The Fraternal Order of the Golden Owl is international. We have knights residing in England, Scotland, Wales, France, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Serbia, and all over the United States.
The Order is private. It is not operated under the auspices of any governmental or religious body. We are normal people trying to live to a higher ideal. We are not posing as royal, non-ruling monarchs, princes, dukes, clergy, tribal kings, or anything other than who we are.
We are a Fraternal Order of Chivalry. This means that we are a group of men and women dedicated to the specific goal of living out a chivalric lifestyle. We do this to make the world a little bit better and perhaps inspire others to do the same.
As of August 2022, we have 62 knights and dames from around the world, over 600 friends of the Order, and we continue to grow wildly.
The Fraternal Order of the Golden Owl exists to make the world a little better, one adventure at a time, through learning and living out an idealized chivalric and helpful lifestyle as a person of integrity and by roll modeling such behaviors.
INSIGNIA OF THE ORDER
The Prior of the Order was granted heraldic arms, badge, and standard by the authority of Queen Elizabeth II and the hereditary Earl Marshall, signed and sealed by the three Kings of Arms in the United Kingdom. The Prior uses his own granted para-heraldic badge, “The Belted Owl” and its variant, “The Unbelted Owl” as symbols for his fraternity. It is used for his knights, as was the original intent of a badge, to identify the followers of an armiger. The badge of the Order is a gold Maltese cross with the “Unbelted Owls” within each arm of the cross, and a “Belted Owl” in the center.
LEVELS OF MEMBERSHIP
*Knights and Dames: Everyone who enters and passes the Squire Academy will be known as a Knight or Dame.
*Honorary Commanders: Knights who have been recognized for offering significant time, talent, or treasure to the Order.
*Warrant Commanders: Knights who have been recognized as local Commandery group leaders.
*Officers: Knights who have volunteered their time to aid in the organization and leadership of the Order.
*Prior: A Knight who is the official leader of the Order.