On may 22nd 2010 members from the Colorado springs and pueblo chapter took a trip to the sand dunes in southern Colorado. The trip was a blast we hiked up the sand dunes and the view from the top was astonishing. After the hike we played in the creek that runs in front of the sand dunes which was the right temperture for the hot day. In the end our trip to the sand dunes was really fun and I hope to go again next year.
Mother's day is around the corner this Sunday, May 9th. Therefore, we wanted to provide a couple posts in honor of our mothers. This first post provides an un-official DeMolay ceremony titled "The Mother's Watch." Please check back for a follow on post and enjoy the ceremony!
She never closed her eyes in sleep till we were all in bed, and on party nights, till we came home she often sat and read.
We little thought about it then, for we were young they say, just how much mother worried while we children were away.
We only knew she never slept when we were out at night and that she waited just to know we’d all come home alright.
Sometimes when we stayed out till one or two or three, it seemed to us that mother heard the turning of key, for always when we stepped inside she’d call and we’d reply.
But we were all too young back then to understand the reason why, until the last one had returned she’d always keep a light, for mother couldn’t sleep until she’d kissed us all good night.
She had to know that we were safe before she went to rest, for she seemed to fear the world might harm the ones she loved the best.
And once she said, “When you are grown to women and men perhaps I’ll sleep a whole night through, I may be different then.”
And so it came that night and day we knew a mother’s care, that always when we got back home we’d find her waiting there.
Then came that night when we called together ‘round her bed, “The children are all with you now”, the kindly doctor said.
And in her eyes there gleamed again that old time tender light that told that she’d been waiting just to know that we were all all right.
She smiled that old familiar smile and prayed to god to keep her children safe from harm throughout the years and then she went to sleep.
Congratulation to the 4 new members of Colorado Springs DeMolay (3 of the new members are from Pueblo and will be transferring soon, when they get started)! The initiation last night at the Pueblo Masonic Lodge was a great success. Colorado Springs Chapter traveled to Pueblo with 9 members and 7 Advisors to perform the initiation ceremonies. The guys did a wonderful job with all 3 ceremonies and the flower talk was performed to close out the evening. This event extends the continuous brotherhood between Pueblo Chapter and Colorado Springs Chapter. We look forward to future involvement with Pueblo Chapter. The members of Colorado Springs DeMolay should be very proud of your efforts. I know the advisors are!!
Colorado Springs Chapter assisted with the 27th annual Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway. This was the 8th year the Chapter helped, with 20 volunteers from the Chapter and 1 from Broomfield Chapter participating, for a total of 240 man hours. The Chapter helped set up over the weekend on Saturday & Sunday 19-20 December. The Chapter also assisted the day of the event on Monday 21, December to help serve 10,000 people in the community.
People lined up starting at midnight and when the giveaway started at 9 a.m., the line reached from the north east entrance of the Citadel Mall by the Burlington Coat Factory, around the north side of the store, all the way around into the lower lot near the Food Court.
People at the end of the line were told they’d have a four-hour wait to get inside, but everyone was in for the long haul. Once inside the mall, families were greeted by volunteers who escorted them into the giveaway. The kids picket out a stuffed animal, book & toy, then entered an area called “Olivia’s Corner” where they could pick out something for their parents and have it wrapped by volunteers.
At the end of the giveaway, the kids had an opportunity to grab a ticket for a chance to receive a bicycle. The parents received a bag of food and the choice of a frozen turkey, whole chicken or a ham.
This years Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway was a great success and a wonderful opportunity for the Chapter to volunteer and provide support to the community. The event once again proved to be a very successful Devotional Day for the Chapter. Great Job everyone for all your assistance!!
Colorado Springs had its Camping trip June 19-21. It was a blast!!! Attending the events was A. H., B. N., T. G., M. C., and T. B. Advisers attending was Dad Griffith, Mom and Dad Rieter, and Mom Bennett. Thank you to the advisers who attended for the support.
While returning to Colorado from a vacation in Ohio, North Carolina and a visit to Branson, Missouri, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit DeMolay International in Kansas City. After obtaining the address from Mom Reiter (Thanks, Deb) and plugging this information into my GPS navigation aid, we headed towards Kansas City. After making several wrong turns due to driver/navigation device errors, we arrived at the front door. The building was locked due to security concerns, but we were able to obtain entry. We were conducted on a tour of the facility by one of the employees. We were shown the reenactment of Dad Land’s office area (see picture). There were many pictures of friends and dignitaries of Dad Land’s hanging on the wall. There was a mural donated from France that portrayed the Knight’s Templar and Jacques DeMolay. There was a Disney room that contains a lot of video taken over the years. We saw the International Supreme Council’s records storage area where records of all meetings are documented. Of course as was pointed out, every good tour ends at the “gift shop” (DeMolay and More Store!). We met several employees and I bought a new DeMolay briefcase. My wife commented on the amount of history that resides in this building. I wish we would have had more time to visit some of the buildings, monuments and other areas that were associated with Dad Land and the beginnings of DeMolay.
Congratulations to the young men of Colorado Springs Chapter for a most respectable showing at the Frank Marshall Tournament of Champions!! Colorado Springs sent 3 of its members, while there was an additional 5 members from other chapters around the state.
Colorado Springs Chapter celebrated the obligatory Devotional Day, March 13, 2009. Master Councilor T. B. scheduled the chapter for a visit to Temple Shalom for the Family Shabbat Service. We arrived at 5:30 pm and started with a little lunch and good social time. There were 2 members of the chapter and 5 advisors in attendance. Plus our Sweetheart elect. Next came the blessing of the bread. We were then invited into the sanctuary for the service at 6 pm. There was plenty of interaction with the youth in attendance. The actions made by the youth in front of the sanctuary were quite a resemblance to the "Hand Jive". We were welcomed by the leader for the evening, as Rabbi Glazer was out of town, and made to feel very welcome in the service. This was a very unique opportunity for our chapter. This was a very pleasant evening of celebration. Shabbat Shalom!
Colorado Springs chapter had a very busy weekend this past week. On Saturday, T. G., J. B. and Z. S. and 5 advisors were present for the Fall Festival Yard Sale. We rented 14 booth spaces to people to sell their stuff. Sales were brisk and many happy sellers are looking forward to the next one. This yard sale is a very good fund raiser for the chapter.
Forty-two people attended the Colorado Springs Chapter “Chili Cook-off” on Saturday October 11 at the Colorado Springs Shrine Club. There were 7 different chili entries for the contest. The Judges were N. G., D. B., Brittany Murphy, and J. B.. After tasting all 7 chili concoctions, the votes were tallied and the winners were announced. There were three categories- Red, Green and HOT. The winner in the HOT division was Dad Crask, Broomfield Chapter Advisor. The winner in the Green division was Mom Pilato, Colorado Springs Chapter Advisor. The winner in the Red division was Dad Reiter, Colorado Springs Chapter Advisor. The Judges also picked a Grand Champion Chili over all and that distinction went to Dad Reiter. Mom Nash and Mom Appiano made super cornbread to compliment all the chili dishes. T. B. did a great job putting together all of the event extra items to help make this a success. Thank you to Dad Nichols for manning the front door and collecting the monies and selling chocolate bars and beef sticks. Thanks to Dad Pilato and Mom Pilato for caring for and bringing the pulled pork BBQ sandwiches and taking care of the Judges. We look forward to the next great event for more social and fraternal fun together. Be sure to mark your calendars for this great event next fall.