River Byrne of Rison was installed as the State Junior Councilor for the International Order of DeMolay in Arkansas.


The event was held Aug. 11 at The Vines Center at Little Rock. Byrne is a member of the Southeast Arkansas Chapter Order of DeMolay at Pine Bluff. He is also a Rison Wildcat percussionist.


“DeMolay is a premier youth leadership organization which focuses on building young men of character and is dedicated to helping youth become future leaders in our communities,” according to a news release.


Other new state officers were elected and installed at the annual Arkansas DeMolay Conclave in August. Tilman McClendon of Alma will be the State Master Councilor, the head of Arkansas DeMolay for the ensuing centennial year. Others include, State Senior Councilor Miles Jennings from El Dorado, a member of Phoenix Chapter; State Chaplain Zachary Rushin from Westwood Chapter at Little Rock; and State Scribe Christian West from Conway, also a member of Westwood Chapter.


“DeMolay teaches young men fundamental life and professional skills, business acumen and community service. DeMolays take part in a wide range of activities, from athletic competitions, to public speaking tournaments, to community service events,” according to the release.


DeMolay International was founded in 1919, and since that time more than four million young men aged 12-21 have joined. Today there are about 3,000 chapters worldwide.


Details: BeaDeMolay.org.