WARREN - A fraternity for young men that existed more than 40 years ago has returned the Warren area.
A dedication and installation of officers ceremony was held recently at Old Erie Lodge for the Warren DeMolay, which was presented a charter by DeMolay International.
George Edmiston, chairman of the advisory council for the Warren DeMolay, said the group was made possible due to four young men who worked to get it established as the newest chapter in Ohio.
There are now more than 25 members.
Edmiston said the group is a new chapter of the Order of DeMolay International.
"The young men will run their own meetings and organizations. The adults are only involved as advisers to the group,'' he said.
Edmiston said years ago, a Warren DeMolay met at the Old Erie Lodge Masonic Temple in Warren before ending in 1974. The lodge is the local sponsor.
In 2009, four young men's vision was developing a chapter of their own one day in Warren. They received the help of the Painesville DeMolay, and their vision has become a reality.
''After being initiated, they recruited other young men for this chapter. They are doing very well and growing,'' Edmiston said.
Old Erie Lodge officially received letters in May 2011 recognizing the new chapter and granting the privilege to officially meet and develop the charter.
Ian Hawthorne, current master with the Painesville DeMolay, said DeMolay does community service and is based on several cardinal virtues of love, reverence, courtesy, comradeship, fidelity, cleanliness and patriotism.
Edmiston said the young men run their own meetings and once they reach age 22 are no longer active in the group.
The group meets at 3 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the Masonic temple.