Ignite Change with the Children’s Dyslexia Centers

For the past few weeks, your State Sweetheart, Alicia Daniels and I have been talking about a potential charity endeavor through “Dad” Anthony and my Charity T-Shirt Company, Ignition Co. (www.IgnitionCo.com).

What Alicia, “Dad” Anthony and I decided is that during the month of October, we will donate at least $2 of every shirt sold to the Children’s Dyslexia Centers, on behalf of Alicia Daniels and her goal for PA DeMolay.

First off, we’re not posting and sharing the site to make a profit by any means. Our primary goal for Ignition Co. is to promote some great charitable organizations and donate money to a monthly charity!

What does this mean for you?

When you head over to  http://www.IgnitionCo.com, you’ll see tons of shirts all for sale at $16 each. For every Teach, Learn, & Grow shirt (our featured shirt) sold in October, we’ll donate $4 to the charity and for all other shirts sold in October, at least $2 will be donated.

http://www.IgnitionCo.com/collections/frontpage/products/teach-learn-grow

When you order a shirt, we’ll process the information and have it made shipped directly to you. Please allow for two weeks for the printing and shipping. If you’re looking to buy a larger amount, please contact me at mattblaisdell@gmail.com and I’ll see if we can knock down some of the shipping fees!

If you’d like to donate directly to the Children’s Dyslexia Centers, let your State Sweetheart know, and she’ll help you out!

We thank you for the long-time support for the Children’s Dyslexia Centers and we look forward to spreading the charity to our friends and families and raising some money for a great cause!

- “Dad” Matt Blaisdell

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PA DeMolay Supports MV at Sewickley Community Festival

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On Saturday, September 27, 2014, Pennsylvania DeMolay was pleased to participate in the inaugrual Community Festival at the Masonic Village at Sewickley, just outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

This being the first event of its kind for the facility, everyone was most pleased with the turnout and beautiful day. Visitors enjoyed entertainment, arts and crafts, and of course lots of Masonic talk! DeMolays spent the day talking to folks who passed by the booth and sampling some of the wings from the cook off competition.

At the end of the day, DeMolays quickly jumped into help, following the housekeeping staff, who were happy to have their assistance in cleaning up from the event. The young men picked up chairs and tables, took down tents, and of course helped to clean up some leftovers!

If you missed this event, you missed out on a great day! Check out the photos below to get caught up on all of the happenings!

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PA DeMolay Offers Letterman Jacket for Recruiters

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In conjunction with DeMolay International’s “DeMolay Varsity Club” program, PA DeMolay is issuing a challenge to our members. We want to see our members “Take the Risk” and bring in 5 new members between now and December 31, 2015. If a member does, he will be rewarded with a DeMolay Letterman Jacket (valued at $250!) To earn the jacket, a member must bring in 5 new members between today (September 26, 2014) and December 31, 2014. It’s that easy!

Start recruiting now and by the end of the year, you could have an awesome new jacket to sport to your meetings and to school!

Check out DeMolay International’s page to learn about other ways you could earn a jacket as well!

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PA DeMolay Supports Autumn Day

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On Saturday, September 20, 2014, Pennsylvania DeMolay was pleased to participate in the annual Autumn Day festival at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. This year’s event was even more significant, as it marked the dedication and lighting of the Eternal Flame monument to honor the veterans of our country.

In support of this monument, PA DeMolay purchased a paver in honor of “Dad” Samuel C. Williamson, Grand Treasurer Emeritus, Past Executive Officer of Pennsylvania DeMolay, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation. “Dad” Williamson is an Army veteran and remains very proud of the service he gave to his country. It was indeed our pleasure to honor him in this way.

PA DeMolay showed full support of the event as some members assisted with moving residents at the Healthcare Center, while others remained at the information booth to discuss DeMolay with the visitors. Many Senior DeMolays stopped by the stand to say hello, as did several potential new members. This event remains an excellent way for DeMolay to show its support of Freemasonry and to connect with the Fraternity and community.

At the end of the day, DeMolays moved like a swarm, following the ground and housekeeping staff, who were happy to have their assistance in cleaning up from the event. The young men picked up chairs and tables, took down tents, and moved sandbags. The Masonic Village was very thankful for their help!

If you missed this event, you missed out on a great day! Check out the photos below to get caught up on all of the happenings!

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PA DeMolay Competes at MATOC

matocThis year’s Mid-Atlantic Tournament of Champions, otherwise known as MATOC, was held in Northern Delaware, from September 5-7. Members from Pennsylvania, along with the other jurisdictions in Region 2 DeMolay, met to participate in ritual competitions.

On Saturday morning, the competitors met at Nur Shrine Center for breakfast, then the competitions began. A team from PA DeMolay performed the Majority Service and took first place! There were also several other awards received by PA DeMolay members, and it was a great experience for some of the newer state officers. So, next year come on out! All DeMolays are welcome to participate, and it’s an incredible chance to gain knowledge and meet members of other Jurisdictions. Next year, MATOC will be held in Pennsylvania. Go ahead, learn a new ritual part, or brush up on an old one. The complete list of competition categories can be found online, and I encourage everyone to make it out to 2015 MATOC!

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