Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller

Recent Events 2013

Awards Made

The Commandery selected three beneficiaries for the 2013 Wounded Warriors Polo Benefit:

Pathway Home, the Injured Guardsmen Fund, and the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors - all programs providing help and opportunities for injured veterans.


Presentation to The National Guard

The California National Guard has established an Injured Guardsmen fund to assist their wounded from the Iraq and Afghan campaigns. We are pleased to have made the initial donation to get this fund off the ground.



BAADS sailing supports injured veterans



Fund Raising

The Wounded Warriors Polo Benefit 2013

Organized and run by Commandery members, the Wounded Warriors Polo Benefit took place in September with a Gatsby theme, including a fashion show, wine tasting and a silent auction.

The event raised over $50,000 for injured veterans.



The 2013 Investiture

 In May we welcomed three Aspirants who were invested as Knights and Dames at the Presidio Chapel in San Francisco, with Rev. Palmer Wilkins officiating.

The Aspirants

Flag Officer and Commander

After the Investiture

Trail Rides for Heroes


Chevalier Kermit Claytor presented a check for $5,000 on behalf of the Commandery to Holly Nash, Community Horse Advocates Program, and Don Pugh, San Mateo Mounted Patrol, during a Commandery dinner meeting on March 13. This program will enable veterans recovering from combat injuries to benefit from horseback trail rides in the Woodside area, guided by members of the Mounted Patrol. Riding and the connection to horses has proven to be of considerable therapeutic value to veterans recovering their mobility and self confidence.

Pro Fide Pro Utilitate Hominum