March is DeMolay Month

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“Many of you have heard me say, ‘I'm just a DeMolay boy from Clifton, New Jersey.’ I say that for a reason. Not only to promote DeMolay, but to make it clear that I would not be where I am today had it not been for my membership in that organization.” - SGC David Glattly

Scottish Rite Sovereign Grand Commander David Glattly’s journey to and through Freemasonry started with DeMolay International. His journey to and through adulthood, leadership, and success also started with DeMolay International, changing his life and setting him, as a young man, on the right direction towards the future.

SGC Glattly’s story is not an outlier, as many notable leaders, innovators, and businessmen also owe their successes to the values instilled in them during their time in DeMolay. Men including Walt Disney, John Wayne, Walter Cronkite, Mel Blanc, and Scottish Rite Grand Commander, SJ, Ronnie Seale and the NMJ’s past SGC, John William McNaughton were also DeMolay boys.

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Signing of a DeMolay proclamation by NJ Governor Brendon Byrne in 1975. Seated: me, Gov Byrne, Randy Keuch (Deputy State Master Councilor). Standing is Dad William C. Chasey, NJ DeMolay Executive Officer. SGC Glattly was the State Master Councilor.

This March, we celebrate the 100 year anniversary of DeMolay International. We are proud to stand alongside them and honor their hard work and mission of “striving to shape young men into leaders of character.” In today’s ever-shifting climate of media, trends, politics, and societal norms, it is important for young men to grow up with a solid set of values that transcend time and place. DeMolay provides just that, by teaching Love for Parents, Reverence to God, Courtesy, Comradeship, Fidelity, Cleanness, and Patriotism: a set guidebook to jumpstart the future of young men.


In fact, the NMJ took a major step in support of the organization this past summer. At 51st Annual DeMolay Congress in Alexandria, VA, Sovereign Grand Commander David A. Glattly announced that the Supreme Council was establishing the DeMolay Congress Almoner's Fund with an initial gift of $20,000. Modeled after the Scottish Rite’s own Grand Almoner’s Fund, the program is designed to provide young men in DeMolay relief and assistance when they are facing hardships or times of crisis. Said Sovereign Grand Commander Glattly, "For a hundred years now, the young men of DeMolay have been part of our fraternal family. The Grand Almoner's Fund will now assist our youngest fraternal Brothers in need — young men who commit themselves to the work of character and reverence, as they embrace a values-filled life.

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SGC Glattly's State Officer group photo from 1974. Seated, second from the right is Tom Labagh, Active for PA, State Scribe.

DeMolay was founded in 1919 in Kansas City, Missouri by nine young men, led by founder, Dad Frank Land. What started as a conversation between Dad Land and a young man interested in becoming a better leader turned into a regular meeting with a few local boys. This meeting then turned into a youth organization and Brotherhood, filling a much needed gap of mentorship and friendship for boys entering their teenage years. Flash forward 100 years into the future, and this inclusive organization, led by trained advisors, is having impact on the lives of young men around the world.

The 32° Scottish Rite, NMJ takes pride in supporting DeMolay’s purpose and feels lucky that our very own leader, SGC David Glattly, lives a life built on its trusty foundations.

SGC Glattly tells the story of his start in DeMolay with the fondest of memories: “Many of my close friends are connections formed through DeMolay, some dating back all those years ago when we served together in DeMolay. I treasure these friendships. I wish every Mason had the opportunity to experience DeMolay and know how life-changing it can be for a young man. This is why I support DeMolay as much as I can today. And that's why I am, and will always be, ‘just a DeMolay boy from Clifton, New Jersey.’”

Do you have a DeMolay story that you would like to share with us? Send it to MasonicStories@SRNMJ.org.

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