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.
January 10th will mark a very special day in the history of the Oil City area, as it is the day that DeMolay returned to the city. State Master Councilor Jacob Beers and State Junior Councilor Sean Reitze had the privilege of inducting 5 new members into the newly developed Venango Chapter. This is a successful starting point for this Chapter. Congratulations to all of the new members as they begin their journey through DeMolay.
During the weekend of December 1 – 3, 2017, Pennsylvania DeMolay held the annual winter induction class. This year the honoree was the Supreme Tall Cedar for the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, “Dad” Mark Brumaghim. PA DeMolay inducted 23 members during the class, with an all-star degree cast representing 13 chapters throughout the Commonwealth. A special congratulations to all of the new candidates for receiving their degree and joining this great youth organization.
Executive Officer, “Dad” Gregory M. Schaeffer presented the Distinguished Service Award to Brothers Alex Spence of Elizabethtown Chapter and Brandon Whited of Northeast Chapter. Brother Whited was informed that he was selected as the PA representative to compete for the DeMolay International DSA, an award that has been reinstated after a long hiatus.