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Texas DeMolay

DeMolay International
 

Frequently Asked Questions


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 and does not require belonging to a church. Membership is open for young men from all religions.

Success stories?
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 (a Texas DeMolay), John Wayne, Tom Osborne, Mel Carnahan, John Steinbeck, Buddy Ebsen, Colonel Frank Borman, Harmon Killebrew, Bob Mathias, Fran Tarkenton and Paul Harvey just to name a few.

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, makeing them better employees, stronger leaders, and more responsible citizens.

How much does it cost to join?
The fee of $100.00 is a lifetime membership fee. There are no yearly dues or fees. However, there are costs associated with attending particular events.

How do I apply?
You must complete an Application (Petition) for Membership. Then return it to the Chapter at the mailing address shown below. Download the Application for Membership (PDF format). Include a check for $100 made payable to Texas Hill Country DeMolay to cover the Lifetime Membership Fee. Each new member of Texas Hill Country Chapter will receive a copy of the DeMolay Leader's Resource Guide, a DeMolay pin, a copy of the book containing the Ceremonies of the organization and a membership card.

What should I expect at my Initiation?
The initiation ceremony will be a memorable evening for you and your family. Unlike other fraternities you may hear about, there is no horseplay or "hazing" involved in a DeMolay initiation.

Can my parents attend the Initiation?
Yes, indeed. Both of your parents and any other adult family members are most welcome to attend your Initiation. In addition, any relatives or family friends who may have a Masonic background are welcome to attend.

Is DeMolay a secret organization?
No. 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.

Does my father have to be a Master Mason?
No, not at all. Many of our members have no Masons in their families and DeMolay is in no way considered a "Junior Masons" organization. We require no Masonic connection for membership in our Order.

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.

What are prohibited activities?
TEXAS DeMOLAY
enforces a ZERO TOLERANCE policy, with regards to the use of alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, or hazing of any kind at any DeMolay function.  This policy applies to Active DeMolays, Senior DeMolays, Advisors, and Adult Volunteers.  Violations of risk management, youth protection, or any prohibited substance policies can and will probably result in suspension or expulsion from DeMolay and possibly arrest.

Where can I find more information?
This web site has information about the Order of DeMolay and Texas Hill Country Chapter in particular. Also see the DeMolay International website or the Texas DeMolay website at http://www.texasdemolay.org.

An official publication of Texas Hill Country Chapter, Order of DeMolay, in Boerne, Texas. This publication acknowledges the authority of and yields allegiance to DeMolay International and the International Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay, of which Frank S. Land was the Founder. All materials copyrighted by Texas Hill Country Chapter 2008.

 
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