Grand Presidents

Tom McGrath

Grand Worthy President
Vergennes, Vermont #3801

Helen Poehner

Grand Madam President
West Hamilton, Ohio #3986

 

 

Tom McGrath

Thomas L. “Tom” McGrath, Grand Worthy President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, joined the organization on October 22, 1962 and is currently a member of Addison County Aerie #3801, in Vergennes, (ver-jens) Vermont. He holds dual membership in Aerie #3946 Orlando, FL & Cypress Hut #4509 Okeechobee, FL.

Brother Tom served as a Worthy Trustee, Secretary and Membership Chairman of Addison County and as State Worthy Secretary for Vermont until he made his permanent residence in Palmetto, Fl., in 2015.

His strong leadership and dedication to the Order was rewarded with a year of service as Vermont State Aerie President in 1992 and was followed up with a year as Northern New England Regional President in 1993. Brother McGrath joined the Grand Aerie as Grand Worthy Conductor in 1995 and was elected to Grand Worthy Chaplain in 1999, continuing on four years as a Grand Trustee.

He returned to the Grand Aerie in 2009 as Grand Treasurer and in 2012 as a Grand Trustee for 3 more years while serving as Co-Director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center fundraising project as well as Grand Trustee Liaison to the DRC.  Brother McGrath served three terms in the House of Representatives, Vermont State General Assembly, resigning to become a fulltime Eagle.

He retired in 1995 after thirty-five years with General Electric Co and Martin-Marietta Aerospace as Manager of Research & Development, Production Control.

He and his wife, Peggy, have two sons, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and representing the Grand Aerie.

Helen Poehner

Helen Poehner, Grand Madam President, joined the Eagles in 1972 and is now a member of Hamilton (Ohio) West Auxiliary #3986. She currently holds dual member status at Cheviot (Ohio) Auxiliary #2197.

Since joining the Eagles, Sister Helen has been a highly involved member, serving several years in many chairs as a member of the Ohio State Auxiliary. Her rise through the chairs led her to become Ohio State Madam President for the 2009-2010 fraternal year.

She was a member of the Ritual Team winning both State and National competitions and started their Memorial Team at Butler #407 in Hamilton, Ohio. In 2011, she joined the Grand Auxiliary as Grand Madam Conductor.

Sister Helen has served as a CASA Volunteer for the Butler County Juvenile Court and has worked on fundraisers for the Habitat for Humanity program. She retired from her job as a legal assistant to attorneys in Hamilton and Oxford, Ohio in 2004.

Sister Helen and her late husband, Grand Aerie and Ohio State Hall of Famer Jack Poehner, have four children and seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She has attended all but two International Conventions since 1973 and has been to every Ohio State Convention since 1973.

Grand Presidents' Charities

Tom McGrath

DRC Drug Development - Bridge To The Cure

Throughout his year, Grand Worthy President Tom McGrath will be raising money to benefit the development of drugs to treat diabetes at the Diabetes Research Center. Funds raised by Tom during the fraternal year will be used to head the development and testing of experimental drugs in an effort to find a cure for diabetes. 

Donations should be made payable to: F.O.E. Charity Foundation with GWP Project noted on the memo line of your check.

All donations can be sent to:
F.O.E. Charities Department
1623 Gateway Circle S.
Grove City, Ohio 43123

Helen Poehner

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Alzheimer's Fund

Sister Helen's main charity will be the Fraternal Order of Eagles Charity Foundation's Maynard Floyd Alzheimer's Neurological Fund.

Donations should be made payable to: F.O.E. Charity Foundation with GMP-Alzheimer's noted on the memo line of your check.

Tri-State Honor Flight

Tri-State Honor Flight collects donations which are used to fly veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to the respective memorials in Washington, D.C. at no charge. 

Donations should be made payable to: F.O.E. Charity Foundation with GMP-Honor Flight noted on the memo line of your check.

All donations can be sent to:
F.O.E. Charities Department
1623 Gateway Circle S.
Grove City, Ohio 43123

Tom McGrath

Tom's travel schedule is updated to the Web site on a monthly basis. For more information on Tom's travel, please contact the Grand Worthy President's Office at 614-883-2198 or at gwp@foe.com.

If you are interested in submitting photos or memories of Tom McGrath's trip to your Aerie, please send memorabilia to Tom's historian:

Bobbi Drozanowski
7319 W. Villa Theresa Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85308
ski1976@q.com

Helen Poehner

For more information on the tour, please contact the Grand Madam President's Office at 614-883-2168 or at gmp@foe.com.

If you are interested in submitting photos or memories of Helen Poehner's trip to your Auxiliary, please send memorabilia to Helen's historian:

Carol Jakubowski
4444 Fairview Dr.
Toledo, OH 43612
carolann51@yahoo.com


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