Thursday, June 5, 2014

Meet the KMU Staff: The Jurisdictional Officer Department

Being a DeMolay Jurisdictional Officer can be the experience of a lifetime if you put in your best effort to make our Order succeed.  Out of the thousands of active DeMolays in your respective jurisdictions, you were chosen to be a leader and represent your fellow members.

As a Jurisdictional Officer, you must always remember that during your term of office, YOU are the face of the Order.  The opinion of YOU will reflect on how people see our organization as a whole.  YOU represent the best and brightest of what DeMolay has to offer. YOU were selected, based on your commitment to DeMolay, lead and serve, offering your talents and guidance.
At KeyMan University, members of the Jurisdictional Officer track; consisting of elected and appointed jurisdictional officers, will have the opportunity to learn some of the best training and techniques our leadership preparation has to offer, such as:

• Effective public speaking skills
• Create a valuable jurisdictional term plan
• Planning and executing a jurisdictional activity
• Composing a jurisdictional newsletter
• How to chair a jurisdictional committee
• How to communicate effectively
• Team-building skills
• Setting and achieving goals
• Time management skills
• C.A.F.O.T.E.O.  (…What the heck is that??)
• How to interact with the elderly
• Effective public relations skills
• How to create/maintain a website
• How to teach/mentor my peers
• How to select and pursue a state charity

Keep in mind that a Jurisdictional Officer’s job is ever-evolving. You will be responsible for interacting with new and older members, advisors, and senior DeMolays, as well as various Civic and Masonic Leaders.  That being said, you must be able to adapt to each group and “sell” DeMolay.  We will teach you that, and so much more in the KMU J.O track.

The 2014 KeyMan University Jurisdictional Officer track will involve some work and eagerness, but we can assure that attendees will leave the program with new skills and leadership qualities unmatched by none.  KeyMan University’s Jurisdictional Officer Leadership Track will be bigger and better than any other out there, and is guaranteed to be the experience of a lifetime! 

So, who's running this show? “Dad" Rick Freedman is a Deputy Executive Officer and the Director of Membership for Pennsylvania DeMolay.  He currently serves as the Advisory Council Chairman for Friendship-Bray Chapter in Hatboro, PA. He is an Active Member of the Supreme Council for DeMolay International and served in numerous roles, including International Congress Advisor.  A Key Man veteran, “Dad” Freedman is serving in his 24th consecutive year for the program, and has owned a variety of roles in the success of the program, including that of Director for two years.

He is a two-time Past Master of Williamson-Corinthian Lodge No. 368 in Philadelphia and currently serves as their lead instructor of ritual.  “Dad” Freedman is also a past presiding officer and active with Scottish Rite Masonry in the Valley of Philadelphia.

He is a Vice President of MRS Associates; a financial recovery firm in Cherry Hill, NJ.
In a world that revolves around who you are and those you know, a winning attitude can make you a star in your network of people and provide the opportunity of a lifetime.  “Dad” Freedman always believes in having a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) in all he does and professes that to others.

Assisting "Dad" Freedman is Bro. (and soon to be "Dad") Chris Labaw, of New Jersey, was installed as the International Congress Secretary of DeMolay at the 46th DeMolay Congress in Minneapolis, MN on June 15th, 2013.

Chris joined Delaware Valley Chapter on November 13, 2004 in Riverside, New Jersey. After serving his chapter as Master Councilor in the fall of 2007, and appointed State Senior Steward in 2008. He progressed through the elected state line serving as State Scribe, State Senior Councilor, Deputy State Master Councilor and finally serving as the 63th State Master Councilor of New Jersey in 2012-2013.

Chris holds the Representative DeMolay, Lamp of Knowledge and was honored with the Degree of Chevalier. He considers himself very fortunate to have been able to spend some of his past summers learning about DeMolay and spending time with his brothers at various Leadership Training Conferences including the Region 1 Leadership Training Conference in 2007, KeyMan Conference 2010 and the Garden State Leadership Training Conference in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

A quote that Chris has always tried to remember while in DeMolay is that "One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team."

Are YOU ready to accept the challenge??  See you in August!

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