Winona DeMolay Hasn’t been active since 2007 from what I can tell, but I found their old Angelfire Website, and thought it would be a good idea to salvage some of the information found in it, and place it here for all to see that might be interested in Re-Establishing the group in Winona.
What is the Order of DeMolay
The Order of DeMolay is an International Youth Organization dedicated to the principles of building better citizens out of teenage boys.
The youth movement was founded on March 16, 1919 in Kansas City, Missouri by Frank S. Land, and nine teenage youths. Frank Land became the Secretary General for DeMolay and held this position until his death on November 8, 1959.
By 1920, the Mother Chapter had grown to 3,000 members and Chapters were soon founded from coast to coast and in several foreign countries. Today, there are over 2,000 active DeMolay Chapters and nearly three million young men have joined DeMolay.
DeMolay membership is open to any boy of good character who is between the ages of 12 and 21. Although DeMolay Chapters are sponsored only by Masonic Bodies or individual Masons, it is not necessary that a boy be a son or relative of a Mason in order to belong to DeMolay.
The organization was named for Jacques DeMolay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, who was burned at the stake by King Philip of France on March 18, 1314, as a martyr to loyalty and toleration.
The Order of DeMolay is a non-profit corporation with an international office located in its own building in Kansas City, Missouri. Under the guidance of the Grand Secretary, a small but highly efficient staff acts as the clerical and administrative group to maintain a central office of records and promote the growth and development of the organization.
The Officers of a Chapter are young men who are given the chance to express themselves before a group of their fellow members and are taught responsibility. Although DeMolay ritual and meetings are serious and reverent, the organization does not advocate any particular creed, but teaches only a profound faith in one true and living God.
Each Chapter is encouraged to have a balanced program of social activities. Each social event, like all other DeMolay activities, is supervised by adult advisors for the Chapter.
The participation of DeMolay Chapters in community projects has been extensive and is sometimes carried out on an International level.
Each Chapter is supervised in all of its functions by an adult from the Advisory Council. One man is designated as the official Chapter Advisor and handles the supervision of Chapter meetings and counsels Chapter members.
DeMolay does not take the place of home or church, but rather supplements them. Members are reminded that they get out of DeMolay what they put into it. A DeMolay will form lasting friendships and also learn responsibility and self-reliance.
The purpose of this organization is to offer young men of today:
Wholesome occupation for his spare time,
The best environment,
An interesting and complete program of all-around development.
These goals should be striven for, not just every two weeks at meetings, but every day in their personal time and self-reliance.
Who was DeMolay
The namesake of the Order of DeMolay was born in Vitrey, Department of Haute Saone, France in the year 1244. At the age of 21, DeMolay joined the Order of Knights Templar.
The Knights Templar was an organization sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church in 1128 to guard the road between Jerusalem and Acre, an important port city on the Mediterranean Sea. The Order of Knights Templar participated in the Crusades and earned a name for valor and heroism.
With many nobles and princes sending their sons to join the Knights Templar, the Order also became very wealthy and popular throughout Europe.
In 1298, Jacques DeMolay was named Grand Master of the Knights Templar, a position of power and prestige. As Grand Master however, Jacques DeMolay was also in a difficult position. The Crusades were not achieving their goals. The non-Christian Saracens defeated the Crusaders in battle and captured many vital cities and posts. The Knights Templar and the Hospitalers (another Order of Knights) were the only groups remaining to confront the Saracens.
The Knights Templar decided to reorganize and regain their strength. They traveled to the island of Cyprus, waiting for the general public to rise up in support of another Crusade.
Instead of public support, however, the Knights attracted the attention of powerful lords, who were interested in obtaining their wealth and power. In 1305, Philip the Fair, King of France, set about to obtain control of the Knights Templars. They had been accountable only to the Church. To prevent a rise in the power of the Church, and to increase his own wealth, Philip set out to take over the Knights.
The year 1307 saw the beginning of the persecution of the Knights. Jacques DeMolay, along with hundreds of others, were seized and thrown into dungeons. For seven years, DeMolay and the Knights suffered torture and inhuman conditions. While the Knights did not end, Philip managed to force Pope Clement to condemn the Templars. Their wealth and property were confiscated and given to Philip’s supporters.
During years of torture, Jacques DeMolay continued to be loyal to his friends and Knights. He refused to disclose the location of the funds of the Order and he refused to betray his comrades. On March 18, 1314, DeMolay was tried by a special court. As evidence, the court depended on a forged confession, allegedly signed by DeMolay.
Jacques DeMolay disavowed the forged confession. Under the laws of the time, the disavowal of a confession was punishable by death. Another Knight, Guy of Auvergne, likewise disavowed his confession and stood with Jacques DeMolay.
King Philip ordered them both to be burned at the stake that day, and thus the story of Jacques DeMolay became a testimonial to loyalty and friendship.
History of Winona DeMolay
Winona Chapter Number 80 was chartered on Aug. 21, 1921, and sponsered by the Winona (Now Rochester) Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite. Between 1921 to the late 1960’s not much is known.
In the late 60’s we lost our charter and Winona didn’t have a DeMolay Chapter until ’76
In ’76 The chapter was rechartered as Hiawatha Valley Chapter. By the mid- ’80’s we lost our charter and Winona had no DeMolay again.
In 1992 we were re-chartered as Hiawatha Valley Chapter Number 4241 and 1997 we asked to be renamed Winona Chapter and it was granted.
Master Councilors Since 1997
Summer Term is April to October and Winter Term is October to April
1997 Jason Heaser
1998 Tony Romaine
Summer 99 Adam Pierce P.M.C.-M.S.A.
Winter 99-00 Josh Mueller
Summer 00 Derek Pierce
Winter 00-01 Dan Heaser
Summer 01 Glenn Jackson
Winter 01-02 Sean McGowan
Summer 02 Robert Krall P.M.C.-M.S.A.
Winter 02-03 Dan Heaser
Summer 03 Joe Krall
Winter 03-04 Dan Heaser
Summer 04 Joe Krall
Winter 04-05 Robert Krall
Summber 05 Robert Krall
Winter 05-06 Eric Krall
If you have info about the history of Winona Chapter Please email me.
Frequently Asked Questions of Winona DeMolay
Q. How old do you have to be to join DeMolay?
A.Between the ages of 12 and 21
Q. Is it a cult or something like that?
A. DeMolay is NOT a cult. DeMolay is not a religion nor does it teach a religious creed, but beleives that a members faith in a supreme being should be left up to the member and his family.
Q. Who is the yahoo that is in charge of this site.
A. This page is the creation of Adam Pierce Past Master Councilor of Winona DeMolay and Past State Master Councilor of Minnesota
Q. How much does it cost to join DeMolay.
A. To join Winona Chapter you have to pay the low, one-time fee of $10.00, and you never have to pay any dues again.
Q. What do you guys do for fun.
A. Click Here to see what we are doing this month.
Q. Where and when do you guys meet.
A. Click Here to see a map and directions to where we meet. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Winona Masonic Lodge.
Q. Do you have an induction ceremony, and if so what is it like?
A.Yes we have an Induction ceremony. It is in two parts. The first part teaches the 7 cardinal virtues of a DeMolay. The second part is a play based upon the trials that DeMolay (The Person) had to go through at the end of his life. THERE IS NO HAZING IN DeMOLAY, and there is no place for it in our group.
Q. Got a question?
A. E-mail me and I will answer it!