Grand Council of Royal and Select Master Masons of Pennsylvania, included Allentown, Chester Pike of Prospect Park, Elizabethtown, Erie, Freedom of Oxford, Pilgrim of Harrisburg and Susquehanna of Wilkes-Barre.

Membership recruitment was brisk during the month, with 11 new members joining DeMolay Chapters in Pennsylvania, several of them at the annual Rose Croix Class sponsored by the Valley of Pittsburgh, A.A.S.R.

Spreading fraternalism through visits to other DeMolay Chapters has long been a vital part of the DeMolay Month celebration, and this was widely recognized when five chapters visited Erie Chapter for their March 24 Installation of Officers in West Springfield: Elizabethtown, Joppa from Washington, Lorraine from Butler, Steel City from Bellevue and Westmoreland from Greensburg. There were 12 different visitations reported during March.

A number of government officials recognized DeMolay Month by meeting with DeMolay members and signing official proclamations to praise the work of the young men. The members of Chester Pike Chapter were visited by State Representative Nick Miccarelli; the members of Elizabethtown Chapter participated in the Elizabethtown Borough Council meeting with Mayor and Bro. Chuck Mummert and visited State Senator Mike Folmer at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg; Erie Chapter visited Erie County Coroner and Senior DeMolay Lyle Cook, Erie County District Attorney Bro. Jack Daneri and Trial Judge, Senior DeMolay and Bro. William R. Cunningham; and Pilgrim Chapter attended the Swatara Township Board of Commissioners meeting. Twelve proclamations were received from government officials by the various DeMolay Chapters.

Service projects, an important part of the DeMolay program every month of the year, were numerous throughout March. Erie Chapter helped CHIP 42 children at the Waterford Elementary School and served as ushers at the Erepa Grotto Tartan Ball. Allentown Chapter assisted Jordan-Martin Lodge No. 673 with a highway clean-up and assisted with the Masonic District 10 Blood Drive, where 50 pints of blood were donated. Freedom Chapter picked up trash at the Oxford Cemetery; Chester Pike Chapter assisted with the Muscular Dystrophy Walk with the Tall Cedars of Lebanon; Pilgrim Chapter served meals for three lodges and helped at the Zembo Shrine Circus; and Elizabethtown Chapter sponsored the back page of the printed program for the high school musical production.

Devotional Day, one of DeMolay's seven Obligatory Days, had the members of most Pennsylvania DeMolay Chapters attending worship services at the churches of their members. Allentown held a very special Devotional Day prayer service at the George Washington Chapel for Prayer at the Valley Forge National Park, followed by a tour of the park and a tailgate party.

Susquehanna Chapter also incorporated history and Masonic heritage into their celebration with a visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park for a tour and wreath-laying at the Friend-to-Friend Masonic Memorial.

The month also included a number of Masonic recognition and sponsoring body programs, Senior DeMolay recognition activities, social events, membership recruitment prospect parties and presentations of "Hi Dad," the biography of DeMolay founder Frank S. Land, to various libraries.

One of the goals of DeMolay Month is to help heighten public awareness of the organization, and 2012 provided a great opportunity for this. Many of the activities and programs were highlighted in local newspapers, on radio and television cable stations.

March was a great month for Pennsylvania DeMolay, and many Chapters are already making plans for March 2013 and the 90th anniversary of the founding of DeMolay in Pennsylvania.

Erie Chapter hosted visiting DeMolays from five other chapters as a part of their March 24 Installation of Officers. Allentown Chapter toured Valley Forge National Park and held a prayer service at the George Washington Chapel for Prayer. Chester Pike Chapter DeMolays (left-right) Tristan Berrien, Tucker Daland, Noah O'Brien and Richie Shanahan, met with State Representative Nick Miccarelli, who presented them with a DeMolay Month Proclamation.

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