Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller

Past Activities

Installation of New Commander - Queen's Club Garden Party (Oct 09)

Kermit Sean Claytor, KGSJ, was installed as the new Commander of the Commandery of St. Francis at a ceremony held at the annual summer garden party organized by the Queen's Club. The Queen's Club is a San Francisco Bay Area based group comprised of former officers of the Great Britain and Allied nations. The Queen's Club's adopted charity is The Not Forgotten Association, a British based charity working on behalf of disabled veterans. The Commandery of St. Francis and the Queen's Club share a long history of cooperation together and share many common members, including Rear Admiral Jud Scott, USNR (Ret.) who graciously hosted the event with his wife Ildiko. The installation was presided over by Rev. Shepherd Jenks, KSJ, who in an earlier career was the navigator aboard the nuclear submarine USS Nautilus, first ship to reach the North Pole.


National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy
(Sept 09)

On behalf of the Commandery of St. Francis, Commander Kermit S. Claytor, KGSJ, presents a dedication plaque to the Chairman of the NCEFT Board of Directors, Dr. Casey Terribilini. The plaque was presented at NCEFT's annual fund raising gala, which was appropriately given a Western theme. The plaque will be displayed in the new NCEFT Treatment room, which was recently completed with the help of the Commandery of St. Francis. A total of $13,000 was pledged to NCEFT by the Commandery. The new treatment facilities greatly increase the range of services possible as part of NCEFT's "Horses for Heroes" program, which operates in conjunction with the Veteran's Administration Poly-Trauma Unit at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto California. Through Horse for Heroes, injured veterans receive physical therapy through adaptive riding programs, which promotes balance, motor control and coordination in patients with brain or spinal injuries or amputations.




Donation to The Pathway Home

On behalf of the Commandery, John Cimral and his wife, Laura Schwerin, presented a $15,000 donation to The Pathway Home in Napa on December 22nd, 2008.




Veterans' Day Cruise on the USS Potomac

At the 11th hour, on 11th day, of the 11th month, the Knights of the Commandery and guests join President F.D.Roosevelt on the USS Potomac for a Remembrance Day cruise.






June 2008 Investiture

The Priory of the Pacific held an Investiture in San Francisco in June. Seven aspirants were invested as Knights of the St Francis Commandery.


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Presentation Day at the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT)

Knights of the Commandery of St. Francis presenting a check to the NCEFT in support of their Veterans program. NCEFT provides equine assisted therapy to recovering veterans from the polytrauma unit of the Veterans Hospital, Palo Alto. 




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