New Eagles home offers dinners, poker
Providing for the community through fundraisers and events, and giving members a chance to make lifelong friendships – that’s what the Fraternal Order of Eagles is all about.
The Pueblo West Eagles has been around about 10 years – but the Fraternal Order of Eagles dates back to 1898.
Core values have remained the same through 115 years – it’s an international nonprofit organization that unites in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.
“People helping people – that’s the motto of the Eagles,” said Pueblo West Eagles Aerie Worthy Secretary Gail Parkinson.
“I love the organization because of the idea of what it stands for. And the social part of it is great, too, because you get to meet so many people.”
The Pueblo West Eagles Aerie 4471 built its new home, on S. McCulloch, about a year ago and membership has been rapidly growing since.
Parkinson said between regular membership (for both men and women), and the ladies auxiliary, there are nearly 400 members now.
Nearly all of them live in Pueblo West.
The diverse group ranges in age, background and occupation. But what they all share is the desire to meet others and to help their community.
The Eagles hold several fundraisers each year, including a car show at Lovell Park and a golf tournament.
There is a poker tournament monthly that is open to the public, and Friday night community dinners are a staple for the group.
“Every Friday night we have a dinner, and we’re getting pretty big crowds,” Parkinson said.
“It’s followed by karaoke. We’re a family organization too – lots of people who bring their children in for dinner.”
The dinners start at 5:30 and $8 includes all the food, even dessert.
Parkinson said weekly average varies, but there are sometimes 70-80 people in attendance for the Friday dinners.
For all the members of the Eagles, there is a full bar to enjoy a drink at, and also pool tables, shuffleboard and dart leagues.
Many people enjoy coming in to visit with friends or relax after work, watch sporting events on TV and more.
All of the Eagles’ fundraising efforts stay for local causes, including Colorado Blue Sky and the Pueblo Assistance League.
And once you’re an Eagle, your membership card can take you to any club in the United States or Canada.
“A lot of people have joined because they don’t know anybody,” Parkinson said.
“This is a place to meet them.”
Learn more about the Pueblo West Eagles Aerie 4471 at www.pueblowesteagles.com.
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