This specific memory is a lot bigger than just Pennsylvania DeMolay. The founding of the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation has benefited DeMolay, Rainbow, and Job's Daughters within Pennsylvania, as well as other youth of the Masonic Fraternity. It has given all three organizations a statewide home to coordinate activities at the Masonic Conference Center - Patton Campus, as well as provide other programs to benefit all Masonic Youth.
In December of 1981, the Right Worshipful Grand Master, Samuel C. Williamson, established the foundation to help provide programming for the youth.
“The soundest investment we can make is an investment in the youth of our land, for they are the leaders of the future. From their ranks will come the statesmen, educators, politicians, ministers, scientists, and future presidents of this great country, and Freemasonry must make quite sure that it provides a generous portion of that leadership.”
Since the establishment. Several scholarships have been provided for students in need. Anti-bullying programs have been put together to help administrators discourage bullying. Young adults are invited to programs that enhance life lessons and awareness. DeMolay specifically has been able to host many programs at the Masonic Conference Center, including a topic that be will discussed more in depth in a later post, the Key Man Conference.
For the record, this will not be the last post that involves "Dad" Sam Williamson, who has proven to be a major influence in DeMolay, especially in Pennsylvania. In the meantime, here are some photos from the early reconstruction of the Masonic Conference Center.
Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin