Not to be confused with Awards, Honors also provide recognition for members. Whereas Awards are earned, Honors are bestowed for service without the recipient’s knowledge. Honors are conferred upon recommendation by the Advisory Council and approval of the Executive Officer. Honors cannot be applied for.
All Honors Nominations are Due March 1st of each year.
Degree of Chevalier
The Degree of Chevalier is the highest honor that an Active DeMolay can receive. This honor also may be granted to a Senior DeMolay. The Degree is a citation for outstanding and marked DeMolay Activity and labor. DeMolay International may confer the Degree of Chevalier upon a member of the Order or a Senior DeMolay who has performed unusual and meritorious service in behalf of the Order, who has attained the age of seventeen years as of the first day of the annual meeting of the year nominated and has been a member in good standing for at least two years on that date. An Executive Officer may lower the age eligibility requirement to sixteen.
The degree cannot be applied for, and the nomination is made without the knowledge of the DeMolay to be honored. The unanimous vote of DeMolay International at its regular Session is required to elect a nominee.
Recommendations are made by Advisory Councils to the Executive Officer of the Jurisdiction. Nomination forms are available from the Executive Officer. The nominations must be received by the Executive Officer’s deadline. Each year a nomination fee is established by the Grand Secretary, the free covers processing and regalia. Fees must be submitted with a completed nomination form to the Executive Officer. The investiture ceremony must take place within one year from the date of election.
Guidelines for Selecting Chevaliers
When the members of Advisory Councils meet throughout DeMolay to discuss recommendations for the Degree of Chevalier, it is vital that each Advisory Council have a clear understanding of its responsibilities in making the proper selections so that this coveted Honor maintains its quality and prestige in DeMolay.
The establishment of the Chevalier Degree was based on a need to recognize those DeMolays who have given service to the organization in an outstanding manner and “above and beyond the call of duty.” To simply award the Chevalier Degree to a Past Master Councilor who did a good job while he was in office, is contrary to the intent of the honor and defeats the purpose of the degree; and eventually it will destroy the meaning of it within your chapter. Indeed, the Past Master Councilor Meritorious Service Award was designed for Past Master Councilors who did a good job while in office.
Here are some good guidelines to consider when recommending an individual for Chevalier:
- • Has he been active in all phases of DeMolay? Has he worked for the best interests of your chapter and promoted DeMolay by his actions and efforts?
- • Has he earned other DeMolay awards, such as the RD, Blue Honor Key, Merit Bars, and has he attempted to further his DeMolay knowledge by completing the leadership Correspondence Course?
- • If he has served as an officer, did he fulfill his office in an outstanding manner and go beyond the normal discharge of his duties?
- • If he is a PMC, has he continued his efforts on behalf of DeMolay AFTER he left office?
- • Has he set an example for the younger members to follow and emulate?
- • Has he contributed to the growth of the chapter by continuing to bring in new members?
- • If the nominee is away from your chapter, has he continued his efforts with DeMolay and shown concern over his chapter, even though he may not be present to be active?
Using these basic guidelines, you should be able to determine if these nominees really measure up to the meaning of this Honor. The Chevalier Degree is given annually to approximately 1% of the DeMolay membership, and it is your responsibility to be certain that the future holders of the Honor are qualified in every way. With your cooperation, the Degree of Chevalier will continue to be held in high esteem.
Cross of Honor
An Advisor who wears the Cross of Honor has received a distinctive honor that can only be given by DeMolay International to a member of an Advisory Council or a personal representative of an Executive Officer. DeMolay International may confer the DeMolay Cross of Honor upon a present or past member of an Advisory Council or upon any personal representative of any Executive Officer who has served at least three years in either or both capacities and whose service has been conspicuously meritorious.
Recommendations are made by the Advisory Council to the Executive Officer, who nominates individuals for this honor. Nomination forms are available from the Executive Officer, who must receive them by his deadline. Each year a nomination fee is established by the Grand Secretary. The fee covers processing and regalia. The fee is submitted with the completed nomination form to the Executive Officer. He forwards the nomination to DeMolay International, whose unanimous vote at the annual Session is required to grant the honor.
Legion of Honor
The Legion of Honor is the highest honor conferred by DeMolay International. DeMolay International may confer the DeMolay Legion of Honor upon a Senior DeMolay, who has attained the age of twenty-five years as of the first day of the annual meeting of the year nominated, for outstanding leadership in some field of endeavor, or for success in fraternal life, including adult service to the Order. No one may apply for this distinction, and a nominee, or the membership of a Chapter, must have no knowledge of the recommendation by the Advisory Council. Failure to observe secrecy in making this nomination subjects the nominee to penalty of not being considered.
Nomination forms are available from the Executive Officer. The nominations must be received by the Executive Officer’s deadline. Each year a nomination fee is established by the Grand Secretary. The fee covers processing and regalia, but does not include the ring available from the DeMolay and More Store. The fee is submitted with the completed nomination form to the Executive Officer. If approved by the Executive Officer, the nomination will be referred to DeMolay International, whose unanimous vote is required to receive this honor.
Honorary Legion of Honor
DeMolay International may confer the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor upon a Mason who is not a Senior DeMolay, who has attained the age of thirty years as of the first day of the annual meeting of the year nominated, and who has performed unusual and meritorious service in behalf of the Order or who has evidenced a spirit of cooperation and appreciation for the Order. It shall not be given only for service on an Advisory Council.