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People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.

Clarksburg, West Virginia - July 2019

Clarksberg Auxiliary #2353’s Past Madam President Marsha Whisler was recently honored as “Volunteer of the Month” by the Miley Legal group and WBOY TV. 

Marsha is retired and very active in her local auxiliary, but she spends most of her time crocheting plastic mats for homeless veterans in her area. Eagle members and other friends save their grocery bags and give them to Marsha. She cuts them in strips, ties them together in a ribbon which she crochets into the mats. It takes between 600 and 800 bags to make one mat three feet by six feet. Members of auxiliary #2353 help Marsha deliver them to the local Lewis A. Johnson Veterans Hospital to distribute to their homeless veterans. 

Marsha was awarded a check for $500, which she donated to the homeless veterans. Although Marsha has been legally blind for several years she enjoys many benefits of being an Eagle member. 

She is a 30 year member of Clarksburg and has been active the entire time, serving as an officer, including Madam President and on many committees. She attends auxiliary meetings, locally, and around the state, and is the membership chair.

Springfield, Missouri - July 2019

Springfield Eagles #3934 hosted their annual MO. State Presidents visit. The Aerie and Auxiliary both donated $5,000 each to the State Presidents Alen Powell and Theresa Robinson’s charity, the Make A Wish Foundation. An additional $2,500 was given to Camp Hope, and $2,000 was given to Bar H. Ranch. A total of $14, 500 was distributed throughout the day. These donations were made possible by hosting weekly bingo games by the Aerie and Auxiliary.

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Seattle, Washington - July 2019

Henning Ross and Jean Lenox have been long-standing members of Seattle Aerie #1 for decades. Henning is 98 years old and has been a member for 70 years, joining in 1941. Jean turns 91 in August and has been a member for 50 years; she joined the North Seattle Auxiliary in 1961 with Henning’s wife Helen. They volunteered many hours at their Aeries and always enjoyed the Eagle Conventions, Eagle Valley and other clubs where they met many wonderful people along the way and made lifelong friends. Henning and Jean remain friends and keep tabs on each other.
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New Brighton, Minnesota - July 2019

Minnesota State Aerie President Mike Hanson’s charity for his year was the Make A Wish Foundation of Minnesota. He had a goal of $20,000, but he was able to raise a total of $28,422.93. The Grand Aerie gave a grant of $5,000 and the New Brighton Eagles made a gambling donation of $8,000, but overall the balance was raised by the members of New Brighton Eagles #3718. Hanson raised the money by cooking burgers, hosting steak fry’s, live auctions, grab bags, and contributed personal donations during his year as State President. The average wish is about $6,500, so this will help to make more than a few wishes come true.