October 27, 2003

Local Man is Awarded Top Youth Honor

On the afternoon of Sunday December 14th 2003, the International Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay, the world's largest fraternity for young men, will present Mr. Ronald 'Hank' Stoveland of Monroe, NY with its highest award, the Legion of Honor. Mr. Stoveland has dedicated much of his life to promoting the high ideals of fidelity, reverence, comradeship, and patriotism through his service to the young men of DeMolay. The fulfillment of a dream has come to fruition with the reintroduction of a successful Chapter, Orange-Rockland Central, in Goshen, NY for which Mr. Stoveland currently serves as Advisory Council Chairman. He will be honored at an investiture and banquet which will be held in Middletown beginning at 3:00 p.m. We welcome the attendance of the local community in honoring Mr. Stoveland and more information can be obtained from Mr. Joseph Leo, by telephone at (845) 401-8387 or by email at

(Photo available on request)

About DeMolay
The Order of DeMolay is the world's largest fraternity for young men between the ages of twelve and twenty-one years of age. Based on the teachings of timeless moral and ethical values, promoted through service and fun activities, the Order teaches valuable leadership skills through the practical application of time-honored traditions. In DeMolay, the young men define their own programs and plan their own activities by raising funds and performing service to the community. The Orange-Rockland Central Chapter in Goshen, sponsored by the Orange-Rockland District Masonic Association, is one of the foremost in the state. The young men enjoy paintball, laser tag, bowling, sports, and other fun activities while assisting the community through programs of their own inception. For more information, visit us on the web at

About the Association
The Orange-Rockland District Masonic Association (ORDMA) was founded in 1992 to foster and maintain an active spirit of good fellowship and brotherhood among the thirteen Lodges of Free and Accepted Masons which compose the Orange-Rockland District and to promote a spirit of charity and benevolence. The officers and brethren of this Association work hard to promote communication between, and support the efforts of, the individual lodges and the District Deputy Grand Master and Staff Officer, as well as the concordant bodies. Freemasons contribute over a million dollars to charity every day and the members of ORDMA are proud to contribute to those efforts as well as provide scholarships to local students, send children to summer camp. sponsor youth organizations, and promote fraternity, service, and philanthropy in our communities.

Contact Information
Mr. Joseph R. Leo, Press Liaison
Orange-Rockland District Masonic Association
19 Crescent Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 401-8387