Thursday, January 30, 2014

Key Man Becomes KMU Under New Leadership

Today's post comes from "Dad" Zack Panitzke. "Dad" Pants, as he is often referred to, is taking on the challenge of directing the Key Man Conference for 2014. Today, he writes to introduce himself and the concept of the 2014 Conference. It sounds like it's going to be an amazing experience, so plan to attend now!

Greetings PA DeMolay! Dad “Pants” here. For those of you who don’t already know why an advisor from south of the Mason-Dixon is directing the Key Man Conference, I’ll give you a quick intro.

I’m originally from Erie Chapter and was active with PA DeMolay in the early 2000s. Since then, I’ve moved around a bit, but I’ve been serving as the Assistant Director of Convention in PA since 2009. In the meantime, I’ve also found a home at Edwin Albert Mroz Chapter in Falls Church, VA.

You may have already noticed the update to the Key Man page on this website. This year, “Dad” Dan Loughin and I are leading the charge toward a new concept for the conference: Key Man University, or KMU for short. Key Man University is all about giving you total control over your DeMolay learning experience.

KMU will offer you the ability to build your own experience one class at a time. When you register, you’ll be asked to select a major. Want to learn about how to be a better Ritualist? Choose the Ritual and Public Speaking major. Trying to put together a great term plan for your Chapter? Take on the Event and Program Planning major. How about beefing up your Chapter’s public interaction? Join the Communications and Media major.

Within the major program, you’ll find plenty of opportunity for customization. Say you’re a Senior Councilor looking to use your term as Master Councilor to work on your Chapter’s degree conferral. You can take the Event and Program Planning major, merge it with classes from Ritual and Public Speaking, and assemble a great conferral from introductions to refreshments.

I’m very excited to work with an all-star faculty to bring Key Man University to PA DeMolay. Registration and major selection are on a first-come, first-served basis. Will I see you there?

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