Order of the Beauceant
whose membership is limited to the wives and widows of the
One of the brochures of the SOOB reads: "the Social Order of the Beauceant is an organization of Christian women
whose membership is limited to the wives and widows of theKnights Templar." The order was founded in Denver, Colorado, on february, 1890, after the thought of forming a women's group was first suggested by several members of the Knights Templar in 1889. Initially, the order was known by the name 'S.O.O.B. Society'. The letters stood for 'Some Of Our Business'. By 1913 the letters were changed to stand for 'Social Order of the Beauceant', the latter name being derived from the banner of the historic Knights Templar of the Crusades. in 1920 the society organized itself on the national level by forming its Supreme Assembly.
The S.O.O.B. essentially is an auxiliary of the Knights Templar. The society sees its basic objective as promoting 'loyal friendship among the wives and widows of the Knights Templar and to aid the Commanderies when requested to do so'. The order also supports the Knights Templar by contributing to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.
Like its male counterpart, the Knights Templar, the S.O.O.B.
has a ritual which it deems 'beautiful, impressive,
and helpful in every day life...' The theme of the ritual is 'Faith, Loyalty,
and Love for God, the Order of Knights Templar and each other.' The order has
around 6,000 members.
Ritual for the Installation of Officers.