Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Legion of Honor = Responsible Leadership!

Legionnaires United to Educate Key Men
by David W. Berry, Executive Secretary

For the 8th year, Pennsylvania DeMolay has reached out to the Pennsylvania members of the DeMolay Legion of Honor, asking them to donate to the Pennsylvania DeMolay Key Man Scholarship Fund.  This will allow PA DeMolay to offer partial scholarships to the outstanding leadership training conference known for helping leaders develop and grow.

Key Man University will be held August 2-8 at the Masonic Conference Center- Patton Campus in Elizabethtown.  It will be attended primarily by DeMolays from Pennsylvania with visiting DeMolays from up to a dozen other states and Canadian Provinces.  It is an international leadership training conference that is recognized for its outstanding curriculum and enthusiastic volunteer staff.  2015 marks the 30th year for the Key Man Conference.

The cost for a Pennsylvania DeMolay to attend is $225.00. In order to offer additonal scholarships to deserving young men who are members of the DeMolay Chapters in Pennsyvania, PA DeMolay annually puts out a call to all of the Active and Honorary Legion of Honor recipients, asking them to donate to this outstanding cause. These Legionnaires always open their hearts and their wallets to support the cause in a big way.  Within 5 days of mailing out the 2015 funding request, twelve Legionnaires have already contributed a total of $1,000.00 to the cause.  They are the stalwart leaders in our past who are still leading us, today.

Last year, the Legionnaires - and, through their efforts, a number of Lodges and Masonic-related organizations - contributed a total of  $5,875.00, which helped 39 DeMolays attend the 2014 conference.  Depending on the amount of the donations received, scholarships are traditionally offered in amounts of $75.00 to $175.00, determined by the need of the DeMolay who attends the conference.

Pennsylvania DeMolay gives a heartfelt thanks and hearty pat on the back for our Legionnaires who are so generous in their support of our DeMolays through their donations to the Key Man Scholarship Fund.

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