Polly Hohlt Jones, Eastern Illinois - Gamma Nu, has been sanctioned by the current English monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, to become a Dame of Grace.
This honor comes to Polly following over 20 years to dedication to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
Polly became interested in the Order following a trip to Israel in 1993. There she, the only non-Jew in a group of 19 Jewish women, was a part of the first Women's Mission trip to Israel, sponsored by the St. Louis Jewish Federation. Upon returning home and discussing her experience with a friend/client who was a member of the Order, Polly was proposed to become a confrère.
Following service on the St. Louis Regional Council for 20 years, serving on the National Investiture Committee in 2006 and providing many hours of service to and contributions to the Order, she has been designated a Dame.
The September 21, 2017 article in the London Gazette listed her among title designations of others, including The Most Reverend Archbishop Emeritus Desmond TUTU who was designated a Bailiff Grand Cross.
The organization is an Order of Chivalry, originally founded by the Royal family to support a hospital in Jerusalem, established in 1080 to care for the sick who had traveled there for the Crusades. The modern Order of St. John in England was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1888. The work of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem has become nearly as much a peace mission as a health mission. The staff at the Hospital is comprised of Christians, Muslims and Jews, some of whom cross their borders daily to serve. In addition, the patients come from all parts of the region. There is an annex hospital located in Gaza and mobile units that serve the region. The Order of St. John remains a sovereign entity in international law, with its major mission care of the sick and poor at the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and through St. John Ambulance.
Upon receiving this totally unexpected news, Polly said she "shook, cried, laughed and had chills. The chills have not stopped when I think about this honor. Who knows what wonders life may hold?"
Polly is a Senior Vice President-Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, following close to 30 years at A. G. Edwards & Sons, prior to them being purchased. She resides in Ladue, Missouri, where she is a member of the Church of St. Michael's and St. George, the Garden Club St. Louis and on the Board of Governors of the St.Louis Woman's Club. She is enjoying life with her daughter, Kelly Jones Waller, Illinois - Alpha Beta, and Kelly's family, husband Mike and grandchildren Brooke, Ross and Collin.