Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), Honesdale Aerie #1858, celebrated their 100th Anniversary on Saturday.


Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), Honesdale Aerie #1858, celebrated their 100th Anniversary on Saturday.
Their motto: People helping people. They sponsor an FOE Teeners League team, Eagles Little League team, a child at Dyberry Day Camp, and more. “We donate to all the worthy causes of the town and the County,” says 40-year member Jim Bader, past district director and past president. “They’re a service organization, a benevolent organization. It’s like the fire company. You belong to the fire company to help people. And that’s what the Eagles do.
“We had one member that was killed in WWII, the Eagles put (his boys) through college. There was one girl that was born in Honesdale without arms — they bought her first pair of arms. This is what we do,” Bader said.
“I’ve seen them do a lot of good things over the years,” says 44-year member, Mike LaPoint. 
“It’s not for personal gain that you’re joining the club,” says 10-year member Joe Stachokus.
Charter date: 3-28-09
“March 28, 1909 was the day we got our Charter. We thought we’d have an open house ...so the public could come and see what we’re all about and have a lot of fun doing it,” said Chapter President Kelley Lalley. Historic photos and other memorabilia were set out. And free lunch was served to anyone stopping by. 
The local chapter started out with more than 90 charter members in 1909, and has grown to over 300 members today. They’re located above the Homefront, 833 Main Street, Honesdale, on the second and third floors. 
  FOE is an international benevolent organization with over 1,000 in the United States and Canada, Bader says.
The Eagles donate to the Max Baer Heart Fund, D.D. Dunlap Kidney Fund, Robert Hansen Diabetes Fund, Eagles Art Ehrmann Cancer Fund, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Jimmy Durante Children’s Fund, and the Eagles Memorial Foundation. The Memorial Foundation assists the children of military members and emergency personnel killed in the line of duty. The foundation pays for the child’s dental and medical needs, along with offering college support.   
They’re open Monday, Friday and Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., you must accompany a member. Meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of the month, but you must be a member to attend.    
The feeling one gets in belonging to the organization? “ You’re helping people.  It’s a good feeling. You should join,” Bader says.