The Fraternal Order of Eagles

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Making The Most of the Fall

For many, Fall is the most beautiful time of the year. With the weather cooling down and football in high gear, it provides all of our Aeries and Auxiliaries with a wonderful opportunity to showcase who the Fraternal Order of Eagles are and bring new members into the fold. 

The social aspects of our organization are unparalleled and we encourage everyone to make use of your patios, your social rooms and more to give your family, friends and neighbors the chance to enjoy the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 

In addition, we hope everyone is in the midst of planning their food drives for this year's People Helping Pantries campaign. We've collected more than 120,000 food items and more than $50,000 in cash donations over three years and we're excited to watch those numbers grow this October as a part of our annual campaign.

If you plan events for the fall months, let us know at and send photos from your events so we can share this information with your community.

Don't let this wonderful season go to waste - bring new life to your Aerie/Auxiliary with a big membership event!

Zack Timmons
Marketing Director

A Message From Our Membership Director

From the April 2017 issue of Soar

Hello Brother and Sisters,

As we sit here with just a few months left in our fraternal year, we ask for your help in reaching NET GAIN – an accomplishment we haven’t reached since 2003. The Grand Aerie Office has cleaned up the rosters twice this year (once in April and again in September) in an effort to provide Our Great Organization with a more accurate picture of our current membership.

With your hard work, we continue to sign members, helping us get closer to our goal of Net Gain. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of us are signing at least one member. A few pages back in this issue, we talk about EMOAMA (Every Member Owes A Member Annually). If each member signs a member, our Order has the best chance of growing. So if you haven’t signed a member, the next two months provide a great opportunity to do so.

We will be running a Re-enrollment contest from March 1 to May 31. Contact your local Secretaries and ask if you may contact former members or reach out to friends you may know who did not renew their membership for one reason or another. Tell them what’s going on in the Aerie and Auxiliary and encourage them to come back. The contest will randomly draw from a winner in each Region’s Aerie and Auxiliary to receive a $250 prize.

This Fraternal Year, GWP Jerry L. Sullivan, GMP Judy Johnson and your Grand Aerie and Auxiliary Officers have spread the word on the importance of Net Gain. One thing you can do to make sure our retention efforts are stronger is to make sure each of our Brothers and Sisters are receiving a Dues Reminder. The Membership Department is working hard on a more cost effective and professional Dues Reminder to help you in these efforts. Be on the lookout for this new letter reminding you to pay your dues by May 31.

Next year, our Incoming Grand Presidents are already busy working on their Goals to inspire us to strive even higher to grow this wonderful organization. This can only be achieved through your continued hard work. It’s time to go Back to the Basics and have each of us ask our circle of friends, family and neighbors to be part of something that continues to do great work throughout our communities.

See you at the International Convention.

-Vince Kinman, Membership Director

2017 International Convention

The 2017 Fraternal Order of Eagles International Convention is quickly approaching! If you haven't already made plans to do so, we encourage you to join us July 17-20 in Grand Rapids, Mich., at the Amway Grand Hotel and DeVos Place Convention Center for all of this year's festivities. 

On Thursday, April 6, we will be posting registration and ticketing forms on the Convention page for all interested attendees. Pre-registration is $45 per-person, while registration at the event is $60. If you know for certain that you will be attending, we ask that you pre-register, not only to save you money, but because it allows us to better organize our events in advance of the Convention. 

This year's Entertainment lineup has been announced and can be found on the Convention page here at For those wondering, we ARE doing an Eagles Night Out event again on Monday night. We hope to have entertainment for that event announced in the very near future! Sunday's Welcome to Grand Rapids Show will feature popular Motown tribute act Hitsville and comedian Rocky LaPorte. Country icon TG Sheppard headlines the Ladies' Auxiliary Banquet and fellow country star Phil Vassar and comedian Steve Shaffer will perform at this year's Mr. & Mrs. Banquet. Banquets are ticketed events so please download the forms when they're available to ensure your seat. 

Space is still available in this year's Convention Program Book. Early bird pricing ends tomorrow, March 31, but ads can still be purchased at the regular price through April 30. Forms for the book can also be found on the Convention page.

Once again, we're offering a full slate of educational courses for our members on topics including Marketing, Membership, New Aerie/Auxiliary Organization, Member Management System (MMS), Trustees Training, Presidents Training, one-on-one Troubled Aerie sessions, Identifying Discrimination, Legal Questions & Answers and more. Several of these courses will be filmed for a Training page we will be launching on the Members-Only section of the website later this year. 

We're excited to be headed to Grand Rapids and we sincerely hope many of you will join us for what is sure to be an amazing week!

Welcome to the New

As you may have noticed, we've made some significant changes to Due to a large amount of feedback from our members regarding the user experience of the previous version of the site, we've made some alterations to increase your user experience.

Major changes include:

  • Streamlining our navigation system. Many of you brought up the difficulty in finding what you need, so we've reorganized content on the site in a way that we believe will make it easier than ever to find what you need.
  • An improved news tool. Our new News page allows you to sort by category and find out the latest about what's going on with the F.O.E. Additionally, each charity or program with specific news items will have a widget in the right sidebar allowing you to see the latest news related to that topic.
  • Our blog! Many members expressed a desire to hear more from Grand Aerie Headquarters leadership about what you can do to better build a successful Aerie and Auxiliary. We will be updating this blog with words from your Membership Director, Grand President's Assistants, Marketing Director, Grand Aerie Leadership and more!
  • A refined Members-Only section. The previous version of the site featured a bloated Members-Only section packed with items that had no need to be kept behind our Members-Only wall. Our current section features only items which need to remain exclusive to members, while other items have been placed on their appropriate public pages.
  • A dedicated Compliance page. Keeping your Aerie and/or Auxiliary compliant with the Grand Aerie is one of the most important tasks in our Order. We've created a page dedicated entirely to the Compliance process, the steps involved and how you can work to stay in Compliance.
  • Grand Presidents Page. On the previous version of our website, the various bits of information regarding our current Grand Presidents was scattered throughout the site. We've created one page to hold all of that information, making it your one-stop shop for awards, bios, charities, tour dates and more for our Presidents. 

We hope you enjoy the revisions we've made to the site. is for YOU - and we want you to have the most enjoyable online experience we can offer. If you notice anything you'd like to see different, please let us know at and we'll bring your suggestions up for consideration.

- The Grand Aerie Headquarters Staff

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