That is such an easy question to answer. Some would say leadership training; others might say self awareness or community mindedness. While these are true statements, I believe the thing that sets us apart is our Ritual.
Why is our ritual so important? Again, most might think that it's all about winning competitions or that it's just the boring words that have to be recited during our Stated Meetings. This is an indisputable misconception. The true reason we have our ritual is to teach direction, self-confidence, poise, leadership...and yes, brotherhood.
By taking the ritual seriously, a DeMolay is saying, "I care about this organization and my brothers."
But why do we have to practice so much? I know we ALL like to win and that is a good result, but the real reason we practice so much is because we want these words to resonate in every DeMolay in meaning...not just mere words.
As an advisor, one of my greatest joys is when a stranger sees our DeMolays and asks about our guys and acknowledges their stellar actions.
So yes, our Ritual is a BIG part of what grooms our DeMolays into amazing leaders and outstanding men.
On John Wayne Chapter being named Chapter of the Year,
Lionheart Chapter receiving their Charter,
Joey McAteer on receiving the Distrnguished Service Award (DeMolay of the year) and
Dad Stewart Shaw on receiving the Guild of the Leather Apron (advisor of the year).
And to all of the Chapters that participated in the Athletic and Ritual competitions. You are all winners for being DeMolay.
Dallas Morning News 3/30/2014
Written by Legacy DeMolay
Thursday, 03 April 2014 20:47
Dan and Sharmon Walters were touched by the donation of 200 stuffed bears to Denton Regional Medical Center recently in memory of their daughter, Ashley, who died at 21 from injuries suffered in an accidental shooting in 2013. Legacy DeMolay, a character and leadership development organization for young men 12 and up, donated more than 1,200 bears throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Ashley Walters’ behalf.
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