2015 Candidates for Elective Office

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.

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Basketball 2015

 

 

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March Madness: Brotherhood Style
Submitted by Joe Pullin, Chapter Advisor, Northeast Chapter

DSC_0173The 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.

DSC_0179All 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:

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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.

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Patriots Class 2015

Patriots Class – A Regional Success
Ray With DAD StudentsOn Saturday, February 14th, the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Reading opened its doors to the 8th Annual Pennsylvania DeMolay Regional Patriots Class, sponsored by the Valley ofReading, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite.  The day-long program, under the supervision of Deputy Executive Officer “Dad” Ray Gottschall, III, of Reading, began with the arrival of the induction team members early on Saturday morning and Candidates At MCconcluded with a number of very special presentations in the late afternoon.

The induction teams were made up of DeMolays from the following Chapters: Allentown, Carlisle, Chester Pike, Elizabethtown, Freedom, Friendship-Bray, Pilgrim, Reading and Westmoreland.  State Master Councilor Isaac Holtzer, and several Pennsylvania DeMolay elected state officers, Jim Coaches Initiatory Teamwas on hand to help with the program.  Also assisting were state officers from the Jurisdiction of New Jersey, headed by State Master Councilor Jordan Selby.   Deputy Executive Officers “Dad” James Ray and Rick Freedman directed the Initiatory Degree and DeMolay Degree rehearsals, respectively.  Chester Pike Chapter’s PMC and MC Alex Pittaro served as Master Councilor of the Initiatory Degree; Chester Herb Make Up 5Pike Chapter’s PMC Andrew Santilli served as Master Councilor in the Fourth Section; and Carlisle Chapter members Jacob Otto and Aaron Muldowney were in the lead roles of Jacques DeMolay and Master Inquisitor for the first section of the DeMolay Degree, which was presented in full dramatic fashion on stage.

The class of ten was comprised of new DeMolay Degree Cast in Costumemembers from Allentown, Chester Pike, Friendship-Bray and Reading Chapters.  During the closing ceremonies each new member was presented with a commemorative certificate by State Master Councilor Holtzer, Illustrious Scottish Rite Deputy Russell Baker and Commander-in-Chief of the Valley of Reading William Tennant, Jr.  “Dad” Baker also assisted Past Commander-in-Chief Herbert Swisher with make up for the cast of the DeMolay Degree.Moyer DAD Training

While rehearsals were going on in the morning and early afternoon, a class of 6 future advisors took the basic DeMolay Advisor Development (DAD) training as taught by Director of the Eastern Legion of Honor Conferral “Dad” Allen Moyer.  Following lunch, the candidates and their parents were welcomed by Deputy Executive Tom Presents Alicia 4Officer “Dad” Randy Knapp, who offered orientation on what would be incorporated into the induction ceremonies for the new members.

During the presentations at the end of the program, Executive Officer “Dad” Thomas Labagh presented State Sweetheart Alicia Daniels welcomed her into the DeMolay International Varsity Club and presented Alicia - Jacket & Letterher the DeMolay International Letter, noting that she was the first person involved in Pennsylvania DeMolay to earn this well-deserved distinction.  The DeMolay International Varsity Program has as its mission the creation of enthusiasm and fellowship for the organization as well as the opportunity for members, sweethearts and advisors to become active, engaged, and ultimately an owner of their chapter experience.  As an acknowledgment of their efforts they will be deemed to have lettered in DeMolay.   Miss Daniels has been a devoted champion of the PA DeMolay State Charity, and has planned many innovative fundraisers that have brought in over $6,000.00 for the Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Pennsylvania.  Miss Daniels is also the Chapter Sweetheart for Reading Chapter, and Chapter Advisor “Dad” Daniel Loughin presented her with her DeMolay Varsity Jacket on behalf of the Reading Chapter Advisory Council.

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A Weekend of Spikes, Strikes & Splashes

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Pennsylvania DeMolay held its annual Volleyball, Bowling and Swimming Tournaments the weekend of January 9th-11th at the Patton Campus in Elizabethtown.  Carlisle Chapter, fielding two teams, took top honors with a first place finish in volleyball for their first team and the Spirit Award for their second team.  Rounding out the top five chapters were Lorraine in second; Northeast in 3rd; Allentown in 4th and Chester Pike in 5th.  The All-Tournament team sported representatives of Allentown, Carlisle, Chester Pike, Elizabethtown, George Washington, Lorraine, Northeast and Westmoreland Chapters.  The Most Valuable Player, playing in his last DeMolay Tournament before turning 21, was Anthony Kallhoff of Carlisle Chapter and the Coach of the Tournament was “Dad” Curt Rauschenberger of Lorraine Chapter.

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Bowling accolades and recognition went to Cody Rosenbauer of Lorraine Chapter for the best individual game; Anthony Kallhoff of Carlisle Chapter for the best individual series; and Carlisle Chapter for the best chapter series.

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Blue Swimming Ribbons were presented to Danny Shevalier of Allentown Chapter for first place in the freestyle individual events and the breaststroke individual event; to Jake Otto of Carlisle Chapter for the butterfly individual event; to Matt Otto of Carlisle Chapter for the backstroke individual event; and to Carlisle Chapter for first place finished in the freestyle relay and the medley relay.
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In addition to the tournament, seven advisors received their basic DeMolay Advisor Development (DAD) Training and nine advisors attended continuing education courses (DAD Plus) on DeMolay Month planning and tips on completing the 2014 Financial Report and basic chapter budgeting techniques.

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Allentown DeMolay Helps the Community and Scottish Rite

Written by Bros. Justin Nixon, Jodi, A.J. Rodriguez, and Sean Dertinger.

leavesIt was finally a dry sunny “rain delay” day in December when Allentown Chapter raked leaves for charity. A large contingent of 6 brothers and several advisors descended on Grandmom and Granddad Blew’s house to clear their yard and garden beds. After their yard was finished, Allentown went to Mom and Dad Blew’s house to work and enjoyed some lovely pizza afterwards. With lots of hard work, the crew managed to make a leaf pile as big as Jodi. Then a few brothers jumped in, it was a fun day!

rbwOn a blustery Saturday morning in the Southern half of the Allentown Masonic Temple, Allentown Chapter and Easton Rainbow met for a lovely Saturday with Santa. The yearly event hosted by Valley of Allentown Scottish Rite create a festive atmosphere for local children in Allentown. A total of fourteen Masonic Youth helped run arts & crafts tables and enjoyed a performance by a magician with the kids. Everybody sang Christmas Carols and finally got a collective picture with Mr. & Mrs. Claus!

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