Speedway DeMolay PMC-MSA and Indiana DeMolay State Master Councilor Jake Vermeulen was passed to the degree of Fellowcraft last night at Frank S. Land Lodge #758. Jakes father and Speedway DeMolays Advisory Council Chairman, Eric Vermeulen, PM presided. Speedway DeMolay Ritual Advisor and Speedway Lodge #500 Past Master Richy Condre performed the Middle Chamber Lecture while Speedway Chapter Dad and FSL Worshipful Master Patrick Elmore along with Indiana DeMolay State Officer Advisor Chuck Goff performed the Memory Lecture. Jakes MM degree is scheduled for April 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm at FMH.
We've had incredible back-to-back weekends of ritual competition the last 10 days! On the heels of last weekend's great experience at the Frank Marshall Championship Tournament in Texas, we returned to the familiar setting of the Heartland Tournament of Champions this weekend, and did very well once again! Our record 6 team championships helped propel the jurisdiction of Indiana to the Heartland Supremacy Award for the 4th consecutive year, as Speedway's point total alone outpaced all jurisdictions. The final standings were Indiana 145, Ohio 113, Illinois 97, Michigan 58, and Wisconsin 10.
On two consecutive weekends in late March, Speedway DeMolay will be undertaking an unprecedented ritual challenge as we compete in the Frank Marshall Championship Tournament near Dallas, Texas, March 24-26, then in the Heartland Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis March 31-April 2. At the FMCT, Speedway will be bringing a streamlined crew of eight seasoned qualifiers to compete in five team categories and a host of individual parts. Competitors will include Jake Vermeulen, Lucas McIntosh, Josh Mackey, Alan Condre, Keith Harvey, Griffin Vermeulen, Jacob Einstein and Noah Barnes. This will mark the first time that Speedway has participated in the FMCT.
Early Saturday afternoon on March 4th, Speedway DeMolay lead by PMC-MSA and Indiana SMC Jake Vermeulen as Installing Officer, installed Master Councilor Isaac Emily and his officers at Yorkrite Chapter in Columbus today. The remainder of the team consisted of Jacob Einstein as ISC, Noah Barnes IJC, Bernie Piortrowski V ISD, Devon Alderman, IC and Brendan Hoffmeyer IM. Isaac along with newly installed Senior Councilor Bryce Tekulve are both enrolled in the Indiana DeMolay MSA MANIA program that offers support to participating chapters.
relay for life
Speedway DeMolay played several significant roles in the Speedway High School production of WILLY WONKA THE MUSICAL. Jacob Einstein portrayed Mike TeeVee, Ben De La Torre as Augustus Gloop, Alex Bradley was on stage crew and Aaron Cepeda and Eli Collins were part of the orchestra. We observed the Cardinal Virtue of Fidelity for DeMolay Month together by attending a play whose central theme is fidelity as Charlie Bucket is rewarded for being faithful.
Nearly everyone has been touched by cancer either through their own personal battle or through the battle of someone they love. We participate in Relay For Life because we know we are making a difference in the fight to end cancer by raising funds and cancer awareness.
We had a fantastic time participating in a class honoring Grand Master Carey Carter at Waynedale Lodge on March 11, 2017. Speedway PMC-MSA and Indiana DeMolay SMC Jake Vermeulen presided over the class that produced four new brothers from Manatou and Fort Wayne Chapters. Speedway Master Councilor Keith Harvey, Senior Councilor Griffin Vermeulen, Junior Deacon Brendan Hoffmeyer, Chaplain Devon Alderman, Speedway PMC-MSA and Indiana SSC-T Josh Mackey along with Speedway PMC-MSA and Indiana SJC Alan Condre added to a wonderful day of brotherhood.
On Sunday March 19th Speedway DeMolay Observed Devotional Day together at Neighborhood Fellowship Church on East 10th street, Indianapolis which is the spirtual home of our Master Councilor, Keith Harvey and his family. Brother Keith along with Senior Councilor Griffin Vermeulen, Junior Deacon Brendan Hoffmeyer, Chaplain Devon Alderman and Junior Steward Lennon Carothers attended and donated time in the kitchen afterwards assisting with the dinner that was enjoyed by all. Dad's Eric Vermeulen and Jerry Alderman attened as well.
Thanks to Earl Moore and Lucky Dog Graphics for updating our 2016 Relay For Life sign for "Best New Team" by with adding Speedway DeMolay. Additional thanks to Dad Bernie Piotrowski for making the connection! This unfinished business closed the book on our highly successful 2016 Freshman effort when we raised over $5K for the American Cancer Society and kicks off our 2017 effort when our goal is $10K. Thank y Visit our RLF LINK to support our effort. Thank you.
On Saturday April 8th Speedway DeMolay scored second place in both the Division I and Division II at the Indiana DeMolay State Basketball Tourney.
Calvin Shephard was awarded the Sportsmanship Trophy for Division II which is for 16 and younger while Jake Vermeulen was awarded the Sportsmanship Trophy for the Division I which is for all ages.
DeMolay based on timeless principles and practical, "hands on" experience. Members develop civic awareness through community service projects, personal responsibility by planning and executing their own activities, and gain self-confidence through leadership and public speaking.
We had a spectacular weekend in the Dallas-Fort Worth area competing in the Frank Marshall Championship Tournament against 29 other DeMolay chapters from across the western and midwestern United States. We were thrilled to come away with 14 top-five finishes, including Jake Vermeulen's championship in Magnificent 7, Lucas McIntosh's 1st place finish in Fourth Section Master Councilor, and our 2nd place team finish in Initiatory Degree. Click here for results.
Speedway DeMolay Livestreamed the 2017 Heartland TOC Awards Ceremony. Check out the replay by clicking on the picture to the left!
Speedway DeMolay is open to young men 12 years and older who have a belief in a Supreme Being and be of good character. It is a community-based international organization which emphasizes leadership skills and character-building within a program of social, sports, and community service activities.
Speedway DeMolay visited Evansville/Compton Chapter on Saturday, March 18th to support their initiation that garnered seven new members for Indiana DeMolays southern most chapter. Speedway brought a contingent of seven DeMolays and four advisors lead by Master Councilor Keith Harvey who performed 4th Section MC. Brendan Hoffmeyer had a solid first time performance as DeMolay.
A fraternity of leadership.
Saturday evening March 4th, Speedway PMC-MSA and Indiana SMC Jake Vermeulen presiding over both degrees in a L.E. Huffman Chapter initiation in Spencer, Indiana. Speedway DeMolays Jacob Einstein, Noah Barnes, Brendan Hoffmeyer, Devon Alderman and Bernie Piotrowski V took multiple roles during the degree work.