Monday, September 29, 2014

Great Video from Jobie Leader

Hey gang! I'm out on the road visiting my family in Erie, but being the intrepid blogger that I am, I banked a couple of posts for you to enjoy while I'm away.

Today, I bring you a very well made video from Brianna Hall, Miss International Job's Daughter, who talks about the benefits of involvement in the Masonic Youth Groups and how they should work together more. Check it out!

Frat! ~ "Dad" Seth Anthony

Thursday, September 25, 2014

DeMolay International Introduces New Varsity Club Program

The “Varsity Club” is an internal marketing and motivation program for active membership and advisory council members. 

The Mission:   Create enthusiasm and fellowship for the organization as well as provide opportunity for all members to become active, engaged, and ultimately an “owner” of their chapter experience.  As an acknowledgment of their efforts they will be deemed to have “lettered” in DeMolay. 

Quarterly measurement – “90 Day clock” - Need to perform/complete a task in each of the five (5) areas listed below.   “Clock” resets at beginning of new calendar quarter.  No carry overs!

Program Commences – July 1, 2014 – thru June 30, 2015

Qualifications - Active Member:
    • Mentor a New Member (e.g. – Proficiency coach)
    • Teach the Chapter Members a new skill – (Presentation/submit online)
    • Leadership Position – Councilor or Committee Chairman
    • Attendance - Six meetings and 2 other chapter events
    • Activities – New event or New event to you as the Chairman (Lead & Plan)
    • One new Member or One new Advisor
    • Masonic or Community engagement/service
    • Complete & pass Leadership Correspondence Course (LCC)
    • Complete & earn Representative DeMolay award (RD)
    • Become proficient in new ritual part. -Perform at meeting or public event.
Qualifications - Advisory Council Member:
  • NEEDS:
    • Recruit brand new advisor to chapter council.  No “retreads” (New advisor must pass background check and have filed all necessary paperwork and fees.)
    • Lead and work with Chapter member to create and execute on a brand new event/activity to Chapter and advisor.                                    
For more information on this program, check out!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn Day 2014

Since 1982, the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania has been host to one of the biggest public Masonic events year round, Autumn Day. Over the years, DeMolay, Job's Daughters and Rainbow have all attended and promoted their organizations through activities for the community, brochures and information booths and just talking to people to get the word out.

This past weekend, Autumn Day was host to thousands of people at the Masonic Village where we had the opportunity to see some antique cars, hear some great entertainment, see the lighting of the Eternal Flame Veterans Monument and watch the Masonic Youth in action while they promote their organizations!

I could go into detail what we did throughout the day, but as the saying goes "a picture is worth a thousand words" I'll let the photos do the talking!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

10 Questions to Ask at Job Interviews

As a recovering Human Resources employee, I remain interested in the employment process and developments in the industry. I also try to put the skills I've learned to work for our DeMolays, assisting them with resume writing and interview practice. Just this week, I noticed that "Dad" Tom Moyer had a major job interview. According to him, that interview was easier than the State Master Councilor Interview Panel! DeMolay can prepare you for some of life's major moments and interviews definitely fit into that category.

The biggest skill I find that most job seekers lack is the ability to ask insightful questions about the job they are applying for. Yes, that's right - you should be asking questions too! The interviewer is there to determine if you are a good fit for the company. You are there to determine if the company is a good fit for you. You can also score major brownie points by showing that you've researched the firm and have an understanding of the business.

The Art of Manliness recently published an article entitled 10 Questions You Should Ask at an Interview. I encourage everyone to give it a look and file it away for the next time you are up for a job or a promotion.

I look forward to seeing everyone at Autumn Day at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown this weekend - safe travels!

Frat! ~ "Dad" Seth Anthony

Monday, September 15, 2014

DeMolay Makes Masonic Leaders

Last week, "Dad" Tom Labagh posted on Facebook about how many of the new 33rd Degree Nominees from Pennsylvania were involved in DeMolay. Here's a screencap of his of his post:

As you can see, the above is a pretty impressive list. This got me thinking about how many of our current national Masonic leaders are Senior DeMolays or have been involved in the DeMolay program:
  • John W. McNaughton, Sovereign Grand Commander of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction - Senior DeMolay
  • Ronald A. Seale, Sovereign Grand Commander for the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for Southern Jurisdiction - Senior DeMolay
  • David Dixon Goodwin, Most Eminent Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the World - Active Member of DeMolay International
  • Lawrence Eugene Tucker, Eminent Grand Recorder of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the World - Senior DeMolay and Deputy Member of DeMolay International
  • Jack H. Jones, Imperial Recorder for Shriner's International - Emeritus Member of DeMolay International and holder of the Grand Cross of the Order of DeMolay
  • Matthew D. Dupee - Past Grand Master of the Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States of America and Past Grand Master General of the Knights York Cross of Honor.
... and that's just a short (and surely incomplete) list of national leaders! Nearly every sitting jurisdictional Masonic leader in Pennsylvania has had some connection to the DeMolay program - whether he be a Senior DeMolay, a member of an Advisory Councilor, or a recipient of the DeMolay Legion of Honor.
The obvious question to ask is "What does this mean for the DeMolay program?" I think it's safe to say that there is a high correlation between involvement in DeMolay and involvement in Freemasonry. It's also pretty safe to say that the leadership skills taught in DeMolay provide a solid foundation for the skills required to be a leader in the fraternity on many different levels.
Pay attention to your DeMolay training today, as you never know where it could lead you tomorrow!
Frat! ~ "Dad" Seth Anthony