Convention 2016 at Seven Springs


On July 15th to the 17, PA DeMolay held its annual Convention at the Seven Springs Ski Resort in Seven Springs Pennsylvania. Members and Advisors from all over Pennsylvania  gathered together to vote for their Elected State Officers, receive awards for their respective chapters, and most importantly to have fun.

The weekend started with a fun filled time at Caddie Shak Family Fun Center, in which members played miniature golf, raced each other in Go-Karts and enjoyed some games in the arcade. Members and Advisors could also spend some time at the batting cages and taking some swings at the driving range.

On Saturday, the delegates of PA DeMolay elected their 2016-2017 State Officer Corps. The team consists of Bro Eric Dye as the State Master Councilor, Bro Jacob Beers as Deputy State Master Councilor, Bro Andrew Santilli as State Senior Councilor, Bro B. Tyler Moyer as State Junior Councilor and Bro Brian Martin as State Scribe. Miss Caitlin Gresham was also elected the State Sweetheart for PA DeMolay.  During the Business Session, Senior DeMolay Zachary Slayback spoke about proving our self-worth in order to get where we want to be.

During the Luncheon, “Mom” Jean Richards was presented the Hodegos Award. Several chapters received awards for topics such as RD of the Year, Obligitory Days Competitions and Outstanding Chapter. “Dad” Louis GrowMiller was also awarded the 2016 Guild of the Leather Apron. After the Luncheon, Members and Advisors enjoyed the activities at the resort, including bowling, disc golf and the alpine luge.

On Sunday Morning, the newly Elected State Officers were installed. Bro Eric Dye started his term off by presenting his theme for the year, DeMolay Goes Hollywood. For more information on DeMolay Goes Hollywood, refer to the page on the website. If you were not at Convention 2016, you may want to fix that for next year.

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DeMolay at Dorney Park

On Saturday, June 11th, 2016, members of Pennsylvania DeMolay attended the annual Eastern Pennsylvania Masonic Picnic, held at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom. Northeast Chapter, Friendship-Bray Chapter and Chester Pike Chapter, along with several other representatives of the PA Masonic Youth Groups, were in attendance for the fun filled day at the park. DeMolay members were completely paid for, including food and drinks served at the pavilion, courtesy of the Masonic Lodges within the Eastern part of Pennsylvania. Thank you to all of the lodges for their continued support in making DeMolay a better program. Our guys had an amazing time and look forward to next year!

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Candidates For Elected State Office

Convention is shortly approaching, which means that it’s almost tipa_jewelme to vote for our Elected State Officers. According to the by-laws of PA DeMolay, those interested in offering themselves as a candidate for elective office must submit a letter of intent no later than 60 days prior to the opening of the Convention. Letters were due to the PA DeMolay office by May 15th, 2016. Here are the approved candidates for the 2016-2017 PA DeMolay term:

State Master Councilor

Bro. Eric Dye of Allentown Chapter
Bro. Eric Dye Biography

Deputy State Master Councilor

Bro. Jacob Beers of Elizabethtown Chapter
Bro. Jacob Beers Biography

State Senior Councilor

Bro. Andrew Santilli of Chester Pike Chapter
Bro. Andrew Santilli Biography

State Junior Councilor

Bro. B. Tyler Moyer of Pillgrim Chapter
Bro. Tyler Moyer Biography

Bro. Brian Martin of Carlisle Chapter
Bro. Brian Martin Biography

These brothers will stand for election on July 16th, 2016, during the annual business session of PA DeMolay. The State Master Councilor-elect and the Executive Officer will have the opportunity to appoint the other two elected positions, State Scribe and State Treasurer. This appointment will take place at Convention.

The bylaws of PA DeMolay require a letter of intent to be filed 60-days prior to the annual meeting, among other requirements.  As that deadline has passed, these are the only authorized candidates for elected office.  Applications for appointed office are now being accepted by Bro. Dye.  Appointments will be announced at the Installation on Sunday morning at the Annual Convention.

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Second Annual Dodgeball For Dyslexia

Crop Kody far rightOn May 21, 2016, Elizabethtown Chapter hosted the Second Annual Dodgeball For Dyslexia event at Spooky Nook Sports Complex. A total of 8 teams participated in the tournament made up of DeMolay members, advisors, friends and family members. DeMolay Chapters that participated along with Elizabethtown were Pilgrim and Westmoreland.

As the tournament progressed, two teams proved their dominance and ended up competing in the championship game, E-Town Beat Down and Pilgrim’s Energizers. A close match-up ended with Elizabethtown winning the tournament.The Energizers finished in second place, while the Ubar Grotto team finished in third. Pilgrim was awarded the Spirit Award and Westmoreland was awarded the Bronze Dodgeball for donating the most money to the Children’s Learning Centers; $430 which came from a sub sale that the chapter held. A total of $1,025 was raised to benefit the Children’s Learning Centers from Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Lancaster.

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Paintball Outing

Pilgrim Paintball

On Saturday, May 14th, 2016, the members of Pilgrim chapter hosted a Paintball outing at Linglestown Paintball, just outside of the Harrisburg area. Members from Pilgrim, Elizabethtown and Riverside Chapters met for a fun filled day of battle. Although members had the chance to battle each other, there was plenty of time for brotherhood a fun that everyone could enjoy.

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