Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Centennial Memory #97: Mutual Respect Agreement

To celebrate the DeMolay Centennial, PA DeMolay will be counting down 100 memories worth celebrating that took place within the DeMolay Chapters and Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania DeMolay has always had a very successful relationship with the fellow Masonic Youth Organizations; Rainbow, Job's Daughters, Knights of Pythagoras and Ruth Mitchell Tucker Girls. At the 2006 PA DeMolay Convention, the relationship between DeMolay and the Knights of Pythagoras, a male youth organization sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Prince Hall, became a little stronger.

On July 15, 2006, Brother S. Alexander Fizz, State Master Councilor of Pennsylvania DeMolay, and Brother Terrence D. Green, Grand Master Knight of Pennsylvania Knights of Pythagoras, signed a document known as the "Resolution of Mutual Respect, Recognition and Fraternal Love" within the two organizations. The documents were signed and authorized by Pennsylvania DeMolay Executive Officer, Thomas R. Labagh and Worshipful State Youth Director for Pennsylvania Knights of Pythagoras, Kevin D. Mahoner. The signing was also witnessed by the Right Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Ronald A. Aungst.

"What exactly is a Mutual Respect, Recognition and Fraternal Love Agreement?" I'm glad you asked. The document not only expresses the mutual recognition and respect of the two organizations, which had already existed for years, but also encourages membership of the two organizations to visit each other. As stated below:

"NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT we, the members of The Order of DeMolay in Pennsylvania hereby adopt this resolution of mutual respect, recognition and fraternal love for our Brothers of The Order of the Knights of Pythagoras in Pennsylvania, and encourage visitation to stated and special meetings, as well as participation in shared programs of education, athletics, ritual and fun."

Up until that point, DeMolay and Knights of Pythagoras worked together as much as they could. They participated in Brotherhood Weekends, including the one taking place earlier that year entitled "Brotherhood Evolved: Road to Glory." DeMolay is proud of the ongoing relationship we have with the members of Knights of Pythagoras. I'm proud to say that I am still friends with Terrence, and a few of the other members I had the privilege to meet during my time in DeMolay.

Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin

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