The Knights of Pythias Tustin Lodge #85

Friendship - Charity - Benevolence

About Us

About the Knights of Pythias


The Knights of Pythias is an organization named after the Greek story of Damon and Pythias, two friends who were willing to die for one another. The  story goes that Damon had criticized the king of Syracuse for obtaining the throne by fraud. Damon was condemned to death, however before being  executed, he wanted the chance to see his wife and child one last time.  His friend, Pythias, offered to stand in Damon’s place should Damon not come back. 

The founder of the Knights of Pythias, Justus H. Rathbone, based the founding principles of the order (Friendship, Charity and  Benevolence) on this story which at the time had been turned into a  popular play.

The order was officially established in 1868 via congressional charter approved by President Abraham Lincoln, and was the  first fraternal organization to be chartered by Congress in the United  States. Lincoln believed that the founding principles of the order would  promote national unity following the Civil War. 

Main Goal

Pythian Youth Camp

Our main goal is to raise funds in order to send disadvantaged children between the ages of 9 - 11 to camp where they can experience the outdoors and foster growth and development at camp as well as the communities where they live.

Become a Member


If you would like to join our fraternal order. Please complete the membership form or you can email us.


Chili Cook Off 2019 Tustin Knights of Pythias

Upcoming event

Pancake Breakfast June 2nd from 7:00 - 10:00 Tickets are only $5.00 each

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397 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92780

Knights of Pythias Tustin Lodge #85

(714) 573-2552

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