The 106th annual Fraternal Order of Eagles Iowa State Aerie concention and 64th annual Iowa State Auxiliary convention were held June 18-21 in Des Moines.
Attending from the Fairfield Aerie was President Larry Hill and Secretary Tod Holder. Ron Malz, grand trustee from Minnesota, was the Grand Aerie representative. Elaine Regi, treasurer from Pennsylvania, was Grand Auxiliary representative.
Hill was appointed chairman of the credentials committee that handled the registration of delegates.
Incoming State President Randy Woods of Council Bluffs and incoming State Auxiliary President Tiffany Philips of Chariton presented their state charity for 2014-15: the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa.
Spina bifida is a birth defect, in which an infant’s spinal column does not close all the way. Every day, about eight babies born in the United States have spina bifida. Woods’s grandson was born with the birth defect.
The Fairfield Eagles aerie and auxiliary will be holding state chairity night in February to raise funds for the Spina Bifida association.
Hill served on the state membership committee during the past year. A bet is made every year between the aerie and the auxiliary on getting new and re-enrolled members. The men won the bet this year, however, both groups were winners as they each got new members for the organization.
The Fairfield Eagles Auxiliary received a trophy for attaining its quota of signing up new and re-enrolled members, Hill said.
Hill was elected honorary state vice president for the coming year. He also was appointed state pool chairman for the coming year. The Fairfield aerie will host the State Pool Tournament the first weekend in October in Fairfield. All members can participate.
Holder attended a state trustees workshop on proper procedures for operation of local aeries.
The joint aerie and auxiliary banquet was held the evening of June 21. The total raised by Iowa Eagles clubs for the 2013-14 state charity was announced. The clubs raised $138,254 for the Paws & Effect Association, which trains dogs to work with autistic children.
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and the Fraternal Order of Eagles will be dedicating the $25 million diabetes research center Saturday in Iowa City.
The center was a joint venture between the University hospital and the Fratenal Order of Eagles. Money was raised by Eagle members across the United States and Canada.
Hill said the research center is a major milestone for the Fraternal Order of Eagles and lives true to its motto of “People helping people.”