Sr. DeMolay Perry Casazza
Past State Master Councilor 1993-1994
Sr. DeMolay James A. Guest Chapter, Burlington, IA
Legion of Honor, Active
Burlington Community High School 1991
University of Alabama - BS Secondary Math Education 1999
Drake University Law School - JD 2002
After graduating from high school I attended Iowa State University, eventually dropping out and moving to Alabama in 1995. I enrolled at the University of Alabama with the intention of teaching high school mathematics, but during my senior year I was inspired by an attorney with the Alabama Department of Education to apply for law school, and enrolled on a scholarship the following year. After graduating law school, I took a job with the then Executive Officer of Minnesota DeMolay, Tony Krall. I moved to Arizona a year later, and have been practicing law, primarily in the area of personal injury defense, since 2004.
Accomplishments in Profession
- Published in Drake Law Review; Drake University Law School 2003
Favorite DeMolay Memory
I have two favorite memories. My first was receiving a letter in the mail from Executive Officer Denny Huston informing me that I had been selected to receive the Degree of Chevalier at Conclave 1992. My second was when our Chapter swept the four big awards in the same year – Chapter of Year, Advisor of the Year, DeMolay of the Year, and M.V.P. Our Chapter was very proud of that accomplishment, and the cartoon I drew for our Chapter newsletter to commemorate it, featuring the infamous “J.A.G. Trophy Truck,” is a part of Iowa DeMolay lore.
How has DeMolay impacted your life?
DeMolay clearly made me a better person in terms of public speaking, organizational skills, and planning. But more importantly, DeMolay gave me a great role model in our Chapter Dad, Rod Cary. Because I was the son of a single mother, Dad Cary was the primary male influence for me during my formative years. He was one of the handful of people whom I have met throughout my life that I would call inherently decent. He not only demanded that we respect the bulwarks of the Order, but also demanded that we respect and honor women. I think about him every day and consciously strive to emulate his decency in my own life.
Parting Words of Wisdom
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~ Wayne Gretzky
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