The Commandery continues to sponsor a sailing program for injured veterans,
held weekly on the San Francisco Bay. Programs like this provide the veterans with a challenge, build self confidence and
self esteem, and give them some beneficial outdoor activity.
Click on the following internet link to view a video of this event:
Hope for the Warriors sailing
We are proud to support a new venture in 2015, introducing injured veterans
to the art of fly fishing.
This program is
run by the Horsehoe Bar Preserve on the America River in the Tahoe National Forrest, offering veterans a new sport, camping and communing with nature,
in the serene Tahoe wilderness.
The beneficiaries of the 2015 Wounded Veterans Polo Benefit are Pathway Home, BAADS, LavaLake and Community Action
North Bay as described below. Click the links for additional information.
Pathway Home is a privately funded initiative, providing a residential 4-month program for PTSD sufferers. It is situated within the
grounds of the California Veterans Home in Yountville.
BAADS, the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors, provides therapy to veterans through a sail training program on the San Francisco Bay. This program provides confidence-building,
adventure, a new skill, and multiple intangible benefits to our veterans. Run by Chevalier Stephen Pendas.
Community Action North Bay provides interim housing and assistance for veterans in Suisun City. Organized by Dame Ruth Matz.
LavaLake veterans' wilderness ride program, taking veterans on a wilderness camping experience on horseback. Organized and managed by Chevalier
The Commandery is proud to suppport these four outstanding programs in 2015.
From the Commander
Since the infamous terrorist attacks of 9/11/2011 our troops have
been deployed on active service in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhwere to take the fight to our enemies and prevent a repetition
of that tragedy. Sadly many of these volunteers have died defending us, and many more have been wounded and returned home
to a difficult future. Our Commandery raises money to assist in rehablitation of the wounded returning to the Bay Area.
members are volunteers who contribute financially and materially to support this cause. We have no paid staff; indeed the
minimal overhead is covered by members' subscriptions, so that all money donated can be allocated directly and entirely to
benefit the wounded.
We are part of The Priory of the Pacific, Order of St. John, a Federally-recognized
U.S. 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable organization. This means that all donations to the Commandery of St. Francis or the
Priory of the Pacific are tax deductible. The Tax ID is 26-2543649.
I thank you for supporting us.
William I. Chadwick, KGSJ
Commandery of St. Francis,
Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller
LTC (ret) Bill Chadwick is a West Point
graduate and Army Special Forces veteran.