DeMolay Update - January 2012


Harry E. Needham, III

Executive Officer

307 Biehl Road

Hamden, CT 06518

Connecticut DeMolay

January 2012

Grand Masters Class

Sunday, January 22 - 3PM

Connecticut DeMolay will honor Grand Master of Masons, James T. McWain with an Initiatory Degree on the first new members of 2012.


In addition, we will issue service pins to those Senior DeMolays who are residents at Masonicare. This will be a great afternoon of sharing and a memorable introduction to DeMolay for our newest members.


All Chapters who bring in a member at Grand Masters Class will receive an extra five dollars per person refund on Winterfest 2012 participants.


Please confirm with Executive Officer Harry Needham on your number of candidates and members attending.


January 28th-29th

Get Ready for a Great Weekend


Last Call, Get you forms in today! (We will accept forms by mail or in person at Grand Masters Class on Sunday January 22.)


We will have Dad Training at Winterfest so new advisors are welcome as well.


Need forms, CLICK HERE!


Dads & Chairman Meeting

Sunday, January 22 at 6 p.m.

We will hold the Dads & Chairman's meeting immediately after the Grand Masters Class.  The Grand Masters Class starts at 3 PM in the Masonicare Auditorium.  It is really important that every Chapter be represented at both the Class and the Dad's & Chairman's Meeting.  Please don't forget to bring your Chapter's Winterfest paperwork if it hasn't already been submitted.

Sunday, February 5th 

9 AM to 12:30 PM


We will hold our next Dad Training at the New Britain Masonic Temple on Sunday, February 5th commencing at 9 AM. Many of you have new advisors for this year. This is the time to get them trained. Please RSVP to


Building the Standard in 2012



Connecticut DeMolay

A New Year and a time for Reflection


In the past ten years, we have achieved extraordinary growth and DeMolay experiences. We have excelled in DeMolay knowledge, leadership and positive DeMolay experiences for all. We have met the many challenges of building a program that needed help. More importantly, we have molded young men into leaders, we have enriched their lives and we have helped them become the men society so often desires.  Well done.


Connecticut DeMolay

A New Year and a time for Action


2011 saw a decline from our great growth years of the past decade. This happens because membership is often cyclical and because we get complacent in our success. I can tell you however that membership is the key to our future. Our mission this year is to build a new standard. Let us not be accepting of just meeting net growth, lets not be accepting of mediocrity and lets not be accepting of this is the way we always do things.


Lets instead challenge ourselves and our chapters to bring home that Blue Honor Key mentality. I want every chapter to set a goal of at least ten. I challenge every DeMolay to get those 10 and earn that Blue Honor Key. This goal if achieved will double our DeMolay International Goal of 62 members for net growth. I know we can do this and I will work my hardest to get you there.


Connecticut DeMolay

Building the New Standard


In the coming weeks, I will be meeting with all chapters to complete their "Building the Standard" plan for 2012. It is my expectation that you be prepared to present a date for your Membership Recruitment Event, not just a prospect party, but a Blue Honor Key effort with real prospects.


Each chapter will hold an event between February 15th and May 15th that will encompass the methods learned at our membership conference last December.


They should include a recruitment list gathered from many areas, (home, school, personal, commercial and the public) The recruitment list will then be invited to a Prospect Event. Publicity for this event will include personal letters to potential participants, face to face promotion of your event in public places, recruitment of prospective members from our masonic families (referrals), and electronic and printed mediums.


At the Dads and Chairman meeting on January 22nd, I will ask you for 2-3 dates for this event. Give yourself time to plan and invite and give yourself options in case two chapters come up with the same date. But come to the meeting prepared to be the standard. We owe this to those young men who will live the DeMolay Experience.


Thank you for your help in "Building the Standard in 2012."


Dad Harry E. Needham III

Executive Officer

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Harry E. Needham, III - Executive Officer

307 Biehl Road - Hamden, CT 06518

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January 22nd

Grand Masters Class

Masonicare Auditorium

3 PM


Saturday, Sunday

January 28th - 29th

Winterfest 2012

Camp Jewel, Colebrook



February 5th,

Dad Training for new advisors

New Britain Masonic Temple, 10 Mason Drive, New Britain

9 AM to 12:30 PM



February 5th,




Talent Show

Sleeping Giant Chapter

1 PM to 4 PM

followed by Super Bowl Party



February 7th

Connecticut Whale

Hockey Game

Connecticut Whale

vs Syracuse Crunch

XL Center, Hartford

Dad Tenner has 50 free tickets available for DeMolay and their prospects. Reservations on a first come first serve basis.

Please contact Dad Tenner at



February 12th 

Legion of Honor Investiture

MW James T. McWain

MW Grand Master of Masons in Connecticut

New Haven Masonic Temple, 285 Whitney Ave. New Haven

5:00 PM

A special team of Grand Masters from Connecticut and New England will perform the Investiture



February 21st

Unity Lodge Youth Night for DeMolay, Rainbow and Prospects

New Britain Masonic Temple, 10 Mason Drive, New Britain      6 PM to 9:30 PM



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