On Monday, January 30th, Massachusetts DeMolay will host an informative scholarship presentation and dinner event for families with children across our local Cape Cod communities. The program will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Mt. Horeb Masonic Lodge at 242 Old Bass River Road in South Dennis. This special presentation will introduce families to the programs DeMolay has to offer and the annual scholarships available for members. Dinner will immediately follow this informative presentation. There is no cost to attend.
Massachusetts DeMolay is the premier youth leadership organization for young men sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Masons of Massachusetts. Members who become active in a DeMolay chapter are eligible for annual scholarships through the Massachusetts Masonic Lodges and DeMolay International to help fund the high cost of a college education. DeMolay members take part in a wide-range of youth activities and leadership programs that help prepare them for the college interviewing experience. Members gain leadership and resume building skills through a variety of public speaking tournaments, community service events, and other competitions. The DeMolay motto is “Training Tomorrow’s Leaders, Today.” The friendships DeMolay members make outside of school last long into their college and professional working years.
DeMolay member Alex Dyer described his experience with DeMolay in this way:
When I was twelve years old, my grandfather took me to see the new head of the local DeMolay Chapter take office. I was awed by the sixteen-year-olds who conducted the day. They performed the entire ceremony from memory, dressed from head to toe in suits, and I could hardly believe they were only a few years older than me. As impressed as I was, this is not what made me fall in love with DeMolay.
After the ceremony, I sat timidly next to my grandfather as we ate with all the other attendees. A few minutes into my meal, the young man who just took office, John-Hanson, approached me with a simple question.
“Do you want to play cards?”
Within seconds, I found myself at the table packed with members of the chapter. We played every single card game I knew how to play, and a few I didn’t, that day. “Just one more game” stretched for hours, until it was only us in the building. When I left that night, I knew everyone’s name, and couldn’t wait to see them again.
This is what DeMolay is. Friendships that form fast, and yet last forever. Inclusive and welcoming to everybody. DeMolay is the only place I have ever seen a twelve-year-old, sixteen-year-old, and eighteen-year-old, hang out, have fun, and genuinely enjoy each other’s company.
DeMolay gave me opportunities that my school couldn’t, to improve my skills as a person. Thanks to DeMolay, I have written and recorded radio advertisements. Never, even in my wildest dreams, did I think that I would gain the confidence or public speaking skill to speak to my entire class, let alone to everyone with a radio. By the time I turned seventeen, I had driven over ten thousand miles. I was almost as comfortable in Weymouth, Quincy, and Natick as I was in my home town of Pembroke. These travels and experiences from eight years as a member of DeMolay molded me into the young man I am today.
It’s funny to think that six words had such a profound impact on my life.
This event is presented on behalf of DeMolay and Rainbow of Massachusetts and funded by a generous donation from Marine Lodge, Falmouth, MA. For additional information and to RSVP, please contact Jim Birch at [email protected], or 508-451-0651