Sunday, March 24, 2019

Centennial Memory #1: Uncle Ralph, Founder of PA DeMolay

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, on the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of DeMolay International, I thought it would be appropriate for us to remember the Founder of Pennsylvania DeMolay, Ralph C. Minehart, Right Eminent Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar in Pennsylvania. As we know from previous posts, Pennsylvania DeMolay was championed by the Grand Commandery of Pennsylvania. Several Past Grand Commanders were instrumental in the success of PA DeMolay, but the beginning was orchestrated by "Dad" Minehart, otherwise known to the members of PA DeMolay as "Uncle Ralph." He served as the first Executive Officer from 1923 to 1933. After seeing the work of DeMolay in other Jurisdictions, he submitted a letter to prominent Commandery officials asking them to take DeMolay on and sponsor a program in Pennsylvania. This became a well known success, and in February 1923, PA DeMolay was officially formed. We have already discussed the first two classes, one was held in Pittsburgh on February 12, and the other was held on February 14 in Philadelphia. 

"Dad" Minehart will forever be an important part of our history. We salute you "Dad" Minehart, for having a vision and giving us a purpose. Thank you for believing that DeMolay could be strong in the Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania, and I hope that you are proud of the legacy we have provided, and will continue to provide for many years to come.  

Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin

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