State Parents Club Coordinator
JLP Scholarship Committee Chair
Cynthia L. Eells
Parents Club Overview
Early in the history of DeMolay, the order provided a way for parents of members to become associated with the organization. The interest of the parents in the well-being of their sons inspired the idea of organizing mothers into an active unit. Through the years, the Parents groups have proved to be a source of strength for the Chapters and a real addition to DeMolay's adult leadership team. Today, Parents Clubs combine the energies and talents of both mothers and fathers, as well as guardians and step-parents. Working together, these parents can be tremendous help to the Advisory Council and to the Chapter itself. The purposes of parents groups are to cooperate with and assist the Advisory Council of the Chapter in promoting the growth of the Chapter and its members, and to serve the Chapter and strengthen the interest of each member in DeMolay. Each club is subject to the authority of the Advisory Council. The clubs should understand this important policy. The harmonious relationship between the Chapter and the Parents groups depends on the club operating under this condition. The clubs' contact with the Chapter will be between the Chairman and the President of the club. The activities of a club should be defined and mutually agreed upon by the Advisory Council.
Parents Clubs can, and do, furnish many things for the Chapters which the Chapter would not be able to provide for itself. Some clubs raise money to send DeMolays to state conclaves, Leadership Training Conferences and similar activities. They can be instrumental in finding new members for Chapters, encouraging attendance and seeing that appropriate entertainment is provided after Chapter meetings. Parents Clubs are usually happy to arrange food and refreshments after Chapter meetings, as well as for social activities. These social gatherings have a great influence on the Chapter members and their families. Often, these activities provide opportunities for members to bring their friends into the DeMolay circle of friendship. Before taking any steps to organize a Parents Club, organizers must secure the approval of the Advisory Council. Mothers, fathers, relatives, step-parents or guardians of DeMolays are eligible to join. Some Chapters have Adult Leadership Teams that combine much of what Advisory Councils and Parents Clubs do.
Jenny Lind Pettys Scholarship
The Jenny Lind Pettys Scholarship Program was created in 1978 in honor of the wife of the late Norman Pettys, Past Executive Officer in the Jurisdiction of Georgia. Mom Pettys was very active in Georgia DeMolay and was very dedicated to helping active DeMolays continue their education beyond high school.
Over 70 JLP Scholarships have been given out over the years to assist active DeMolay with the financial obligations of college or technical school. The funds for the scholarship program are from fundraising on the part of the State Parents Club, as well as many local chapter donations and private donations. These donations are tax deductible and can be made in honor/memory of a loved one.
The History of the Jenny Lind Pettys Scholarship
The Jenny Lind Pettys Scholarship was proposed at the State Mothers' Club Meeting in Macon on November 19, 1978 (probably by Joyce Boyd). The proposal stated that a Scholarship Fund be started for the purpose of aiding qualified active DeMolays to further their education on the college level at a school of their choice: university, vocational or technical in nature. This fund was at the same time to honor Jenny Lind Pettys, wife of Dad Norman W. Pettys, then Executive Officer for the Jurisdiction of Georgia Order of DeMolay, in recognition of her personal sacrifice, her love and support of Georgia DeMolay and the Mothers' Clubs as well as to Dad Pettys who served as Executive Officer for 18 years. The proposal was passed unanimously.
L to R: Mom Jenny Lind Pettys, Dad
Norman W. Pettys, Mom Marcia Lance
The idea was borrowed from the Texas DeMolay Mothers Auxiliary. A committee chaired by Marie Thompson of Thomas G. Bankston DeMolay Chapter in Americus developed the governing rules. Other members of the committee were Marcia Lance of Clayton Chapter, Liz Irby of Perry Chapter, and Anita Paugh of Augusta Chapter. Both Joyce, Marie and Marcia were Past Presidents of the State Mothers' Club. It is currently unknown as to whether Liz and Anita served in that capacity but they were certainly instrumental in establishing the JLP Scholarship Fund governing rules. Enthusiasm for the project resulted in early donations of $500. The first scholarships were awarded at the 1979 Conclave to Ronnie Curl and Charles Brookshire. Ronnie was State Master Councilor at the time.
The legacy we leave behind in this life is, in my humble opinion, a little bit of our individual immortality. The truth we impart and the efforts we make to equip our young people to cope in life in an honorable way is a legacy of which to be proud. Education is a part of that legacy. Education can be shared but never taken away, for the owner and one cannot help sharing education once it is gained. It is impossible to keep it all to yourself. Therefore, education is much like a family tree - it grows and spreads. I am encouraging each Parents' Club as well as individuals throughout the state to join in the effort to raise funds for the JLP Scholarship Fund to honor both Mom and Dad Pettys - two wonderful people whose contribution was so great that it can never be measured or adequately described. Wherever they are today, I know they would smile and thank every contributor whether it be individual or group. Your gift also builds your own legacy and immortality by passing on education to our young men.
Article Credit: Debbie Griggers, Marcia Lance, and Rhonda Povlot