7 February Eagles Celebrate 120 Years of Community Service February 7, 2018 By The Fraternal Order of Eagles General, Membership Eagles, Anniversary, 120th 0 On February 6, The Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) celebrates 120 years of community service. The F.O.E. began in 1898, when six Seattle-area theater owners came together to share their passion for social progress and a dedication to philanthropy with the greater community. 120 years later, the F.O.E. continues to work hard to bring citizens together in the name of bettering communities and raising funds to assist friends and neighbors in need. From the creation of Mother’s Day, Social Security and Medicare to the hundreds of millions of dollars donated to various research and assistance organizations across North America, no life has been left untouched by the actions of an Eagle. “The world has changed in many ways over the last 120 years, but the need to help those around us stands the test of time,” Grand Worthy President Thomas McGrath said. “The F.O.E. was built upon a strong passion for increasing quality of life for those in need and our desire to carry on that passion is what keeps us so strong more than a century later.” For decades, Eagles’ Aeries have been at the epicenter of community life, serving as both a destination for social interaction and the heart of local fundraising efforts. Throughout 2018, the organization and its’ more than 650,000 members are dedicated to upholding a commitment to charitable giving and reinforcing the F.O.E. as a valuable resource in building communities. These efforts start with continuing a commitment to charity. Each year, the organization gives approximately $10 million through the F.O.E. Charity Foundation and various fundraisers held at the more than 1,500 Aeries across the United States and Canada. With funds dedicated to research and prevention for issues including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, child abuse prevention and more, the Charity Foundation alone provides approximately $4 million in grants annually. Since World War II, the Eagles’ Memorial Foundation has provided tuition assistance and medical care for the children of members who die while performing their job or serving their country. Currently, the organization offers all police, firefighters, EMTs, and inactive military a free year of membership with the F.O.E. through the Those Who Serve Program. Eagles also assist U.S. and Canadian troops annually through the Operation Eagle program, which provides nominated Eagles or children of Eagles serving overseas with much needed food and supplies during the holiday season. “The men and women serving to protect our countries and our communities are the biggest reason we continue to thrive today with the right to speak up and make a difference,” Grand Madam President Helen Poehner said. “The F.O.E. remains committed to making the most of the freedoms given to us through their sacrifices.” Most recently, the F.O.E. committed to making a difference in lives across the world through a $25-million pledge to the University of Iowa to create The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. The center, which opened in 2014, occupies more than 30,000 square feet at the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building on the Iowa City campus and plays host to a team of over 100 researchers working daily to make breakthroughs in hopes of finding a cure for diabetes. Related Articles The Fraternal Order of Eagles and Ekso Bionics Highlight the Revolutionary Ekso GT Suit Allowing Paralyzed Veterans to Walk July 4 at Arlington Cemetery Austin Reese, a Navy veteran with spinal cord injuries and lower extremity paralysis, highlighted American innovation enabling significant recovery and enhanced health. The Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.), an international nonprofit community organization, and Ekso Bionics, a California-based pioneer in the field of robotic exoskeletons, partnered for a special ceremony honoring veterans at Arlington National Cemetery July 4. Along with Austin Reese, they placed a focus on this extraordinary development during a demonstration on America’s birthday. 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Iowa State Eagles & SoldierStrong Partner to Donate Ekso GT Suit to Younker Rehabilitation DES MOINES, Iowa. - The Iowa State Fraternal Order of Eagles have partnered with SoldierStrong, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing advanced medical technologies to veterans, to donate an EksoGT™ exoskeleton to Younker Rehabilitation at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. The robotic exoskeleton is used in rehabilitation to help people—including veterans—who have had a stroke or spinal cord injury walk again. Eagles, Iowa Formalize Bridge To The Cure Project On Tuesday, October 30, The Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) Board of Grand Trustees met with leadership from the University of Iowa to formalize the F.O.E.'s Bridge to the Cure project, which aims to translate research projects at the F.O.E. Diabetes Research Center into new medications to help alleviate the effects of diabetes. With the new agreement, the F.O.E. Diabetes Research Center staff, led by Director Dr. E. Dale Abel, will form a committee, including one Eagles member, to recommend research projects for trial drug testing. Once a recommendation is made, it will be passed along to the F.O.E.'s Board of Grand Trustees, who will determine whether or not to issue a grant from the F.O.E. Diabetes Research Center Fund to facilitate the trials. Islamorada, Florida Eagles #4550 Officially Instituted Paradise Eagles #4550 in Islamorada, Florida, became the latest official Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles on May 21, in a special ceremony held in the city near Key West. The Aerie was instituted with 55 new members and 52 dual members with 50 initiated during the ceremony. The Aerie was organized by Dennis Conner and State Worthy Vice President William Lucek with D. John Gingras serving as the Instituting Deputy. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.