Monday, April 14, 2014

What to expect at PA DeMolay Convention 2014

Each year the Convention Staff tries to improve the program, and make it more fun and attractive to both members and Advisors (but primarily members!) Any time we plan an event, challenges appear. We have tried to address some of those issues here, so please read this section fully.

For full information on Convention, check out the Official Convention Page on the PA DeMolay website.

Optional Activities

In the past, PA DeMolay has offered optional activities on Friday afternoon at an additional cost to those attending Convention. Some took us up on these events, while others chose to arrive later in the day for various reasons. One of the pluses to planning such a large event is that we often can leverage better group discounts. This year, we are in talks with the Reading Museum and Planetarium, just a stone’s throw from the West Reading Masonic Center. We are hoping to offer the Friday optional activities at no additional charge for both members and Advisors. If this occurs, this will be an excellent value for you and your Chapter and represents a fun (and yes, educational) activity for those attending Convention. Final details are still pending, but we plan to have more information in the coming weeks.

Saturday Schedule

PA DeMolay is proud to be celebrating its 90th year, and as such, we have worked some changes into the Convention schedule, compared to previous years. The Business Session, the primary reason for holding Convention, has been moved to first thing on Saturday morning, immediately after breakfast. This will lead directly into the Honors Luncheon (although we anticipate a small about amount of break time between the session and the meal.) Following the Luncheon, we will have a presentation by a key-note speaker, after which members and Advisors will attend some constructive afternoon workshops. Beginning at 4 PM, all attendees will be asked to witness the conferral of the DeMolay Legion of Honor. This is the first time the Legion of Honor Ceremony has been conferred at Convention in nearly a dozen years, so don’t miss the chance to see it! Dinner will follow the Ceremony and the evening will be capped off with a 90th Anniversary Ball, with entertainment provided by the Diablo Sandwich Band (a live, 8 piece band, with great musical range. Check out the attached video clip for a preview.) This will be a dance to remember, to so be sure to invite your local Rainbow Assemblies and Job’s Daughter Bethels to come out and enjoy the dance as well, free of charge!

… in case you didn’t realize…

The downside to such a packed Saturday schedule, is that most of the day will be spent in jacket and tie for our members and advisors, along with a jacket and tie being required for the Ball. So, please be sure to advise active DeMolays to plan appropriately.

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