Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller

Recent Events 2011

Presentation to Sentinels of Freedom

On October 29 the Commandery presented a check for $15,000 to Sentinels of Freedom to support rehabilitation of wounded veterans. The presentation was made at a lunch at the Blackhawk Country Club attended by 32 Knights, Dames and guests. The lunch was followed by a private tour of the Blackhawk Country Club.

Sentinels Of Freedom provides assistance with housing, education, job training, and mentoring to selected wounded veterans, after discharge, to help them get established in civilian life.



Wounded Warriors Polo Benefit, 9/11/11

On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Commandery organised and ran the 2nd Wounded Warriors Polo Benefit.

This event took place at the Menlo Polo Club in Atherton. Among the guests were veterans of campaigns from World War II to Afghanistan. Highlights of the day included two fast polo games, a carriage driving display, a champagne divot stomp and ladies' hat competition, wine tasting and a silent auction. Lunch was served by the Menlo Circus Club. Funds raised from this event are earmarked for the veterans' rehabilitation program at NCEFT and for Quality of Life Plus developing high technology custom prostheses for veterans. Commandery members were grateful to be assisted by the many volunteers who helped plan and run this benefit.

More photos may be seen at the event web site: www.WVPB.org


"The Knights", in white, eventual winners of WWPB 2011
Over 350 spectators attended
Half time "Divot Stomp" courtesy of Domaine Chandon

Investiture 2011
We welcome 6 new Knights and one Dame who were invested into the Order and joined the Commandery on April 4.



Gala Ball
A fundraiser was held at the Marines Memorial to raise money for the Sentinels of Freedom Foundation, helping wounded veterans to re-establish their lives within their home communities following discharge from the medical system.
Guests in formal evening dress danced to the music of the Joe Agro band and supported a silent auction and other fund-raing activities. The event included a drill display by the color guard supported by fife and drums.


Sovereign Council Meeting
The Sovereign Council assembled in Valletta, Malta, in March for the biennial meeting.


Pro Fide Pro Utilitate Hominum