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


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