Templar Chapter, located in Pittsburgh, hosted an Airsoft Party for their DeMolay Month Activity. Yes, airsoft… DeMolay’s shooting other DeMolays! Don’t worry, no one gets hurt. The sport is similar to Paintball, except instead of paint, airsoft pellets are used. It was a two-hour event hosted by Master Councilor Bro. Mitch Holmes and the members of Templar Chapter. Chapters that also attended the event were Lincoln Chapter and Westmoreland Chapter. Rainbow Assemblies that had attended were Hope #186 and Irwin #42. In total, 40 people attended the event and had a great time. Templar plans on doing this event in the future, as this proved to be an excellent regional activity!
On March 17 to 19th, Pennsylvania DeMolay hosted a spectacular event called Movie Mashup Weekend: Quest for the Holy Grail. The weekend was based around the well known film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Members and sweethearts were divided into groups and created knights. Throughout the day, each group participated in challenges and activities that lead to the Quest for the Holy Grail, an escape room with the main goal being to find the grail. Participants dressed the part with knight costumes and NERF swords.
On Saturday night, because of the overwhelming efforts of the members to raise money for the Children’s Dyslexia Center, each Elected State Officer and the State Sweetheart were pied in the face by a member. Advisors “Dad” Joe Pullin and “Mom” Angela Lennox were also talked into “taking one for the team.” On Sunday morning, the members of Allentown Chapter performed an excellent Chapel Service to observe their annual Devotional Day Observance. Thanks to everyone for making this an incredible weekend.
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 known 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.