During the weekend of December 1 – 3, 2017, Pennsylvania DeMolay held the annual winter induction class. This year the honoree was the Supreme Tall Cedar for the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, “Dad” Mark Brumaghim. PA DeMolay inducted 23 members during the class, with an all-star degree cast representing 13 chapters throughout the Commonwealth. A special congratulations to all of the new candidates for receiving their degree and joining this great youth organization.
Executive Officer, “Dad” Gregory M. Schaeffer presented the Distinguished Service Award to Brothers Alex Spence of Elizabethtown Chapter and Brandon Whited of Northeast Chapter. Brother Whited was informed that he was selected as the PA representative to compete for the DeMolay International DSA, an award that has been reinstated after a long hiatus.
On November 10, 2017, the members of Elizabethtown Chapter, Order of DeMolay, honored the Military Veterans who serve as DeMolay Advisors for the Chapter. The seven Advisors were treated to a shrimp and steak dinner that was prepared and served by the members and Advisors of DeMolay. The program for the evening, developed by Master Councilor Blake Anderson, included: a welcome, Pledge of Allegiance, prayer, special message, the reading of a short history of Veterans Day, the World War I poem “Flanders Fields,” and the presentation of a special pin to each attending Veteran. The pin was designed by DeMolay International to highlight the importance of the Seventh Preceptor of DeMolay. Last year, Elizabethtown DeMolay honored the World War II “Ruptured Ducks” who reside at the Masonic Village with a similar meal and program.
DeMolays participating in the meal and program were Master Councilor Blake Anderson, PMC Alex Spence, Logan Boyer, Holden Green, Todd Schwartz, Jr., and Martin Stoner. The Veterans who were honored included Russell Baker, who served in the U.S. Navy; Donnie Boyer, who served in the U.S. Marines; Lawrence Ebersole, Noble Johnson, Horace Mason and Gary Schwartz, who served in the U.S. Army; and Charles Schaeffer, who served in the U.S. Air Force.
On October 21st, 2017, PA DeMolay presented the DeMolay Legion of Honor to 9 more deserving recipients, this time from the Eastern and Central part of the Commonwealth. The conferral was held in Reading, led by “Dad” Rick Freedman in the East. The following list consists of the honorees:
Robert L. Blackwood Jr. (Elizabethtown)
Mark Brumaghim (Pilgrim)
Mark D. Gall (Allentown)
David A. Labagh (PA DeMolay)
Kevin J. Ludwig (Reading)
Michael D. McKee (Friendship-Bray)
Daniel R. Scheetz (Friendship-Bray)
Scott A. Smeltzer (Riverside)
Aaron R. White (Allentown)
Congratulations to all of the new Legionnaires.
On October 8th, 2017, PA DeMolay presented the DeMolay Legion of Honor to ten deserving honorees from the Western part of the Commonwealth. The conferral was held at the Greensburg Masonic Center. The conferral team was led by “Dad” Rodney Boyce. The following list consists of the honorees:
“Dad” G. Ervin Boyce (Westmoreland)
“Dad” Gregory G. Deal (Lorraine)
“Dad” Mark A. Haffley (Erie)
“Dad” William G. Holtzer (Westmoreland)
“Dad” Daniel W. Kane (Erie)
“Dad” Peter M. Kraus (Erie)
“Dad” Keith E. Parkinson (PA DeMolay)
“Dad” Alexander C. Rauschenberger (Lorraine)
“Dad” Timothy L. Shumar (Westmoreland)
“Dad” Howard J. Wagner (Lorraine)
Congratulations to all of the new Legionnaires. Our Eastern Conferral will be held in Reading on October 22, 2017.
During the weekend of September 29th to October 1st, PA DeMolay hosted the first weekend of the new term: Talladega Nights Weekend. The weekend was full of fun quotes from the movie and workshops that taught our young men how to plan prospect parties, become a better leader, and communicate well with others.
The weekend was also the return of the Flag Football Tournament. On Friday night, the team captains hosted the first ever PA DeMolay draft to determine the teams for Saturdays games. The teams were the Patriots, the Broncos, the Raiders, the Steelers, the Chargers, the Falcons, the Vikings, and the Seahawks. Each team was led by an Elected or Appointed State Officer and an Advisor/Coach. After some tough competition, the championship game saw the Falcons, led by Brother Jacob Reilly and “Dad” Joe Pullin, take on the Patriots, led by Brother Kody Anderson and “Mom” Angela Lennox. The Falcons won the 2017 championship. Great sportsmanship was played all day. Thanks to the referees, coaches, captains, and everyone involved more making this weekend a great success.