Our eldest son Andrew was installed as Master Councillor, and our younger son David installed as Chaplain. The installation of officers is a very impressive ceremony. The boys all do their work by memory. This term, our young nephew Paul joined the Order and was also installed. The boys always elect a young lady to be their 'Sweetheart". She will help them organize their activities and coordinate any functions. This term the Sweetheart is Stephanie, my daughters best friend. For this event, the hall gets decorated and food has to be planned out. Stephanie took care of all of that, and did a wonderful job.
Andrew had this idea that it would be cool if all the boys got bright pink ties to wear. One of the 'moms' surprised them with a gift of pink ties which she made for them, Andrews being a bow tie! Here are some of the guys with their ties on. Andrew is holding a rubber chicken which Stephanie bought him for his mascot. David holds the 'travelling gavel'.
Boys from other chapters can take your mascot or gavel and you can only get it back by visiting their chapter. Demolay is a family organization. Belonging to the Masonic family, which also includes Jobs Daughters, and the Order of the Easter Star. These groups always come out to support one another. Here 'Aunty Grace" poses with the Master Councillor and Sweetheart. She has been a part of the organization for so long, that all the kids call her 'Aunty". After the formalities were over, the kids had a dance. They had a great time.
In this dance, the boys lined up on one side and the girls on the other for a Demolay rendition of "Baby got Back". That's David in the black t shirt. Heidi in the burgundy dress.
Ive said it before. This is such a nice thing to be part of. Seeing my three kids enjoying themselves and sharing good friends, makes all the work of being a parent volunteer, all worth it. They are each such different people, yet still have enough in common to spend time together.