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.
On November 10, 2017, the members of Elizabethtown Chapter, Order of DeMolay, honored the Military Veterans who serve as DeMolay Advisors for the Chapter. The seven Advisors were treated to a shrimp and steak dinner that was prepared and served by the members and Advisors of DeMolay. The program for the evening, developed by Master Councilor Blake Anderson, included: a welcome, Pledge of Allegiance, prayer, special message, the reading of a short history of Veterans Day, the World War I poem “Flanders Fields,” and the presentation of a special pin to each attending Veteran. The pin was designed by DeMolay International to highlight the importance of the Seventh Preceptor of DeMolay. Last year, Elizabethtown DeMolay honored the World War II “Ruptured Ducks” who reside at the Masonic Village with a similar meal and program.
DeMolays participating in the meal and program were Master Councilor Blake Anderson, PMC Alex Spence, Logan Boyer, Holden Green, Todd Schwartz, Jr., and Martin Stoner. The Veterans who were honored included Russell Baker, who served in the U.S. Navy; Donnie Boyer, who served in the U.S. Marines; Lawrence Ebersole, Noble Johnson, Horace Mason and Gary Schwartz, who served in the U.S. Army; and Charles Schaeffer, who served in the U.S. Air Force.
On October 21st, 2017, PA DeMolay presented the DeMolay Legion of Honor to 9 more deserving recipients, this time from the Eastern and Central part of the Commonwealth. The conferral was held in Reading, led by “Dad” Rick Freedman in the East. The following list consists of the honorees:
Robert L. Blackwood Jr. (Elizabethtown)
Mark Brumaghim (Pilgrim)
Mark D. Gall (Allentown)
David A. Labagh (PA DeMolay)
Kevin J. Ludwig (Reading)
Michael D. McKee (Friendship-Bray)
Daniel R. Scheetz (Friendship-Bray)
Scott A. Smeltzer (Riverside)
Aaron R. White (Allentown)
Congratulations to all of the new Legionnaires.