Bikes for Boys and Girls Projects

Dear Friends,

Want to help provide bikes for boys and girls for Christmas?  It isn’t difficult. Your support will mean so much to us but even more to the boys & girls and their families.

The Bikes for Boys and Girls program provides bicycles just before Christmas to boys and girls ages 5–12 who would normally not receive a bike at Christmas.

Your donations will go a long way to help bring a smile to the face of a child and his/her family.

Please make checks payable to R.A. Driesbach, Sr. Lodge #77.   To donate online go to, click on “UPCOMING EVENTS” then click on the article “BIKES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS CHRISTMAS PROJECT”. You may make a donation using any major credit card after clicking on “Register.

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Texas Calanthe News Letter

The State of Texas declared “Grace N. Ellis Day” as she retired as Grand Worthy Counsellor (Chief Executive Officer) of the Grand Court Order of Calanthe Texas Jurisdiction. In 1990, Mrs. Grace N. Ellis of Texas City, Texas succeeded Mrs. Ruth Dare Harper of New Braunfels, Texas as Grand Worthy Counsellor (CEO). Mrs. Ellis has also served as Grand Worthy In-spectrix and as a Galveston District Deputy. She is the Worthy Counsellor (President) of Pride of LaMarque Court #457.

She organized a Youth Coun-cil, Pride of Norvel Jewels #68, the Galveston District Worthy Counsellors Council and began the first Calanthe Workshops. In 2012, Mrs. Ellis orga-nized Lillian Mitchell Court #480 (named for the late Dr. Lillian Mitchell a well known Houston musician) in Austin, Texas with Pamela Mitchell Wat-son as Worthy Counsellor (President).

Mrs. Ellis sponsors a scholarship pro-gram for high school graduates from Pride of LaMarque in LaMarque Texas. She is the secretary of Khayyam Tent #34 Princess of Omar Auxiliary. As a Calanthian, she continues a family tradition, her mother, the late Mrs. Norvel Turner served for many years as District Deputy of the Galveston District. On the organization’s national level, Mrs. Ellis served as Supreme Conduc-tress and the Supreme Assistant Conductress.

Mrs. Ellis represented Grand Court Order of Calanthe as a member of the President’s Marshall Section of National Fraternal Congress of America (now the American Fraternal Alli-ance). In 2001-2002, she served as president of Texas Fraternal Alliance ( now the Fraternal Alliance of Texas). Mrs. Ellis resigned the office of Grand Worthy Counsellor in July at the close of the 58th Grand Lodge Session held in Tyler, Texas.

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Knights/Calanthe Enjoy FAMU Homecoming


Members of the Knights of Pythias and Order of Calanthe along with Tallahassee residents and visitors filled Florida A&M University’s campus Saturday, October 17th to watch the Annual Homecoming Parade. More than two dozen organizations–including Grand Chancellor John Franklin, Grand Worthy Counsellor Emma B. Wade, Uniform Rank, Youth Department, groups, community centers, churches and others–participated.  

This was the first time in the parade’s 50-year history that the parade started on FMU’s Campus instead of the downtown/Frenchtown areas.  Having the parade on campus was in keeping with this year’s theme, “Straight Outta FAMU.”  Following the parade Pythian and Calanthe members along with family and friends gathered for a delicious meal featuring fish & chicken at the Annual Homecoming Tailgate.  A good time was had by all.

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Pythian Announce TV Winner

Charles Cloud of Port St. Joe is the proud winner of a RCA 50” Flat Screen TV with Multi-Purpose Enjoyment, Game, PC Monitor and HDTV.   The raffle was held to benefit R.A. Driesbach, Sr. Lodge #77 Knights of Pythias Bikes for Boys and Girls Christmas Program. Upon hearing that his ticket was the winning one, Mr. Cloud stated “I never win anything . . . regardless of the outcome I was happy to give to the Bikes for Boys and Girls Program . . . glad I won.

The give-away was held on Saturday, October 3 at the Florida Scallop & Music Festival, George Core Park before a live audience featuring Phil Vassar.  Members of the Knights of Pythias thank all who purchased tickets and made monetary donations and donated bikes.   A special thanks to Mr. George Duren and Mr. Bob Sutton of Wewahitchka for aiding in the sale of tickets.

The Fraternal Order of Knights of Pythias and its members are dedicated to the cause of universal peace.  Pythians believe that friendship is an essential ingredient in live and make Benevolence, Kindness, Generosity and tolerance a reality in their lives. 

To make donations to the Pythian Bikes for Boys and Girls fund contact us at [email protected] or contact Clarence Monette, Chancellor Commander P.O. Box 731 Port St. Joe, Florida 32457.  For additional information about the Knights of Pythias visit our webpage:

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Bikes for Boys and Girls Christmas Project

Help boys and girls receive a bike for Christmas and you could be the winner a really nice television set.   R.A. Driesbach, Sr. Lodge #77 is hosting a drawing for a 50” RCA flat screen TV as part of its fundraising to support the annual Bikes for Boys and Girls program.  The tickets are only $5.00.  You do not have to be present to win.   If you live out of town and win, the TV will be shipped to you.

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68th Biennial Supreme Session

68th Biennial Supreme Session

DoubleTree by Hilton

Worthington, Ohio

July 17-22, 2015

The 68th Biennial Supreme Session of the Supreme Lodge Knights of Pythias and the Supreme Court Order of Calanthe was held in Worthington, Ohio July 17-22, 2015 at the Double Tree by Hilton Worthington-Columbus. 

Friday, July 17th:  The Supreme Session opened on Friday, July 17th with the Grand Chancellors and Grand Worthy Counsellors’ Joint Meeting. A Buffet Luncheon and Separate Meetings followed. At the Separate Meetings Goals and Objectives for membership growth were established.  Several Goals were set to determine the direction that the Order intended to move in the future. Objectives were approved to determine how to reach the specific Goals. 

Saturday,  July 18th:  On Saturday the Supreme Court met to continue working on revising the Constitution.  Approximately one third of the Constitution was completed, voted on  and sent to the Supreme Lodge for approval.   A tour of the city was taken by approximately thirty members at 4:00 p.m. followed by the Uniform Rank Dance at eight.

Sunday,  July 19th:   The 68th Supreme Biennial Worship Service – 9:00 a.m. . . Sis / Rev. Marjorie Edwards, Presided . . . Worship through Music was led by Sis. Mariam  Carraway, Bro LeRon Montgomery, Bro. Ephraim Bryant & Bro Aundra Bryant.  The Morning Message was delivered by Reverend Jacqueline L. Randolph, Shorter Chapel AME Church, Springfield, Ohio.

Memorial Service – 4:00 p.m.  . . . Sir Aundra Bryant, Supreme Prelate, Presiding . . . Worship through Music by Sis.  Mariam Carraway, Bro LeRon Montgomery . . . Necrology Reports by Sir Herbert Strickland and Sis Channa Newbern showing  20-Knights and 30-Calanthe deaths respectively. 

Youth Program – 6:00 p.m. . . . . Sis Alice Williams, Supreme Youth Matron, (FL) & Sis Jurrell Gilliam, Grand Youth Matron, (TX) showcased their Youth Groups.    Pilgrim Aubre Williams, (FL) and Pilgrim Ty Smithers, (TX) Presided.  . . . the program consisted of a Western Theme; Scripture/Prayer; Welcome; Solo by Pilgrim A’Vionia Whitaker, (FL); Solo by Pilgrim D’Imani Hobbs, (TX); Reading by Pilgrim Ja’Carius Smithers, (TX) and a Praise Dance by Pilgrims from Florida.

Monday, July 20, 2015 – 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Supreme Lodge Degree (7) and Supreme Court Degree (9); Supreme Lodge/Court Open for business.  68th Biennial Supreme Banquet – 7:00 p.m.  Theme: Modifying Our Foundation, Committing to Humanity.  Keynote Speaker: Mrs. Cheryl L. Boyce, M.S. – Cheryl A. Boyce retired as Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health in late 2010.  She is an independent Public Health Consultant with a specialty in issues of health disparities.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – 8:00 a.m.   Princesses of Omar Service Breakfast . . .  Princess Barbara Sue Williams, Imperial Empress . . . Awards were presented to Princess Lula Wilson (FL), Princess Blanch Miller (FL), Princess Bobbye J. Bullock (TX), Princess Hazel Ellis (TX) and Princess Tanya Frazer, 2013 Queen (Iowa) . . . A $100.00 donation was also given to charity . . .  Joint Meeting Supreme Lodge & Court 9:00 a.m.  Greetings by Grand Lodge and Grand Court of Ohio; Sir Donald Austin, SC; Sir Clarence Monette, SWC; Princess of Omar; DOKO; Uniform Rank and a report by Sis Alice Williams, SYM. 

Supreme Lodge/Court Open for business . . .  The elections for the Supreme Lodge and Supreme Court were conducted by Sir Lloyd Green and Sir Clarence Monette, Supreme Worthy Counsellor respectively.   An announcement was made that the 69th Biennial Supreme Session is scheduled for Charlotte, North Carolina in July of 2017.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015  Closing of the 68th Biennial Session. 


Sir Clarence Monette, Supreme Chancellor (FL); Sir Donald Austin, Vice Supreme Chancellor (IA); Sir Michael Lovings Supreme Keeper of Records and Seal (TN); Sir Kevin Shield, Supreme Prelate (KS); Sir Herbert Strickland, Supreme Master of Exchequer (OH); Sir John Franklin, Supreme Master at Arms (FL); Sir Johnny Johnson, Supreme Inner Guard (FL); Sir William Onney Supreme Outer Guard (FL),; Sir Kenneth Brown, Supreme General (FL); Sir Ephraim Bryant, Supreme Lecturer (FL); Sir Lawrence Tolliver, Supreme Recorder (MO); Sir Aundra Bryant, Health Director (FL); Sir LeRon Montgomery, Youth Director (NC).


Sir Donald Austin, Supreme Worthy Counsellor (IA); Sis Sarah Holmes, Supreme Worthy Inspectrix (MD); Sis Elmira Purdie, Supreme Asst. Inspectrix (VA); Sis Arelia Thymes- Armstrong, Supreme Receiver of Deposits (TX); Sis Channa Newbern, Supreme Register of Deeds (AZ);  Sis Carolyn Gibson, Asst. Supreme Register of Deeds (NC) and Sis Alice Williams, Supreme Youth Matron (FL), Sis Emma B. Wade, Supreme Worthy Protector, (FL), Sis Blanch Miller, Supreme Princess, (FL).

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