What is DeMolay?
DeMolay is a community-based international organization for young men ages 12-21 which emphasizes leadership skills and character-building within a program of social, sports, and community service activities.
What is the History of DeMolay?
DeMolay was founded in 1919 in Kansas City, Missouri by Frank S. Land. Since its inception, DeMolay has spread to 14 countries and there are currently 650 chapters in North America.
What is the purpose of DeMolay?
The DeMolay program is 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.
What activities are offered in the DeMolay program?
Community service projects, sports, social functions and fundraising events. Rather than focusing on any one type of activity, DeMolay members are encouraged to test their interests in a varied program of events.
Who can become a member of DeMolay?
DeMolay is open to any young man between the ages of 12 and 21 who professes a belief in a Supreme Being and strives to be of good character.
Is DeMolay a religious organization?
No. DeMolay teaches that one of the steps toward becoming a happy and successful person is developing a strong faith and being true to it. Just as important, DeMolay teaches respect and toleration for the beliefs of others. DeMolay does not teach a specific religion and does not require belonging to a church. Membership is open for young men from all religions.
Thousands of DeMolays have assumed leadership roles in business, politics, military service, sport and the arts and entertainment industries. DeMolay Alumni include Walt Disney, Walter Cronkite , John Wayne, Tom Osborne, John Steinbeck, Buddy Ebsen, Colonel Frank Borman, Harmon Killebrew, Bob Mathias, Fran Tarkenton, The Undertaker, President Bill Clinton among others.
What are the benefits of membership?
The main benefit of membership in DeMolay is growing up engaged. Studies show that people who are active in the community in their youth grow up to become involved and community-oriented adults. Members of DeMolay learn personal responsibility, management skills, public speaking skills, and civic responsibility, making them better employees, stronger leaders, and more responsible citizens.
How much does it cost to join?
The fee of $50.00 is a lifetime membership fee. There are no yearly dues or fees. However, there are costs associated with attending particular events.
What should I expect at my Initiation?
The initiation ceremony will be a memorable evening for you. Unlike other fraternities you may hear about, there is no horseplay or "hazing" involved in a DeMolay initiation.
Can my parents or guardians attend the Initiation?
Yes, indeed. Both of your parents or guardians as well as any Master Mason or Active/Senior DeMolay are welcome to attend.
Is DeMolay a secret organization?
DeMolay does have its particular signs and words which are not supposed to be shared with anyone who is not a DeMolay. Our organization, however, is far from secret, and we have many public ceremonies.
Will DeMolay conflict with my school and church activities?
DeMolays are encouraged to place education and family before attendance at our meetings. Our teachings and activities will in no way conflict with those of your church and school. There are no required activities associated with your membership in DeMolay.
Where can I find more information?
For further information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DeMolays elect their own leaders, raise and budget their own funds and decide the path that their Chapter will take.
DeMolay is for young men from age 12 to 21. The youth fraternity builds friendships that last a life time.
Members of Speedway DeMolay have received over $52,000 in scholarships since 2011.
Frank S. Land
A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different, because I was important in the life of a boy."
A fraternity of leadership.