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


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.


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.

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


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.


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


  • Attend six meetings and 2 other Chapter events.


  • 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


  • 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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