Pelican Grand Commandery of Louisiana was established in 1885.

The Grand Commandery, is a non-profit organization which embodies and attractive system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols. The fraternity, founded upon Christian principles established in the Holy Bible, strives to teach a man the duty he owes to God, his neighbor, and to himself; but interferes neither with religion or politics as it prescribes the practice of virtues in the conduct of its business. The foundation is Character. Its purpose is Service. Its measure is giving. Making “Good Men Better” perpetuates its foundation. Its purpose is service which is rendered to the people of Louisiana to improve their social, cultural, and economic conditions. Its measure is giving, an act of unselfish sacrifice for the benefit of others. This Mission statement is promulgated by The Grand Commandery, and Its Jurisdiction and Constituent Bodies, and the subordinate Commanderies owing obedience to the same, and by its Supreme Authority.

The purpose of the Grand Commandery, is to control and regulate the practice throughout its jurisdiction, in accordance with immemorial usage of this Ancient and Honorable Order, and to advance the moral and social interests of its membership’s honesty, industry, and upright living; to cultivate the exercise of charity in its best and broadest sense; to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and bind the wounds of the afflicted; to assist the Widows and Orphans of its deceased Sir Knights, to stimulate friendship, harmony and brotherly love and generally to promote in its own way, the happiness of mankind.