WHAT IS DEMOLAY?
The order of DeMolay is a young men's fraternal organization which was
founded upon the basic principles of love of God, love of parents, and love
of country. It tries to introduce these teachings to its members in various
ways through the exercise of the seven cardinal virtues which compliment
each other in rounding out and completing each DeMolay's character.
These virtues are:
• Love of parents
• Love of God
The name "DeMolay" comes from a
thirteenth century French hero named Jacques DeMolay, who was the last Grand
Master of the Knights Templar. King Philip, the "Fair" of France, who was
interested in obtaining the vast wealth and land of the Templars, devised a
plan which included arresting and torturing the members of the order, and
thereby leaving him in control of their assets.
After being arrested and subjected to
seven horrible years of inquisition and torture by Philip, DeMolay was put
to death by order of the "fair" king because of his refusal to reveal the
names of his fellow comrades, and for his fidelity to the ideals of his
order. King Philip ordered DeMolay and one of his faithful preceptors, Guy
of Auvergne, to be burned at the stake as a final demonstration of Philip's
Centuries later, in 1919, a Kansas City
Freemason named Frank S. Land, noticed a need for a young men's organization
in the Kansas City area. After meeting with a local youth named Louis Lower,
Land arranged a meeting with several other area youths at the Kansas City
Scottish Rite building. With Land's guidance and the ambition of the young
men, the Order of DeMolay was born.
Almost instantaneously, the popularity
of the new Order grew and in no time at all, there were chapters in every
state in the union and soon there were even chapters abroad.
For over 80 years now, the Order of
DeMolay has continued to teach it's member's the basic principles of life
which will help prepare any young man for a good and clean manhood, and
which will help them to develop a greater love and respect for their God,
parents and country.
In its history, the Order of DeMolay has
boasted a strong membership and has long lists of successful and influential
members. Many notable figures of America's past and present were members of
the Order of DeMolay, such as Walt Disney, John Wayne, Pete Rose, Fran
Tarkenton, John Steinbeck, Mel Blanc, and many, many others.
The requirements for membership into the
Order are very simple. The only requirements for membership are that
• Be between the ages of 12 and 21
• Believe in a Supreme Being (God)
• Be of good moral character
• Petition a DeMolay Chapter for membership
Local groups of DeMolays are called
chapters and are sponsored by a group of Masons. Kentucky has many fine
chapters which consistently try to teach its members these ideals.
Cherokee Chapter is the
second oldest remaining chapter in Kentucky. It was chartered in
1924, and was originally sponsored by Shibboleth Lodge, and the Highlands
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. They met at 919 Baxter Avenue, in Louisville
Kentucky. Cherokee has been sponsored by Suburban Lodge #740 for over 45
years. Cherokee Chapter currently has active members who attend many of the
high schools here in the Louisville area, including: Eastern, Trinity, and
Bullitt East in Mount Washington and also active members who attend the
University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Jefferson Community,
Centre and Kentucky Wesleyan Colleges.
All DeMolay activities are supervised by the Chapters Advisory Board, which is composed of carefully selected masons who must complete an Adult Worker Profile, attend periodic training classes. Many mothers are involved in the Chapters Mothers Club, which helps plan and prepare for many of the events and activities.
For more information on DeMolay, or to
register for membership with a local chapter, send us an e-mail