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About the Aerie

Aerie Meetings:

1st and 3rd Monday's at 7:30PM                                                                                                  When there is a fifth Monday, there is a Joint Officers Meeting at 6PM

Trustee Meetings:

Every Monday at 6:30PM

Aerie Officers 2019-2020

Worthy President                                        Anita Pahan

Jr Worthy Past President                            Dale Morgan

Worthy Vice President                                Chris Varner

Worthy Chaplain                                         Harley Kinge                     

Secretary                                                    Robin Love


Conductor                                                   Charles Carter                             

Inside Guard                                               Gerald Whitney   

Trustee                                                       Bill Neal

Trustee                                                       Thomas Mitchell                                     

Trustee                                                       Amanda Maher      

How the FOE Began

The Eagles took on their biggest fundraising challenge in 2008, committing $25 million to the University of Iowa to fund The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, which opened in August 2014 inside the John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building in Iowa City, Iowa. The 20,000-square-foot facility hosts a team of more than 100 researchers working on ways to prevent, treat and ultimately cure diabetes.

As their numbers grew, the Order chose the Bald Eagle as their official emblem and changed the name of the organization to "The Fraternal Order of Eagles, with a goal to "make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope."

Touring theater troupes are credited with much of the Eagles' early growth. Most members were actors, stagehands and playwrights who carried the Eagles story from town to town as they traversed the United States and Canada. The group's early motto, "Skin'em," became the secret password to identify members while the official motto was changed to "Liberty, Truth, Justice and Equality."

Within 10 years of its inception, the organization boasted more than 1,800 Aeries scattered throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with a membership exceeding 350,000. Members received free medical attention for themselves and their families, weekly payments in case of sickness and a funeral benefit - all valuable services before the widespread availability of medical, disability and life insurance.

The organization quickly became a leader in influencing national politics, pushing to create Mother's Day and eventually Social Security, Medicare and more. The Eagles' growing membership, comprised of many prominent local figures, held a position of great influence in communities everywhere.