Effective May 1, 2017, Grand Master of DeMolay International, “Dad” Bill Sardone, has appointed “Dad” Gregory M. Schaeffer to the office of Executive Officer for Pennsylvania DeMolay. “Dad” Schaeffer will be succeeding “Dad” Thomas R. Labagh, who is retiring from this office after serving as the E.O. since 2000.
“Dad” Schaeffer is a Senior DeMolay of Elizabethtown Chapter, for which he served in many roles, including Master Councilor. He is a Chevalier, Legionnaire, and recipient of the Guild of the Leather Apron. He is an Active Member of DeMolay International and is a former Director of the KeyMan Conference. He is know to PA DeMolay as a Ritual Specialist, and has served as the Department Chairman for the Ritual Department at KeyMan University since 2014. Congratulations “Dad” Schaeffer on this new appointment and we look forward to your leadership.
To clear things up, “Dad” Thomas R. Labagh is retiring from Executive Officer of PA DeMolay. He will still serve as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation. In other words, “Dad” Labagh is not actually going anywhere, and will be here to support “Dad” Schaeffer through his journey as the Executive Officer.
The weekend of January 13 to 15, 2017 brought a new head to head competition to PA DeMolay. The Masonic Conference Center – Patton Campus hosted Pennsylvania DeMolay’s Cowboys VS. Aliens event. This weekend put the members of PA DeMolay in various competitions to find out which were better, the Cowboys or the Aliens. The Cowboys team consisted of members of the Western part of the state, while members of the Eastern part were on the Aliens team. Competitions included NERF battles, Dodgeball, Kahoot Trivia and many other activities.
After dinner, the members enjoyed a few hours at LaserDome, playing Laser Tag against each other. Members enjoyed unlimited Laser Tag games and a few games during there time. Congratulations to the Alien team for winning the weekend competition. We hope everyone enjoyed C V A, and we hope you will all join us for the March Weekend, Movie Mashup: The Quest for the Holy Grail.
This past weekend, December 2nd to 4th, 2016, Pennsylvania DeMolay hosted its annual December Membership Class at the Masonic Conference Center – Patton Campus in Elizabethtown. This year, the class was held in honor of Mr. Raymond T. Dietz, Right Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, making this the Grand Master’s Class.
The degrees were performed by an All-Star cast, with members from across the Commonwealth. The Initiatory Degree and 4th Section were led by State Master Councilor Eric Dye and State Senior Councilor Andrew Santilli respectively. The DeMolay Degree was led by Brandon Erazmus of Friendship-Bray Chapter, who played Jacques DeMolay, and State Junior Councilor Tyler Moyer, who played Master Inquisitor. The cast was put together by Deputy State Master Councilor Jacob Beers.
During the Grand Master’s Speech, he challenge the members of PA DeMolay to a game of PIG, a basketball game that requires a participant to receive a letter (P-I-G) when an opponent makes a basket. Brothers Mitch Holmes of Templar Chapter and Kody Anderson of Elizabethtown Chapter rose to the challenge to take on the Right Worshipful Master and the Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden, Jeffrey Wonderling. The members of DeMolay won the game, allowing each member present to receive $5 from the Grand Master. This $5 payment also helped support the State Charity, the Children’s Dyslexia Center, as most of the members used their $5 to buy candy canes and cookies from the State Sweetheart, Miss Caitlin Gresham. State Master Councilor Eric Dye was also presented with the Grand Master’s Medallion.
The weekend was a success, and thank you to everyone who made it possible. We look forward to seeing you all in January for Cowboys Vs. Aliens Weekend.
On Sunday, November 13, members of Northeast Chapter participated in the 6th annual Helping Hands of Freemasonry in the Center City section of Philadelphia. This event was sponsored by Friendship-Williams Lodge #400. The day was dedicated to helping the homeless by providing clothing and serving food to those in desperate need. Members of the Masons, DeMolay, Boy Scouts, Rainbow and other community based groups gathered to help make a difference.
Clothing that was donated and distributed included hats, scarves, gloves, socks, coats, sleeping bags and various other pieces in order to keep the less fortunate warm and fully clothed. Along with receiving a hot meal, donated products included water, crackers fruit, granola bars, and coffee.
In the Fall of 2015 Elizabethtown DeMolay’s Junior Councilor, Tim, had his term approved by the Chapter and the Advisory Council. He knew that he wanted to host a dinner for Veterans on Veterans Day as a part of his Patriotic Theme for the June 2016-January 2017 term of office, he just didn’t know who should be invited. The question was easily answered when the Summer 2016 edition of Village Voice was distributed at the Masonic Village – it featured a story titled “The End of an Honorable Era” which detailed the story of “The Ruptured Ducks.”
“The Ruptured Ducks” is a group of World War II Veterans who reside at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown and has periodically met for picnics and social gatherings for the past 11 years under the devoted supervision of Don Muterspaw, a maintenance mechanic at the Masonic Village, and his wife, Tina. The name of the group comes from the nickname given to the Honorable Service Lapel Pin that was awarded to U.S. Military personnel who were honorably discharged during World War II.
On Veterans Day 2016, five of the eight “Ruptured Ducks,” along with Don and Tina, attended the shrimp and steak dinner that was prepared and served by the members and advisors of Elizabethtown Chapter. The program for the evening included a welcome, Pledge of Allegiance and prayer as lead by Past Master Councilor Blake; a reading of prepared remarks from Master Councilor Tim, who was unable to be there, as presented by Senior Councilor Kody. Past Master Councilors Alex and Jake participated with readings on the history of the Ruptured Duck Pin and the DeMolay 7th Preceptor which encourages new members to be patriots in peace and well as heroes in war. Two of the veterans – Ray Simpson, a Senior DeMolay from Knapp Chapter that had met in St. Marys, and Martin Walker made remarks; and Don Muterspaw gave a short history of the group. To end the evening a special gift was presented to the group as a whole: Elizabethtown Chapter sponsored a paver at the Veterans Grove Eternal Flame in honor of “The Ruptured Ducks,” and each of the veterans was presented with a special certificate denoting this honor.