The Order of the Knights of Pythagoras
What is the Order of the Knights of Pythagoras (KOP)?
The Order of the Knights of Pythagoras is an organization composed of youths from six (6) to eighteen (18) years of age inclusive, working under the sponsorship and personal supervision of Prince Hall Masons, to provide beneficial use of their spare time, worthwhile companions, wholesome educational environments, and a program aiming to interest and aid youths in their all-around development.
The movement which ultimately resulted in the establishment of The Order of the Knights of Pythagoras was commenced in a Conference of Masons held November 19, 1938. It was adopted for universal use in the Grand jurisdiction of Prince Hall Masons dispersed throughout the United States at the National Conference of Grand Masters of Prince Hall Masons in May, 1951.
In 1995 the late Most Worshipful Grand Master, The Honorable Samuel T. Daniels, Sr., began the KOP Youth Program in this jurisdiction. He named R.W. Brother Earl H. Matthews, 2nd , as State Director to get the Program up and running, for the Jurisdiction of Maryland. After establishing approximately fifteen councils, to include one council in Germany, Brother Matthews handed the State Dictatorship over to R.W. Brother Novell Washington, who expertly guided the councils through 2010.
In 2010 M.W. Grand Master, Shelton D. Redden, deciding that the Knights of Pythagoras should serve as a mentoring program for the youth of the various Districts throughout the state. In continuing the same theme, M.W. Grand Master. Melvin M. Thorpe indicated his desire that we train our Youth in Leadership, Responsibility and Brotherhood.
KOP Councils consist of adult supervision referred to as Sir Knights (Master Masons). The youth are referred to as Youth Knights. The council is made up of at least fifteen (15) youth officers. The Master Knight serves as the youth leader of the group, the Senior Knight (2nd in command), and Junior Knight (3rd in command) serves as his primary officers. There is a Youth Recorder (Secretary), Youth Treasurer, and a Youth Chaplain just to name a few. The councils meet once or twice a month.
What is a Youth Knight?
A boy who falls between the ages of 6-18.
A boy who attends his meetings and contributes to the organization.
A boy who is ready to take on leadership roles and responsibility.
A boy who learns how to be a better citizen, leader, thereby providing a better world for tomorrow.
What is a Sir Knight?
Prince Hall Mason(s) who contribute their time, effort, and financial support.
A Prince Hall Mason who often becomes a second father to the young men.
A Prince Hall Mason who cares about the development and growth of the youth.
A Prince Hall Mason who strives together to prepare our Youth Knights to be leaders of tomorrow.
Membership is not limited to sons or relatives of Freemasons, but to any boy of good character in the proper age range. He must be recommended by a Master Mason or a fellow Pythagorean. The Order of Pythagoreans is not a Junior Masonic Order, but is merely under Masonic supervision.
The paramount aim of the Order is to serve the Youth of our community with a well organized and supervised program to promote health, social activity, educational, vocational, character, and all-around development of boys throughout the City, while building better sons of today, and men of tomorrow.
The Ritual is the focal point of all of the Order's programming. Through it, the candidate in his initiation into the Order is presented impressive lessons. This investiture thus attempts to symbolize and teach Reverence for God, Love and Honor his Parents, Righteous Thinking, Purity, Patriotism, Toleration, Courtesy, Friendship and Constancy. A Pythagoreans aim is to become a better son, a better youth and citizen than ever before.
The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maryland & Jurisdictions, Inc. mandates that each lodge in the jurisdiction have a KOP program and each Masonic District in the jurisdiction has a KOP Council. King Solomon Lodge No. 7's KOP council is the Peter Hassell Council of the 4th Masonic District and our KOP group meets once a month on the 2nd Saturday of each month. The meeting is formal and is rotated amongst the Lodges within the 4th Masonic District. A background check is required for all Brothers who wish to participate in the KOP program!