Can a MM join as a youth?

Discussion in 'DeMolay' started by Beathard, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Beathard

    Beathard Premium Member

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    Can an 18 yr old master mason join Demolay as a youth member?
     
  2. Bro. Stewart P.M.

    Bro. Stewart P.M. Lead Moderator Staff Member

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    The answer should be No.

    At the point in time that one becomes a Master Mason, he can become an "adult" member of the DeMolay (councilor, advisor, chapter dad, etc.) but not a "regular" youth member...
     
  3. Beathard

    Beathard Premium Member

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    This is exceedingly strange. Adult advisors younger than youth members.
     
  4. WidowSon

    WidowSon Registered User

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    How do u go about startin Demolay
     
  5. kcs2010cca

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    Yes we will accept any young man under the age of 21 regardless of Masonic Affiliation.
     
  6. Dave in Waco

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    I believe they will take a man even if he is a Master Mason, as long as he is under 21. He can't become an Advisor until he is 21 regardless if he is a Master Mason or not. I'll run this by the State Master Counselor for DeMoley and find out.
     
  7. kcs2010cca

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    Yes Dave you are right anyone under 21. And no one even a MM can become an advisor until after they are 21.
     
  8. Dave in Waco

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    Confirmed with the State Master Counselor, a MM can become a DeMoley as long as he is under 21.
     
  9. Beathard

    Beathard Premium Member

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    Thanks Dave.
     
  10. jwardl

    jwardl Registered User

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    Gee... where have I heard that line before? :D
     
  11. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    I am a relatively new MM having been raised in August of last year. I don't know anything about DeMoley But my question is this....Why would a Master Mason want to become a youth member of DeMoley?
     
  12. Bloke

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    I could guess at a few - to hang out with other teens, to share freemasonry from a different perspective... to get invites to 18ths and 21st rather than funerals...
     
  13. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Lol!
     
  14. Kenneth NC Mason

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    In North Carolina atleast, you can. But, you definitely get looks from the older advisors as to why. That's what I'm going through now since I'm 19 , a MM, and am wanting to go through the DeMolay Degrees before I go to college next year . As a MM, you can attend their meetings AND degrees already, hence why I think it's frowned on.

    But in my case, I think my going though the degrees is a means of filling a gap.

    You see, when I was 12 , I petitioned a chapter ( out of state). They voted on me favorably. But I never was told the date of my Degrees. I was furious as were a few Mason's ( my step dad being one of them) since I didn't know the reason why, fast forward to 2014 and I email the guy I sent my petition to. His reply was " we informed your mom of the information but you guys never got back to us" . I think this is NOT being 100% honest as to the reasons why since my mom is a Elementary School Special Education Dept. Chair, she checks email EVERY hour . Plus, she knew how much I wanted this, I live 5 hours from the closest in state chapter, so I had to get ISC to mail me one when I was 11 so I could send it in when I was 12. This year when I went to Grand Lodge Annual Communication I spoke with our states EO. He told me if I lived within a reasonable distance to a chapter I could re petition and go through the degrees. So, I'm hoping this works out. My Ohio uncle who raised me a MM was a DeMolay and was the one who peaked my interest into all things masonry at 11 years old. I'm going to a college next year that's a 35 min. drive to the nearest chapter. I've already been told by the guys over at the chapter that if I needed a ride, it wouldn't be a issue ( I'm visually impaired so can't drive).


    Do any of you guys think this is a bad decision ? I've spoken with the Chapter Dad of the chapter I'm petitioning and he has 0 problem with it. I'd love for any Senior DeMolays or Advisors to chime in with their take on this.
     
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  15. BroBook

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    I would think there would be some valuable information in the degree work and it would definitely put an impression on the other youth !!!
     
  16. Kenneth NC Mason

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    I agree BroBook. Plus , in NC you can join at 18 for the Lodge. That change was made precisely so DeMolay could do BOTH Mason's and DeMolay if they were already in it prior to putting their application into the lodge. Well, if that's the case, I don't see why my situation couldn't work either .
     
  17. Kenneth NC Mason

    Kenneth NC Mason Registered User

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    I just submitted my DeMolay application. I should be getting initiated at the end of March. I can't wait ! If it's anything like the Blue Lodge Degrees, I'll be interested to see how much further light I will gain.
     
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  18. Phil P

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    This maybe something that ISC (International Supreme Council, aka DeMolay's governing body) may have to look into with most grand lodges having age of joining at 18
     
  19. Plustax

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    We recently had a brother join as soon as he turned 18.
     

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