Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Centennial Memory #55: Chapters Bidding for Convention

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.

The annual PA DeMolay Convention is known to travel to different locations every year. They traditionally go from the East, to the Central, and to the West on a rotational basis. However, Chapters used to make bids to host the annual Convention, or as it was called many years ago, Conclave.

This was the case for most of the existence of Pennsylvania DeMolay. Two of the photos I am providing prove this with a large year gap in-between. Below is a excerpt from the May 1972 issue of the Associated Chapter of Pennsylvania Newsletter, a newsletter sent out by the Executive Secratary, not to be confused with the Keystone Crusader, which was generated by the members.

Another interesting piece that I will provide is from much earlier. Pilgrim Chapter provided me with a box of fun things from the history, one of which falls into this topic. In 1937, Beaver Valley Chapter was making a bid to earn the right to host the annual Conclave. They handed out a metal rivet, with a note attached of their intent to host the event.

Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin

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