Frequently Asked Questions
What is DeMolay?
DeMolay is a community-based international organization for young men ages 12-21 which emphasizes leadership skills and character-building within a program of social, sports, and community service activities using experimental programming.
The DeMolay program is based on timeless principles and practical, “hands on” experience. Members develop civic awareness through community service projects, personal responsibility by planning and executing their own activities, and gain self-confidence through leadership and public speaking.
DeMolay was founded in 1919 in Kansas City, Missouri by Frank S. Land. Since its inception, DeMolay has spread to 9 foreign countries and all fifty states and the District of Columbia (obviously!)
Community service projects, sports, social functions and fundraising events. Rather than focusing on any one type of activity, DeMolay members are encouraged to test their interests in a varied program of events.
DeMolay is open to any young man between the ages of 12 and 21 who professes a belief in a deity and strives to be of good character.
No. DeMolay teaches that one of the steps toward becoming a happy and successful person is developing a strong faith and being true to it. Just as important, DeMolay teaches respect and toleration for the beliefs of others. DeMolay does not teach a specific religion and does not require belonging to a church. Membership is open for young men from all religions.
Thousands of DeMolays have assumed leadership roles in business, politics, military service, sport and the arts and entertainment industries. DeMolay Alumni include Walt Disney, Walter Cronkite, John Wayne, Tom Osborne, Mel Carnahan, John Steinbeck, Buddy Ebsen, Colonel Frank Borman, Harmon Killebrew, Bob Mathias, Fran Tarkenton and Paul Harvey just to name a few.
The main benefit of membership in DeMolay is growing up engaged. Studies show that people who are active in the community in their youth grow up to become involved and community-oriented adults. Members of DeMolay learn personal responsibility, management skills, public speaking skills, and civic responsibility, making them better employees, stronger leaders, and more responsible citizens.
The fee varies from chapter to chapter. In the District of Columbia the fee is under $40.00
You must complete an Application (Petition) for Membership. Then return it to the Chapter at the mailing address shown below.
DeMolays are encouraged to place family, education, and religious observances before attendance at our meetings. Our teachings and activities will in no way conflict with your other commitments There are no required activities associated with your membership in DeMolay.
There are many Senior DeMolay members who have distinguished themselves as leaders in Government, Athletics and Sports, Entertainment and a variety of other fields. Many have been named to the DeMolay Hall of Fame. (For more information, visit: http://www.demolay.org)
Carl O. Albert, Speaker, House of Representatives
Robert B. Anderson, Secretary of the Treasury, U.S. Navy
Reubin Askew, Governor, Florida
William “Bill” Bradley, U.S. Senator, New Jersey
Carrol Campbell, Governor, South Carolina
Mark Hatfield, Governor and U.S. Senator, Oregon
Henry (Scoop) Jackson, U.S. Senator, Washington
Charles Robb, U.S. Senator, Virginia
Paul E. Tsongas, U.S. Senator, Massachusetts
Alvin Dark, Baseball player and Manager
Dallas Green, Baseball Manager
Harmon Killebrew, Baseball Hall of Fame member
Bob Mathias, Olympic Decathalon Champion (twice)
Fran Tarkington, Football Hall of Fame member
Danny White, Football Quarterback
Mel Blanc, Comic and voice of Bugs Bunny
Ernest Borgnine, Actor
Roy Clark, Musician/Guitar Player
Gary Collins, Actor and TV Personality
Walt Disney, Producer and Creator
Buddy Ebsen, Actor (Barnaby Jones/Beverly Hillbillies)
Greg Evigan, Actor (My Two Dads)
Burl Ives, Singer and Actor
Van Johnson, Actor
Tom & Dick Smothers (Smothers Brothers), Entertainers
John Wayne, Actor
Neil Armstrong, Astronaut
Frank Borman, Astronaut
Red Barber, Sportscaster
Walter Cronkite, TV Newscaster
David Goodnow, CNN Newscaster
Paul Harvey, Radio Newscaster
Chet Huntley, TV Newscaster
Elmer Lower, President, ABC News
Dan Rather, TV Newscaster
Willard Scott, TV Weatherman
John Steinbeck, Author
John Cameron Swayze, TV/Radio pioneer
John P. McConnell, General, USAF Chief of Staff
DeMolay does have its particular signs and words which are not supposed to be shared with anyone who is not a DeMolay. Our organization, however, is far from secret, and we have many public ceremonies.
No, not at all. Many of our members have no Masons in their families and DeMolay is in no way considered a “Junior Masons” organization. We require no Masonic connection for membership in our Order.
The Masons are a community service group that help out on Child ID, community service projects, cleaning up our community and other events.
You can visit DeMolay International or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org