Who We Are

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.

Our History

The F.O.E. was founded in February, 1898 by six theatre owners gathered in a Seattle shipyard to discuss a musician's strike. After addressing the matter, they agreed to "bury the hatchet" and form "The Order of Good Things." As numbers grew, members selected the Bald Eagle as the official emblem and changed the name to "The Fraternal Order of Eagles." The women's auxiliary traces its roots to 1927.

Our Membership

F.O.E. membership exceeds 800,000, with more than 1,500 local Aeries in the U.S. and Canada. Women's auxiliaries total more than 1,300. Members are recruited by other members and must be sponsored by two members before the membership process begins.

Our Motto

People Helping People

Major Accomplishments

  • Founded Mother's Day
  • Served as driving force in founding Social Security Program
  • Helped end job discrimination based on age with the "Jobs After 40" Program
  • Distributed Ten Commandments monoliths and fought to keep the Commandments in public places

Donations

F.O.E. donates more than $100 million a year to local communities, fundraisers, charities and more. As part of its philosophy, the F.O.E. gives back 100 percent of monies raised in the form of grants.

Fundraisers are conducted for eight major charities, including kidney, heart, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injury funds, a children's fund, memorial foundation and the Golden Eagle Fund.

Noteworthy Members

  • Theodore R. Roosevelt, former U.S. president
  • Warren G. Harding, former U.S. president
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, former U.S. president
  • Harry S. Truman, former U.S. president
  • John F. Kennedy, former U.S. president
  • Jimmy Carter, former U.S. president
  • Ronald Reagan, former U.S. president
  • Bob Hope, comedian, performer
  • Max Baer, boxer/heavyweight champion
  • Gordie Howe, Hockey Hall of Fame
  • William Allen Egan, Governor, Alaska
  • Tony Stewart, NASCAR driver
  • Sam Hornish, IRL and NASCAR driver
  • James Buescher, 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion
  • Billy Ray Cyrus, musical performer
  • Tony Orlando, musical performer
  • Lee Greenwood, musical performer
  • Louise Mandrell, musical performer
  • Neal McCoy, musical performer
  • Bess Truman, wife of former U.S. president
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of former U.S. president
  • Virginia Graham, radio and TV personality
  • Susan Wagner, wife of New York Mayor Robert Wagner