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A quick review of what has been going on at Houston Chapter. 

June 28, 2006

Our Chapter is pleased to welcome two new members initiated today:  Clark Donald Davis and Sergio Ramirez.

 
June 21, 2006
Eleven members of our Chapter were present at the Installation of Officers of Reagan Chapter at Northwest Masonic Lodge.  Congratulations to Michael Summers on his Installation as Master Councilor of Reagan Chapter.  A photo of members present appears in our Photos section.
 
June 18, 2006
Congratulations to our own Dad Larry Tucker who was elected a Deputy Member of the International Supreme Council at it's annual meeting in Seattle, Washington.
 
At it's meeting, the Supreme Council elected our own Peter Joseph Hanke to receive the Degree of Chevalier, the highest honor bestowed by the Supreme Council on an active DeMolay.
 
In addition, Dad Paul Gooch was elected to receive the Cross of Honor for his contributions over a number of years as a member of the Advisory Council.
 
Dad Ken Fischer, a Senior DeMolay from Pasadena Chapter, was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame.  Our congratulations go out to Dad Fischer on this singular honor. 
 
June 17, 2006
Our Ceremony of Light Team performed at the Frank W. Lynn O.E.S. Installation at the request of Mom Susan Wade.  Congratulations to her on her installation as Worthy Matron.  A photo of the team with the Worthy Matron and Patron appears in our Photos section.
 
June 10, 2006
The Installation of Officers for the Second Term of 2006 was held at the Houston Scottish Rite.  Congratulations to our newly installed Master Councilor, Andrew Miles.  Special Thanks go out to our Junior Past Master Councilor, Michael Saldana for his excellent efforts during his term of office.  A listing of all Officers can be found under the Chapter Officers tab on the left of this page.
 
June 9, 2006
IN MEMORIAM - Joseph Clampitte III
 

The son of our Executive Officer, J. Weldon Clampitte, was murdered on Saturday, June 3, 2006.  Funeral Services were held today at Forest Park - Lawndale in Houston.  The Chapter extends our sincere condolences to Dad Clampitte and his family on this tragic loss.

 

Six members of our Chapter along with parents and advisors were in attendance at both the funeral and gravesite services.

 

June 7, 2006

Our Chapter's Ceremony of Light Team performed at the Luncheon Meeting of the Houston High Twelve.  Thanks to those members and parents who were present to participate in this event.  In particular, congratulations to one of our newest members (one week ago), Michael Coulter who stepped in quickly and learned a part for this event.

 

May 31, 2006

Our Chapter is pleased to welcome five new members initiated today:  Michael Andrew Coulter, Pierce Breckenridge Huete, Roman Cruz Perez, Francis Lyman Reed, Jr. and Eduardo Amin Rodriguez.

 
April 12, 2006

Our Chapter is pleased to welcome three new members initiated today:  Guy Franklin Stovall IV, Christopher Scott Wright Stringer and Aaron John Siy.

 
April 10, 2006

Houston Chapter Returned from Arlington with an Unprecedented Seven Banners from 2006 Frank Marshall Tournament!  The Tournament held April 8-10, 2006 at the LaQuinta Conference Center in Arlington was the best showing ever by our Chapter and likely by any Chapter at that Tournament.

Our winning efforts included:
 
Championship Level
Initiatory Degree
DeMolay Degree
Magnificent Seven - Aaron Saldana
Magnificent Seven - Junior Division - Tim Morua
 
Open Level
Ceremony of Light Team
Chapter Proficiency
Fourth Section
 
Individual Winners included:  First Preceptor - Trey Easley; DeMolay Degree Orator - Adam Herron; and DeMolay Degree Master Councilor - Arthur Buchanan.
 
March 12, 2006

In observance of DeMolay Devotional Day, the Chapter attended worship services at First United Methodist Church in downtown Houston.  Following a great service the Chapter members joined in fellowship at the Golden Coral for an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch.  Interestingly, the members must have confused part of the message of the sermon concerning fasting.  From everyone's approach at lunch, they must have thought the pastor encouraged fast eating instead of fasting.

 

Following the lunch, the Chapter held a practice to prepare for the upcoming Frank Marshall Championship Tournament.

 

While the practice was going on at the Scottish Rite, Dad Phillipus was presented a donation to the Chapter from Mrs. Carole Mather on behalf of South Houston Chapter #915, Order of the Eastern Star.  The Eastern Star wanted to thank the Chapter for assistance during their dinner last fall.  Our thanks to the ladies of the Eastern Star Chapter for their kind expression of support.

 
March 6, 2006

Congratulation to Past  Master Councilor Aaron Saldana, who was granted the Past Master Councilor's Meritorious Service Award by Executive Officer, J. Weldon Clampitte, for his outstanding efforts during his term of office during the second term of 2005.  The Chapter will present him his medal and certificate at an upcoming public event. 

 
February 25, 2006

The Chapter worked a one-day Concession Sale at the Scottish Rite for a fund raising project. Thanks to Trey Easley, William Huffman and David Baulch for their hard work.  Special Thanks to go out Dad Gooch, Mom Kaye Gooch and Dad Michael Phillipus for supporting this fund raiser.

 

The scheduled Basketball Game with Pasadena Chapter was called off due to the very cold and wet weather that blew in on Saturday.

 
February 22, 2006

Members and guests enjoyed the movie "National Treasure" in the Green Room of the Scottish Rite.  This was paired with the "Patriots Day" Obligatory Day Observance for the Chapter.  Mom Warren provided Frito Pie and Brownies which were enjoyed by all present. 

 
February 17-19, 2006

The Chapter traveled to the State Capitol in Austin for another Government Day.  13 Chapter members joined in the trip.  Pursuant to the rules, the Chapter relinquished the State Traveling Gavel to Grand Prairie Chapter who won the gavel by drawing of Chapters present at Government Day.

 

February 11, 2006

The Chapter decided on a Saturday Initiation of new members.  Houston Chapter is pleased to welcome three new members initiated today:  Peter Van Bowen, Trey Anthony Easley and Adolfo Alberto Villanueva.   Visitors were present from Reagan, Pasadena and John Wayne Chapters.  Following the Initiation, members and Advisors had a great lunch at Tacqueria Arandas.

 
February 8, 2006
Houston Chapter visited Pasadena Chapter and retrieved the State Traveling Gavel.
 
December 31, 2005
Houston Chapter ended the year with 70 members, making us the second largest Chapter in Texas.  In addition, we initiated 13 new members during 2005 which was the third largest number of new members for the state.
 
December 17, 2005

Officers for the First Term of 2006 were Installed.  Congratulations to:

  • Master Councilor - Michael Saldana
  • Senior Councilor - Andrew Miles
  • Junior Councilor - Arthur Buchanan

A great crowd of members, family and friends were present for the Installation.

 
December 10, 2005

Houston Chapter is pleased to welcome our latest new member initiated this evening, Marcos Antonio Villeda.

 
November 2, 2005

Officers for the First Term of 2006 were elected.  Congratulations to:

  • Master Councilor - elect  --- Michael Saldana
  • Senior Councilor - elect  --- Andrew Miles
  • Junior Councilor - elect  --- Arthur Buchanan
  • Chapter Sweetheart - elect  --- Raegan McGhee

The Chapter Installation of Officers will be held on Saturday, December 17 at the Scottish Rite at 1:00 p.m.  Preceeding the Chapter Installation will be the Priory Installation at Noon.  A reception will follow the Chapter Installation. 

 
October 12, 2005

Houston Chapter visited Reagan Chapter and regained the Traveling Gavel, which has been given the name, Bruno.  The Chapter enjoyed the brotherhood and fellowship with our friends from Reagan.  

 
September 28, 2005

Houston Chapter is pleased to welcome two new members initiated this evening, Aaron Timothy Baulch and Mario Phillip Zamora.

 
August 20, 2005

The Annual Parents Apprecation Dinner was an outstanding success with almost 100 in attendance.  Special thanks go out to Dad Chris Holder and Past State Master Councilor Jeff Holder for their great steak dinner.

 
August 15, 2005

Sir Knights of Houston Priory gathered at "Mel's Country Cafe" in Tomball to enjoy a most interesting dinner meeting.  While good food was had by all, Sir Knights Arthur Buchanan and P.J. Hanke decided to try the infamous "The Mega Mel Burger."  While both tried diligently, neither was successful in completing the burger.  See the photo section for a look at the burger.

 
August 14, 2005

Members of the State Champion Initiatory and DeMolay Degree teams gathered at the Hard Rock Cafe for a Celebration Dinner hosted by Dad Michael Phillipus.  Other members of the Advisory Council, along with a number of parents, were in attedance at this fun and food-filled event.

 
August 10, 2005

Houston Chapter initiated four new members into the Order:  Robert Dyes, Eddie Richard Garcia, Jr., John Francis Morehead and Christopher Michael Phillips.  Due to a vacancy in the large Scottish Rite Lodge Room, we were able to perform the Initiatory Degree with plenty of room to spare.

 
August 3, 2005

At Houston Chapter's first Stated Meeting in August we celebrated the Birthday of one of our newest members... David Baulch.  Thanks to David's family for the outstanding refreshments!

 
July 27, 2005

A good group of DeMolays, along with prospective members and friends, played three games at Laser Quest on Westheimer.  Interestingly enough, the high scorer from our group was Dad Phillipus each game.

 
July 18, 2005

A very tired group of Houston DeMolays, Advisors and Parents returned from the 75th "Diamond Jubilee" Conclave held in Waco.  The Chapter left Wednesday night, July 13 and returned late Sunday afternoon, July 17. 

 

However tired they were, they were also elated over the excellent showing of the Chapter in the various competitions (see below).

 

2005 Conclave Results

 

Athletics

1st Place – Tennis Senior Doubles – Adam Herron & Julian Herron

2nd Place – Tennis Senior Singles – Julian Herron

1st Place - Bowling Advisor High Game – Michael Phillipus

 

Ritual

Team

1st Place – Initiatory Degree

1st Place – DeMolay Degree

2nd Place – Chapter Proficiency

2nd Place – Fourth Section (Standard)

 

Individual

1st Place - Magnificent Seven – Aaron Saldana

1st Place – Orator – William Huffman

1st Place – Guy of Auvergne – David Baulch

2nd Place – Flower Talk (Standard) – Michael Saldana

 

Best Parts – DeMolay Degree

Orator – Adam Herron

Master Inquisitor – Arthur Buchanan

Guy of Auvergne – Ryan McGhee

 

Best Parts – Initiatory Degree

1st Preceptor – Aaron Saldana

2nd Preceptor – Tim Morua

3rd Preceptor – Nick Rocha

4th Preceptor – Julian Herron

5th Preceptor – Adam Herron

6th Preceptor – Ryan McGhee

7th Preceptor – Arthur Buchanan

 

Other

  • “Silver Membership Award” – Initiating over 12 new members 2004-2005
  • Traveling Gavel – Tie of most DeMolay’s registered at Conclave with Albert Pike
  • Randall Seymour elected Deputy State Master Councilor
  • P.J. Hanke elected State Junior Councilor
  • Billy Peebles won a $500 Texas DeMolay Scholarship
 
June 25, 2005
Members of the Chapter participated in the Installation of Officers of Andral Van Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star (OES).  Billy and Eddie Peebles presented the flags while our Master Councilor, Aaron Saldana escorted Job's Daughters Honored Queen Becky Saunders in the Star Point Presentation.  Other members assisted with moving chairs and everyone enjoyed a pizza and spaghetti lunch.
 
June 22, 2005
We initiated two new members into Houston Chapter, Stephen Wright Overton and Nicholas Ryan Rocha.  Brother Overton's father, Richard Overton, is a Senior DeMolay.
 
Congratulations to Aaron James Saldana and Michael Anthony Saldana for being granted the Representative DeMolay Award.  Our Junior Past Master Councilor, Edward Cullen Peebles, was granted the Past Master Councilor's Meritorious Service Award (PMC-MSA) by the Executive Officer.  Formal presentation of these Awards will be made at a future event.
 
June 11, 2005
The Chapter held it Installation of Officers for the second term of 2005 on June 11.  The Installation was held with the Installations of Houston Priory, Order of Knighthood and Bethel #2, Job's Daughters.  Following tradition, the Chapter members formed an "Arch of Steel" for the exit of the Job's Daughters officers.  After the Installations, members and guests enjoyed a great reception in the Ducks Dining Room. 
 
June 8, 2005
We initiated two new members into Houston Chapter, David Wayne Baulch and Jeffrey Duncan Hendrix.  In addition, John Wayne Chapter brought a new member to be initiated into their Chapter.  This was also the last meeting of Eddie Peebles term.

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Houston Chapter #201, Order of DeMolay
P. O. Box 20788
Houston, Texas 77225-0788
 

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