During the weekend of July 20-22nd, Pennsylvania DeMolay held the annual Convention at the Aspire Hotel and Convention Center Resort in Gettysburg, PA. Convention is a time to meet with members and Advisors from across the Commonwealth to conduct business, elect officers for the current year, and receive awards and scholarships.
Participants arrived Friday afternoon for an optional activity to have fun at All-Star Sports Complex. Members could play laser-tag, race go-karts, and play arcade games. After dinner, groups were sent to Escape Room 1863 for a Civil War based challenge. Each room was filled with puzzles and tasks that must have been completed in an allotted time.
On Saturday, the business session opened with the election of State Officers for the 2018-2019 term. Congratulations to the following officers on their election: Bro. Tyler Moyer, State Master Councilor; Bro. Andrew Santilli, Deputy State Master Councilor; James McKeown, State Senior Councilor; Jacob Reilly, State Junior Councilor; Andrew Caroselli, State Scribe. Miss Samantha Moore was also elected and installed as the State Sweetheart. Awards and Scholarships were distributed during both the business session and the luncheon. RD of the Year was given to Bro. Christopher Black in the Junior Division, Bro. Brandon Whited in the Middle Division, Bro. Sean Summerfield in the Senior Division, and Miss Mary Lichtenwalner in the Sweetheart Division. “Dad” Seth Anthony and “Mom” Linda Pullin were presented with the Hodegos Award, sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. “Dad” Bill Holtzer was recognized as this years recipient of the guild of the leather apron. After the luncheon, members and Advisors participated in a Civil War presentation at the hotel with a Ghost Tour held after dinner.
On Sunday, the Installation of the 2018-2019 officers took place. Bro. Tyler Moyer, the 84th State Master Councilor in Pennsylvania, presented his term plan, “A Brotherhood Awakens.” Congratulations to all elected officers and award winners on a great 2018 Convention. See you next year in Cranberry, PA.