Degree of Chevalier
The Degree of Chevalier is the highest honor that an Active DeMolay can receive. This honor also may be granted to a Senior DeMolay. The Degree is a citation for outstanding and marked DeMolay Activity and labor. DeMolay International may confer the Degree of Chevalier upon a member of the Order or a Senior DeMolay who has performed unusual and meritorious service in behalf of the Order, who has attained the age of seventeen years as of the first day of the annual meeting of the year nominated and has been a member in good standing for at least two years on that date. An Executive Officer may lower the age eligibility requirement to sixteen.
The degree cannot be applied for, and the nomination is made without the knowledge of the DeMolay to be honored. The unanimous vote of DeMolay International at its regular Session is required to elect a nominee.
Recommendations are made by Advisory Councils to the Executive Officer of the Jurisdiction. Nomination forms are available from the Executive Officer. The nominations must be received by the Executive Officer’s deadline. Each year a nomination fee is established by the Grand Secretary, the free covers processing and regalia. Fees must be submitted with a completed nomination form to the Executive Officer. The investiture ceremony must take place within one year from the date of election.
Guidelines for selecting Chevaliers
When the members of Advisory Councils meet throughout DeMolay to discuss recommendations for the Degree of Chevalier, it is vital that each Advisory Council have a clear understanding of its responsibilities in making the proper selections so that this coveted Honor maintains its quality and prestige in DeMolay.
The establishment of the Chevalier Degree was based on a need to recognize those DeMolays who have given service to the organization in an outstanding manner and “above and beyond the call of duty.” To simply award the Chevalier Degree to a Past Master Councilor who did a good job while he was in office, is contrary to the intent of the honor and defeats the purpose of the degree; and eventually it will destroy the meaning of it within your chapter. Indeed, the Past Master Councilor Meritorious Service Award was designed for Past Master Councilors who did a good job while in office.
Here are some good guidelines to consider when recommending an individual for Chevalier:
- Has he been active in all phases of DeMolay? Has he worked for the best interests of your chapter and promoted DeMolay by his actions and efforts?
- Has he earned other DeMolay awards, such as the RD, Blue Honor Key, Merit Bars, and has he attempted to further his DeMolay knowledge by completing the leadership Correspondence Course?
- If he has served as an officer, did he fulfill his office in an outstanding manner and go beyond the normal discharge of his duties?
- If he is a PMC, has he continued his efforts on behalf of DeMolay AFTER he left office?
- Has he set an example for the younger members to follow and emulate?
- Has he contributed to the growth of the chapter by continuing to bring in new members?
- If the nominee is away from your chapter, has he continued his efforts with DeMolay and shown concern over his chapter, even though he may not be present to be active?
Using these basic guidelines, you should be able to determine if these nominees really measure up to the meaning of this Honor. The Chevalier Degree is given annually to approximately 1% of the DeMolay membership, and it is your responsibility to be certain that the future holders of the Honor are qualified in every way. With your cooperation, the Degree of Chevalier will continue to be held in high esteem.