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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Legion of Honor Conferral Dates

Active Legion of Honor Ring

In 2014, Pennsylvania DeMolay is proud to create a record number of members of the DeMolay Legion of Honor. The nominees ran the gamut of service, from those who have excelled in DeMolay and the Masonic Fraternity, to men who have achieved great success in their professional life.

These men will have the Legion of Honor conferred upon them at their choice of two events. Those in Western PA can attend the Conferral at the Masonic Village at Sewickly on Sunday, September 28, 2014, beginning at 2 PM with the Secret Vow.

For others, the Eastern Conferral may be more appropriate. It will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, also beginning at 2 PM with the Secret Vow.

We encourage all DeMolays to come out and witness the creation of these new Legionnaires, who have given their time and support to our Order.

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Diplomas Received at Key Man University 2014


From August 3 to August 9, 2014, Patton Campus, in Elizabethtown, PA, was transformed from mild mannered conference center to full blown college campus, when nearly 90 DeMolays, along with close to 40 advisors, from more than a dozen jurisdictions came together for the 28th annual Key Man Conference, dubbed Key Man Unversity, or “KMU” for sort.

This new version of the Key Man experience was pioneered by the conference directors – “Dad” Zack Panitzke, “Dad” Dan Loughin, and Bro. Nick Capes. 2014 marked a significant shift in PA DeMolay’s Key Man program. Says “Dad” Tom Labagh, Executive Officer of Pennsylvania DeMolay:

“From a “traditional” DI Leadership Conference, the program was reinvented with the Reality Key Man model in 2000, and now, the Key Man University model of 2014, which successfully provided more choice of topics to study/practice/master to the participants than ever before.”

That was exactly what the program was designed to do! With eight Departments, including Ritual, Sweethearts, Communciations and Media, Education and Personal Development, and much more, attendees were able to “major” in an area of DeMolay study and spend a week getting in-depth training and knowledge on that subject. DeMolays could also choose “minor” and “elective” classes throughout the week, to supplement their knowledge.

It wasn’t all just class work, however! Students and instructors worked hand in hand on capstone projects that were presented to the Conference at the end of the week. These included skits, programs, ritual performances, and planning a full scale community service event for residents of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. The Sweethearts, working together with the rest of the Conference, were able to raise more than $1000 for the Children’s Dyslexia Centers, PA DeMolay’s State Charity, through a cold water challenge. It really shows that when everyone works together and learns together, great things can happen!

In total, close to 80 courses were offered to the young men and DeMolay Sweethearts. As always, we hope they will take these lessons home to their Chapters to help them grow and succeed over the coming year.

Look for information early next year on how you can be a member of the Class of 2015 at Key Man University!

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Pritchard Advanced to State Senior Councilor

pritchardpromotionOn Friday, August 8, 2014, the State Master Councilor of Pennsyvlania DeMolay, Bro. Isaac W. Holtzer, announced that Bro. Adam T. Pritchard, of Reading Chapter, would be appointed State Senior Councilor due to a vacancy created in the line, in accordance with the by-laws of Pennsylvania DeMolay. Bro. Pritchard had been previously serving as State Treasurer.

Bro. Holtzer, assisted by Adam’s home Chapter Advisor, “Dad” Dan Loughin, presented him with the collar and jewel of office during the 2014 Key Man University banquet.

Congratulations, Adam!

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PA DeMolay Hits a Home Run at Softball 2014


This year, at our Annual Coed Softball Tournament, held on July 25-28, 2014, over 40 people joined around the dugout to play a good ol’ fashioned game of softball! The three teams, consisting of members of DeMolays and Rainbow Girls, took to the field in the morning. They finished their games and, after lunch, they tired themselves out playing dodge ball, kickball, and tennis. If that wasn’t enough fun, the group also enjoyed some friendly bowling competition in the evening.

Congratulations to the Tennis Championship winners and the attendees this year! The Coed Softball Tournament has been an ongoing tradition of fun, fellowship and home runs.

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