George Washington DeMolay was instituted in 1975 under the leadership of then District Deputy Grand Master and local businessman Harry L. Oyler, a Senior DeMolay. Seventy-five young men from the Chambersburg area comprised the charter class where they were welcomed to DeMolay by then Franklin County Judge of the Court of Common Pleas George Eppinger, a Senior DeMolay. Many local Masonic leaders to include Harold Logan, Howard Shearer, Henry Stoehr, Carl Flohr, Charles Eurich, and Charles Fritz comprised the first advisory council.
"Dad" Logan had served as an advisor for Lorraine DeMolay in Butler, PA before moving to Chambersburg, and he was largely responsible for the chapter's success during the early years. Many DeMolays from those years can recall the many trips to DeMolay Conventions with "Dad" Shearer and the military intelligence stories told by "Dad" Stoehr . These early advisors laid the foundation for the next thirty years of a top quality leadership development program for local young men.
Most all of the young men of George Washington DeMolay have went on to college or the military and are now leaders in business, industry, and government. Unlike any other youth group, DeMolay provides their young members with the unique opportunity of developing, organizing, and executing their own program under the guidance of trained adult advisors. Over the years, it has been said time and again that if you want the man to be a leader, you want the boy to be a DeMolay.
George Washington Lodge #143, Free and Accepted Masons continues to proudly sponsor the best leadership development program for young men in our community…George Washington DeMolay.