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2005 Masonic Scholarship Resource Guide Available

The 2005 Masonic Scholarship Resource Guide, listing scholarship, grant and and loan opportunities primarily for Masons, their siblings, children, grandchildren and members of the Masonic-related youth groups, is hot off the press and ready for distribution! The booklet, published by the Pennsylvania Youth Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, lists nearly 60 scholarships, a brief description of each and the contact information needed to request an application. The Guide has been sent to all Lodges, all Lodge Youth Representatives, Youth Group Adult Leaders and each school district in Pennsylvania. You can request your copy by contacting the Pennsylvania Youth Foundation at 1-800-266-8424 (in Pennsylvania) or at (717) 367-1536.

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Preparing to See History in the Making

No matter the outcome of the election on November 2, Pennsylvania DeMolay will be making their "once-every-four-year" sojourn to the Inauguration of the President on January 20, 2005.

This trip will be the fifth time for Pennsylvania DeMolays to attend the Inaugural. The first year was in 1989 when a contingent of PA DeMolay State Officers attended the inauguration of George H.W. Bush. This grew into a 1993 trip sponsored by PA DeMolay for the inauguration of William J. Clinton, attended by two busloads of DeMolays, advisors and families. In 1997, this grew into a five-bus trip for DeMolays, Job's Daughters, Rainbow Girls and their families. This was repeated four years later for the George W. Bush Inauguration. Lodge No. 9 of Pennsylvania has generously sponsored a part of the trip each year since 1993. The 2005 trip will start with departure from the Masonic Conference Center ­ Patton Campus in Elizabethtown; a boxed lunch in the dining room of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial; and then travel by Metro to the heart of Washington D.C. for groups to take their places along the parade route. Trip cost, including bus fare, lunch and metro pass is $30 per person.

Invitations have been mailed to the Masonic-related youth groups in Pennsylvania. For more information, please contact Dave Berry, Executive Secretary, at 1-800-266-8424 x 4 (in PA) or 717-367-1536 x 4.

Pennsylvania DeMolay Set to Honor the R.W. Grand Master

On Saturday, December 4, Pennsylvania DeMolay will be honoring William Slater II, R.W. Grand Master, with the conferral of the degrees of the Order of DeMolay on a class named in his honor. The conferral will start promptly at 9:00 AM in the Brossman Ball Room at the Freemason Cultural Center at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown. Following the conferral of the Initiatory Degree, the first section of the DeMolay Degree, depicting the final trial of Jacques DeMolay before the Inquisition, will be performed on the stage in Brossman Ball Room 1. The fourth section of the DeMolay Degree and presentations will bring the program to a conclusion.

The fun and fellowship of the weekend will continue at the Masonic Conference Center ­ Patton Campus with a Human Risk Game, Naval Missions in the pool, a mess-style dinner, served by the State Officers and a USO-themed dance. The theme of the weekend is patterned after the board game RISK, which is the current membership recruitment program for Pennsylvania DeMolay.

If you know of a young man between the ages of 12 and 21 years who would benefit from membership in the Order of DeMolay, please contact Executive Secretary Dave Berry at 1-800-266-8424 x 4 (in PA) or at 717- 367-1536 x 4 for an application and details on the PA DeMolay Grand Master's Class.

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DeMolays Visit National Capital

On Wednesday, September 29, members of George Washington Chapter, Order of DeMolay, which meets in Chambersburg, PA went to Washington, DC to visit U.S. Congressman Bill Shuster. Chapter Master Councilor Chad Reichard teamed up with Congressman Shuster early in the morning at the Longworth House Office Building and shadowed the Congressman through-out the day.

The event included a tour of the U.S. Capitol by George Washington Chapter's own Senior DeMolay Chris Gindlesperger, a staffer to Congressman Shuster whose father, Bud Shuster, held the congressional seat before his son. He is a Senior DeMolay from al-Aksa Chapter that met in Altoona, PA.

George Washington Chapter's Alexia McCarl received an American flag from the Congressman to welcome him to the United States of America. Shuster helped Alexia's parents, Tim and Sue McCarl, adopt him from Russia. Alexia joined his brother Colin, who became a member of the McCarl Family in the 1990's.

The group, including Reichard, McCarl, Adam Miley, and Eric Bailey, also toured the new Native American Museum and took a quick metro ride to the George Washington National Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.

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