“Dad” Samuel C. Williamson: Hall of Famer

Pennsylvania DeMolay is proud to announce that williamson,samuel“Dad” Samuel C. Williamson will be inducted into the DeMolay International Hall of Fame. The induction will take place at DeMolay International’s annual session from June 16th to 18th in San Diego, California.

A strong majority of DeMolays and Advisors throughout Pennsylvania already know why “Dad” Williamson is Hall of Fame worthy, but for those that don’t, here are a few reasons why DeMolay International is inducting one of the best:

Samuel C. Williamson served as Right Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge in Pennsylvania in 1982 and 1983.

During his term as RWGM, “Dad” Williamson founded the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation. This organization, which is owned and operated by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, operates to support and promote leadership training to the Masonic-related youth groups. He currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors for the foundation.

“Dad” Williamson became the first recipient of the HODEGOS award in 2005, an award for Distinguished Adult Service to youth presented by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

SAMWILLIAMSONIn 1985, “Dad” Williamson founded the Key Man Conference, a DeMolay leadership conference that brings members together from multiple jurisdictions to learn the basics of DeMolay. Today we refer to the conference as Key Man University.

He was elected as an Active member of DeMolay International in 1986.

In 1987, “Dad” Williamson became the Executive Officer for Pennsylvania DeMolay. He held this position until July of 2000.

To this day, “Dad” Williamson still is very active with Pennsylvania DeMolay. Congratulations “Dad” Sam Williamson for your well-deserved induction into the DeMolay International Hall of Fame.

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Dodgeball for Dyslexia: The Sequel

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It was said in the classic Vince Vaughn movie, “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball”. Luckily for you, we’ll leave the toolbox at home. Elizabethtown DeMolay is hosting the second annual Dodgeball for Dyslexia tournament at Spooky Nook Sports Complex on May 21, 2016, and if you are reading this, we need you. This one-day event puts teams of all ages together in a battle of supremacy and bragging rights to see who can ultimately wield the coveted golden dodgeball. It is an opportunity to prove one’s adroit skills in throwing, catching, and dodging, all for the pride of their team. If nothing else, it is a chance to hit your advisors with a soft, foam ball for a great cause. Yes, all of the money raised by the competing chapters will go straight towards the Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Pennsylvania to help those affected by dyslexia to read and study regardless of economic status.

Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc. provides tutoring at no charge to children from early elementary through high school who have been diagnosed as dyslexic. Children are eligible regardless of economic status or Masonic affiliation. The positive impact of early intervention on the lives of these children and their families is enormous and inspires our commitment to this program.

DSCF9861Since 1994 when the first Centers opened, over 10,000 children have been tutored at the Children’s Dyslexia Centers and more than 2,000 tutors have received certification to carry out this important work.  We are heartened by the fact that we have witnessed, both anecdotally and statistically, the positive effects that such tutoring has on the lives of children with dyslexia, their families and their communities.

Now that you are officially enticed, you are probably asking, “How can I join, omniscient writer?”. The process is so simple, the chair I am sitting on can do it. Go to https://elizabethtowndemolay.wordpress.com/dodgeball-for-dyslexia/ and scroll down until you see the words, ‘CLICK to download the “2016 DFD Registration Form“’. At this point, click the words, “2016 DFD Registration Form”, print out the form, and fill it out with your team information. Make sure that you create an awesome team name, such as the Manticores or the Unicorns. All that is left is to send it to 1244 Bainbridge Road, Elizabethtown, PA, 17022, and WHAMO! You are now signed up for the greatest dodgeball experience of your life.

We are working hard to make the second annual Dodgeball for Dyslexia tournament bigger and better than before, and we want you to be a part of this experience. Now, there is only two things left to do… Make a Team: Make a Difference.

This article was written by Brother Evan Crawford of Elizabethtown Chapter.

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Operation N.A.S.H.V.I.L.L.E Training Weekend

DSC_0455From January 8th to the 10th, Pennsylvania DeMolay and the Masonic Conference Center – Patton Campus hosted its first ever NERF weekend. The weekend was titled “Operation N.A.S.H.V.I.L.L.E Training Weekend,” and if you weren’t there to find out what it stood for, then you might not find out such classified information.
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A total of 12 chapters were represented from all over the state of Pennsylvania to gather for some friendly NERF competiton. Elected State Officers created a battlefield for members to play in what is normally known as our Function Room. While members were not in battle, they learned important lessons including teamwork, decision making and techniques on leadership. Advisors also enjoyed the opportunity to play around with the NERF guns, since most of them haven’t played with NERF guns in years, if ever.

After some hard fought competition, the Green team became victorious. This was a combined effort between  the success of the days NERF games and other activities that helped members gain points, such as completing lessons of the Leadership Correspondence Course. Each member of the winning team received a “Golden Dart.”

State Junior Councilor Jake Beers had one more award to hand out on Sunday morning, the coveted “Golden Gun.” This NERF gun was given to Friendship –Bray Chapter for their overall success in membership within the past 3 months. Congrats to FBC and congrats to everyone for a fun weekend. We look forward to seeing all of you at Secret Agent Weekend in February.

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Pilgrim Chapter Installs Officers

IMG_0199On Sunday, January 10th, Pilgrim Chapter kicked off its 91st year with an Installation of Officers for the spring term.  This installation was special in that it was conducted by an installation team made up of all current and past Pilgrims.  Tyler Moyer (PMC-MSA) led from the East, while David Kopp (PMC), Ryan Daub (PMC), and Christian Bogans (PMC) assisted as Installing Junior Councilor, Senior Deacon, and Marshall, respectively.  “Dads” Thomas Moyer (PSMC) and Joseph Chub (PMC-MSA) served as Senior Councilor and Chaplain, respectively.  In total, nine officers were installed with Brother Sean Reitze continuing his role in the East, while Brother Ray Benoist joined the ranks as Junior Councilor.  After recently inducting four new members in the month of the December, the chapter received two more applications for membership during the installation.  2016 appears to be off to a great start, and the whole chapter is ready to rock.

This article was written by “Dad” W. Thomas Moyer of Pilgrim Chapter.

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Elizabethtown Chapter’s Holiday Banquent

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On December 13th, 2016, Elizabethtown Chapter held their annual holiday banquet at the Masonic Conference Center – Patton Campus. Members, advisors, family members and other visitors enjoyed a catered dinner courtesy of Commonwealth Caterer’s.

The councilors of the chapter served as the hosts of the evening and presented a few awards. “Dad” Jesse Spence had been awarded his Lamp of Knowledge for completing all 5 lessons of the Leadership Correspondence Course. Brother Blake Anderson was awarded the 2015 Elizabethtown Chapter DeMolay of the Year. Congratulations to all of the recipients.

The members of the chapter chose to help the Toys for Tots program as part of their Day of Comfort Observance. The chapter collected toys, games and books, and also donated $315 collected by the chapter.

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