A Court of Chevaliers is made up entirely of Chevaliers.
The function of the Court is to confer the Degree of Chevalier on those named by DeMolay International’s Supreme Council and to aid in all areas where DeMolay may be furthered through the participation of Chevaliers. In receiving the Chevalier degree, all Chevaliers have been obligated to perpetual service to DeMolay, and they should keep this uppermost in mind.
Chevalier Degree History
In the early 1930’s DeMolay founder Frank S. Land had been thinking of an honor he could bestow on DeMolays and Senior DeMolays for outstanding service to the Order. He wanted to honor them now, instead of waiting for them to be nominated for the Legion of Honor in years to come. He also wanted to honor Senior DeMolays who had been working with chapters even though they were not Masons, but had performed outstanding service to the Order.
In those days, DeMolay was recognized by only about 50% of the Grand Lodges, consequently many Senior DeMolays were active in chapters due to the lack of Masonic support. In November of 1936, “DAD” Land, assisted by Harold Bergstresser and John McKibben, proceeded to write a Ritual for the conferral of the Chevalier Degree. This became a reality in March, 1937 and “DAD” Land began to nominate DeMolays and Senior DeMolays for this distinguished honor.
Mother Chapter, of course, had the first investiture and it was held June 2, 1937 at the Little Theater in the Municipal Auditorium. Forty-one active DeMolays or Senior DeMolays of Mother Chapter were invested with the Degree on that date. John S. McKibben, Jr. was recognized as the first Chevalier, and the rest of the nominees were numbered accordingly.
Today, there are approximately 27,000 Chevaliers.
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Oregon DeMolay Chevalier Observance 2022
November 8, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
This year’s Chevalier observance is fast approaching, and the excitement is building! Last year’s observance was a memorable evening of
Tickets are only $35.00 and include all the food, live music, and camaraderie you can handle. Considering how many cases of wine went out the door last year I would say the beverage was popular! There will be a No-Host Bar featuring local wine from D’Anu Winery and NW Beer. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Please do not wait, as seating is limited.
The location is the same as last year, at the D’Anu Winery Tasting Room, 173 NE 3rd Avenue, Suite 107, Hillsboro 97124. We look forward to seeing you on November 8th as we celebrate this special occasion.
Cost per person: $35.00
Date: November 8, 2022
Time: 6:30 – 9pm
Location: D’Anu Winery – Hillsboro