Brother Phillip Hurkala
Phillip joined DeMolay on August 6, 2010 at New York’s 43 rd Annual State Convention. Originally a member of Wantagh Chapter in Baldwin, Long Island, Phillip traveled from Staten Island for five years for chapter meetings. During this time, he served as Marshal, Junior Steward, and then began to move up the line to the East. After serving as Acting Master Councilor, Phillip was installed as Master Councilor of Wantagh Chapter on November 9, 2013 and served until the following May. After Richmond Chapter was instituted on May 31, 2015, Phillip once again took to the East as Acting Master Councilor. On May 6, 2016, Brother Hurkala became the first official Master Councilor of Richmond Chapter, having been elected to serve another six months by the members who had joined in the past year. On July 30, 2016, Phillip was appointed and installed as State Scribe for New York DeMolay. Phillip’s honors and awards include two Ritualist of the Year awards (2012, 2016), three time Mid Atlantic Tournament of Champions (Region II ritual competition) championships (2012, 2015, 2016), the Calvin G. Bond Membership Award (2016), the Representative DeMolay award, all five Leadership Correspondence Courses, the DeMolay Varsity Club, the Founders Medal and Blue Honor Key, and the Degree of Chevalier.