On Halloween weekend from October 30th to November 1st, Pennsylvania DeMolay hosted the DeMolay International Region II Conference. The Conference was held at the Masonic Conference Center – Patton Campus in Elizabethtown. Executive Officers, staff members and jurisdictional officers from the Mid-Atlantic Region (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and D.C.) gathered for workshops that will help make our jurisdictions stronger. The program for the weekend, orchestrated by Region II Director Tom Taylor of Delaware included; membership and advisor recruitment, improving the public image, and upcoming planning for DeMolay International’s 100th anniversary.
Several DeMolay International Representatives participated in the weekend. Executive Director for DeMolay International, Michael Russell came to talk about advisor recruitment and the brand new escribe online database. DeMolay International Congress Secretary Quentin Cockerham held a program with all the Jurisdictional Officers while advisors participated in leadership workshops. “Dad” William Sardone came prepared for Halloween dressed as Zorro. Members from DeMolay Canada participated as well, and brought the Joker with them.
“Dad” Seth Anthony conducted an activity that had members and advisors build a bridge. This activity taught leadership and teamwork. The weekend was full of excitement, especially in the Multimedia Center where the World Series games were played on the big screen.
Thomas Ranken Patton Class
On Saturday, December 5th, 2015, Pennsylvania DeMolay will be honoring Thomas Ranken Patton at the Thomas Ranken Patton Induction Class. The class will be held at the Patton Campus in Elizabethtown. Patton, for whom the campus is named, is the reason this campus exists today. After serving as Grand Lodge Treasurer for 34 years, Thomas Ranken Patton died in 1907. Upon his death, half of his estate was given to the Grand Lodge to establish a boarding school for orphaned sons of Master Masons. The school closed in 1977, after which it was converted into the Masonic Conference Center-Patton Campus and the headquarters of the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation that we know it as today. Because of his work in extending Freemasonry’s willingness to serve its youth, Thomas Ranken Patton is most worthy of being honored this December.
For new members the day will commence with a new member orientation at 9:00 am. The Initiatory Degree will begin 10:45 am, followed by a banquet lunch at Noon. Immediately following the luncheon, the DeMolay Degree and then the 4th Section of the Initiatory Degree will be presented. Members of the Degree Teams, new initiates, first line signers and their Advisors are encouraged to spend the weekend from Friday night to Sunday morning. The address for Patton Campus is 1244 Bainbridge Rd, Elizabethtown, PA, 17022.
Click the link below for the registration form for the Thomas Ranken Patton Class
Come on down! You’re the next contestant for DeMolay!
On the weekend of October 16th to the 18th, the Masonic Conference Center – Patton Campus in Elizabethtown played host to Pennsylvania DeMolay’s first ever Game Show Extravaganza. Members, sweethearts and advisors representing 11 chapters throughout the jurisdiction gathered together for the festivities.
The Elected State Officers conducted game shows for the attendees to play as contestants. Game shows that were played included Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Price is Right, Pyramid and Family Feud. Are you smarter than an Elected State Officer? The contestants were able to answer that question by the time the weekend was over. Prizes were given to the winners including a brand new car (actually a photo of one, signed by the elected state officers). The weekend was a great success that also included the introduction of the Bro-Tie mentorship program.
Convention 2015 is coming fast. According to the by-laws of PA DeMolay, those interested in offering themselves as a candidate for elective office must submit a letter of intent no later than 60 days prior to the opening of the Convention. Convention 2015 starts on July 18, so letters are due in the PA DeMolay Offices no later than May 19th.
As of May 19th, 2015 the following candidates have met the requirements and have been approved to run:
For the Office of State Master Councilor:
Bro. Adam Pritchard of Reading Chapter
For the Office of Deputy State Master Councilor:
Bro. Eric Dye of Allentown Chapter
For the Office of State Senior Councilor:
Bro. Anthony Trento of Chester Pike Chapter
For the Office of State Junior Councilor:
Bro. Jacob Beers of Elizabethtown Chapter
Bro. B. Tyler Moyer of Pilgrim Chapter
For the Office of State Scribe:
Bro. Aaron Muldowney of Carlisle Chapter
Bro. Andrew Santilli of Chester Pike Chapter
For the Office of State Treasurer:
Bro. Daniel W. Shevalier of Allentown Chapter
These Brothers will stand for election on Saturday, July 18, 2015, during the annual business session of PA DeMolay.
The bylaws of PA DeMolay require a letter of intent to be filed 60-days prior to the annual meeting, among other requirements. As that deadline has passed, these are the only authorized candidates for elected office. Applications for appointed office are now being accepted by Bro. Pritchard. Appointments will be announced at the Installation on Sunday morning at the Annual Convention.
March Madness: Brotherhood Style
Submitted by Joe Pullin, Chapter Advisor, Northeast Chapter
The sport of basketball is a big deal during the month of March. Pennsylvania DeMolay held a little March Madness of their own as 11 chapters competed in the Pennsylvania DeMolay basketball tournament. This year’s tournament was held at Patton Campus in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania on the weekend of March 6th to the 8th. The weekend was a major success with the entire facility filled to capacity for this special occasion. Two chapters were even able to field a second team; Erie and Carlisle.
All of the games throughout the weekend were very competitive in their own right, but in the end it was a battle between three chapters. Those chapters were Northeast, Carlisle and Erie. With Erie chapter sitting in the top seed, Northeast and Carlisle would battle it out for a spot in the championship game. Carlisle was able to edge out Northeast in a very close game, leaving Northeast with a respectable 3rd place finish. The championship game was between Carlisle and Erie. In the end, Erie was able to win their seventh consecutive Pennsylvania DeMolay Basketball Championship, while Carlisle finished with a very well deserved second place. Congratulations to all of our winners. Here are the final placements for the tournament:
5th Place: George Washington
4th Place: Pilgrim
3rd Place: Northeast
2nd Place: Carlisle
1st Place: Erie
Several Awards were given out on Sunday morning to many well deserving recipients. Tommy Sharp from Erie Chapter walked away with his second straight Most Valuable Player Award in his last tournament as an active DeMolay member. Joseph Pullin from Northeast Chapter was awarded his fifth consecutive and sixth total Most Valuable Coach Award. The following is a full list of those awards:
Water Basketball: Crusade Chapter
Best Banner: Chester Pike and Northeast Chapters
Spirit Award: Carlisle Chapter
Most Valuable Coach: Joseph Pullin of Northeast
Most Valuable Player: Tommy Sharp of Erie
Competitions were held both Friday and Saturday night for competitors to prove that they were the best of the best. The Hot Shot Competition was won by Lance Jacobson from Lorraine Chapter. The Foul Shot Competition ended in a tie with Danny Kooker from Erie and Matt Murphy both taking home the title. The slam dunk competition was won by Anthony Baskerville from Northeast Chapter.
The weekend was a major success, proving to be one of the most competitive tournaments in recent history. A special thank you goes out to the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation as well as the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania for welcoming us into Patton Campus for the event. A special thank you also goes out to the officials from PIAA for once again providing a safe environment on the court for all of our members.