|Volume LIX||November 2012||Number 4|
Goals Selected & Achievements Earned
The 2012 Pennsylvania DeMolay Key Man Conference, held the week of Aug. 5-11 at the Masonic Conference Center-Patton Campus, offered some exciting new features and an emphasis on goal setting and achieving. Each of the 79 young men who attended the conference set specific goals for their actions during the week, such as learning a new ritual part, creating a term plan and planning a membership recruitment event for their home chapter. They also set a number of personal goals for themselves, including learning time management skills, how to interview for a job, enhancing public speaking skills and many other individual achievements.
This evolution of the Key Man program yielded a number of impressive successes with the completion of 158 lessons of the DeMolay Leadership Correspondence Course and the earning of 28 Lamps of Knowledge for the completion of all five tests. Additionally, 21 members memorized one or more of their obligations; 71 new ritual parts were memorized; and 14 Representative DeMolay Awards were earned by those who managed to complete a 32-page self-evaluation form.
The members and advisors also had an opportunity to meet with DeMolay International Grand Master Gregory Chiles, from Indiana. Bro. Chiles held an informative town hall meeting to discuss various policies and projects of DeMolay International and participated in a candid question and answer session with the participants.
Some of the best memories from the week-long conference came from an afternoon visit and banana split social with the residents of the Masonic Health Care Center at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown on Thursday afternoon.
Key Man 2012 brought together DeMolays from 10 different jurisdictions, including the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Ontario.
Carl Blew, an 18-year-old Past Master Councilor of Allentown Chapter, served as Youth Director, working with an adult staff of 26 volunteers headed by Director Steven Lancaster, a Past Executive Officer of Utah and Active Member of DeMolay International, and Michael Larkin, long-time Advisor for Pilgrim Chapter in Harrisburg.
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