Who We Are
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.
The Grand Haven Aerie was instituted on December 14, 1904 as the 925th Aerie in the country. The Grand Haven Aerie is supported by a women’s auxiliary instituted in 1948 and the Eagle Riders chartered in 2007.
The F.O.E. was founded in February, 1898 by six theatre owners gathered in a Seattle shipyard to discuss a musician’s strike. After addressing the matter, they agreed to “bury the hatchet” and form “The Order of Good Things.”
As numbers grew, members selected the Bald Eagle as the official emblem and changed the name to “The Fraternal Order of Eagles.” The women’s auxiliary traces its roots to 1927.
F.O.E. membership exceeds 850,000 with more than 1400 local Aeries in the U.S. and Canada. Women’s auxiliaries total more than 1300, with more than 250,000 members. Members are recruited by other members and must be sponsored by two members before the membership process begins.
The Grand Haven Aerie’s membership has grown during the past few years and received an award for having the largest growth in the state in 2004-2005, 2008-2009 and 2012-2013.
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