DeMolay is fun. DeMolay is and can be most anything you would like it to be. We have sports, dances, all sorts of competitions in all sorts of areas and it’s the largest fraternal (fraternity) organization for young men in the world.
It varies from chapter to chapter, but there is only a one-time membership fee. We do have to pay for some of the activities we do, but that’s to be expected.
Most of the chapters meet in Masonic lodge halls. We meet twice a month, once to conduct business and plan projects and activities, and once to initiate new members or work on some type of project, like finishing last-minute details for a softball game or a dance.
You can’t formally attend a meeting until you join, but you can come to our activities and meet some of the guys. If you really want to attend a meeting to see what it’s like, you can come down to our next meeting for a while and you will be introduced to all the guys.
Demolay is an organization for young men, but there are girls at some of our activities. There are other organizations for young ladies similar to DeMolay and sponsored by the Masonic family such as the Rainbow Girls.
To be a DeMolay, you must go through two ceremonies which we call “degrees.” The first is the Initiatory Degree where the Seven Cardinal Virtues (precepts) of a DeMolay are explained to you by the members of the chapter. The second degree is the DeMolay Degree. This one is great; it’s where we dress up in costume and put on a play for you to watch. The play is about the trials of Jacques DeMolay (the person DeMolay is named after), and teaches us about the bonds of friendship and loyalty we share as DeMolay members.
They are the basic principles that we feel help us to be better people. They are:
No. DeMolay is not a religious group. DeMolay teaches no religion but expects each member to profess a belief in a Supreme Being and be tolerant in your opinion of others.
A fraternity is an organization whose members have a special bond with one another regardless of age or position. It is a brotherhood built on common interests.
We are not a secret fraternity, and hold no secrets from non-members as to our type of organization, our purposes, activities and beliefs.
The only thing that someone might consider secret about DeMolay are our passwords, signs and handshakes. Like all fraternities, this is our way to make being a member really special.
Any one of the following implies Senior DeMolay or Advisor (LOH, COH, AM, DM, PGM)
In 1298, Jacques DeMolay was named Grand Master of the Knights Templar, a position of power and prestige. He was however in a difficult position. In the eyes of European monarchs and the Church, the Templar’s raison d’etre had ceased with the loss of the Holy Lands.
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