DeMolay is one of the largest youth fraternities in the world. The organization is dedicated to promoting leadership skills, civic awareness, and fellowship in young men between the ages of 12 and 21. DeMolay members govern and direct their own activities under the advisorship of adults, and are responsible for planning and managing their own programs and projects. Chapter activities include public speaking, athletics, education, social functions, travel, and community service.
DeMolay alumni include Walt Disney, John Wayne, Walter Cronkite, football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton, legendary Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne, news anchor David Goodnow and many others. Each has spoken eloquently of the life-changing benefit gained from their involvement in DeMolay.
DeMolay's namesake, Jacques DeMolay lived in 14th century France, during the time of the last Crusade. He was the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, which was a fraternity of crusading knights sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church in 1128 to guard the road between Jerusalem and Acre, an important port city on the Mediterranean Sea. He was a great knight and leader of men who defended the less fortunate, and was true and faithful to his cause and to his friends unto death, dying a martyr to loyalty and toleration. DeMolay uses this example to inspire members. DeMolay seeks to impart to its members of all faiths, creeds, races the relevancy of such timeless principals as love of parents, respecting beliefs and opinions of others, courtesy, friendship, faithfulness, cleanness, and patriotism. From the good example of a knight of yore, the Order of DeMolay offers members a modern code of Chivalry.
DeMolay is different from other organizations in several ways. First, it's open to all kinds of guys with all kinds of interests. If a chapter decides they want to, they can devote their chapter's entire attention to basketball. If they want to focus on soccer, chess, video games, drama, mountain cilmbing, volunteering, or stamp collecting, that's O.K. too. Each chapter has its own personality, and each member has a chance to make the chapter what he wants it to be. Rather than focusing on any one thing, most chapters do a variety of activities. DeMolay is infinitely adaptable to the interests of the chapter members!
Another difference is DeMolay's emphasis on training you to be a leader. It doesn't happen by accident. When you join DeMolay, you're on the fast track to learn skills that will help you in school and through the rest of life.
Joining a DeMolay Chapter requires only that a prospective member be a young man, at least twelve years of age but younger than twenty-one years of age, who has some belief in a supreme being and a desire to be a good person. Initiation is a serious occasion, due respect being given to the candidate and to the seventy-five year tradition of modern Chivalry. Absolutely no hazing has ever been permitted.
One of the qualifications of membership is that you believe in God / a supreme being, so a lot of people ask whether DeMolay is a religious organization. The answer is no.
DeMolay teaches that one of the steps toward becoming a happy and successful person is developing strong faith in your beliefs and being true to them. But just as important, DeMolay teaches that you must have respect and toleration for the beliefs of others. DeMolay doesn't teach a specific religion and doesn't require that you belong to any church. Membership is open for young men from all religions.
Each DeMolay chapter has a life membership fee that is surprisingly affordable. This entitles you to take part in the meetings and events. Some of the chapter's other activities are paid for by the chapter's fund-raising activities. Other times, members must pay their own way. But don't forget...you're going to get a lot more out of each activity than you put in.
For more information about joining DeMolay, please contact our Chapter Dad, Alan Williard
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