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Charity news from around the F.O.E.

Leavenworth, Kansas - April 2021

Leavenworth Eagles Aerie #55 presented South Central Regional President Florence Rodgers with a check in the amount of $10,000 for the FOE Bridge to the Cure – the charity of the South Central Region. The presentation was made at the Kansas State Spring Conference on March 13. Pictured, Jim Rodgers, PSCRP Fred Owen, State Aerie Trustee Bobby Henson, State Aerie Chaplain John Leon, SCRP Florence Rodgers and PSCRP Terry Hundley. At the same event, SCRP Florence Rodgers presented Grand Madam President Jacque Marble with a check for $2,061 for her charity, which is also the Bridge to the Cure. The money was raised from the sale of ads on the Regional Kansas and Missouri calendar.

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin - April 2021

On March 13, the Fond du Lac Eagles Aerie held their third annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser in conjunction with their Eagle State Officers Party. The proceeds from the event went to the Aerie & Auxiliary State Presidents projects. The Chili Cook-Off and other raffles raised $680. Wisconsin State Eagles Aerie President Kevin Keller’s project is Wisconsin Veterans Network and he received a check for $782, while State Eagle Auxiliary President Alice Janquart’s project is Rawhide, receiving a check for $665. Our “Celebrity Judges” were Lt. Rick Faris, Eng. Mike Spencer and FF/PM Andrea Hoksbergen from the Fond du Lac Fire Department. This year's Cook-Off winner was Chris Hartwig and 2019’s winner was Mark Schaefer. 2020’s event was canceled due to Covid-19. Pictured from left, Kevin Keller, Wisconsin Eagles State Aerie President, Alice Janquart, Wisconsin Eagles State Auxiliary President, Mark Schaefer and Chris Hartwig.

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Circleville, Ohio - April 2021

Circleville Aerie #685 would like to thank all their generous sponsors, players and volunteers for making their 6th annual Ray Crawford Memorial Golf Outing a success! This one day event raised $10,596 dollars for Transformation Through Hope, a non-profit organization changing lives in Pickaway County, Ohio. Corporate sponsors included The Michelle Kovach Network, The Savings Bank, Lancaster Speed and Chrome, The Mash Pantry, Corky Que BBQ, Sanitec Service and Supply Company, Roosters, Lancaster Bingo, Kingdom realty, GAC Construction Services, LLC, Forakers Lawn Care, Classic Brands, Circleville Ladies Auxiliary 685, Central Ohio Fabrication, Buckeye Fitness, American Eagle Mortgage, Martin Show Cattle, All Utilities & Excavation unlimited, LLC, Pour House, Shagbark Homes, Vinton county bank, Z&K, LLC, Delaware Aerie 376, Coughlin Ford, Bellefontaine Aerie 2166.

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Panhandle, Florida - April 2021

On February 6, Panhandle Eagles Aerie #4045 hosted a fundraiser for brother Mike Fitzgerald. The event was held on a great day as they were also celebrating the 123rd birthday of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. A few years ago, Mike was severely injured when he was involved in a motorcycle accident where he was pinned beneath an automobile. Mike has been in and out of the hospital on numerous occasions, undergoing medical treatment trying to save his right leg. Last year, his medical team determined that there was nothing more they could do. In early December, Mike went through an amputation procedure on his right leg. Thankfully, today he is doing very well. Unfortunately, the last two years placed Mike into a very stressful financial situation. The Aerie's Activities Committee members, under the direction of Ginnie Kameenui, wanted to help Mike reduce his stressful burden. In a very short time, they planned and held a very successful fundraiser and were able to present Mike with a check for $11,150.00.

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Blairsville, Pennsylvania - April 2021

Blairsville Aerie #1488 Eagle Riders held a benefit ride to benefit Juvenile Diabetes. Between the Riders & Aerie $5,000.00 was raised. The Aerie applied for a matching Grant from the F.O.E. Charity Foundation and presented a total Grant to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the amount of $10,000.00. Pictured, back row, L to R: Aerie Vice President Dave Marsh and Trustee Jim Alexander. Front row L to R: Trustee Dick Saliga, Manager of Foundation Operations Richard Barrow, Eagle Rider President John Clark, Aerie Conductor Chris Elliott and Aerie Chaplain Ted Kepple.

Brunswick, Ohio - April 2021

In late 2019, when the idea to improve Brunswick Aerie 3505’s internet service was broached, the principal objection was that improved connectivity would not bring in new members. Was that the goal? The COVID related Aerie shutdown in 2020 delayed several items, such as Officer elections. Yet, it also provided the catalyst for much needed improvements. One development driven by Aerie member Chris Lattner and his wife, Auxiliary member Kelly, during the shutdown was the painting of the interior. This was a reminder to members a project could be done at a fraction of the cost using volunteers. 

“The technology decision was based on two primary needs: Improve club communications. And provide updated amenities our members were requesting,” said Aerie President Terry Wise.