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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Brotherhood Without Borders

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Submitted by “Dad” Mark Rauschenberger of Illinois DeMolay

On January 3, 2015, Avalon Chapter, of Rockford Illinois traveled 1100 miles roundtrip to attend the Installation of Officers for Lorraine Chapter in Butler, Pennsylvania.  Congratulations to Brother Jake Renner as the new Master Councilor for Lorraine.

Avalon Master Councilor Sean Kerby performed the Flower Talk for the Lorraine brothers and, after refreshments, both Chapters went out for an evening of Bowling and Brotherhood.

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Don’t forget your letters!

10603366_10152610057415750_7143125159451801901_nAs the year winds down, many of the members of Pennsylvania DeMolay could qualify for DeMolay International’s latest incentive – the Varsity Club. Those who qualify will receive a letter “D” DeMolay Varsity Patch. How do you get one? Read on!

For an active DeMolay to qualify, he must complete at least one item from each of several different areas.

Leadership

  • Mentor a New Member (e.g. – Proficiency coach)
  • Teach the Chapter Members a new skill – (Presentation/submit online)
  • Leadership Position – Councilor or Committee Chairman

Involvement

  • Attend six meetings and 2 other Chapter events.

Planning

  • Lead and plan a new event, as the Chairman or person in charge.

Needs Fulfillment

  • Recruit one new Brother or one new Advisor.
  • Perform Masonic and / or Community Service

Knowledge

  • Complete & pass 1 Leadership Correspondence Course (LCC)
  • Complete & earn the Representative DeMolay award (RD)
  • Become proficient in new ritual part and perform at meeting or public event.

Advisors are also able to qualify for a letter by completing the following tasks:

  • Recruit brand new advisor to chapter council. No “retreads” (New advisor must pass background check and have filed all necessary paperwork and fees.
  • Lead and work with Chapter member to create and execute on a brand new event/activity to Chapter and advisor.

Certificates & “D” Letter shipped are out from DeMolay International upon completion and certification.

Think you have what it takes? Grab the form here and send it in today!

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Success at Grand Master’s Class 2014

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On the weekend of December 5-7, 2014, PA DeMolay was pleased to host an indcution class in honor of “Dad” Robert J. Bateman, the Right Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. “Dad” Bateman is a long time supporter of the DeMolay program and the members and advisors of Pennsylvania DeMolay were most pleased to have him present for the occasion. Accompanying the Grand Master was “Dad” Danny Hinds, Superintendent of the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia and Aide to the Grand Master.

The event started on Friday evening, as DeMolays, advisors, and candidates poured in from across the state, arriving at Patton Campus in Elizabethtown, PA, for practice and to ready themselves for the big day. The induction teams worked hard into the night and early on Saturday morning, sharpening their skills to put on a good show.

Following lunch, it was go time! With nearly 30 candidates, the room was packed with well wishers and parents. The new members witnessed some spectacular degrees, with Bro. Lorenzo Rodriguez, Deputy State Master Councilor, conferring the Initiatory Degree. During the DeMolay Degree, Bro. Alex Pittaro, of Chester Pike Chapter, playing Jacques DeMolay, was pitted against Bro. Cody Rosenbauer, of Lorraine Chapter, who assumed the role of Master Inquisitor. Following the ceremony, Bro. Isaac W. Holtzer, State Master Councilor, presented “Dad” Bateman a check for $500, designated for the Change for the Troops program, which helps servicemen overseas stay in touch with their families. After the normal pictures and remarks, the formal portion of the day wrapped up, which led to a relaxing evening of board games and socializing with friends, old and new alike.

Congratulations to all of the new members of PA DeMolay! We’d also like to thank “Dad” Bateman for taking time out of his schedule to be with us. PA DeMolay looks forward to continuing their support of the Grand Lodge in the coming year.

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