Western Legion of Honor Conferral

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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.

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I WANNA GO FAST! Talladega Nights Weekend Recap

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.

 

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PA DeMolay Competes at MATOC

On September 8th to the 10th, Pennsylvania DeMolay hosted the annual Mid Atlantic Tournament of Champions (MATOC for short) which was held at the Eisenhower Hotel and Convention Center in Gettysburg, PA. MATOC is a ritual tournament held for Jurisdictions in the Mid-Atlantic Region; Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Deleware, Virginia, and Maryland.

Several participants from Pennsylvania took place in competitions. Chapters that were represented include; Elizabethtown, Pilgrim, al-Aksa, Northeast, Friendship-Bray, Chester Pike, and Westmoreland. Here are the winners that represnted Pennsylvania DeMolay:

Jacob Reilly, Sean Reitze, Tyler Moyer (PA DeMolay State Officers) – 9 o’clock (Jurisdiction, Open)
Andrew Santilli (Chester Pike) – Chaplain (Senior, Open)
Joe Pullin, Alex Swift, Jeff Hample, Sean Reitze, John Saltzgueber (Ben Franklin Court ) – Chevalier Conferral (Champion)
PA DeMolay State Officers (Jake Beers, Tyler Moyer, Sean Reitze, Tim Nevil, Jacob Reilly, Dylan Kirk) – Preceptor Corps (Open)
Michael Darbous (Westmoreland) – Preceptor Trio (Junior, Open)
Michael Darbous (Westmoreland) – Rookie of the Year (Junior Open)
Daegan Fuss (Pilgrim) – Rookie of the Year (Senior, Open)
Daniel Amon (Northeast) – Shield Talk (Junior, Open)

Great job to all of PA DeMolay’s winners and participants. Keep up the great work. We look forward to more competitors for next year.

 

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Convention 2017 in Lehigh Valley

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From July 14th to 16th, Pennsylvania invaded the Lehigh Valley area with their annual Convention at the Holiday Inn, Allentown. Members and Advisors from across the state gathered together to celebrate the past year by receiving awards, electing the next corp of officers, and having fun at several events.

The weekend started on Friday with two activities that the members seemed to enjoy to the fullest; Laser Tag at Lehigh Valley Laser Tag, and a baseball game in which the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs took on the Rochester Red Wings. During the game, Brother David Lynam of Riverside Chapter had the privilege of throwing out one of the first pitches of the game. David was chosen for bringing in the most members throughout the calendar year with 4 members brought in. The attendees also enjoyed a firework display at the end of the game.

On Saturday during the business session, the delegates of PA DeMolay elected our State Officers for the 2017-2018 year. The elected officers are Bro. Jacob A.K. Beers as State Master Councilor, Bro. B. Tyler Moyer as Deputy State Master Councilor, Bro. Dylan R. Kirk as State Senior Councilor, Bro. Sean W. Reitze as State Junior Councilor, Bro. Jacob R. Reilly as State Scribe, and Bro. Timothy J. Nevil as State Treasurer. Miss Mary Lichtenwalner was elected the State Sweetheart for 2017-2018 as well. Several awards were distributed during both the Business Session and Luncheon, including RD of the Year, Obligatory Days Competition, and Outstanding Chapter, “Mom” Jeanine Larkin was named this years recipient of the Guild of the Leather Apron by new Executive Officer, “Dad” Greg Schaeffer. “Dad” Raymond Gottschall was presented with the HODEGOS Award. After the Luncheon, members disbursed to Dorney Park for 7 hours of fun.

On Sunday morning, the newly elected officers were installed, with Bro. Jacob Beers becoming the 83rd State Master Councilor of Pennsylvania DeMolay. Bro. Beers presented his new program, entitled GO, encouraging members to GO Grow, GO Lead, and GO Spread. For more information on the term plan, refer to the page on this site entitled GO. Congratulations to all elected officers and award winners. We’ll see you all next year in Gettysburg.

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Elected State Officer Candidates for 2017-2018

In July at the annual Convention, which will be held in Breinigsville, PA, the members of PA DeMolay will have the chance to vote for their Elected State Officers for the 2017-2018 term. An Elected State Officer must be a past or present Master Councilor of their Chapter, earned their Representative DeMolay Awards, and have earned the LCC Lamp of Knowledge. Letters of intent were due May 15th. Here are the candidates for this year:

pa_jewelState Master Councilor: Jacob A.K. Beers (Elizabethtown Chapter)

Deputy State Master Councilor: B. Tyler Moyer (Pilgrim Chapter)

State Senior Councilor: Brian E. Martin (Carlisle Chapter)
State Senior Councilor: Dylan R. Kirk (Westmoreland Chapter)

State Junior Councilor: Sean W. Reitze (Pilgrim Chapter)

State Scribe: Jacob R. Reilly (al-Aksa Chapter)

State Treasurer: Timothy J. Nevil (Elizabethtown Chapter)

The elections will be held during the business session, Saturday morning during Convention. Congratulations and good luck to all of the candidates.

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