Ross Penney (State JC), Matthew Emerson (State MC), Phil Hood (State SC)
What is DeMolay? DeMolay is a club for young men between the ages 12 and 21. The individual DeMolay clubs are called “Chapters.” There are hundreds of DeMolay Chapters in North America and around the globe.
- Love of parents
- Love of God
The name “DeMolay” comes from a thirteenth century French hero and martyr named Jacques DeMolay, who was the last Grand Master of an order of chivalric knights known as the Knights Templar. King Philip, the “Fair”, of France, who was interested in obtaining the vast wealth and land of the holy order, 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 Auvergune, to be burned at the stake as a final demonstration of Philip’s authority. 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.