Thursday, September 29, 2011

Eagles says ‘Thank You’ to members

Greenville Eagles 2177 held its annual “Thank You” picnic for members recently at beautiful Eagles Shade Road Park to show appreciation for their support in a variety of community activities throughout the year.

The most volunteer intensive event sponsored by FOE 2177 is the Annual Independence Day Celebration, in which more than 3,000 area residents and visitors enjoyed two days of music and family events, culminating in the largest fireworks celebration in the area.

“It could not have been done without the help of our members,” said Steffanie Baker, Worthy President. “Aerie and Auxiliary volunteers put in hundreds of hours preparing for and hosting the event,” she added.

The member picnic is one of several annual events the Lodge sponsors for its membership, providing free food and beverages for an afternoon of fellowship. Others include a Thanksgiving Dinner for members with no immediate families in the area, plus an annual Christmas Party. Aerie officers also host an annual Christmas Party for its employees, and the Lodge brings Santa in from the North Pole once a year to hand out toys and candy to member children and grandchildren.

Through the support of Lodge membership, the Eagles is able to provide scholarship support to member children and grandchildren and make donations to a variety of worthy organizations, such as the Darke County Cancer Association, Shriners Burn Hospitals, Darke County Humane Society and others.

Adults over 21 can apply for membership at the downtown Lodge on Third Street. The Eagles is open to the public daily until 1:30 p.m. for breakfast and lunch.

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