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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George Washington Chapter Comforts Senior DeMolay

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For their Day of Comfort Obligatory Observance today, GW DeMolay visited with Dad Harry L. Oyler, a Senior DeMolay of the former James Buchanan Chapter. Dad Oyler, who is 94 years young and resides at a local retirement home, recruited 75 new DeMolays from 1973-1975 to start GW DeMolay. Now, that’s what we call that a testimony in leadership! Bro. Alec Smith, Master Councilor of George Washington Chapter, presented Dad Oyler with a Happy Thanksgiving card signed by chapter members and a DeMolay “Hats Off” pin.

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Allentown Continues Tradition of Service

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On Saturday November 1st, Allentown DeMolay members AJ, Danny, Austin, JoJo and Miles helped with the Scottish Rite Reunion Luncheon for the Valley of Allentown, AASR.

allentown2They prepared ice tea pitchers and the creamers for the tables. They also served coffee, tea, and water to over 200 Masons. Says on Bro. Miles, “One of the fun parts is serving some of my Dad’s Masonic friends.”

After lunch, the guys cleaned up the plates and tables and got to eat the leftovers. Lunch included macaroni and cheese, sausage, green beans, and lots and lots of pudding with whipped cream for dessert.

The next Saturday Allentown members AJ, Dimas, Danny, Austin, Shane and JoJo helped to serve another lunch which included chicken, potatoes, green beans and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

We plan to help again in the spring.

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PA DeMolay to Honor Grand Master

bateman-sOn the weekend of Dec. 5 to 7, 2014, PA DeMolay is proud to be continuing its tradition of honoring the Right Worshipful Grand Master of Pennsylvania with a class named in his honor. The “Dad” Robert J. Bateman Class will offer a chance for new members to join DeMolay and for our current members to show off their public speaking talents while enjoying a weekend of fellowship.

Information on the class, including the schedule, registration, and a promotional flyer can be found at this link.

We hope that you will join us to celebrate our Grand Master and witness some excellent degree work!

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