The Elected and Appointed Officers for Calendar Year 2017:
|Eminent Commander||Stephan Viens|
|Generalissimo||Demetrios C. Kirkiles|
|Captain General||Max Bornstien|
|Recorder||Garry M. Paxinos|
|Carlos A. Castro
Bradrick A. Joyner
Melita Commandery No.35 meets on the 1st Monday of every month.
The Chivalric Order of Knights Templar
The Order of Knights Templar exists as the top ranking Masonic organization in the York Rite of Freemasonry. The order requires membership in a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons and in a Council of Royal & Select Masons.
Today, the Knights Templar display their courage and goodwill in different ways than the ancient Templars. Members of the Order today organize fund-raising activities such as breakfasts, dinners, dances and flea markets for the support of Masonic-related youth groups, in addition to raising millions of dollars for charitable purposes.
The Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. is our major charity. The foundation is often the last hope for individuals who may lose their sight and has often been called a “Great Humanitarian Charity”. The Knights Templar Educational Foundation, was established in 1922 to help provide educational advantages to the youth of this country and has been a source of low costs loans for students to complete their college education.
Holy Land Pilgrimages provided by the respective Grand Commanderies and in conjunction with the Grand Encampment Committee on Holy Land Pilgrimages has sent over 1200 ministers to the Holy Land. The program sends ordained Christian Ministers, gratis, on Pilgrimages to the Holy Land, for their spiritual enrichment, enthusiasm, and refreshed dedication. Most ministers who have been chosen feel that this pilgrimage has enriched their ministry and their lives. The election of participation by various Grand Commanderies and Subordinate Commanderies is optional. Masonic membership is not required and the minister may be male or female.
An Order emphasizing the lesson of truth. Elements of this Order were practiced in Ancient Lodges before the final form of the Master Mason Degree came into use. It is still practiced in the full ceremonial form by the Knight Masons of Ireland and the Knight Masons of the United States, and as the Red Cross of Babylon in the English Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees.