Conclave 2017 was held in Jacksonville Florida from July 22 - 26, 2017 and was a huge success. Our SMC Killian H. and his State Line did a great job with making sure everyone had a fantastic time. Mom Athena Mock and her team were awesome, and Conclave would not be the great event it is without the hard work and dedication of our State Line and State Staff.
The new State Line was installed, our new State Sweetheart was crowned, athletic and ritual competitions were held, John Bates University (JBU) got everyone Back to Basics, our Squires made a splash, and Florida DeMolay is on track to GREAT things!
On this page you will find the highlights from this fantastic event, and we look forward to seeing you all again at Mini-Conclave 2018.
Bahia Chapter performed the Cross of Honor Investiture for the following Advisors:
Squires Ceremony performed by Christian and Evan M. They did an awesome job and what a great way to show their Pride for Squires and DeMolay!
The Squires program held several fun activities from a pool party, to Cosmic Bowling and games and crafts.
Bro. Hunter H. recieving the Cross of Jerusalem.
The Grand Commandery of Florida recognizes and approves the Award of Distinction known as Knight of the Cross of Jerusalem (for Order of DeMolay Knights going above and beyond the call of duty). This award is exclusively for active DeMolays who are members of the DeMolay Order of Knighthood, not Advisors.
Congratulations to Anclote Chapter on receiving their Charter!
Your hard work and dedication to the Order has paid off!
JBU kicked off the 'Back to Basics' program with a great set of classes to help our membership grow and prosper.
Imperial Potentate and Florida DeMolay "Dad" Gary Bergenske poses at the 84th annual Conclave with two DeMolay brothers who are also former patients at the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Thank you to Dad Lynn and the Breakfast Crew, Mom April Blankinship, Dad Michael Blankinship and Dad Eric Klienbach.
Florida DeMolay welcomed five new members into our Order by performing the Initiatory and DeMolay Degrees.
Dad Harrison Sherwin presented year pins to the following Senior DeMolays:
He also presented Legacy Certificates to our Legacy Families: Baumgartner and Godsell.
Conclave attendees enjoyed breakfast with M⸫ W⸫ Richard G. Hoover, Grand Master of Masons of Florida and R⸫ W⸫ John Westerman, Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Florida.
Monday saw great performances in Ritual and Volleyball. JBU kept rolling with more great classes.
Thank you to Morocco Shrine for the use of your beautiful building, to Publix for your generous donation of food for our dinner and to our Sweethearts for serving the dinner.
Betty Beasley, Past Worthy Grand Matron, Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star in Florida and her husband Coy. We want to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to the Order of the Eastern Stars for the awesome donation to Florida DeMolay!!!
The members of Florida DeMolay had the opportunity to ask questions to the Candidates for State Sweetheart.
Congratulations to Dan Taylor for wowing us with your song.
The Brain Game was a trivia game between the State Line and the State Staff with lots of laughs and nerves of being in the spot lights... DeMolay WAS founded in 1919. Ask the SMC. The State Staff pulled out the win and there will be a rematch at Mini Conclave 2018. Evan M. answered the final question correctly to extend curfew by 30 minutes!
Tuesday again saw great performances in Ritual and Ultimate Frisbee. JBU kept educating with more great classes.
Dad Rusty Glendenning presented year pins to the following Senior DeMolays:
He also presented Legacy Certificates to our Legacy Families: Cox and Walker.
The following awards were presented:
Conclave Particiation Trophy to Anclote Chapter
Mom Athena awarded as a Honorary State Sweetheart
The Roger Seigel Award given to Denise Mills - Bahia Chapter
Guild of the Leathern Apron was presented to Dad Richard Lynn
Distiguished Service Award was given to the Ryan H. - Escambia Chapter and Dylan M. - George Ulee Lord Chapter
DeMolay of the Year was awarded to Nick G. - Anclote Chapter
RD’s were given to 3 DeMolays and RS’s were given to 3 Sweethearts
PMCMSA’s were awarded to Riley H. - First Coast Chapter and Hunter H. - Edward K. Walker Chapter
The following are the Athletic and Ritual Competition winners.
The new State Line was installed and our new State Sweetheart was crowned.
From L to R: Tommy H. - State Scibe, Dylan M. - State Junior Councilor, Casey R. - State Master Councilor, Miss Allie P. - State Sweetheart, Alex S. - State Senior Councilor
District 1: Eric E., District 2: CJ C., District 3: Somosa R., District 4 & 5: Nicholas G., District 6: Rusbel O.
Fun was had by all and it was a great way to wrap up Conclave!
The Priory officers peformed the Knighthood Inductions ceremony and Invested 19 young men and Dubbed 21.