New York DeMolay

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Chapter officers

DeMolay Chapters function through a set of officers. Some are elected meaning the brothers of the Chapter vote on each position and who they would like to lead them; while some are appointed meaning the Master Councilor decides who is each position. The Master Councilor, Senior Councilor, Junior Councilor and Scribe are always elected. All officers except where noted are appointed by the Master Councilor. The officers of a DeMolay Chapter are as follows:

Office Elected/Appointed Duty
Master Councilor Elected

Sits as chair for meetings, official representative

of chapter to outside persons and organizations.

Senior Councilor Elected

Many times oversees degree,ceremony work

and fund raising. Assists Master Councilor and

takes charge in absence of Master Councilor

Junior Councilor Elected

Many times oversees membership, contacts members

about events,assists other councilors and takes charge

in absence of both Master and Senior Councilors

Scribe Appointed by Advisory Council or elected by chapter.

Records minutes at meetings, files necessary paper

work, sends and receives communications.

Treasurer Advisor elected by Advisory Council or shares duties with Scribe

Manages chapter account; in many chapters the office is

symbolic and only adults handle chapter funds

Senior Deacon Appointed

Conducts candidates in initiation, assists councilors,

sometimes proceeds to Junior Councilor

Junior Deacon Appointed Communicates with Sentinel, assists Senior Deacon
Senior Steward Appointed Keeps facilities clean and in order.
Junior Steward Appointed Assists Senior Steward
Orator Appointed Presents ceremonies, makes necessary announcements
Sentinel Appointed Verifies persons entering meetings, keeps disturbances away
Chaplain Appointed Prayer
Marshal Appointed Conducts necessary movement in meetings
Standard Bearer Appointed Oversees flags and proper presentation of such
Almoner Appointed Collects alms for charities, and those sick or distressed
Seven Preceptors All Appointed Represent the seven Cardinal Virtues of DeMolay
Organist (Optional) Appointed Provides Music

One Hundred DeMolays


Of any 100 young men who join DeMolay, five of those 100 will become Master Councilor of their DeMolay chapters. And at least one of them will later say that he valued that experience above his college degree. Eighty or more of the 100 will go on to complete some form of post-high school education.

     Many of the 100 will find their vocation through other DeMolay involvement, such as Merit Bar work. DeMolay has produced a good number of men, who after serving as chaplain of their local chapters, went on to become ministers or pastors. Along those same lines, several of the 100 DeMolays will first be introduced to some form of organized religion by attending some church or temple through a chapter function.

     Of any 100 young men who become a DeMolay, thirty will drop out in their first year. Perhaps this may be regarded as a failure. But in later life, most of these will remember that they have been in DeMolay and speak well of the program and the lessons it teaches.

     Of any 100 DeMolays, only rarely will one ever appear before a juvenile court judge or be in any trouble with the law. In fact, DeMolay produces a great many lawyers. And, although the percentages are not known, many of the 100 will join the military. Each of the 100 will learn something from DeMolay and most all will benefit from their association with the fraternity. Again, the percentages are not known, but a considerable number of the 100 will also go into the Masonic Lodge in later life. Of the 100 who join Masonry, many will serve as a head of one of the Masonic organizations.

     A number of the 100 come from single parent families and look to their advisors (Masons) as positive role models. One out of the 100 will be awarded the rank and honor of Chevalier, the highest honor granted to an active DeMolay. Approximately sixteen of the 100 will value their time in DeMolay so much that they will "give back" to DeMolay by serving as an adult volunteer in later life.

     Although only one out of every 1,000 young men in the United States, age 13 to 21, will join DeMolay, it is interesting to note that many of this nation's leaders in business, religion, and politics belonged to DeMolay in their teens. In fact, one out of every twelve State Governors is a Senior DeMolay and one out of every ten United States Senators is a Senior DeMolay.

One hundred DeMolays ... equals a high number of leaders.

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DeMolay is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. Basing its approach on timeless principles and practical, 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.

DeMolay alumni include Walt Disney, John Wayne, Walter Cronkite, football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton, legendary Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne, news anchor David Goodnow and many others. Each has spoken eloquently of the life-changing benefit gained from their involvement in DeMolay.


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