On March 11th, the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center hosted the annual Rose Croix induction ceremony. Members of Western Pennsylvania gathered to perform both degrees for 11 candidates that joined DeMolay that day. The degrees were lead by State Treasurer Dylan Kirk, who performed the role of Master Councilor for the Initiatory Degree and State Senior Councilor Andrew Santilli, who performed the role of Master Councilor for the 4th Section of the DeMolay Degree. Brothers Tyler Moyer and Eric Goldstein lead the DeMolay in the roles of Master Inquisitor and Jacques DeMolay respectively. The members present were also presented with a DeMolay fleece, presented to them by the members of Rose Croix. The event was a success, and a special thanks goes out to everyone who made this day possible.
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.
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.