Volume LIXNovember 2012Number 4

Grand Master Leads Youth in Having Fun!

For more than 20 years, a cottage in North East, Md., has played host to members of the Masonic youth groups. The Job's Daughters and DeMolay teenagers who enjoyed the boating, water skiing and tubing in the 1980s and early 1990s are now enjoying their time at the cottage with a new generation of youth group members - many of them, their own children. The constant over the years has been long-time DeMolay Advisor Jay W. Smith, now our R.W. Grand Master.

This past summer has been more of the same, as members of Job's Daughters Bethel 15 and the Elizabethtown DeMolay Chapter each spent a weekend of fun in the sun. Grand Master Smith joined them, piloting the boat on the bay and having as much fun as the young people.

Brooke Spence, Honored Queen of Bethel 15, and her brother, Alex Spence, immediate Past Master Councilor of Elizabethtown DeMolay, arranged use of the cottage with their grandfather for return outings to Red Point Beach this past summer. Always a fun weekend for the young people, the beach area offers a variety of water fun, fishing, visits to the historic lighthouse at Turkey Point and plenty of good food! During their stay, the DeMolays managed to gobble a deep fried turkey; finish off two pans of deep dish lasagna; consume platters of pancakes, eggs and sausage; and devour enough hot dogs and hamburgers to feed a small army.

Plans are already underway for the youth groups to return to the cottage in the summer of 2013.

DeMolay Honors Supporters

During the Pennsylvania (PA) DeMolay Convention held in York over the summer, two of DeMolay's most devoted enthusiasts were honored when Executive Officer Thomas R. Labagh presented the collar of Honorary Member in DeMolay International's governing body to R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith and Supreme Tall Cedar Harvey "Bud" Willard.


Grand Master Smith has been active as a DeMolay Advisor for nearly 30 years, spending 20 years as an advisor for Lancaster Chapter and more recently as an advisor for PA DeMolay. His exemplary service has been recognized with the Cross of Honor and the Honorary Legion of Honor. He has served DeMolay in many capacities, including Chapter Advisor and Advisory Council Chairman. He is also a Past Dean of the William J. McCulley Legion of Honor Preceptory.

Supreme Tall Cedar Willard is a Past Master Councilor of Norristown Chapter and holds the Representative DeMolay Award, the Chevalier and the Active Legion of Honor. For the past five years, he has assisted with the presentation of the Past Master Councilor's Meritorious Service Award, long sponsored by the Supreme Forest of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

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