TICONDEROGA — Above the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus soars the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a nest of community members seeking to help their neighbors.
“We are people helping people,” Fraternal Order of Eagles Trustee Betty Dolback said.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) is an international non-profit organization that aims to unite 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, Dolback said.
The FOE Ticonderoga Chapter, known as -Aerie #4410, is located above the Knights of Columbus on 153 Montcalm St. It is comprised of members from Moriah, Putnam, Schroon and all over the region. It was chartered in 1998, though Dolback said the group has had a presence in the community since she could remember.
“Since we’ve been chartered we’ve done lots of fundraising to bring in money for people in need,” Dolback said.
The organization is constantly working with national fundraising efforts, Dolback said, and the FOE has a rich history of standing up for people, and upholding their motto “People helping People.”
Some of the little known major accomplishments of the FOE include founding Mother's Day, serving as a driving force in founding the Social Security Program, and helping end job discrimination based on age with the “Jobs After 40” Program.
The Ticonderoga chapter has about 80 members and according to Chaplin Bonnie Fleury, the organization is always looking for more members.
“We need old members and young members and junior members who are more apt to help with cook outs, raffles, and can make things and have energy.”
“We are looking for ambitious members who can stick by what they can do and can help people out, thats what we look at and thats what we do,” Fleury said.
The FOE was founded in February, 1898, by six theatre owners who 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.”
Anyone interested in getting involved in the FOE can contact Dolback at 597-3662 or Fleury said those who want a real idea of what goes on should stop by one of the meetings.
“Come in as a guest, see, meet and talk to some of the people working in this organization,”“ Fleury said. “I really enjoy it, I get so many opportunities to meet with different people and see different faces and we work to make a difference and help people.”