In recognition of the 99th Anniversary of the founding of the Order of DeMolay, the Elizabethtown Chapter, Order of De-Molay, is celebrating with a month-long observance throughout March.
This special observance was kicked off when Master Councilor Adam Baker, attended the Feb 15 meeting of the Elizabethtown Borough Council, during which Mayor Chuck Mummert presented the proclamation recognizing March as DeMolay Month; and when Baker was joined by Connor Vogelsong in attending the Feb. 19 Mount Joy Township Supervisors meeting when the supervisors adopted a similar proclamation.
The Order of DeMolay is a fraternal organization initially started in Kansas City, Mo., in 1919 by Frank S. Land, for young men between the ages of 12 and 21 years of age. Through its varied activities, the Order of DeMolay teaches the principles of good citizenship, fraternalism, and leadership. Elizabethtown Chapter currently has a membership of 36 young men from the Elizabethtown Area. Elizabethtown DeMolay is made up of young men from Elizabethtown, Hershey, Holtwood, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lititz, Manheim, Marietta, Middletown, Mount Joy and Willow Street.
Elizabethtown Chapter is sponsored by Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 Free and Accepted Masons; Corinthian Royal Arch Chapter No. 224 and Lancaster Commandery No. 13 Knights Templar. DeMolay activities are supervised by an Advisory Council of volunteer Masons, Senior DeMolays, parents of the members and adults who believe in the youth of the community.
During DeMolay Month, Elizabethtown Chapter will be hosting a Sponsoring Body Recognition program, a Senior DeMolay program; visiting DeMolay Chapters in Carlisle, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Reading and York; and holding a Prospect Party at The Works in Reading for young men interested in joining DeMolay. Local, State and U.S. Government Officials have joined in the celebration by issuing proclamations recognizing Elizabethtown Chapter’s observance of March as DeMolay Month. On Sunday, March 18th members and advisers will be attending a church service at the Sell Chapel at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown in observance of the DeMolay International Devotional Day.
The Order of DeMolay’s expressed purpose is to make young men better sons, better leaders and better men through the practice of virtues which include love of parents, reverence for sacred things, courtesy, comradeship, fidelity, cleanness and patriotism. The Elizabethtown DeMolay program also includes athletics, public speaking opportunities, community service projects, charitable outreach programs and the chance for young men to have fun through social activities that appeal to teenagers.
Anyone who wants more information about Elizabethtown DeMolay may contact Chapter Adviser Jesse Spence at 717-209-0843 or by email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.