|Volume LVIII||November 2011||Number 4|
The Spirit of Service
Community service has always been a valuable part of any DeMolay Chapter's programming. While every DeMolay Chapter in Pennsylvania participates in two or more community service activities a year, Allentown Chapter set a higher standard for their service projects.
On average, Allentown Chapter is involved in a community service project once a month, and from December 2010 through May 2011 the members have logged nearly 300 hours. In December, a canned food drive was held and more than 300 cans of food were donated to the Whitehall Food Pantry.
Also in December, Allentown Chapter assisted with the Valley of Allentown's Scottish Rite Community Christmas Party. During the party, DeMolays helped children from the Allentown area make holiday arts and crafts, from ornaments to candy cane holders and coloring pages. The day included Christmas carols, fresh-baked cookies, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and a roomful of happy children.
In March, the members and advisors pulled on their work gloves, jackets and caps to help Jordan-Martin Lodge No. 673, Allentown, with an early spring highway clean-up project. The DeMolays even made a bit of a contest out of the project by offering prizes for the most interesting debris found: a driving shaft, part of a printer and a drug store sign!
In April, Allentown Chapter assisted with the Masonic CHIP event held at the YMCA/YWCA as a part of their Healthy Kid's Day program. DeMolays helped with logging the height and weight of the children, assisted with a bean bag toss and fielded the many questions from parents about DeMolay.
In April and May, the young men partnered with the local Boy Scout troop to craft shadow boxes for the Alzheimer's Unit of Cedarbrook Nursing Home. This ongoing project will continue to bring DeMolays and Boy Scouts together to benefit the community.
In Allentown Chapter, and in Chapters across Pennsylvania, DeMolays are partnering with other organizations, both inside and outside of the Masonic fraternity, to provide service to their community while learning to be responsible, caring and respectful citizens and leaders.
DeMolays Complete Food Safety Training
The William Slater II Master Masons Club at the Masonic Village at Sewickley generously underwrote a two-day, eight-hour Food Safety certification and training course for six grateful members of Steel City DeMolay.
The course supplemented what the DeMolays had already learned from their Chapter Advisor, Bro. Joe Schrock. This practical set of skills provides the young men a huge advantage when looking for early employment and helps them to do a better, more informed job cooking the monthly fellowship breakfast on the last Saturday of every month at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center. The DeMolays also are often asked to serve and/or clean up at The Valley of Pittsburgh Scottish Rite, Pittsburgh area O.E.S. Chapters, Masonic lodges and other bodies, Syria Shrine club, units and caravans, Islam Grotto and at their own food and fund raising events.
Bro. Schrock coordinated with Bro. Pete Contouris, Food Services Director at the Masonic Village at Sewickley and member of Lodge No. 45, Pittsburgh. Retirement Living Chef Bro. Jeff McDonald, a certified Food Safety Instructor for "Servsafe Essentials," a program of the National Restaurant Association, taught the course. A member of Meridian Lodge No. 411, Enon Valley, he requested the honor of presenting the completion certificates to each of the DeMolay members.
DeMolay members participate in a "Jeopardy"-style review prior to taking the certifying exam. Front row, left-right: Lamonte James, Domenic Santucci and Andrew Trapp. Back row, left-right: William Sewell, Aaron James and Luke Dufour.
District 42 Triple Play
Good Samaritan Lodge No. 336, Gettysburg, and Hebron Lodge No. 465, New Oxford, have been working together to support and promote the membership of Bethel #12, Gettysburg. With the approval of Teddy Sizemore, District Deputy Grand Master for District 42, Bro. Darrin Catts, W.M., Good Samaritan Lodge, and Jack Swaby, W.M., Hebron Lodge, decided to co-sponsor a young girls traveling softball team under the name "Job's Daughters." With many of the girls on the softball team around the age to join Job's Daughters, the lodges were jointly supporting local youth and a Masonic Youth group in their district.
The "Gettysburg Spirit" softball team was excited for the sponsorship and not only put "Job's Daughters" on their jerseys, but also the phone number where interested girls and parents can call for more information about Job's Daughters and the Masonic fraternity. Additionally, Job's Daughters is promoted on the softball league banner that is displayed at every softball game. The team will travel throughout Adams and York counties for games during their season.
Members of both lodges and Bethel #12 attended a team practice to meet the girls. The coach was given Job's Daughter brochures, which were given to each member of the team and will be handed out to their opponents at games this season. Bethel #12 plans to support the team by attending games to cheer the girls on and also provide snacks and refreshments during the softball season.
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