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Fraternal Order of the Eagles hosts for Halloween get-together

The Fraternal Order of the Eagles hosted a spooky tri-tip dinner on Oct. 25, at the Merced American Legion Hall downtown.

Members as well as guests came together for food, fun, camaraderie, and most importantly to raise funds for the Order itself in addition to the variety of organizations they support with regular donations. The attendees were able to participate in a raffle with over a dozen prizes as well as a silent auction that featured the skillful baked goods of its members.

For those who are unaware, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles is an international non-profit organization that’s purpose is based on philanthropy as well as community service that has served across the United States as well as Canada since 1898. Their motto is “People Helping People!”

This organization focuses primarily on supporting the research of medical research to support the youth and the elderly, specifically (but not limited to): patient care, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, spinal cord injuries, and pediatric ailments. Notably, the Order and claims responsibility for the creation of Mother’s Day.

The Merced Chapter #2194 of the Eagles was organized and incorporated on June 2, 1935. The Merced Chapter has committed 100 percent of the monies raised through dues as well as fundraising to aid the community.

The Eagles Aerie Officers are:

  • President — Gary Ferrero
  • Vice President – Ken Tucker
  • Secretary – Bill Dacus
  • Treasurer – Kathy Jansen
  • Chaplain – Robert Olivarez
  • The Eagles Auxiliary Officers are:
  • President – Etta Costa
  • Vice President – Barbara Parrigon
  • Secretary – Jo Ann Machado
  • Treasurer – Glenda Roberts
  • Chaplain – Maxine Penner

This event is one of six annual meetings/fundraising events. The Fraternal Order of the Eagles are always accepting new members and encourage all to apply. In order to be accepted, you must be over 21 years of age, a citizen of either the United States of America or Canada, and you must believe in the existence of a supreme being. If you are interested in joining, you can visit their website

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