This past weekend, December 2nd to 4th, 2016, Pennsylvania DeMolay hosted its annual December Membership Class at the Masonic Conference Center – Patton Campus in Elizabethtown. This year, the class was held in honor of Mr. Raymond T. Dietz, Right Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, making this the Grand Master’s Class.
The degrees were performed by an All-Star cast, with members from across the Commonwealth. The Initiatory Degree and 4th Section were led by State Master Councilor Eric Dye and State Senior Councilor Andrew Santilli respectively. The DeMolay Degree was led by Brandon Erazmus of Friendship-Bray Chapter, who played Jacques DeMolay, and State Junior Councilor Tyler Moyer, who played Master Inquisitor. The cast was put together by Deputy State Master Councilor Jacob Beers.
During the Grand Master’s Speech, he challenge the members of PA DeMolay to a game of PIG, a basketball game that requires a participant to receive a letter (P-I-G) when an opponent makes a basket. Brothers Mitch Holmes of Templar Chapter and Kody Anderson of Elizabethtown Chapter rose to the challenge to take on the Right Worshipful Master and the Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden, Jeffrey Wonderling. The members of DeMolay won the game, allowing each member present to receive $5 from the Grand Master. This $5 payment also helped support the State Charity, the Children’s Dyslexia Center, as most of the members used their $5 to buy candy canes and cookies from the State Sweetheart, Miss Caitlin Gresham. State Master Councilor Eric Dye was also presented with the Grand Master’s Medallion.
The weekend was a success, and thank you to everyone who made it possible. We look forward to seeing you all in January for Cowboys Vs. Aliens Weekend.