DeMolay Leader’s Resource Guide

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DeMolay Leader’s Resource Guide

Published by DeMolay International. Adapted and Revised by Washington DeMolay 2016. Original Copyright DeMolay International © 1988, 1993, 1995. All rights reserved.

Introduction – The Leader’s Resource Guide

Leadership. Teamwork. Brotherhood. Challenge. Tradition. Excellence. You have discovered the Order of DeMolay. Throughout your association with DeMolay, you will be part of the fun, excitement, pride and prestige associated with the premier leadership training organization for young men.

This DeMolay Leader’s Resource Guide will help you enjoy your lifelong DeMolay responsibilities. This guide is filled with dates and data, facts and figures, notes and ideas. However, your primary resource will be your Chapter members and dedicated members of the adult leadership team and enthusiastic Chapter leaders who stand ready to help you.

Of course, the latest edition of the Statutes of the International Supreme Council and the guidelines set forth by the Executive Officer for your state or jurisdiction are the final word on any policies and procedures. Consult these sources for additional information.

There is so much to learn. There is much to do. With your dedication and leadership, DeMolay will continue to provide a positive fraternal experience for you and other young men … the future leaders of our society.


The Order of DeMolay has taken the virtues and best values from ancient chivalry and translated them into modem concepts and uses. The purpose is to help make you a better son today and a better leader, father and citizen tomorrow.

DeMolay supports the home, the public schools and the free practice of religion. Today’s DeMolay program builds leaders and young men who:

  • See themselves honestly.
  • See what they want in life and set goals.
  • Are strong enough to follow through on a plan.
  • Express themselves sincerely.
  • Plan ahead for their activities.

As a DeMolay, you will receive the benefits of tradition, fraternalism, social involvement, athletic teamwork, leadership and a worldwide network of friends with a common bond – benefits you will enjoy for the rest of your life.

Best of all, you will control your own destiny as a Chapter member. You, and young men like you, will run the Chapter, including social, athletic, civic and fund-raising activities. Along the way, you’ll discover things about yourself that you will use the rest of your life.

You will learn to look at your DeMolay membership card as a passport to a worldwide brotherhood. A new world of responsibility, challenge and fun is open to you.


i. A DeMolay’s Code of Ethics

A DeMolay serves God. A DeMolay honors all womanhood. A DeMolay loves and honors his parents. A DeMolay is honest. A DeMolay is loyal to ideals and friends. A DeMolay…

ii. Your First Duties

Your First Duty as a member of DeMolay is to get involved! One often hears that you get out of life what you put into it. The same is true…

1. Welcome to the World of DeMolay

CHAPTER ONE Welcome to the World of DeMolay. Welcome to one of the world’s greatest success stories. The Order of DeMolay is the premier leadership training organization for young men…

2. Program Planning

CHAPTER TWO Program Planning. DeMolay provides a fraternal environment where young men can grow, mature and develop through activity centered around the seven cardinal virtues. This lesson is aimed at…

3. Who Makes It Work

CHAPTER THREE Who Makes It Work You’ve heard it before. It takes teamwork to succeed … in the game, on the job and in life. No one can do everything…

4. Your DeMolay Chapter

CHAPTER FOUR Your DeMolay Chapter A Major part of your DeMolay experience will center around the operation of your Chapter.  This part of your DeMolay Leader’s Resource Guide is devoted to…

5. Membership

CHAPTER FIVE Membership New members are the lifeblood of every DeMolay Chapter and the Order of DeMolay as a whole.  That’s why every member should make it a goal to…

6. Communications

CHAPTER SIX Communications   PUBLIC RELATIONS On a personal level, good public relations means living up to and practicing DeMolay teachings in all of your actions… and it means talking about…

7. Honors and Awards

CHAPTER SEVEN Honors and Awards Everyone likes to receive recognition. To fill this need, DeMolay has provided numerous honors and awards for the official recognition of service and achievements. An award…

8. Appendant Organizations

CHAPTER EIGHT Appendant Organizations Since 1919, the Order of DeMolay has helped shape the character of more than one million members.  During that period, members have found their own ways to…