members of the Fraternal Order Knights of Pythias are deeply involved in
their communities throughout the United States and Canada.
Their social and charitable activities are directed towards enhancing
the great principles of the Order - FRIENDSHIP, CHARITY, and
BENEVOLENCE. These principles are adhered to very strongly through
contributions of money, time, efforts and supplies to Pythians and non-Pythians
alike. The eventual aim and goal is the betterment of mankind.
For several years the United Cerebral Palsy Association and the Cystic
Fibrosis Association were the primary
charity of the Pythian Order - both nationally and locally. Several
hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised for the cause, and many
Pythians still devote much time and energy on behalf of Cerebral Palsy
and Cystic Fibrosis.
Very recently the Knights of Pythias became affiliated with Special
Olympics, and will be devoting their efforts in assisting that fine
organization, both financially and by taking an active role in
conducting the local competitions that are held each year.
In 2012-2014 our National Charity is The Cancer Society. Pythians are
joining together, hand in hand, across this great country to unify our
effort to help stamp out this dreaded disease!
Nationally, the Pythian lodges own, support, or endorse a myriad of
charitable endeavors, such as homes for the elderly, camps for
handicapped children, Little League teams, Boy and Girl Scout troops,
scholarship programs, rehabilitation wings at hospitals, Ronald McDonald
Homes, the Seeing Eye dog programs, etc. The strength of the Pythian
Order is its ability to meet the needs of the local community as seen
and accepted by the local members.
There is still time to fraternize and socialize as individuals and as
groups, and friendships that started years ago have managed to remain
The Pythian Order provides opportunity for personal growth and the
development of individual talents and skills. There is a place on all
levels for persons with leadership capabilities and aspirations. Local
lodges are encouraged to hold officer training sessions, and the Supreme
Lodge conducts Leadership Seminars to enhance the quality of leadership
and to urge others to partake where they might have once been fearful of
Locally, we sponsor the annual Knights of Pythias Holiday Festival,
which in 2014 will be in it's 25th year of existence! It features the
Chili cook-off, An Indoor Sale, Pork Bar-B-Q Lunch, and Giant Car Show at
Memorial Park on October 11th & 12th. The Knights of Pythias All
American Christmas Parade, marches down the street November 15th. We
will be honored to have many of the Grand Lodge and Grand Temple
Officers lead the parade! Supreme Chancellor Keith Stooksberry and his
wife Past Supreme Chief Sheila Stooksberry will serve as Grand Marshals. We also hold the annual Kris Kringle 4 mile
Run and 3 Mile Walk at Memorial Park, December 7th. We will also stage
the annual Christmas Lighting contest for homes and businesses in Henry
County. In 2013, over $7,000 was donated to charity by Crescens Lodge
The Pythian Order is justifiably proud of its altruistic activity.
Inquiries about any of these topics are invited and may be directed to
the Supreme Lodge office or use our feedback form. OR you can contact us
locally in New Castle at our Lodge Secretary, Denny Adams, PO Box 365,
New Castle, IN 47362. Contact us at email@example.com. Make sure you title your e-mail
with a Pythian catch phrase! OR you can call him directly since he is
the Grand Secretary for Indiana at his office at 765-529-7712 or E-mail