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Fraternal Order of the Eagles #4259
Mena Arkansas

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(479) 394-2887
3091 HWY. 71, N.
MENA , AR 71953
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Fraternal Order of Eagles Mission Statement

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international non-profit organization, unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.

Our Motto

People Helping People


There was no fanfare when the Fraternal Order of Eagles was founded on February 6, 1898. The organization was formed by six theater owners sitting on a pile of lumber in Moran's shipyard in Seattle. They were competitors who had come together to discuss a musicians strike. After deciding how to handle the strike, they agreed to "bury the hatchet" and form an organization dubbed, "The Order of Good Things."

Early meetings were held on local theater stages and after taking care of business, attendees rolled out a keg of beer and enjoyed social time. As numbers grew, participants selected the Bald Eagle as the official emblem and changed the name to "The Fraternal Order of Eagles." In April 1898, the membership formed a Grand Aerie, secured a charter and developed a constitution and by-laws, with John Cort elected the Eagles' first president.

The Eagles' popularity grew because their concept of brotherhood was so unique. The organization's success is also attributed to its sick and funeral benefits (no Eagle was ever buried in a Potter's Field), the provision of an aerie physician and many other benefits.

As the Eagles grew, so did the organization's responsibilities to its members. Frank Hering, recognized as the "father" of Mother's Day, took the by-laws and customized them for the Eagles. He and other early members led the organization through difficult days at the turn of the century and built the solid foundation upon which the Eagles still rest.

Over the years, the Eagles have continued to meet member needs by fighting and winning many battles, with the results a Workman's Compensation Act, Mother's Day, old age pensions, Social Security laws and "Jobs After 40." The Eagles are still fighting to liberalize social benefits while battling life-threatening diseases through their sponsorships.

The Eagles claim many great social and political leaders on their rolls — from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan. Harry S. Truman often reiterated that the Eagles was his type of organization — funded by and for the common man.

Today, the Eagles continue to strive to make the world a better place. We are proud, caring "people helping people" who understand that the needs of many will always outweigh the needs of a few.

  "Order of Good Things" established. Later that year, the organization changed its name to Fraternal Order of Eagles and formed the first aerie.
1904 First public plea for Mother's Day
1927 Creation and formation of the Ladies Auxiliary
1935 Support for enactment of Social Security Law
1944 Eagles Memorial Fund established
1954 Nearly 10,000 Ten Commandment plaques distributed
1955 First F.O.E. Ten Commandments monument placed in Ambridge, PA; first F.O.E. Ten Commandments monument placed on the grounds of a state capital, Denver
1957 Nationwide "Jobs After 40" program inaugurated
1967 Jimmy Durante Children's Foundation established
1972 Golden Eagle Fund established
1983 Max Baer Heart Fund offered first grants for aerie-sponsored CPR classes; $405,000 donated to Eagles' Truman Cardiovascular Lab at Research Medical Center, Kansas City; Golden Eagle Fund donated $5,000 in grants to institutions conducting Alzheimer's research
1985 Donations to St. Jude Hospital top $1 million
1988 Eagles matched grants up to $500 to sponsor Drug Education Seminars
1991 Eagles supported Operation Desert Storm with mail and food packages
1995 $50,000 donated for the Eagle Alcove of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Roosevelt was a lifetime F.O.E. member)
2001 Memorial Foundation established Attack on America Fund and raised $500,000; F.O.E. purchased property to consolidate international headquarters
2002 International headquarters opened in Grove City, Ohio
2005 Eagles re-dedicated Ten Commandments monument at international headquarters; F.O.E. generously supported development of a new scoliosis brace named the "Eagle Brace"; F.O.E. signed first year contract with Braun Racing for care
2006 Eagles worked with local government leaders to keep "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance; F.O.E. signed second year contract with Braun Racing and announced opening of Race City Aerie in Mooresville, North Carolina
2007 Eagles supported American Eagle & Literary Challenge in quest to name June 20 National Eagle Day
2008 Eagles host Lobby Day and Capital Hill Champion of Children Recepton for CARES Act.
  Eagles partner with The University of Iowa to fund research at The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

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