From July 14th to 16th, Pennsylvania invaded the Lehigh Valley area with their annual Convention at the Holiday Inn, Allentown. Members and Advisors from across the state gathered together to celebrate the past year by receiving awards, electing the next corp of officers, and having fun at several events.
The weekend started on Friday with two activities that the members seemed to enjoy to the fullest; Laser Tag at Lehigh Valley Laser Tag, and a baseball game in which the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs took on the Rochester Red Wings. During the game, Brother David Lynam of Riverside Chapter had the privilege of throwing out one of the first pitches of the game. David was chosen for bringing in the most members throughout the calendar year with 4 members brought in. The attendees also enjoyed a firework display at the end of the game.
On Saturday during the business session, the delegates of PA DeMolay elected our State Officers for the 2017-2018 year. The elected officers are Bro. Jacob A.K. Beers as State Master Councilor, Bro. B. Tyler Moyer as Deputy State Master Councilor, Bro. Dylan R. Kirk as State Senior Councilor, Bro. Sean W. Reitze as State Junior Councilor, Bro. Jacob R. Reilly as State Scribe, and Bro. Timothy J. Nevil as State Treasurer. Miss Mary Lichtenwalner was elected the State Sweetheart for 2017-2018 as well. Several awards were distributed during both the Business Session and Luncheon, including RD of the Year, Obligatory Days Competition, and Outstanding Chapter, “Mom” Jeanine Larkin was named this years recipient of the Guild of the Leather Apron by new Executive Officer, “Dad” Greg Schaeffer. “Dad” Raymond Gottschall was presented with the HODEGOS Award. After the Luncheon, members disbursed to Dorney Park for 7 hours of fun.
On Sunday morning, the newly elected officers were installed, with Bro. Jacob Beers becoming the 83rd State Master Councilor of Pennsylvania DeMolay. Bro. Beers presented his new program, entitled GO, encouraging members to GO Grow, GO Lead, and GO Spread. For more information on the term plan, refer to the page on this site entitled GO. Congratulations to all elected officers and award winners. We’ll see you all next year in Gettysburg.