Monday, March 25, 2013

Convention Update from the Youth Directors

This year’s convention will be held at the Bayfront Sheraton and Convention Center in Erie from July 19-21, and it's going to be a blast! We'd like to give everybody an idea of what’s going on during Convention 2013 to get you excited about coming. 

On Friday, there will be registration and check in. After you register, you will have the choice of optional activities; this year we are looking at mini-golf and the Erie maritime museum (both in walking distance of the hotel). You can also go visit Erie Chapter, which will be holding a hospitality suite of their own. They will also hold a meeting for everyone to attend that Friday so that DeMolays can earn some Visitation Merit Bars (although travel points will NOT count for the Visitation Competition.)

A picture of the newly updated Erie Chapter club room.
After all of the optional activities, we will have dinner. We will then go over to Presque Isle State Parkfor a few hours. While there, you will be able to walk the beach, swim, play sports, and just hang out. On Saturday we have workshops, ritual competitions, and the honors luncheon followed by the business session, (which includes Elected State Officer / State Sweetheart nomination and elections and the presentation of awards.) After the business session, we will go to Splash Lagoon, which is one of the largest indoor waterparks in the country. Apparently, they just added a brand new wave pool to the facility! On Sunday we will have breakfast and the installation of new State Officers.

Now, you may be asking yourself, why should I go? All I have to say is "why not!" Convention this year will be fun from start to finish; the hotel is beautiful, plus it is an opportunity to see your brothers from all over that state. The facility is only 5 years old and both sides of the hotel have a gorgeous view. One side has a view of the bay and Presque Isle and the other has a view of the city and marina. The rooms themselves are spacious and have 2 queen beds, a bay window, a bench, a desk going the length of the wall looking out the window, a closet, a flat screen TV, and a large bathroom. To get the Convention Center you must go down to the lobby and up a separate set of elevators and then walk across a seven-story high sky bridge made of glass (with gorgeous views.) So, with all the activities going on and the beautiful hotel why wouldn't you want to go?

The cost this year is going to be $250, but for every petition a member first line signs, they will receive $50 off their Convention cost. That means if you bring in 5 members, you get Convention paid for in full! We hope to see you all at the 2013 Pennsylvania DeMolay Convention!

P.S. Don’t forget sun block and bug spray! Also, follow us on twitter for updates and information about convention @ErieConvention.
See you in Erie!

Brothers Matt Traverso and Michael Donahue 


  1. Looking great! Can't wait to attend! Will the meeting Erie is hosting be like a regular meeting, or more of a welcome meeting?

  2. Tom - we're not quite sure what Erie is planning, but a reception of dignitaries will be included.