Hello Florida DeMolay,
A lot has been happening around the state since Conclave has ended, and I hope that is apparent from our postings on social media and all the information we have already published in this newsletter. But this message is a call to action for you: the Active DeMolays of Florida.
Coming up on November 8th we mark the anniversary of Dad Frank S. Land's passing, which DeMolay has designated as the "Frank S. Land Memorial Obligatory Day." As such, I am encouraging all of our chapters to fulfil one of the wishes that Dad Land had for all DeMolays. Other than all DeMolays earning their Representative DeMolay Award, he wanted every DeMolay to sponsor two DeMolays for membership in our Order. One to replace you when you majority, and one to grow the Order.
So, my challenge to each Chapter of this state is that you hold an initiation on or about November 8th to initiate at least two members into our Order.
Thank you my brothers and friends for taking the time to read this message and for your continued service.
God Bless the Purposes of DeMolay.
Brother McLean Haughey
State Master Councilor
DeMolay is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. Basing its approach on timeless principles and hands-on experience, DeMolay opens doors for young men aged 12 to 21 by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills so vitally needed in society today. DeMolay combines this serious mission with a fun approach that builds important bonds of friendship among members in more than 1,000 chapters worldwide.
Our parents will be there for us through every obstacle we will ever endure during our youth. They have loved us even before we were born and will continue to love up even past death. The first candle represents the love we have for our parents/step parents/guardians.
Religious freedom is one of the basic tenets of the Order of DeMolay; however, it is required that a young man professes faith in God or in a Supreme Being before he may submit a petition for membership. While we do earnestly enjoin our members to participate regularly in a place of holy worship, which religion he chooses is not mandated. No DeMolay will ever be disrespected or shunned due to his religious ideals, as we are all children of the universal Father.
DeMolay members are taught to be kind to everyone and be courteous to everyone no matter at a DeMolay function or out in about in their personal life. Courtesy to a young man, courtesy to aged, courtesy to the stranger, and continual courtesy to love ones.
Brotherhood. Best friend. DeMolay’s most important teaching is that we work and do everything as one. The Order of DeMolay will never tell a young man to do something on his own. Chapters work together as a “Family” to conquer every challenge the world throws at them.
The Order of DeMolay teaches faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, and to continually support each chapter member. Loyalty to keep every trust committed to you, and to keep all secrets that you have been told. Every member takes an oath that they must be faithful to.
We practice to keep our thoughts, deeds, and actions clean in all manners realizing that things we could say or things we could do have negative impact on other. We all practice cleanliness everyday when we shower and make our bed but DeMolay teaches every young man that there is more to cleanliness then just that. Cleanliness in every thought, word, and deed.
Young men go out everyday to serve and protect for the countries which we reside and many young men have fallen on the battle field and not returned home to their respective chapters. DeMolay and it’s members take the time to remember and observe the sacrifices other fellow members are making so that DeMolay as a whole will continue to strive and grow.