FDR Lodge 613 Knights of Pythias
Thank you for visiting the website of the FDR Lodge #613, of the Knights of Pythias. The Order of Knights of Pythias, a great international, non-sectarian fraternity, founded in Washington, DC, by Justus H. Rathbone, in 1864, became the first fraternal organization to receive a charter under an act of the Congress of the United States after careful investigation by then-President Abraham Lincoln.
Our fraternal order follows three distinguishing principles: Friendship, Charity and Benevolence. Domains of the Order exist in most states and provinces, and subordinate lodges are located in many cities and towns across the United States and Canada. FDR Lodge members live in the Greater New York area and Florida, and across the United States.
Our order bases its lessons and builds it ritual largely on the familiar story of the friendship of Damon and Pythias. These historical characters lived about four hundred or more years before the beginning of the Christian era. They were members of a school, founded by Pythagoras, who was known as the father of Greek philosophy. Their loyalty to each other, the adventures that beset them, and the outcome of this noble friendship, form the basis for one of the most beautiful stories of history as exemplified in our ritual.
FDR Lodge supports many charitable, benevolent, fraternal and social activities for its members, their families and the community at large. We work with our Grand Lodge in New York and fellow subordinate lodges.
Charities supported by the New York Grand Lodge include The Pythian Humanitarian Fund, Diabetes Research Association, Pythian Camp, Dr. Morris Smoller Social Service Fund (which supports health and elder care institutions) and the Special Olympics. Districts and Lodges all support additional charities and programs upstate and downstate. Some are common to each other. FDR Lodge elects officers each year including our Chancellor Commander who leads our lodge, and trustees for our affiliated Bayview-Nemo Benevolent Association and Kings FDR Foundation (the trustees elect the officers).
The real common thread throughout the Knights of Pythias involves our commitment to help people; when asked what we do, we answer quite simply: We volunteer! We help people! This common thread shows itself in everything we do. If someone approaches a Pythian and asks what we do, a Pythian simply list the things that our order and the Pythian's home lodge does and ask them if they want to help volunteer. Each year, the Grand Chancellor's Message, which outlines our Grand Lodge's annual program, reflects that imperative.
Check out out Pythian Events for upcoming FDR Lodge events and programs and notable events around the order. ReviewPythian News for additional information on past programs and events in New York. Pythian Resources links to useful information and serves as a vital portal to other Pythian programs and services, including Grand Lodge, Supreme Lodge, other subordinate lodge bulletins, the Grand Lodge on Facebook and Pythian Products.
You may find a lodge near you by visiting the lodge listing page, or by contacting Grand Lodge.
For information on becoming a member of the New York State Order of the Knights of Pythias please contact Michael Sukenick: SirMike2012@gmail.com. Michael will be able to assist you with information about the Order and joining the Knights of Pythias.
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