DeMolays of '70s, '80s to reunite

DeMolays of '70s, '80s to reunite

June 18th, 2009 by Clint Cooper in Life Entertainment

Greg Goodman said some of the best friends he ever had he met while in the Order of DeMolay.

Members of area chapters of the international organization from the late 1970s and 1980s are invited to meet for a reunion on Saturday, June 27, at Top of the Dock restaurant.

"I met a lot of friends I've had for a long time," said Mr. Goodman, 46, who was in the Red Bank chapter of the group for young men ages 12 to 21. "A lot of them I haven't seen for a long time."

He said a recent posting on the Facebook social networking site prompted several responses and the desire for a larger informal gathering.

In the 1980s, Mr. Goodman said, there were four or five area chapters for boys and a similar number of chapters of the International Order of the Rainbow for girls. His chapter had 20 or 25 active members, he said.

Members of both organizations, he said, usually were relatives or friends of members of fraternal organization for adults such as the Masons or the Order of the Eastern Star.

Young men in DeMolay would have twice monthly meetings, take part in community service projects and have dances and parties, Mr. Goodman said.

The organization's Web site no longer lists a chapter for the Chattanooga area, although 11 are listed for the state.

"It may be an organization whose time has come and gone," Mr. Goodman said.