Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller

Recent Events 2010

Operation Christmas Comfort 2010

Individual donations from members enabled the Commandery to send care packages to troops serving in Afghanistan. Twenty four boxes of supplies were gathered and sent in time for Christmas to 2nd Platoon, 3rd Batallion, 5th Marines.

Commander Claytor and young helpers loading the boxes


Pathway Home Presentation

 As a result of the Commandery's earlier fund-raising activities, a donation of $13,600 was made to the Pathway Home on November 18. The Pathway Home in Yountville provides a valuable residential treatment facility for young veterans and is funded by charitable donations like ours. 

Director Fred Gusman (right) accepts a check on behalf of the Pathway Home


The Commandery also presented funds to the NCEFT facility in Palo Alto in October to provide a specially equipped horse carriage which would allow veterans with mobility difficulties to take part in the hippotherapy program to aid their rehabilitation. In his letter of appreciation for this contribution the Executive Director of NCEFT stated they will place a plaque on the carriage "that commemorates the Order of St. John and its commitment to our nation's heroes".



The Knights team in action

Wounded Warriors Polo Benefit 2010

On June 20 the Commandery hosted a polo benefit to raise funds for rehabilitation facilities for veterans in the San Francisco Bay area. The event was held at the Trione polo field in Santa Rosa, where an elegant crowd of 500 sat down to picnic or a catered lunch while watching fast polo and listening to live music, or visited the silent auction. Wine tasting and food pairing, donated by local purveyors, provided popular side attractions. At half time spectators were treated to an impressive carriage driving display, then "stomped divots" while being served Chandon champagne from a carriage on the field. 

For additional details visit the event web site: www.WVPB.org


More event photos by Christine George at http://christinegeorge.foliosnap.com/#goto=wounded-warriors-polo-benefit-6202010



Guests enjoying lunch at one of the Commandery tables overlooking the polo field

The Knights team (white), eventual tournament winners, challenge Trione Vineyards in the final

Carriages were provided by retired Marine Ted Draper

Elegance displayed at the Chandon divot stomp

Ted Draper cool under fire in one of his carriages

Chevalier John Roush leaves the field (photo D.Arrigoni)


Investiture 2010

The 2010 Investiture was held May 27 at the Main Post Chapel in the Presidio, welcoming three new Knights and one Dame to the strength of the Commandery. The Investiture was conducted by the Commandery Chaplain, Rev. Palmer Wilkins. After the ceremony the Knights and their guests were led out of the Chapel by the bagpipes - and later led into dinner at the St. Francis Yacht Club by the same. 150 guests sat down to the black-tie dinner, took part in the fund raising effort through the silent auction, and danced to a swing band until late.  The dinner and fund raising effort were superbly organized by Dame Barbara Weghorn.




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