PA DeMolay Convention Highlights

On Sunday, July 18th, Justin D. Killian, a Past Master Councilor of Elizabethtown Chapter, Order of DeMolay, was installed as the 70th State Master Councilor of Pennsylvania DeMolay. He will serve in this position until his successor is elected and installed at the 2005 Pennsylvania DeMolay Convention that will be held in Bethlehem, PA.

demol1Along with being a PMC of Elizabethtown Chapter, Bro. Killian is a member of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 F & AM and the Masonic Village High Twelve Club No. 629. He is attending the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he will be a junior in the fall. His DeMolay honors and awards include the Distinguished Service Award, the Chevalier, the Past Master Councilor's Meritorious Service Award; the Representative DeMolay Award; and numerous other awards and merit bars. He joined Elizabethtown Chapter in 1998.

The Installation of Bro. Killian, and the elected and appointed State Officers for the 2004-2005 year, brought an extremely successful Pennsylvania DeMolay Convention to a close. The 2004 Convention was headquartered at the Avalon Hotel in downtown Erie and featured four days of fun for DeMolays, Advisors, families and friends of Pennsylvania DeMolay. Along with the election and installation of new officers, the Convention featured the election and crowning of Miss Ashley Tennis, representing Pilgrim Chapter from Harrisburg, as the new state sweetheart; paintball action at Pentagon Paintball; wet and wild adventures at Splash Lagoon, the nation's premiere indoor water park; amusement park fun and food at Waldameer Park; a pig roast and picnic at Presque Isle; and pirates!

demol2Yes! Pirates! At business sessions, Presque Isle, the awards banquet and the casino night pirates of all shapes and sizes visited with the conventioneers. These brightly-attired men and ladies of the pirating trade were on hand to bring to a conclusion the Membership Mutiny New Member Recruitment Program. Captain Will Gutty, more easily recognized as Deputy Executive Officer Raymond Gottschall of Reading, lead his officers for the weekend and presented membership recruitment prizes to the many DeMolays who had first-line signed new members into the organization.

Executive Officer Thomas R. Labagh recognized the ongoing efforts of Bro. Gottschall to instill fun and enthusiasm into the Pennsylvania DeMolay program, by naming him the Advisor of the Year and presenting him with the Guild of the Leather Apron. Over the years, Bro. Gottschall has portrayed a colonel, a king and a number of other innovative characters for a variety of Pennsylvania DeMolay programs.

Bro. Labagh also presented Stephen L. Prazenica, retiring State Master Councilor, with the DeMolay International Distinguished Service Award for his impressive service to DeMolay and the community at large. Bro. Prazenica was also presented with the Pennsylvania Youth Foundation's Service Award by RWPGM Samuel C. Williamson, Executive Officer Emeritus, for his outstanding service to Pennsylvania DeMolay as State Master Councilor.

The Order of DeMolay is a fraternal organization for young men between the ages of 12 and 21 years of age that teaches leadership skills, public speaking, civic responsibility and the importance of family through the teachings of the principles of filial love, reverence for sacred things, courtesy, comradeship, fidelity, cleanness and patriotism. For more information on DeMolay in Pennsylvania, please contact Executive Secretary Dave Berry at (717) 367-1536 X4 or (in PA only) 1-800-266-8424 X4.

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