During the week of August 5th to the 11th, PA DeMolay held the annual KeyMan University at the Masonic Conference Center – Patton Campus in Elizabethtown. Members from 8 jurisdictions; Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Ontario, Wisconsin, Texas, and Georgia, joined for a successful mixture of fun and learning. Participants were given the opportunity to choose their area of study from 7 departments; DeMolay Education, Chapter Leadership, Brotherhood and Membership, Ritual and Performance, Events and Program Planning, Communications and Media, and Interpersonal Development.
Along with the opportunities to learn and take things home to their Chapters, KeyMan participants also had the chance to have fun. Physical education time allowed members to play sports and compete against each other. The pool was open throughout a portion of the week. On Friday, the KeyMan games placed department members in various relay races for fun and friendly competition. A casino night activity brought the fun filled activities to a close on Friday night, along with a milk shake bar and karaoke.
When the week was over, each DeMolay member seemed to enjoy themselves. A “One More Week” chant was even heard in the crowd during the closing ceremony, to which the staff replied with a “Let’s Go Home” chant of their own. KeyMan University continues to be the main event of the PA DeMolay summer. Thanks to all who made it possible. See you next year!
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.
During the weekend of May 4-6, 2018 at the Masonic Conference Center – Patton Campus in Elizabethtown, PA DeMolay held its last state weekend of the term, calling it “The Grand Tour Weekend.” Staying in theme of the Spring Leadership Weekend tradition, members had the chance to learn about several different DeMolay related and life oriented workshops; including personal finance, the art of persuasion, dressing for success, the perks of DeMolay, and a preparation for the DeMolay centennial celebration. Ritual work had a focal point on the weekend too, with ritual rooms designed for members to work on their obligations or other specific ritual parts. Along with the learning, there were several chances for the members to have fun with indoor and outdoor games and activities. The GO Program was brought to a close with the last state weekend of the term, but left members and Advisors excited for the future.
During the weekend of March 16 to 18th, members of PA DeMolay enjoyed some fun and competitive games of Volleyball during the Chase Weekend. Teams were decided on Friday night, with all games taking place on Saturday. Several workshops and fun activities took place, including “The Chase” which put DeMolay members against “The Beast” (otherwise known as SMC Jake Beers) in several trivia questions. The weekend was a success, with plenty of fellowship to go around.
From January 12 to 14, 2018, Pennsylvania DeMolay hosted the Pit Stop for Leadership Weekend at the Masonic Conference Center – Patton Campus in Elizabethtown. The weekend featured a Pinewood Derby, in which members had the chance to build a miniature race car to race in the PA DeMolay Racing Classic. The teams were “sponsored” and named after Children’s Dyslexia Centers from across Pennsylvania.
During the day, the members participated workshops that included “A New Way to Sell DeMolay” and “What Makes You…You?” The teams also had chances to create and design their own car for the race. During the tournament, there were some tightly contested races. In the championship race, Team Pittsburgh beat Team Pennsylvania. Congratulations to both teams for advancing to the finals, and to all members for showing brotherhood and creativity through the process of building their race cars.