This Manual is designed for prospective Board and Supreme Council members. Review is mandatory.
It is also mandatory to complete the Step In, Step Up Training from the Institute of Community Directors Australia which can be found at the end of this manual.
DeMolay Australia is dedicated to protecting the youth in our charge and will strictly adhere to any and all relevant legislation. To that end, we will regularly review all child protection laws across the nation and where laws are amended, we will amend our policies, procedures and practices accordingly.
Further, DeMolay Australia Ltd ABN 27 618 445 444 is an unlisted public company overseen by Australian Government regulators. Consequently, it must managed honestly, transparently and competently and in accordance with the law and our own high standards of conduct and morality at all times.
DeMolay extends our members’ education beyond the classroom preparing them with life skills well ahead of their peers. Active membership is open to young men between the ages of 12 and 21 who express a belief in a Supreme Being.
The Order of DeMolay was founded in Kansas City, Missouri, USA in 1919 by a group of Freemasons headed by Dad Frank Sherman Land, a 330 Freemason and social worker. At the time the Order was founded, Dad Land became aware that there were a number good young men in the city and local area that needed father figures to assist in their development.
Since then, the Order of DeMolay grown to become an international organisation with Chapters in USA, Canada, Brazil, Philippines, Italy, Greece, Australia and many other countries.
DeMolay was established to give those young men positive and strong male role models with the aim of guiding them to be positive and strong adults and leaders.
Since then, in excess of 3,000,000 young men have passed through the organisation.
The Order has been in Australia since 1951 in various forms and is currently rebuilding after some years of decline.
Like Freemasonry, our Chapters meet twice a month and our ceremonies are focused on our core values of respect, reverence, comradeship, fidelity, cleanness and citizenship coupled with discipline, education, planning and participating in fun activities.
Unlike Freemasonry, we only have two Degrees. The Initiatory Degree (our joining ceremony) focusses on our core values above and the DeMolay Degree (further education and guidance) focusses on fidelity, truthfulness and loyalty.
Activities are led by our youth members and provide the opportunity to learn meeting procedure, organise activities, develop public speaking and more.
We are a family based, social organisation and partner closely with the wider Masonic family.
We encourage parents / guardians to be fully involved in their son’s development with a range of different activities suitable for their age and level of commitment.
DeMolay builds tomorrow’s leaders today and develops responsible adult citizens for the world of tomorrow.
We currently have one Chapter in both Sydney and Melbourne. Contact details can be found here (scroll down when you get to the page!).
Further, DeMolay Australia is dedicated and committed to providing a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for our youth members, including, but not limited to:
Finally, you are required to review our Trained Advisor On-Line Training before proceeding (there’s no need to do the Knowledge Quiz again!).
The Order of DeMolay worldwide is controlled by the International Supreme Council Order of DeMolay who has licenced The Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay of Australia (Supreme Council) which is a sub-committee of the Board of DeMolay Australia Ltd ABN 27 618 445 444 (DAL) to operate exclusively the Order of DeMolay in Australia.
Here are the relative historical documents giving effect to this:
We also have a Services Agreement with International Supreme Council Order of DeMolay for access to DeMolay International eScribe Advisor Training.
DAL started operation at midnight on Tuesday 31 October 2017 when it took over the assets, liabilities and undertakings of:
This abolished the old structure of of State Grand Councils reporting to the Supreme Council and replaced it with a structure where there is only one entity – DeMolay Australia Ltd ABN 27 618 445 444 – which controls the Order of DeMolay in Australia under licence from DeMolay International. This structure allows DAL to purchase relative insurances required to operate throughout Australia.
The Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay of Australia (Supreme Council) is a sub-committee of the Board of DAL to which the Board has delegated all its authority.
Supreme Council meets on the evening of the third Wednesday every month except November which is when the Annual General Meeting is held.
Supreme Council does not employ staff. The administrative members, who are all volunteers, are:
Their duties are outlined in the Statutes and Chapter Regulations.
Recent Supreme Council Minutes can be found here:
Details of coming events can be found here.
Please also review the following documents:
Given the nature of our organisation and the young men we serve, the highest standards of behaviour and conduct are expected. Please specifically review our Code of Conduct and Ethics.
Board / Supreme Council Membership is not a reward or an honour. It is a job and you will be expected to work and contribute to the ongoing success of the Order of DeMolay of Australia.
Turning up at meetings is not sufficient. We must all be prepared to roll up our sleeves to get the job done. It will be hard work.
If you are unable to commit to this level of involvement and participation, please reconsider your nomination now.
Please review the following documents:
If you are nomination to be a Board Member, you will also be required to provide details of your Australian Director Identification Number from the Australian Business Registry Services before you will be permitted to take up your Board (including Supreme Council) Membership.
On receipt, please email Director Identification Number (which must include your full name) to the Executive Director at email@example.com.
If you would like a mentor, please contact either:
who will be happy to point you in the right direction.
This training is mandatory if you have not completed it in the last 5 years and must be completed before you will be permitted to take up your Board / Supreme Council Membership.
The training is provided by the Australian Institute of Community Directors (click on the link) and is to be completed at your own cost.
On completion, please email your completion certificate to the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you wish, please email your comments, etc to the Executive Director at email@example.com.