Twice yearly, our members elect and appoint a new corp of officers. These officers work together to plan everything the Chapter accomplishes each year. These are our spring 2023 officers:
Master Councilor Airon K. Senior Councilor Ethan V. Junior Councilor Anthony M. Senior Deacon Zander T. Junior Deacon Toby S. Chaplain Ryon K.
Marshal Kayden B. Senior Steward Clinton V. Junior Steward Sion K. Standard Bearer Jacob M. Sentinel Cole W. Orator Presley M.
Our adult Advisors are Parents, Masons, and Senior DeMolay, who volunteer with our Chapter, mentor our members, and chaperone our events. We work with the members of our Chapter as they plan fun events, charitable projects, and fundraisers. Advisors are appointed for one year at a time. Contact the entire advisory board at <email@example.com>.
Chairman Dad John Bidoli Chapter Advisor Mom Sandy King <firstname.lastname@example.org> Fundraising Mom Noelle Tingler <email@example.com> Dad Len Morreale Dad Harvey King Dad Carlos Crispin Dad Jason Miller Mom Tiffany Machusak Mom Stacey Van De Wiele
I hope that all of you have come through this COVID -19 quarantine period without too much stress and hardship. Our members have been holding online (Zoom) meetings once each month since the quarantine came to Florida.
The Grand Lodge of Florida is relaxing its restrictions on meetings as of June 1st and we will let you know as soon as Florida DeMolay confirms that we are allowed to begin meeting in person at the lodge again.
Last Sunday several of our members and 1 prospect went for a bike ride from Lake Beresford to Valentine Park and then we shared a picnic lunch before holding a water balloon fight and heading home. Everyone had a grand time and it was wonderful to see people in person again.
We have had a donation button on the front of our website for the last year or so. I am happy to report that we have received our first donation.
On May 15, 2020, we received an anonymous donation of $1.00. Paypal credited our account on May 25th. To our anonymous donor – Thank you, every penny helps! Our budget for each year, including Conclave and Mini-Conclave, runs close to $8000.
We are also still collecting for this year’s Florida DeMolay 5K to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand. – We will be collecting for this through the beginning of July. Please let Mom Sandy or one of our members know if you would like to make a donation…
We are pleased to announce the Florida DeMolay Virtual 5K for $5K! Our SMC has selected Alex’s Lemonade Stand (https://www.alexslemonade.org) as his charity for this term. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is changing the lives of children with cancer by funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer. His goal is to raise at least $5,000 for this worthy charity! Let’s help this awesome cause!!!
May 15 we received a video from our Executive officer letting us know among other things that this year’s summer conclave has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I have embedded it below, in case you would like to watch and listen to him.
From your Executive Officer – COVID-19 UPDATE – March 17, 2020
Dear Florida DeMolays, Advisors and supporters: This is the latest in several updates prepared as information, directives and proclamations are made by local, state and federal government and by fraternal leaders which impact our operations. This latest update is to communicate a directive issued earlier this afternoon from Most Worshipful John Westerman, III, Grand Master of Masons in Florida. In his Directive No. 3, accessible here (click), Grand Master Westerman suspends all fraternal operations in Florida Masonic Lodges, to include appendant and concordant bodies and youth groups which meet in the Lodge buildings – effective immediately and through May 4th, 2020. This directive extends the suspension that I ordered yesterday, by a full month. While from a fraternal operations perspective, this temporary hiatus will severely impact the term plans for our installed Master Councilors. Please know that I remain in conversation with the Executive and State Staff, and in particular, our Director of DeMolay Awards, working on a policy and procedure to temporarily amend the requirements for those who planned to earn the Past Master Councilor’s Meritorious Service Award (PMC-MSA) for this term. More on those amended policies will be released as they become available. Additionally, please know that we all encourage the local Chapter members to work in the background to further their DeMolay experience, using this as an opportunity to complete their Representative DeMolay (RD) application forms and Leadership Correspondence Courses (LCC) both of which can be completed remotely; the RD is a self-assessment which is done on your own, and the resources needed to complete all five modules of the LCC are available on the FL DeMolay website. Questions can always be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we have the opportunity to think “outside the box” as well, as Master Councilors and Advisory Council leaders make plans for the coming weeks. Perhaps adopting a virtual platform could assist with the socialization and interaction of our members during the break. Nothing is off the table as we deliberate and progress through this pandemic. As of now, plans have been cancelled for the Legion of Honor observance dinners tomorrow evening, the Knighthood-sponsored Spring Festival in April, and the Alumni Weekend in May. We are closely monitoring all edicts and directives as we make plans for Summer Conclave and the remainder of the calendar year. We want to do everything within our power to reschedule these events so that we’re not missing an entire year of fellowship with our Brothers and beloved fraternal family. It is always recommended to keep in touch with your DeMolay Brothers, Advisors and friends. Remember: “… as long as we remain faithful to these pledges; as long as there is an Order of DeMolay, WE ARE ONE.” Thank you for your continued devotion to our Order and its mission to be the premier organization for young men across the world. Fraternally yours, Dad R. Jordan “Jody” Meguiar Executive Officer for the Jurisdiction of Florida Active Member of the International Supreme Council
Due to Florida DeMolay’s suspension of in-person events, we will have to postpone the Bingo night and bake sale. We will let you know when we are able to set a new date. We will also be postponing/suspending all meetings practices and fun nights through at least April 5th.
Our Chapter has been looking for fun ways to interact with our Masonic community and have come up with the idea of hosting a painting class similar to the Paint and Sip stores. – Obviously- since we are minors we won’t be having alcoholic beverages, but we will provide some finger foods and drinks and everything you need to create a gorgeous 16×20 painting. So come out and join us on April 3, at 7:30 pm at the West Volusia Shrine Club on 15A in Deland.
We have the price for the painting class and are trying to decide which painting to make. (You can give us your opinion at any of our events, or on FaceBook. The class is expensive, so we won’t be making much profit on the class. But we think it will be fun and hope you think so too.
To help support our chapter we are also hosting an online bake sale and will make our deliveries at the class. We will also have a raffle and 50-50 while we are there.
All baked goods will be delivered at the Painting Class on April 4, 2020.
To pay for the painting class click Add to Cart. A PayPal page will appear in another tab. Come back to this page to add bake sale items. You can adjust quantities and checkout with your credit/debit card or PayPal account.
We are trying to decide which painting to pick. Which do you like best?
We are looking for sponsors to help our top 3 officers get to BLAST this March.
This is a joint venture youth leadership training weekend between Georgia and Florida DeMolay. Our JBU Team has worked with the Georgia training staff to come up with a great program to help our members with Leadership, DeMolay Basics, Ritual, and Career Assistance. There will also be sessions for Adult Education and Training. We encourage each Chapter send at least one Councilor to this event, but EVERYONE is welcome to attend!
Information from Florida DeMolay – The Meridian Sun
DeMolay International is now accepting applications for the Membership Services Internship Program for the summer of 2020. The purpose of the program is to give the recipients, who must be active DeMolays on the first day of the internship, real-world experience at an international non-profit youth-serving organization that allows the individuals to gain a better understanding of a professional work environment and the inner-workings of DeMolay.
The DeMolay Foundation has launched a new initiative to identify and recognize DeMolays that are serving or have served in the U.S. military. Any active or senior DeMolay that is serving or has served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves is eligible to join. There is no fee to join.
DeMolays can join The Seventh Precept on the DeMolay Foundation website by clicking the button below.