The core program of DeMolay is built around the observance of seven cardinal virtues: Filial Love, Reverence for Sacred Things, Courtesy, Comradeship, Fidelity, Cleanness, and Patriotism. The value of these ideals is instilled in each member through DeMolay's tradition of formal and deeply meaningful ceremonies upon joining and other significant occasions.
Members of DeMolay get first hand experience in what it takes to be a leader and run their own business. Members plan and run on fundraisers, charitable events, social events, special events based on observance of the seven cardinal virtues, and more as part of the full DeMolay experience.
A brother DeMolay is a friend for life.
DeMolay was founded in 1919 in Kansas City, Missouri by "Dad" Frank S. Land and nine boys from his local community. Dad Land recognized the need for direction and good influences on the impressionable young men growing up in the post-war years of World War I.
When meeting with the young men, Land would tell them stories and legends of antiquity, including the crusades and the heroic fidelity of Jacques DeMolay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. When the time came for the boys to decide on a name for their new club, they decided that there was no better example of loyalty and courage than that which was exemplified by DeMolay, and so they took his name for the new organization.
You can read more about our interesting history by visiting DeMolay International's website at the link below.
The founder of DeMolay, Frank Sherman Land, was an unusual man of extraordinary character. He proved to be a natural leader, even from a very young age. As a child, he was given the nickname "The Little Preacher" due to his custom of leading a Sunday church service out of his parents' house for other children.
In addition to founding DeMolay, Dad Land attained high levels of achievement in civic and fraternal life.
The full story of Frank S. Land's fascinating life is told in the biography, "Hi, Dad!", by Herbert E. Duncan.
DeMolay International is composed of a central governing body which was at one time called "The International Supreme Council," the name of which eventually lent itself to the current title of the organization. The worldwide organization is lead by an elected Grand Master on the adult's side, and an International Master Councilor and International Congress Secretary for the youth.
Different areas of the world are divided in to jurisdictions; most states in the U.S. are their own jurisdiction, and some other countries also hold their own jurisdiction. Each jurisdiction enjoys its own structure, sometimes splitting further into divisions or regions, while still observing the core tenets of the DeMolay program. Within each jurisdiction are contained the local chapters.