In the 1970s a group of local citizens decided to establish a new club in Redwood Falls, and so Nov. 9, 1970 Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3421 was established. There were 110 charter members of the local group which has as its mission “people helping people.” Over the years the local aerie has been involved in numerous community events.
After 43 years of serving the community and its members the local Eagles aerie has voted to dissolve.
While the final date of dissolution has not yet been determined, the local membership opted to dissolve due to a lack of membership in recent years.
According to Don Vick, current president, and Ernie Frederiksen, current secretary, there are seven current active members, and on many occasions there is not a quorum in attendance.
Both also added it was a difficult albeit necessary decision to make.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles was founded in 1898 in Seattle, Wash. by a group of business leaders with the purpose of “making life more desirable by lessening its ills and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.”
In Redwood Falls the group purchased a building soon after its establishment. Later that building was sold and is the home of Chumly’s today.
During the early years of the Eagles Aerie in Redwood Falls many prominent businessmen had become members, and it developed a reputation for its fundraising event, with the proceeds being given to local causes, as well as those supported buy the Eagles at the national level.
With its decision to dissolve, the finances of the group had to be dispersed, and donations were made to various groups.
Among those receiving donations were:
• The Red Cross, which received $1,000
• The Redwood Falls Public Library fund, which received $1,000
• Redwood Area United Way which received $1,000
• The Redwood Area Hospital which received $3,000
• Redwood County Relay For Life, which received $1,000
• The Jimmy Dur-ante Foundation, which received $500
• The Redwood Valley Booster Club, which received $500
A brick was also purchased from the Friends of the Park to commemorate the existence of the Eagles in the community.
Although the local group is dissolving, Vick said the possibility exists to reestablish the Eagles in town.
Members may now join other aeries in the area if they desire.