Sr. DeMolay Prudence Chapter, Algona, IA Initiated into DeMolay 1991
DeMolay impacted my life as a young man by providing the opportunities to practice and improve skills like public speaking, interacting positively with people, event planning, leadership/teamwork, and long-term project planning (as anyone who has ever put together a term plan can appreciate)–all of which helped my success in the various positions I’ve had in my meandering career path.
Yet as I reflect back as a (somewhat) older man, all of these skills are still important–but not nearly as important as the relationships that I gained through DeMolay. I’ve had the good fortune to have a World War II vet as our Chapter Dad (Russell “Gus” Guster) who believed so much in DeMolay that he would hand deliver reminders to our high school before many meetings at 80-something years old. I’ve been blessed with friendships made during my DeMolay years that have lasted this day. And I was introduced to Masonry through DeMolay, which continues to be a joy in my life.