Sunday, February 17, 2019

Centennial Memory #36: PA DeMolay Convention Meets Tony Stewart

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.

Today is the Daytona 500. With this in mind, I figured the weekend's posts should have a racing theme to it. Yesterday, we covered the Mini Grand Prix. Today, we will mention the time that the members of PA DeMolay met a racing legend.

During the annual 2012 PA DeMolay Convention in York, several activities were planned for enjoyment. One of the events held was to spend a few hours at Speedway 94 Family Entertainment Center in Hanover. The members were already destined to have a great time, but as an added bonus, they had the chance to meet race car driver Tony Stewart. Below you will see a picture of State Master Councilor, Matt Blaisdell, International Master Councilor, Andrew Prescott, and other members and sweethearts of PA DeMolay with Tony Stewart. 



Saturday, February 16, 2019

Centennial Memory #37: Mini Grand Prix Races

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 Mini Grand Prix races were designed to bring Masons and other Masonic affiliated groups together for a day of fun and fellowship. The event started at Autumn Days and expanded to its own event, held at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown.

Pennsylvania DeMolay, thanks to the sponsorship efforts of Lodge No. 9 in Philadelphia, had it's own race car for the event. Two active members, both of which were over the age of 18 with a valid drivers license, drove the vehicle in the race. Elected State Officers and various members of the PA DeMolay staff worked on the pit crew. Although full of tough competition, it served as a great way to bring Masonic lodges and other groups together.     













Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Centennial Memory #38: Patriots Class 2007

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.

Tomorrow is the annual Patriots Class induction ceremony, taking place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Reading. Although it seems like the concept was created recently, the class has already been around for 13 years. The first Patriots Class took place on February 10, 2007, under the direction of State Master Councilor Justin Dunmire and his team. The Class was sponsored by the Scottish Rite Valley of Reading.

Over the years, many of the DeMolay members from the Eastern part of Pennsylvania joined at the Patriots Class. To celebrate, here are photos from the very first Patriots Class. Enjoy!









Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Centennial Memory #39: Philadelphia Class of 1923

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.

On February 14, 1923, a second induction ceremony took place for Pennsylvania DeMolay. This time the location was the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia. The induction ceremony welcomed 1,178 members. The difference between this class and the class in Pittsburgh is that the members of this class represented three separate Chapters. The process to bring DeMolay to Philadelphia started a few years earlier. Letters Temporary were granted in 1921 to the Philadelphia Lodge of Perfection, however for reasons unknown, the authorization was removed in 1922. This movement was picked back up in 1923. The man who made it all possible was "Dad" Louis M. Strassburger, Past Grand Commander of the Knights Templar. If "Dad" Minehart is the Father of PA DeMolay, "Dad" Strassburger is referred to as the Father of DeMolay in Eastern Pennsylvania. The Officers and Past Commander's Association of Division No. 1 K.T. in Philadelphia conducted some of the same meetings that took place in Pittsburgh in preparation for Templar Chapter. The original plan was to develop one central Chapter, chosen to be called Philadelphia Chapter, similar to the way the Templar Chapter class worked out. Instead, Chester and Delaware Valley Chapters formed immediately, allowing all three to induct members during the class.

It's fun to think about the fact that over 2,000 young men joined Pennsylvania DeMolay within a two day period.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Centennial Memory #40: Message from the Grand Master in 1923

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.

As it's well documented in our history, the Grand Commandery was the driving force in forming Pennsylvania DeMolay. The first two Chapters, one of which we discussed yesterday and the other will be discussed tomorrow, were coordinated by "Dad" Ralph Minehart and "Dad" Louis Strassburger, both of whom had served as Grand Commander of the Knights Templar. Although not the driving force of the formation, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania had been supportive from the very beginning. Below is a message from the R.W. Grand Master, A.M. Beitler, commending the formation of the Order of DeMolay in Pennsylvania, read by "Dad" Ralph Minehart during a meeting of the Past Commander's Association of Division No. 2, K.T. The meeting was held January 1, 1923, roughly a month before the first Chapter was instituted. 


Abraham M. Beitler
R.W. Grand Master
1922-1923



Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin




Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Centennial Memory #41: First Induction Class in Pittsburgh

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.

On this date in 1923, the first DeMolay Chapter was instituted in Pennsylvania. Templar Chapter, meeting in Pittsburgh, held its ceremony of institution on February 12, 1923. The event was attended by "Dad" Frank S. Land and 30 members of Mother Chapter. Gorman A. McBride, the first DeMolay Master Councilor, presided over the ceremony. An incredible 1,099 members were inducted into DeMolay that day. The formation was possible due to the hard work of "Dad" Ralph Minehart and the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar.

The original charter of the Chapter can be found at the offices of Patton Campus. A photo of the charter is included in this post. When forming DeMolay in Pennsylvania, it was agreed by the Past Commanders Division No. 2, Knights Templar, that a Central Chapter would be formed to bring in as many members to the organization. That Chapter was Templar. It was also agreed that another Chapter would not form until roughly 6 months later. Several Chapters formed after the 6 month period, including Lincoln Chapter, which was founded on October 5, 1923, and is still active to date.




Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin


Monday, February 11, 2019

Centennial Memory #42: Softball Tournaments

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.

Baseball season is almost here, which means we should discuss the PA DeMolay Softball Tournaments. Over the years, the softball tournaments took many forms, and were held the last weekend in July at Patton Campus. The tournament started as a team competition, similar to our other three tournaments, having Chapters face off against each other. The playoff games were held at a field in town. In 2004, Chapters were finding it hard to field a full team. The Brotherhood concept was created, allowing teams to be decided at random by the Directors of Athletics, "Dad" Lee Cram and "Dad" Scott Levy. This allowed all Chapters the ability to attend even if they couldn't field a full team for themselves. A few years later, sweethearts, Rainbow Girls, and Job's Daughters were encouraged to join the weekend. Competition and friendship was a contributing factor to the success of the Softball weekends.



















Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin