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About DeMolay

DeMolay is the premier youth leadership organization building young men of character and dedicated to making young men better people and leaders. Providing a program based on timeless principles and practical experience, DeMolay strives to not only create the extraordinary leader, but a leader of character. DeMolays hold themselves to a higher moral standard, striving to constantly improve and be better each and every day.

DeMolay is a youth-led, adult-advised organization in which young men, ages 12-21, learn to plan, organize, and facilitate their own programs. DeMolays take part in a wide-range of activities, from athletic competitions, to public speaking tournaments, to community service events. All activities are guided by the interests of the local chapter. If you can dream it, you can do it in DeMolay.

DeMolay provides endless fun and friendships that last a lifetime, even with such a serious mission. When a young man joins DeMolay, he instantly gains over four million brothers across the globe. No youth organization provides such life-changing experiences like DeMolay.

But words are insufficient to describe DeMolay; it must be experienced. Give it a chance and we know you will discover what we already know; DeMolay is the greatest youth organization in the world.


DeMolay International (also known as the Order of DeMolay), founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 1919, is an international fraternal organization for young men ages 12 to 21. It was named for Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. (For more information on Grand Master Jacques de Molay click Here.)

Organizational Overview

DeMolay is open for membership to young men between the ages of 12 to 21 of good character who acknowledge a higher spiritual power. It has about 15,000 active members in the United States and Canada. There are active chapters in Australia, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Japan, Philippines and Serbia.


Although not a "Masonic organization" as such, DeMolay is considered to be part of the general "family" of Masonic and associated organizations, along with other youth groups such as the Order of the Knights of Pythagoras, Job's Daughters and International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. A family connection to Masonry is not a prerequisite for membership into DeMolay.


The Order of DeMolay was founded in 1919 with nine members, most of whom lived near each other in Kansas City.

The crown appearing in the heraldic arms (the emblem) of the order contains 10 rubies, each representing one of the original nine members and the organization's founder, Frank S. Land. The rubies were originally portrayed as pearls; as each founding member died, the pearl representing him was changed to a ruby.


DeMolay has seven Cardinal Virtues, taught as its basic ideals. They are: Filial love (the love between a child and parent), Reverence for sacred things, Courtesy, Comradeship, Fidelity, Cleanness, and Patriotism.

Organizational Structure

A local DeMolay body is known as a Chapter and is headed by the Master Councilor. The Master Councilor is elected by members of his Chapter and is usually among the older members of the group. The Master Councilor is assisted in his duties by a Senior Councilor and a Junior Councilor. The Senior Councilor is usually considered to be next in line as Master Councilor and Junior Councilor to follow, though two people can run against each other. The remaining officers of a Chapter are appointed by the Master Councilor, except for the Scribe, who is appointed by the Chapter's Advisory Council.

Senior DeMolays (former members now 21 or older), Masons, or other adult mentors supervise the Chapter and are referred to as "Dad." One of the founding members thought of Frank Land as a father figure and called him "Dad Land". In recent years, women have also served as advisors for the group. Women advisors are referred to as "Mom".

In addition to the individual Chapter, DeMolay has an officer structure at the state, provincial, or other large regional level led by a State Master Councilor, Provincial Master Councilor, or Jurisdictional Master Councilor. In some countries, DeMolay may have a national level organization headed by a "National Master Councilor". There are also other state, provincial, or jurisdictional positions, based on the officers of a chapter, which vary for each jurisdiction. The lead advisor (always a Master Mason and a member of the Supreme Council) in a state, jurisdiction, or country, is called an Executive Officer. The lead advisor internationally is known as a Grand Master, who governs the International Supreme Council. There are also Active DeMolay officers at an international level; the International Master Councilor and International Congress Secretary are the heads of the International DeMolay Congress and serve on the Board of Directors. These officers are always past State Master Councilors.

In some countries other than the United States, the International Supreme Council of DeMolay has ceded control to an independent Supreme Council created to govern DeMolay in that country. Such a Supreme Council has its own Grand Master and officers. (Examples are Australia, Brazil, and the Philippines.)

Chapter Officers

DeMolay functions through a set of officers. Some are elected; some are appointed. The Master Councilor, Senior Councilor, Junior Councilor and Treasurer are always elected. All other officers except where noted are appointed by the Master Councilor. The officers of a DeMolay Chapter are as follows:

Master Councilor; Official representative of chapter to outside persons and organizations.
Senior Councilor; Many times oversees degree, ceremony work and fund raising. Assists Master Councilor and takes charge in absence of Master Councilor
Junior Councilor; Many times oversees membership, contacts members about events, assists other councilors and takes charge in absence of both Master and Senior Councilors
Scribe; Records minutes at meetings, files necessary paper work, sends and receives communications.
Treasurer; Manages chapter account; in many chapters the office is symbolic and only adults handle chapter funds
Senior Deacon; Conducts candidates in initiation, assists councilors, sometimes proceeds to Junior Councilor
Junior Deacon; Communicates with Sentinel, assists Senior Deacon
Senior Steward; Keeps facilities clean and in order.
Junior Steward; Assists Senior Steward
Orator; Presents ceremonies, makes necessary announcements
Sentinel; Verifies persons entering meetings, keeps disturbances away
Chaplain; Prayer
Marshal; Conducts necessary movement in meetings
Standard Bearer; Oversees flags and proper presentation of such
Almoner; Collects alms for charities, and those sick or distressed
Seven Preceptors; Represent the seven Cardinal Virtues of DeMolay
Organist (Optional); Provides Music

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History of the Excelsior Chapter

Excelsior Chapter was formed when Excelsior Lodge #441 A.F.&A.M. on June 22, 1922 adopted a resolution to sponsor a DeMolay Chapter.  W.A. Heyde was instrumental in the organization of the Chapter. The Chapter received its Letters Temporary on July 22, 1922 when Perfection Chapter traveling from St. Louis initiated 34 young men from the Jackson area into the Order.  The first officers of the newly formed chapter were: Joe Hensley, Master Councilor; Harlan Short, Senior Councilor; J.W. Wagner, Junior Councilor; Willard Mabrey, Senior Deacon; Raymond McNeely, Junior Deacon; Maple Miller, Senior Stewart; Hart Jenkins, Junior Stewart; C.W. LaPierre, Chaplan; August Friedrich, Scribe; Joe Grant, Treasurer; Paul Hoffman, Standard Bearer; Percy Poe, Almoner; D.C. McKee, Marshal; Rob Goodwin, Norman Hitt, A. Webb, Dale Daugherty, Frank Goodwin, David Seibert, and Archie McNeely, Preceptors. 

By March of 1923 Excelsior Chapter was a thriving chapter and received its chapter charter.  They continued to have many activities for the next several years including road trips to distant chapters, campouts, and social affairs. In 1934 because of economic conditions connected with the Depression and other factos the chapter had to be disbanded.

Excelsior Chapter remained dormant until July 1960, when with the help of several interested Master Masons it was revived.  The new chairman of the Advisor Council was William K. Sander.  The Chapter Dad was Ed Howard, and the top three officers were A. Tindall, Kurre Allen, and Tom Sander.