Sunday, May 4, 2008

Demolay Informational Meeing May 17 - Clay Lodge 4:00pm

When I was a young teenager, Demolay was going strong in this area, and so was the sister organization, the Rainbow Girls. For whatever reason, both organizations seemed to fade away.

In today’s culture, if we don’t help our youth find meaningful and moral activities to keep busy, many times the activities they choose on their own have life changing, unwanted, or deadly consequences.

Here is our opportunity to touch the lives of our youth, the opportunity to give them a healthier choice of lifestyle, to prepare them as leaders of tomorrow, and to plant the seeds which may eventually keep our organization growing for years to come.

Some famous individuals who were once part of the Demolay include: Paul Harvey, Neil Armstrong, Mel Blanc, Ernest Borgnine, Roy Clark, Terry Bradshaw, Pete Rose, Walter Cronkite, Walt Disney, Buddy Ebsen, Dan Rather, Willard Scott, John Wayne, and the worlds tallest man Robert Waldow. The list goes on to include Governors, Presidents, Congressmen, Astronauts, TV personalities, and at least one WWE professional wrestler.

I ask you to please join me this year in rebuilding Demolay in the 41st Masonic District of North Carolina. Clay Lodge # 301 has graciously agreed to host this important meeting. on Saturday, May 17th at 4:00 PM. Matthew Hunt, Western Regional Governor for the North Carolina Demolay will be there to provide us with the history of the organization, answer questions, and give us some guidance on getting this resurrected.

I ask everyone who can, please attend this important and educational meeting. Together, we can make a difference.
I’ll close with this quote from Judge David Gray Ross who is over the Federal Office of Child Support, and too was a member of Demolay, "As a young boy who had lost his father, the interest taken in me by the men of DeMolay provided encouragement, leadership, and opportunities which, in hindsight, seem impossible. The vision of the Order of DeMolay kept me focused on the truly important things in life and taught me a morality which remains with me today. As the Director of our Nation's primary support system for America's alienated children, I am mindful of the old adage that says, 'as the twig is bent, so grows the tree.' We must join together to bend our children toward what is right and good and necessary to make them productive citizens of the future."
Fraternally and POTS

Jim Hyde
District Deputy Grand Master

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