Around The State - News



Iowa Eagle Rider Rally (1-15-2018)

Sheldon, Iowa will be hosting the 2018 Eagle Rider Rally on August 17-19, 2018.


Cash Bash Tickets on Sale (1-15-2018)

Tickets are $35 and available from Iowa State Officers. Cash Bash will be held Saturday, May 5 in Centerville.


Grand Madam President Visits Iowa (1-15-2018)

The Grand Madam President will be arriving in Des Moines on March 11th as part of her official visit to Iowa. There will be an All State Initiation at Des Moines Aerie #109 on Monday March 12th. There will be a dinner available on the 12th before the initiation. If anyone is wanting to get a motel room for either of the nights the Grand Madam is here let me know by January 27th. If there is enough interest I will try to get a block of rooms. Rooms will be at the Ramada Inn on Army Post Rd. You can call, or text Lena Armstrong at 515-577-9991 or e-mail me at:


Board meeting reminders (1-11-2018)

This is a reminder for all that have Auxiliary raffle tickets to bring them to Board meeting on Saturday. (January 13). The 2 cash prizes will be given away on Saturday. Also, mark your calendars for Chariton State Charity event will be held on Saturday, March 24 at the Albia Eagles. Please plan to attend. I apologize for being late with some emails, I was healing fine with my knee replacement and I now have influenza A. I won’t be able to see all of you as I was instructed to stay away from people until Monday. I will miss you. Take care, and please don’t get this stuff, it’s horrible.

- Shelley


If your Auxiliary has not turned in their quilt block, you can do so at the Board meeting this weekend.


Sending Prayers and Well wishes (12-6-2017)

Joe Brinson is having surgery tomorrow in Iowa City for carpal tunnel and elbow on his left side. Right side will be at a later time. John Haidsiak will be admitted  in to the Omaha today to have surgery to get a pace maker. It should just be an overnight stay. Cards can be sent to him at

John Haidsiak

710 S 4th St

Red Oak, IA  51566


From the desk of the Auxiliary State Secretary:

Every year, the State of Iowa has the privilege of hosting visits from the Grand Madam President. At that time our State Madam President Debbie Gilson will be presenting Helen with a check from the Auxiliaries in the State of Iowa for her to contribute to her special projects which include Alzheimer’s and the Honor Flight program. Please share this information at your Auxiliary meeting and see is you can’t send in a contribution towards the check presentation. Please make your check payable to “Iowa State Aux. FOE” and send it to PO Box 11127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52410-1127.

I hope every Auxiliary will participate in this so we can present a HUGE check to our Grand Madam President from Iowa.

Thank you all for your help!  Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Cindy Balsanek - IA State Aux. Secretary


January Newsletter Deadline (11-28-2017)

If you plan to have an article in the January Connection, please have it to us as soon as possible in December; no later than the deadline, December 15. I am having knee surgery on the 20th and I would like to have everything done by then.

Thanks so much, it is greatly appreciated.  - Steve and Shelley


A note from Grand Worthy Outside Guard (11-3-2017)

"I would like to thank the great State of Iowa and the Eastern Region for the invitation to attend the Zone Conference. Thanks to Grinnell Aerie and Auxiliary #2545 for all their hard work! It was a great conference. Thank you all again very much!" - John Boyd


Can you help?? (10-25-2017)

The Eastern Zone Card chairman could use some thinking of you, get well and sympathy cards. If anyone has some they would like to donate and bring them to Eastern Zone in Grinnell this weekend it would very much be appreciated.

Thanks, Linda Fuller


Quilt Blocks for M State President's Quilt (10-6-2017)

Reminder Ladies- Quilt Squares for Madam President, Debbie Gilson is due by December 31, 2017.

Please be sure to send them to Deanna Thomas, 3619 Stoney Point Road SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

If you have any questions, please e-mail her at  Thank you  Deanna Thomas



Reservations open for Texas (10-6-2017)

Find out more information and book your room online

Or just book your room


State Officer Updates (9-20-2017)

Kevin Kressley

My news today after surgery.  Arthritis in the knee. Cartilage wearing down and fragments were loose. Cleaned those up. Tear was significant and cleaned it up but more cartilage just rubbing on meniscus and it will continue to wear it down. He needs to take care of the knees and strengthen them, lose weight.  Otherwise future will be replacement but he will have same issues if that is ever done.   Off work till Monday.


Kent George

Kent George was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and has chosen to have it removed, and have radiation. His surgery is today, Sept 19th. Please pray they find NO cancer in his lymph nodes, then he will be clear.

If you wish to cheer him up while he is off for the next 4 weeks, you may send well wishes to....

Kent George

 1934 Mulberry St

 Waterloo, Ia 50703


UPDATE: Kent came through the surgery fine. Results back in a week....Keep the prayers coming!!! She also said Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers already sent.


Des Moines State Charity Night Update (9-14-2017)


UPDATE: From Julie Ervin: Sorry to disappoint everyone but the hot air balloon operator said the weather on Friday is not conducive to setting up, there will be no balloon at Des Moines Eagles on Friday .we will see you for the rest of the activities!


I am excited to let everyone know that on the evening  of the DM charity event (September 22), we will have a hot air balloon tethered on our property. It will be set up at around 4:00 pm.  For the measly little sum of $5.00 an individual or small group can get into the basket of the balloon and take a photo (bring your own camera) with the burner going .  I've seen one of these photos and it is a cool, once in a lifetime photo.


For some of us shorties, there will be a step ladder to assist getting in and out of the balloon.


There is a possibility (not yet confirmed) that we may be able to offer a chance to hover 100 feet over the ground in the balloon, for only $50.00.


WCR Skit (9-12-2017)

Iowa is to do the skit at WCR (after the banquet, I believe).  So we're going to try and include something for all four state presidents.  With that said, Aux members who want to participate by being one of the "Pink Ladies" bring a pair of black or denim capris, a pink shirt, white tennis shoes (or saddle shoes) and a scarf.  Any Aerie member that wants to help out - the biker look fro the movie "Grease" will work.  We're including Nebraska and the Grand Reps, too.


Texas Aerie Disaster Relief (9-1-2017)

post from Grand Aerie Facebook and Twitter

As many of you are aware, millions of lives along the Gulf Coast of Texas have been affected over the last week by Hurricane Harvey, including many of our own Brothers and Sisters in the area. If you or your Aerie/Auxiliary would like to help, donations can be sent to:


Texas State Aerie Disaster Relief Fund

 c/o Clois Mills, Texas State Secretary

 622 Calder Ave

 Duncanville, TX 75116


Donations must be made out to the Texas State Aerie Disaster Relief Fund.


The Texas State Aerie, by direction of the State Executive Board, will be distributing the funds as best needed throughout the state to help those in need.


Please keep our Brothers and Sisters in this area, and the millions more affected by Hurricane Harvey, in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.


Western Zone Schedule Updates (8-31-2017)


Eastern Zone Hotels - Grinnell (8-29-2017)

It was brought to our attention that hotel rooms for Eastern Zone are filling fast in Grinnell! Book your room ASAP!


As of today, August 29, 2017, here is what is available.


Country Inn - 236-9600

Completely full


Best Western – 236-6116

$110.00 – with triple A or any card $99.00


Comfort Inn -236-5236


12 Rooms left


Quality Inn 236-6710

$95.00 15 Rooms left


Super 8 -236-7888

$74.00- $84.00

All rooms available



Exoskeleton Donation Ceremony PSP (8-25-2017)

For all of the Aerie Past State Presidents attending this ceremony, would you please proudly wear your Aerie PSP jackets? Thank you!

 Look forward to seeing everyone in Omaha on Monday.


Exosklelton Takes the Patient out of Hospital Bed and Wheelchair (8-18-2017)

Read Press Release on Esko donation ceremony in Omaha, Nebraska


Western Zone Hotels September 22 & 23 in Des Moines (8-18-2017)

All rooms have 2 Queen beds.  Indoor pools at all hotels

Ramada Inn

1810 Army Post Rd.


$89.99 + Tax per night

They have 10 rooms blocked

cut off is Sept 1st for this price.

Please mention F.O.E. when booking room.

They have a shuttle available.


Days Inn

1901 Hackley  Ave.


$88.00 + Tax per night


Quality Inn

5231  Fleur Dr


$99.00 + Tax


If you have any questions please please feel free to call Lena 515-577-9991 or Julie 515-770-4675.


Grand Madam President Homecoming Event (8-10-2017)

Please wear something purple.


Iowa State Auxiliary Secretary Office (7-14-2017)

will be attending Grand Convention and wil be closed Saturday, July 15 - Sunday, July 23. Please reach her on her cell phone if it cannot wait. Thanks - Cindy Balsanek


Iowa MSP Day at Grand Convention (7-7-2017)

On Monday, July 17, 2017, it is State President's day at Grand Convention.  Madam State President Debbie Gilson has asked that all Iowa Sisters wear her State Charity Shirt in either the blue or the lavender.  Let's show a united front and wear her shirt proudly, and show how we support our State President.

If by chance you don't have a state charity shirt, let Shelley Zimmerman know and she will be glad to have an extra on hand in your size. Safe Travels



Grand Convention Room Available (7-6-2017)

I have 1 room available in Grand Rapids, Michigan: Check in on Saturday July 15thand checking out on Thursday July 20th. Call me and leave a message or text me 563.542.2915. Lisa Miller I will be canceling it by Monday July 10th.



on Sunday,  July  30th AT 9AM in Clinton, Ia. It will last approximately 4-5 hours and lunch will be available for a minimal cost.

Everyone from both Aerie and Auxiliary are urged to attend.  This training will be given by Mike Simonds, Grand Aerie Agent. Any questions, please contact Steve Zimmerman, 641-782-4386 or


MINK 2018 Hotel Update (6-27-2017)

2018 MINK Conference will be at the HILTON - Omaha downtown. Cheaper room rates - great facility. Please share with your state!

TO CALL and make a room reservation: 1-800-HILTONS and reference the group code “FOE” and reserve over the phone.

TO BOOK ONLINE -- please use this link



Iowa State Convention Agenda (6-8-2017)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

6-7pm – Reception by Holiday Inn for those staying at Holiday Inn


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

9am — Aerie Nominating Committee

Auxiliary Ritual Competition

2-8pm — Registration

2pm — Aerie State Board Meeting

2-5pm — Auxiliary Nominating Committee Meeting

4pm-Midnight – Hospitality Room

4pm — Aerie Ritual

6pm — State Auxiliary Banquet

8pm — Welcome to Convention Show - Comedian


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Theme for Today: Red, White & Blue

7:00-8:00am — Registration

8:00am — Joint Meeting

10:00am — Opening Sessions

1:00-3:00pm – Auxiliary Election (if needed)

2:00-6:00pm — State Hospitality Room /Aerie Auction

2:00-4:00pm — Grab Bag Bingo (Break for State Aerie Auction)

7:00pm-Midnight – Karaoke


Friday, June 16, 2017

Theme for Today: “Bee Day”

7:00-8:00am – Registration

8:30am – Auxiliary Second Session

9:00am – Aerie Second Session

12:30pm – Aerie Past President’s Luncheon

“The Hive” - Auxiliary Membership Luncheon

1:00pm – Aerie Trustee’s Work Shop

2:00-4:00pm – Grab Bag Bingo

5:00pm – Joint Memorial Service & Parade of Champs

6:00-10:00pm – Street Dance


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Theme for Today: “Polka Dots”

7-8am – Registration

8:30am – Auxiliary Final Session

9:00am – Aerie Final Session

1:00-2:30pm – Appreciation Hour for SMP Ann Reed

3:00pm – Joint Installation of Officers

4:00pm – Hospitality Room - CLOSED DURING BANQUET

6:30pm – Joint Aerie & Auxiliary Banquet

2017-2018 State President’s Reception - Opens 1/2 hour after Banquet


State Golf Tournament in Grinnell(5-26-2017)

Registration form


Brenda Youngbear is 2017 Tama Citizen of the Year(5-19-2017)

You can read the article here.


Eagle Rider Update:

The Iowa State Eagle Riders are selling raffle tickets for $5/ticket. You have a change to win $1,000, $600 and $200. See any Eagle Rider to purchase. Drawing will be held at State Convention in June. Need not be present to win.


Notice to all Auxiliaries:

If you are going to bring your Auxiliary Flag to convention, please let the State Secretary know so a list can be made prior to the time needed.


Address Update (4-26-2017)

Jimmie and Colleen Bryant

2187 Triple Crown Lane #3

Iowa City, IA 52240


Please send them an email at the above address so they can rebuild their address book.  They lost all contacts since getting a new computer.


Eagle Rider Update (4-24-2017)

The Iowa Eagle Riders have grown over the past few months. Please welcome Tama, Albia and Oskaloosa to the Iowa Eagle Riders. Red Oak is just about set up. If you are near any of these Aeries or want to go on a road trip, please check them out.


Tama Eagle Riders will be hosting a Poker Run on May 13th.


State Raffle for the Eagle Riders will again be held. The tickets are getting to the Eagle Riders now and it will only cost you $5.00 per ticket to get in on the chance to win up $1,800.00 dollars in cash. The money raised will go to this years State Charity.


 July 28th, 29th and 30th will be our State Rally for the Iowa Eagle Riders. The rally will be in Cedar Rapids. You can ride your bike, drive your car or bring a bus load of your closest friends.  There will be more information below.

Iowa Eagle Riders - Dennis (Chief) Walkup



Attention Auxiliary members attending Eastern Zone in Clinton (4-24-2017)

 this coming weekend, there will be a board meeting at 10am. Please bring your ideas and anything that needs to be discussed. If anyone has Bylaw changes/concerns, please contact the State Bylaw Committee or bring them to Clinton.



Eagle Rider Rally Information (4-20-2017)


Pre-Registration Form



4-person Best Shot Golf Tournament in Burlington (4-20-2017)

Information Sheet

Registration form


90th Anniversary (4-20-2017)

Congratulations to the Oskaloosa Auxiliary on their 90th anniversary today! Their meeting starts at 7 P.M. and you all are welcome to attend.



Those attending MINK Conference: (3-31-2017)

Please remember to bring canned food/paper items for the food drive that will be once again be held at the Conference. Also items needed for the Auction! If you can fill in at MINK for Registration Tables, Raffle Tables and Hospitality Room, please lend a hand. Someone might need a break!


Reminder (3-22-2017)

there will be a board meeting at Western Zone. Thank you MSP Ann


New device in Long Beach helps paralyzed veteran walk again (3-18-2017)

By    Marc Cota-Robles   |   Friday, March 17, 2017 10:35PM

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) --

Navy veteran Cedric Delong has been paralyzed for 33 years

after being hit by a car while bicycling in San Francisco.

A new axis skeleton device donated to the Veterans Affairs

Long Beach Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Center is

helping Delong accomplish something he thought was


The technology allows him to stand, take steps and regain

some form of independence.

"It is quite encouraging for me and I'm sure for many

veterans," Delong said.

Delong noted how times have changed in 33 years.

"There was very little hope that veterans and quadriplegics

and paraplegics would ever walk again. As a matter of fact,

my doctor told me I would never walk again at that time," Delong said.

Delong's physician said the device is life changing in many ways.

"It's nice to be able to stand up and look people in the eye and actually have the same type of interaction you might have otherwise," explained Dr. Alice Hon, a physician with the Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System.

The Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Center received the $150,000 device from Soldier Strong and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The device is approved by the FDA for rehabilitation, which means that patients that use it must have some form of mobility.

"My hope is that overtime this device will become much easier to use and more widely available to everyone," Hon said.

Delong said the device, which he said makes him feel like Ironman, means the world to him and other veterans suffering from spinal cord injuries.

"What I'd like to say to them is that hope is on the way for you because the sky's the limit," Delong said.



Eastern Zone Auxiliary Officers (3-14-2017)

All Eastern Zone sisters that are planning on running for an Eastern Zone Office must have your Auxiliary Secretary submit a letter stating that you are wanting to be a candidate. Please have her mail the letter to Past Eastern Zone President Rose Schwab. Address is 615 G Avenue West. Oskaloosa, Iowa. 52577. Hoping to hear from all of you that are wanting to be a candidate.


Upcoming State Charity Nights(2-13-2016)

Hawarden, Le Mars, Sheldon, and Iowa City.


Madam State President Ann Reed (12-13-2016)

will be traveling over the holiday out of state. If you are needing to contact her, she is available via her cell phone. She wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Please Note: From the Office of the Iowa State Auxiliary Secretary (11-23-2016)

I will only be available by cell phone as I will be on vacation next week from 11/21-11/26. Cell – 319-350-3966

Thanks Cindy Balsanek - IA State Aux. Secretary


Computer Issues (11-23-2016)

As of right now, I am having computer issues and not able to send mass text messages. Please be patient, I am trying to get this problem fixed. Any questions, please email me at Thanks, Steve & Shelley Zimmerman, Ia State Bulletin Editors


State Charity Night Maquoketa Poster (11-8-2016)


State Charity Night Shenandoah Poster - Hotel Poster (10-25-2016)


Eastern Zone (10-25-2016)

There will be an Auxiliary Board meeting at Eastern zone followed by an executive meeting.


State Charity Night "Cash Bash" Clinton Poster (9-30-2016)


Eastern Zone Registration (9-30-2016)

Due to the flooding in Waterloo, the Ramada Inn currently has no power to be able to take reservations for Eastern Zone Conference. Please wait until Monday, October 3, 2016 to call them.


Western Zone Workshop (9-22-2016)

If you are attending to Western Zone in Missouri Valley on Saturday, please bring a Ritual Book for the Workshop. If you are an Officers or have been an Officer than you should have one. Thank you - Carol Simpson


Auxiliary Board Meeting (9-20-2016)

at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 24 in Missouri Valley


Missouri Valley State Charity Night Poster (9-20-2016)


Alabama Booklet of Tickets Fund raiser (9-19-2016)

As most everyone knows, Terry and I are organizing a new Aerie and Auxiliary in the Gulf Shores, Alabama area.  To help raise a little money for a building fund,  we are selling a book of 6 tickets for $5.00.  All that is needed is, if anyone in the great state of Iowa is interested in buying any tickets, just let us know how many books you would like.  This is a cash prize drawing-1st prize is $200.00; 2nd is $100.00 and 3rd is $50.00.  We will be drawing on Nov 15th and need all books and money by Nov 1st or sooner.  If you want, you can also send the money with your name and phone number, as this is how we will contact you and we will put your name on a book.  Your participation is greatly appreciated. And yes, we do miss you all!

Terry & Katie Kipp

5498 Cinnamon Lane

Gulf Shores, AL  36542




Eastern Zone in Waterloo Poster (9-16-2016)


Iowa State Golf Score Results (9-14-2016)


Eagles State Charity Night - Missouri Valley (9-14-2016)

Friday, September 23

Funds raised will go to purchaser robotic Eskoskeletons suits for wounded veterans.

Dinner from 5:30 until 8pm

We will also have fun and games. 50/50 drawings during the evening.

If anyone has an item they would like to donate, please feel free to bring it.

To learn more about the Eskoskeleton and what it can do, go to

Missouri Valley Eagles

118 South 5th Street

Missouri Valley, IA

Everyone is welcome


Burlington State Charity Night poster (9-14-2016)


New email address (9-12-2016)

Mike Koenig has a changed email address This is the best way to contact him moving forward.


Tama-Toledo Eagle Riders Poker Run "For Da Kids" (8-26-2016)

Saturday, October 15, 2016 |  Registration 8:3oAM  |  Departure 10:00AM

All Vehicles Welcome

$15/person or $20/couple

Proceeds go to Jimmy Durante Children's Fund

Bloody Mary Bart 8:30-10AM

Events to follow: food ($5/meal) & festivities at 4pm, free entertainment, happy hour all day, 50/50 raffles

Event Poster


Attention Eastern Zone Auxiliaries: (8-18-2016)

Please consider a donated item for the WCR basket. This years raffle basket theme is personal care. Items like curling iron, bathing products, lotion, makeup, etc. Please bring items to WCR - send it with someone from your auxiliary if you can. Thanks!

Western zone auxiliaries, we are taken care of already.


New Email (8-15-2016)

As we have gotten a new home computer....we need to rebuild our contacts and email addresses.   Please send an email to me ASAP.....and use this email address from now on too. Thank you - Cindy


Tama-Toledo Fund Raiser

for FOE Charities including State Charity Esko Skeleton

Ben Bolen's Acreage 3218 H Ave. on August 27th

BYOB, a side dish to share and a lawn chair. Happy hour starts at 3pm. Free will donation supper at 5pm. Karaoke and Chimney fire when dark. 50/50 and basket raffle. Camping is available Friday and Saturday night.


Western Zone Informations - Missouri Valley September 23-25, 2016

DeSota Inn (712) 642-4003 - holding 24 rooms until tthe 24th of August for $74.99 plus tax.

Rath Inn (712) 642-2723 - rates from $52.99 to $64.99

Americas Best Valu Inn (formally Super 8) (712) 642-4788 - has rates for Military, AAA & AARP, to non Military

Hotels asked that you please make hotel reservations early and make sure to mention you are an Eagle. There are other events going on that weekend.

Friday evening: kitchen opens at 5:30 pm with Chicken and Fish specials. State Charity Fund Raiser to follow.

Saturday Morning: Secretary’s Meeting & State Trustee Meeting.

Lunch will be available

Saturday Afternoon:  Aerie & Auxiliary Meeting 2:00 p.m. at Aerie home

Happy Hour: 5:30 p.m. until Banquet

Banquet: 6:30 p.m. with entertainment to follow.

Sunday Moring meeting will also be at the Aerie Home.




West Central Region Conference Registration Information

Details | Registration Sheet | Free Night Flyer


2016 Grand Installation Recording

















2016 International Convention Schedule

View it here.


Albia State Chairity event

Albias picnic will still be held at the fairgounds, but it will be held inside the air conditioned building due to some concerns about the heat.


MINK at International Convention

We still need two people from Iowa tp step up and sell 50/50 tickets before and during the opening show in Reno for Grand Convention. Please contact Lois Coe at


1st Annual Picnic/State Charity Event

Hosted By Albia Aerie & Auxiliary #3583 on Saturday, June 25

Monroe County Fairgrounds, North of town on Hwy 5


Come On Friday and Spend The Weekend, Plans in the

Works For Activities at The Aerie Home on Friday Night!

(Contact Dean Bettis in advance to book a camping spot

641-777-2597, There approx. 35 spots available. Make your

check payable to “Monroe Co. Fair Board” and mail it to

Dean at 1673 Hwy 137, Albia, IA 52531 after speaking)

Saturday’s Event Begins at

1:00 PM - Auction will be at 3:00 PM

Hog Roast Dinner following auction

approx. 5:30 PM - $10 EA.





The “Gilson’s of CR” will provide music thru the evening!

All Proceeds of 50/50’s, Auction, and Dinner will go to the

New F.O.E. State Charity to be announced at State Convention!

Those needing a room contact Indian Hills Inn - 641-932-7181.

We are hoping to make this an annual event so please plan on attending.


State Convention Aerie Auction Items Needed (6-13-2016)

The auction will be held o Thursday, June 16 in the afternoon. All Aerie's are asked to represent themselves with quality auction items of and new, clean used, homemade, hand crafted baked, or unique items will be accepted. Please tag the item with your Aerie name on it. If not delegates are coming, please have a way to get it to the hospitality room prior to the auction. All proceeds go to the State Aerie with a small % going to the P.S.P. Club. All Eagle auctioneers are welcome to participate.


State Convention Auxiliary Grab Bags Needed (6-13-2016)

On Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 from 2-4pm , Grab Bag bingo will be played. Please put one or  several items in each grab bag. Items need to be clean, usable and unbroken. Cost is $5 for two strips of cards and proceeds go to State Auxiliary fund. It is being anitcipated that 50 games will be played each day. $50 in gift cards will also be given away each day. Any bags left over after Friday will be sold on Saturday morning.


State Convention Breakfast (6-13-2016)

Breakfast being served in the Hospitality Room downstairs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings starting at 6:30 AM on Thursday and 7:00 AM on Friday & Saturday during State Convention.  They are charging $5.00 per person and the Menu for each day is below:


THURSDAY - 6:30 - 7:30

Sausage Gravy & Biscuits, Oatmeal, Toast, coffee, milk, juice

FRIDAY - 7-8:30

Sausage Gravy & Biscuits, Oatmeal, Waffles & Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

SATURDAY - 7-8:30

Assorted Pastries, Cold Cereal, Toast


This is being provided for those who may not be attending the Membership Breakfast and any Aerie members who would like to patronize them.




Shelley will be out until Monday, June 13 and will be unable to send out email notices until then. She apologizes for an inconvenience this may cause.


Per Capita Tax Reminder

Per Capita tax was due June 1 along with hospitality dues of $50


Grand Aerie Children's Day Entries

Submissions must be in the hands of the Grand Aerie Marketing and Communications Department no later than June 17, 2016.

Entry Form    Program Flyer


Please make sure your figures for certificates are being sent to Pam Hanshaw.


Presentation of Local Auxiliary Flags (5-23-2016)

Again, this year,  Auxiliary Ladies we will be having the presentation of Local Auxiliary Flags on Thursday morning, June 16th, at the opening of the Auxiliary Convention Meeting. (This presentation is following the Joint opening)  Bring your Auxiliary Flags and stands with 2015-2016 local Aux. president (or substitute) to represent and showcase your local Auxiliary. Thank You, any questions give me a call or e-mail !  Sweet Dreams, MSP Brenda


Do you have pictures? (5-20-2016)

Do you have  photos from last years installation at State Convention? Or were you at any of the State Charity nights on the East side of the State? Please email


Convention Updates (5-20-2016)

Need a scooter? Please contact Tiffany Phillips no later than Friday, May 27. There is a cost associated with them this year as the previosu scooters are no longer available. The cost is $75/week. You are able to pay at convention. Please pay Greg Martin. If you are paying with a check, please see Greg and he will let you know who to make it out to.


CA$H BA$H Talent Show info

Flyer                Registration Form


MAY 7TH, 2016

4:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M.





Grand Convention help needed for MINK (4-28-2016)

Time to get workers for GRAND CONVENTION 50/50 WE NEED YOUR STATE to STEP UP AND HELP!!!




Please contact LOIS COE at Marceline #726 (MISSOURI)



PLEASE do not FORGET your NON PERISHABLE ITEMS for the OMAHA FOOD PANTRY and for Penny Skinners, Chuck Langs and Bud Haigh's project of "PEOPLE HELPING PANTRIES"! DO NOT FORGET your AUCTION ITEMS! The more money raised -- the MORE MONEY for the MINK State President's chosen charities. LOOKING FORWARD to seeing everyone this weekend for the 18th MINK CONFERENCE!! --Keep your fingers crossed -- WE MIGHT JUST BREAK that 300 mark!  TIME to renew old Eagle Friendships and to make NEW ONES! EVERYONE stay healthy and safe -- and always SAFE TRAVELS!!


Fraternal Order of Eagles & Soldier Strong Partner to Donate Ekso Bionics Suit to Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Hospital

GROVE CITY, OH, April 1, 2016 - The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international nonprofit community organization, and Soldier Strong, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting veterans, have partnered to donate an Ekso Bionics Ekso GT suit to the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Hospital. Read the entire article here. (4-5-16)


MINK Rooms Available

If anyone is still in need of a room at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Omaha for MINK this coming weekend, please contact Penny McEvoy at 913-683-3098 or  She will be releasing the room by Tuesday evening if no one needs it.  It is a king room. (4-5-16)


We have one person who is not coming this weekend. So if anyone person is looking for a bed and wouldn't mind Shari g with 3 Des Moines gals, pleaes contact Julie at or phone 515_770_4675. (4-5-16)


MINK Parking Information

Parking: it is comp for your overnight guest (per your contract) which is usually $10, however local guests would need to pay the garage fee. $2.00 the first hour, plus $1.00 per hour each after that, not to exceed $10.00 per day. (see below)

Daily parking rates are as follows:

$2.00 the first hour – plus $1.00 per hour after that

$3.00 – second hour

$4.00 – third hour

$5.00 – fourth hour

$6.00 – fifth hour

$7.00 – sixth hour

$8.00 -  seventh hour

$9.00 – eighth hour

$10.00 – ninth hour

Don't know where to park? Checkout this diagram of the garage. (4-5-16)


Iowa City State Charity Night Update

See info here. (3-30-16)


18th Annual MINK Registration Deadline has come AND gone! (March 23rd)

IF you have plans to attend the 2016 MINK Conference -- please respond to this email with your:

NAME, AERIE / AUXILIARY Name and Number, TITLE (you would like used on your badge)

You will OWE $50.00 when you pick up your registration packet (19th floor DOUBLE TREE) -- but at least the registration committee will have everything READY FOR YOU!


APRIL 8-9-10, 2016    |     DOUBLE TREE HOTEL - downtown Omaha, NE   FIVE STATES will UNITE for a WEEKEND of FRATERNALISM


8th Annual Eagle Rider Rally

Information packets have been sent out. You can get all the information here.


Grinnell #2545 Wins Bulletin Contest for 2nd Year in a Row.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Bulletin Contest!  Listed on the site are the winners in each of the entry categories.  Winners will receive a plaque to be presented at their State Conference and all participants will receive personalized feedback from the judges.  We thank all who participated in this year’s contest and look forward to another great competition next year.  To see the winning entry, click here to go to the Grand's website page.


Officer Training

There will be an Information/ Officers Training held at the Red Oak Aerie on Saturday, February 27, 2016 beginning at 9:00 AM.  And card holding of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary may attend.  Lunch will be available if needed.


MINK 2016 Updates




FULL PAGE - $100.00

HALF PAGE - $50.00

1/4 PAGE - $25.00


BOOSTERS - $1.00 per NAME


All proceeds will be split between the MINK State President's Charities






Lois V. Coe, 205 E. Crocker St. Marceline, MO 64658-1430








Aerie Ritual Form     Auxiliary Ritual Form



Starting another MINK B3 Ritual Team


JR. PAST PRESIDENT - Margaret Stephans (KS)


VICE PRESIDENT - Mary Lou Speck (MO)





if you are interested in competing

and doing one of the NEEDED POSITIONS




Below is the link for MINK Personal Web Page.


Your web page address is:

Group Name: MINK Conference

Group Code: MIN

Check-in: 07-APR-2016

Check-out: 10-APR-2016

Hotel Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Omaha Downtown


Hotel Address: 1616 Dodge Street

  Omaha, Nebraska 68102

Phone Number: 402-636-4914














GRIMES, IA 50111





Per Capita Tax Due

The following Auxiliaries have not paid their Nov. 30, 2015, State Per Capita as of today, January 6, 2016.

These are the Auxiliaries that still owe State Per Capita tax:

Maquoketa #3866

Missouri Valley #3876                              Anamosa #4466

Cedar Falls #4074                                      Monticello  #4512

Ottumwa #114                                           Fairfield #1927

Atlantic #3763

Davenport #235

Dubuque #568

Waterloo #764

Creston #1398

Hawarden #1865


Sisters, Please see that your State Per Capita tax is paid as soon as possible.


CA$H BA$H Update

Cash Bash for May 7, 2016 will be held in Grinnell. More info to come.



Bids for Cash Bash to be held in May are accepted by the Board at Eastern Zone Board Meeting on October 24.


People Helping Pantries Update


Nearly 40,000 Food Items and Counting!

On Saturday, October 3, Aeries and Auxiliaries across the jurisdiction banded together to collect food items for local food pantries through our People Helping Pantries campaign.


Thus far, 41 Aeries/Auxiliaries have responded for a total of 36,926 food items donated as well as $7,584 in cash donations!


If your Aerie/Auxiliary held a People Helping Pantries event and you haven't reported your totals to the Grand Aerie, please contact with your information.


To see a full list of reported totals, visit our People Helping Pantries page.


Highest Producing Aerie

in the state, will receive $50.00 from the Membership Chairman.


Western Zone

Has been moved to Des Moines from Creston due to no hotel rooms. See the flyer. Watch for updates in the September Bulletin. Please note: the phone number to the RAMADA is 515-287-6464.

Western Zone Snack Basket was taken care of at Zone Conference last spring. Auxiliaries were asked to bring snacks, beverages, gift cards, etc. Carol Herold will be putting it together. Please plan to attend, you just might win!


West Central Regional

Registration for this Conference was due on 8/28/2015.  Limited registrations available at the Conference. Informational flyer can be found here.


ALL Volunteer Eagles Band

from Kevin "Woody" Woodyard

It's official, we have started the ball rolling on an all volunteer Iowa Eagles band that is going to make its debut in Shenandoah at their state charity night November 6th. If everything works out we will be able to bring this group together all over the state to help out clubs when they need entertainment but cannot really afford it for a big event. People helping People includes other Eagles!!


Thanks to Mike and Debbie Gilson

Thanks to the hard work of Mike and Debbie Gilson, my dream has turned into a reality and we will soon have a great resource for everyone to enjoy in the state of Iowa. We have drums, keyboards one lead guitarist, a sax player and a couple of local Shenandoah guitarists who may sit in with us. Most can also sing pretty good too. Sounds like we will have a mix of Country, Classic Rock and oldies for sure, and might even surprise you with some things you are not ready for.


We Still Need Help

Between the 3 of us we have collected a small group of musicians, but still need some help. we are looking for a Bass guitar player. We can also use some acoustic guitar players to fill in during breaks. So if you play, bring your guitar along, we will fit you in somewhere. If you play any other instrument and would like to participate, contact either my self or Mike and we can get you the details.

Iowa PVA

The Iowa Paralyzed Veterans of America (IPVA) is one of 34 chapters which represents their national organization, Paralyzed Veterans of America.  PVA is a Congressionally Chartered non-profit veterans service organization (like DAV, or American Legion), but their membership is limited to veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have suffered a spinal cord injury or received a diagnosis of disease affecting the spinal cord.  Iowa PVA relies solely on private donations and grants and receives no governmental funding.   Donations made to the Iowa Chapter are dedicated to assist in serving local area veterans.  The Iowa Chapter is proud to say that almost $.90 of every dollar donated is spent directly on our programs.  The administrative and overhead costs are very low.


National PVA provides the services of a National Service Officer to assist veterans in the processing of their claims through the Veterans Administration.  This service is provided at no charge to the veteran and can make every difference in the quality of life for our veterans and their families.  For example, veterans diagnosed with ALS used to wait months to have their claims reviewed and approved.  During this time of waiting, no financial assistance was provided.  Due to the rapid progression of this disease, the veteran would not be able to work and the veterans spouse and/or family would have to remain home to provide care to the veteran.  This would potentially bankrupt the family.  Additionally, most homes are limited in handicap accessibility.  And most people do not have a van with a wheelchair lift at their fingertips.  These families were left in a situation of not only being broke, but they could not move their ALS stricken veteran into and around their home and had no access to transportation.  All of this on top of the devastating terminal diagnosis.  PVA and the local National Service Office is exceptional in getting assistance to these veterans.  Locally, it is a matter of weeks rather than months in processing these claims.  Nationally, PVA has assisted in rewriting the directives on the processing of ALS veteran assistance.




As stated earlier, Iowa PVA runs solely on donations and grants and receives no governmental funds.  There success is heavily reliant on the kindness and generosity of their donors.


Presentation Statement from Kim Gould Executive Director Iowa PVA:


This brings me to the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders.  In late 2013, I was contacted by Mike Smith and Dale DeReus of the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders.  Mike and Dale advised me that their group would like to put on a fundraising campaign for Iowa PVA.  I of course, was all for that.  In 2014, the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders attempted to promote an event at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids  that coincided with our National Year End Trapshoot.  Unfortunately, that event was rained out but their spirits were not dampened and they held an event on the 4th of July 2014 at the Eagles Club in Cedar Rapids.  This event was small but still managed to raise $1500 for the Iowa Chapter.  We thought this was great…..the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders were not satisfied at all with that.  They almost immediately went to work planning the 2015 All American Bash.


The All American Bash started out with a motorcycle ride with 4 stops ending at the Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial Building.  There was food, live music, silent auction, raffles, etc.  Our Board of Directors was in attendance as well as our National PVA Vice President Liaison Charles Brown.  It was a huge undertaking and a bigger success.  They solicited sponsorships including J&P Cycles out of Anamosa which covered appx. $2500 in anticipated expenses.  This allowed for all of the money raised to be donated directly to the Iowa Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America.  This solo event raised $7500!


It is with great pleasure that we present the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders with the Keith M. Griggs Chapter Service Award.  Keith was Iowa PVA’s National Service Officer for many years until his retirement and death in 2011.  In addition to being a dedicated and professional advocate for veterans, he was an avid motorcycle enthusiast.  It is only fitting and proper that the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders receive this award in Keith’s name which reads:


In recognition of your extensive fundraising efforts in support of the Iowa Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America.  The All American Bash was a huge success and the funds raised will assist our chapter in providing vital services to our disabled veteran members.


Attention all members of the District Membership teams:

For those of you that will be attending the West Central Regional Conference next weekend, Iowa will present our membership theme on Saturday afternoon.

If you are attending, please wear your outfits - This also includes the Entertainment Tribe.  We will be presenting a shortened version of MSP Brenda's theme - similar to what we did at state convention.


Also, please plan on meeting 30 minutes before the afternoon session begins.

We will be doing a skit - jointly with the Nebraska State Auxiliary Membership team.  It will be fun, with a lot of ad-libbing.  The Nebraska Membership chairman - Cheri Bollig - will fill you in when we meet on Saturday afternoon.


I know that we will do 'Iowa Proud' - and I look forward to seeing all of you next weekend.




The Medicine Man

Debbie Gilson



To All District Membership Tribes:

There has been some confusion with the membership skits and entertainment at our zone meetings.  The Membership skits are something new this year and give your 'tribes' a chance to show-case our membership theme.  This was listed on the back of the membership program that was handed out at state convention.


This year, we are having each District do a five minute Membership skit during the Saturday afternoon meetings.  This is NOT the same as the entertainment during the Saturday evening banquet.


Below is a schedule for the MEMBERSHIP skits:

Fall W Zone - Des Moines - W Pott Tribe

Fall E Zone - Grinnell - Hawkeye Tribe

Spring W Zone - Council Bluffs - SE Lakes Tribe Spring E Zone - Clinton - 3 Rivers Tribe


The following is the schedule for ENTERTAINMENT during the banquet:


Fall W Zone - Des Moines - SE Lakes Tribe Fall E Zone - Grinnell - 3 Rivers Tribe Spring W Zone - Council Bluffs - W Pott Tribe Spring W Zone - Clinton - Hawkeye Tribe


I apologize for the confusion.  If you have any questions, feel free to get a hold of me at 319-241-9499 or just send me an email.


And remember to Make Good Medicine and keep up the great work that all of you do!!

Medicine Man - Debbie Gilson

Lorraine Grimes Passes (1-15-18)

It brings us great sadness to have to report the passing of Past Grand Madam President Lorraine Grimes. A celebration of life will take place on January 20, at 1 p.m. at Cape Girardeau, Mo., Aerie & Auxiliary #3775, located at 321 N. Spring St. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Eagles' Jimmy Durante Children's Fund in Lorraine's honor.

Cards may be sent to: Markey Ford, 8 Abby Lane, Little Rock, AR 72227


Cards Appreciated (12-18-17)

Faye Guthrie's husband from Burlington, passed away. Her address is: 104 S. White St. Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641.


Cards Appreciated (10-25-17)

There is a few members of our Eagle family that could use some cheering up:

* Helen Niblo of Albia Auxiliary is in the hospital with pneumonia, Her address is:   303 Wilson St.  Blakesburg, IA   52536-8109

* State Worthy Outside Guard, Wynn Bowden is in the hospital, having to have his heart defibrillated......His address is:   704 14 Ave NW  Clinton, IA   52732

*Madam State Chaplin, Robin Cunningham is having surgery on her arm today.....Her address is:411 N 2nd St.  Guttenburg, IA  52052

As always, I'm sure there are several Eagles that are having issues we are not aware of, so let's keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers.


Lena Armstrong Update (10-6-2017)

Lena Armstrong is doing good after her surgery. She said, she is still really tired, but doing very well. She also said she will see everyone at Eastern Zone!! Let's continue to keep Lena in our prayers so she can heal fast!! Card to her may be sent to : 1120 Cummins Rd Des Moines, IA 50315


Passing of Nebraska PSP Merri Smalley (9-19-2017)


August 8, 1949 – September 18, 2017

Merri Anne (Kinney) Smalley age 68 of Murray, NE peacefully passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017 at her residence.

She was born on August 8, 1949 to James Wayne Jr. and Doris Jane (Nobbe) Kinney in Lincoln, NE. She was raised in Alvo, NE and graduated Waverly High School in Waverly, NE with the class of 1967. After graduating from high school, Merri moved to Murray, NE and began working in the nursing home industry at the Plattsmouth Manor in Plattsmouth, NE. She met Lawrence "Larry" Dale Smalley and they were later married on September 24, 1983. Merri and Larry made their home in Murray. Later, Merri worked as a pharmacy technician at Walgreens in Bellevue, NE until she retired in 2009.

She was a very active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #365 Auxiliary in Plattsmouth, serving as president and all other local offices. Merri is a Past State Madam President of the Nebraska State Auxiliary Fraternal Order of Eagles in York, NE and she was State Madam President 2014-2015. She was also a member of Clements Post V.F.W. Post #6159 Auxiliary in Taylor, NE.

Merri is survived by her son: Shane Morris and wife Cyndi of Ramah, CO; daughter: Amy Blowers of Watertown, SD; five grandchildren: Trevor, Bailey, Dakota, Cheyenne, and Carrie; two great grandsons: Michael and Shane; mother: Doris Kinney of Alvo, NE; sister: Paula Predmore and husband Joe of Princeton, MN; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father: James W. Kenny Jr., brother: Lawrence "Skip" Wayne Kinney, husband: Lawrence Dale Smalley, and granddaughter: Heather Sue Mattern.

Visitations will be held from 1:00 to 9:00 P.M., with family greeting relatives and friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Roby Funeral Home in Plattsmouth.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, September 22, 2017 at Roby Funeral Home with Pastor Michael McGregor officiating.

Final Resting Place will be at Alvo Cemetery in Alvo, NE.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Family (A suitable charity will be chosen at a later date).

Services are entrusted to Roby Funeral Home, 346 Ave. A, Plattsmouth, NE 68048 (402) 296-3123,



Cards Appreciated (9-13-2017)

 Tama-Toledo Eagles Auxiliary President Jean Doran had surgery this morning, and is expected to make a good recovery. I'm sure she would enjoy some cheer, as she will be down for awhile. Jean Doran 710 E.5th st. Tama Iowa 52339


Cards Appreciated (9-13-2017)

From Cindy Brinson: At meeting last night, Eva and I learned that Dale and Shirley have both had some serious accidents...On August 31st, Dale fell at home and broke ribs. It somehow punctured his lung and caused bleeding. He was airlifted to University Hospitals where he had surgery. He recovered and was released, however he has developed an infection and is back in the hospital as of this writing.

With Dale hurt and headed to the hospital, Shirley was trying to get the dogs in and got tangled up in leashes or chains and fell and broke her hip. She had surgery, was out in two days and is recovering very well.

Please keep them in your prayers and cards can be sent to them at:

Dale and Shirley O'Brien

 2656 Black Diamond Rd. SW

 Iowa City, IA 52240



Quick update...I just called Dale and he was released from the hospital last night. He never was released prior to that....they kept him the entire time due to infection. But he is still hurting and thinks he might have some memory loss because of oxygen. He was in good spirits and glad to be home ! I know he will still appreciate any cards and I told him I just sent notice out! So do the people helping people thing...and make him feel good!



Cards Appreciated (9-13-2017)

It is with deep sadness that I pass on to all of you that yesterday a little angel joined all of those sweet little one watching over us in heaven!

Please keep the family of Kevin "Woody" and Brandie Woodyard in your thoughts and prayers with the loss of their 9 day old Grandson "Emmett". SMP Deb has told me today they think it might be "SIDS".

Cards may be sent to them at 51 Keith Dr., Shenandoah, IA  51601

The family has asked that you please not use social media sites to offer your condolences. May they find peace in their hearts during this time of sorrow.


Update from Carol (8-29-2017)

I am doing well! I got home on Sunday. Chemo will start on the 22nd of Sept. I will see you all at WRC and Western Zone! I won't be at Zone till Sat. I am looking for seeing all of you!! Thanks for all the prayers, you are all WONDERFUL !!!!

See You Soon, Carol


Cards Appreciated (8-18-2017)

PSP Judy Wheeler from Maquoketa, recently had gallbladder surgery and Vickie DeMoss from Albia recently lost her daughter. Please send them both some love at:

Judy Wheeler, #7 Harvard, Maquoket, IA 52060 and Vickie DeMoss Family, 7003 Meadow, Albia, IA 52531.


Cards Appreciated (8-9-2017)

Goldie Adams brother-in-law had a serious accident last Wednesday and was life flighted to Omaha. They did surgery removing a part of his skull to relieve the pressure on his brain.   He has several broken ribs & badly bruised knees.  He is getting along better now. The doctors are amazed at how fast he responded.  He is  getting up & sitting in a chair some. He is eating regular food now.  He doesn't remember what happened but wants to go home!  Both he & my sister are Eagle members here at Red Oak #2715.  They would appreciate some cards as he has a long way to recovery.  Their address is:  Todd Williams,214 W Boundary St, Clarinda, IA 51632


Cards Appreciated (8-9-2017)

Marilyn Mintun's  61 year old son, Mike, passed away yesterday in Custer, SD.   He was at work and suffered a massive heart attack.  Please keep their family in your prayers and for safe travels as they leave in the morning for South Dakota. Please send cards to:

Marilyn Mintun, 1221 Hedge Ave., Burlington, IA    52601

Marilyn, was active on the MINK Committee for years and is on our ritual teams.    She touches a lot of lives throughout Earldom and will appreciate everything!


Cards Appreciated (7-6-2017)

Madam State Conductor, Eva Knepp has been in the hospital for that last couple of days, and she would also appreciate  hearing from her Eagle Family.  Please send cards to her at....

Eva Knepp

3106 Pearl Ave

Davenport, IA   52802


Worthy State President, Jack Henninger was recently in the hospital.  I know he would appreciate hearing from his Eagle Family.  Cards may be sent to Jack at:

Jack Henninger

1054 Longfellow Ave

Waterloo, IA   50703


Sandy recently lost her mother (7-6-2017)

Sandy Biery

5130 S 98th CT

Apt 16

Omaha, NE  68127


Carold Herold (5-20-2017)

Carol Herold was taken to Shenandoah Emergency Room Saturday and was later transferred to Clarkson Hospital in Omaha. As of late, she hasn't been breathing too well and things just got worse Saturday. Per her family, originally they were going to be doing tests to see if she has a blood clot in her lungs or was having a heart attack. Today they also decided they'd be doing a renal ultrasound to check her kidneys. Per her daughter, some of the tests they won't be able to do until next week. She may be in the hospital anywhere from 4-5 days (??)


So, if in Omaha and you want to stop and see her, she is in room7835 at Clarkson Hospital. Otherwise, I know she would appreciate hearing from her Eagle friends. Cards may be sent to her at:


Carol Herold

796 Southwest Rd

Shenandoah, IA 51601-1568


Prayers Needed(5-8-2017)

Monday morning our daughter-in-law, Nicole, passed out at work. They took her to the hospital by ambulance. Her heart stopped and they had to do CPR. They did a cath then lifeflighted her to D.M.Mercy. They diagnosed her with veintricular defibulation. The bottom of her heart beating way too fast. Did an MRI Thursday and installed a pacemaker and a defibulator. No heart issues to speak of before this except a heart murmer and palpatations once in a while. She is only 30. They have been through so much these last 4 years. Please keep them in your prayers. Thanks, Debbie and Rusty.


Get Well Wishes

to PSP Joe Roe from Iowa City and Cheryl Beals from Des Moines.


Passing of Brother

Julie Ervin, Des Moines #109 recently lost her brother.  Please keep Julie and family in your thoughts and prayers.  Card to Julie at:

4145 6th Ave

Des Moines, IA   50313-3432


Card Shower

Rose Morrissey from Muscatine. is a Past Eastern Zone President and was active for many years in the Muscatine Club and attended many conferences and state conventions thru the years.

Rose has been diagnosed with dementia/alzheimers, and the family has recently had to place her in a nursing home.  Her home will have to be sold and as she is not happy with this arrangement, they thought cards would help and they could decorate her room with these.

Your kindness in doing so, would be greatly appreciated.

Rose Morrissey

Lutheran Homes

2421 Lutheran Drive

Muscatine, IA   52761



Passing of her daughter

Our Sympathies go out to Sharon Doud, Muscatine for the recent loss of her daughter...Cards may be sent to:

Sharon Doud

508 Butternut Street

Maquoketa, Ia 52060



Bill Whitlock’s mother  (12-2-2016)

passed away during the night. Cards maybe sent to Bill at 1533 W. Lombard St. Davenport, IA 52804 Please keep the family in your prayers.


Cindy Brinson had knee replacement yesterday. (11-23-2016)

In her own words -- came through just fine.

Cards may be mailed to: CINDY BRINSON

 2908 New Era Rd

 Muscatine, IA 52761



Holly Niemi's Mother Passes (11-11-2016)

Holly Niemi's, the Grand Auxiliary Treasurer, mother passed away this week .

Cards may be sent to

 Holly & Paul Niemi & Family

 1110 Leisure Lane

 Rugby, ND 58368



Card Shower for Gayleen Means (11-8-2016)

Gayleen Means is back in the hospital, she was taken by ambulance from  her doctor's office due to some heart issues. If you send cards to her home, her daughter will deliver them.

Gayleen Means

2300 6 St SW

Altoona IA  50009



Card Shower for Tess Catt (10-13-2016)

Tess Catt is undergoing cancer treatments for a brain tumor. She is away from home and her family. She is SO POSITIVE and inspiring to everyone -- it is TIME for us to RETURN THE FAVOR! We are holding an OLD FASHIONED CARD SHOWER! Let's give Tess something to look forward to -- and to let her know that Eagles across the jurisdiction -- are thinking about her and praying for her daily!

For anyone that might now know Tess -- she is undoubtedly the BETTER HALF of Tony Brown!



% ACS Hope Lodge, Room 305

3511 10th Street

Lubbock, TX 79415


Wendler's (9-21-2016)

Chris and Chuck Wendler lost their 20 Year old Grandson yesterday in a car accident in Florida.

Please send sympathy cards to:

The Wendlers

1616 Hollywood Blvd.

Iowa City, IA   52240


Happy Birthday Helen (8-26-2016)

Helen Rawlings will turn 90 on Sept. 7th. For those that can't attend her party in Burlington on the 9th and would like to send her a card, her address is 1215 S. 14th St., Burlington, IA 52601


Thinking of you (6-3-2016)

Dakota State Auxiliary President, Gerri Dooley is recuperating from surgery on her lungs and waiting for test results and hoping to get her strength back to preside over her state convention in June.  Anyone wishing to send her a “thinking of you” card could mail them to:

Gerri Dooley, 406 Franklin St., Vermillion, SD 57069.


Thinking of you (5-23-2016)

Betty Langton fell Friday and has broken both of her wrists and hit her head. She is at home recovering. Cards maybe sent to her at 5712 Mayfair Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.


Members who would enjoy a card...

Thinking of You

*Ilene Church  , 711 N. 6th St, Chariton, IA   50049

*Dorothy Anderson, 113 S 7th #2, Missouri Valley, IA 51555

* MSP Brenda Youngbear  ( Loss of her Aunt), 407 Park, Tama, IA 52339



* Dean “Digger” Anderson is celebrating his 80th Birthday. 113 S 7th #2, Missouri Valley, IA 51555




Simpson with influenza

Carol Simpson is in the hospital with a really bad case of influenza.  Cards maybe sent to: 2002 5th Ave. , Council Bluffs, IA. Please be aware of any symptoms you might be having as well and see a Dr if necessary.


PWCRP Janice Lauffer passes

More details to come. Please keep her family in your prayers. (3-29-2016)

A celebration of life will be held for PWCRP Janice Lauffer, April 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Crete FOE #3909. It was Janice's wish that dress be casual and to share memories of her life.  (3-31-2016)


Dwaine (Shorty) McFarland

Visitation for Dwaine (Shorty) McFarland, will be held from 1:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Dwaine's family present throughout the day and evening. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Tharp Funeral home in Albia. Burial will follow services at the Hiteman Cemetery in Hiteman.  Cards maybe sent to: 1649 612th Lane, Albia, IA   52531-8813. (3-30-16)

Passed away this morning, surrounded by his family.  Info on services to follow. (3-28-16)

Shorty suffered a heart attack on Friday and has been moved to the 9th floor of Mercy Hospital to a Critical Care bed.  He is on a ventilator and his mother, sister, and nephew are with him.  They feel his days are becoming few. Shorty himself is unresponsive at this time, but his family is still in need of your prayers.  Shorty's father passed just 2 years ago and the family is taking this very hard. They appreciate the cards and visits they've received.  I've assured them that even though they aren't well acquainted with Shorty's Eagle friends, those friends have them in their thoughts and prayers. (3-27-16)


More cards, please...

Pat Wallace recently had back surgery and is finally feeling better...Well wishes may be sent to her home: Pat Wallace, 7306 Barry Rd. , Tampa, Florida  33634.

Dubuque lost a long time sister over the weekend,  Ann Tomkins. Cards may be sent to: Tomkins Family, 2231 Graham Circle, Dubuque, IA   52003.


Spirits need lifting

If you would like to send cards below find the addresses....

Janice Lauffer, 1644 South Cotner Blvd. , Lincoln, Nebraska 68506

Dwaine McFarland, Mercy Hospital Room 848, 1111 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314

Bob Ervin, 4145 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA   50313-3432

If anyone knows of any other Sisters or Brothers that need a ray of sunshine, please let us know.


Birthday Cards

Past Madam State President Gerry Morgan from Cedar Rapids celebrated her 91st birthday on Saturday, Sept 12.  Let's surprise her with lots of birthday wishes - even though they are a few days belated! Cards maybe sent to: Gerry Morgan, 3851 Northwood Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa  52402.


Dwayne Shorty McFarland

has been a patient at Mercy in Des Moines. He will be having tests done this week.. you can send cards to: Mercy Hospital. E-mail 896, 6th and University, Des Moines IA 50312.


Carol Simpson update

Carol had her pain inhibitor in her back turned on and things went well.  She will continue to heal from the surgery, but things look good. Larry Simpson was having chest pains when he came to pick her up, he was having chest pains so their son-in-law Cliff, took Larry to Omaha and they have ruled out a heart attack, they are keeping him to run more tests.


Carol Simpson

had her long awaited back surgery 2/8/2016.   There was an implanted device to reduce or end her pain.  She is looking to be released today. Cards can be sent to: Carol Simpson, 2002 5th Ave., Council Bluffs, IA   51501.


Lisa Zook

Madam State Inside Guard Lisa Zook had surgery today and will stay in the hospital overnight.  I know she will appreciate hearing from her Eagle Family.  Cards can be sent to: Lisa Zook, 1115 North Court Street, Ottumwa, IA   52501.


Colleen Bryant

Some of you have heard that PSMP Colleen Bryant fell recently and broke her hip.  She has had a partial hip replacement and will need several weeks of Rehabilitation.  She is recovering well, still very weak and tired.  Please keep her and Jimmie in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to: Colleen Bryant, 202 Sunny Lane, West Liberty, IA. 52776-1657


Pam Boland

Pam Boland, PMP of Red Oak Aux #2715, has been in the hospital since last Wednesday (Aug 19).  She had some sort of infection in her foot and they were looking at doing surgery.  However, since she's been in the hospital, the medicine seems to be healing things somewhat so the surgery is called off for the time being and she may be coming home in the next day or so. Cards may be sent to: Pam Boland, 1214 E Hammond St, Red Oak, IA  51566.


Don Mulvania Passes

Long time Council Member, Don Mulvania recently passed away.  Cards may be sent in care of: Bert Mulvania, 400 S 38th St Apt.  #356, Council Bluffs, IA   51501-3469.


PSP John Kipp Passes

View John's Obit here Funeral Services for John Kipp will be held at the Runge Funeral Home in Davenport on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.  Visitation will be on Wednesday beginning at 11:00 am with the Funeral following at noon.  Memorials to the family to help pay for expenses.  Cards may be sent to the family in care of: Sherrill Kipp, 2607 Belleview Ave, Bettendorf, IA   52722

Donation to the Memorial for PSP John Kipp please send to: Mark Kipp, 1080 39th Street, Bettendorf, IA   52722


Tolman Passes

Steve Tolman’s mother passed away on Sunday, Feb. 7th.   Flowers were sent from the Grand Aerie, Grand Auxiliary Officers & Staff .  A card will also be sent. Services for Steve’s mother will be held as follows:

Thurs., Feb. 11th – Visiting hours will be from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM @ the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave. (Rte. 111), Acton, Massachusetts 01720; PH: (978) 263-5333. Fri., Feb. 12th – Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM @ the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 89 Arlington St., Acton, Massachusetts with burial following in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Central Street, W., Acton, Massachusetts

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. Cards of condolence may be sent to Steve and his family at: STEVE TOLMAN & FAMILY, 6872 WALNUT HILLS DR., BRENTWOOD, TN 37027-7813


Junior Patterson

Junior Patterson passed away on Sunday , Feb 7th . He has been in the Hospice in Chariton.  His Funeral will be on Saturday Feb 13th 10:30 A.M. with the visitation6-8pm Friday, February 12, both at the Chariton Fielding Funeral Home. Cards may be sent to his daughter: Junior Patterson Family, % of Becky & Dan Allen & Family, 49900 160th Ave, Lucas. Iowa 50151-8471.


Bernard (Joe) Feehan

has been in and out of the hospital and is now home with hospice coming to help. Thinking of you cards could be sent to:

Bernard & Phyllis Feehan , 507 Vine Street, Woodburn,Iowa 50275.

Joe passed away on February 9, 2016. Funeral arrangements to come.


Roger Graham Passed

It is with great sadness to share the news of the death of Nebraska State Aerie Membership Chairman Roger Graham. Cards maybe sent to: Sharon Graham, 1733 SCARBOROUGH DR #3L, BELLEVUE, NE 68123-3443.


Burns Son Passes

PWCRP Janet Burns lost her son, Chris yesterday.  Please keep the family in your prayers during this sad time. Cards may be sent to: Janet Burns, 1818 – 5th Ave., Grinnell, IA  50112.


Bev Woods

Scott Houghtaling's Aunt Bev Woods passed away December 3. Bev was very active in Bellevue #3912. Cards may be sent to: Scott Houghtaling, 2742 Saint Joseph Avenue, Columbus, OH  43204.


Jerald Jones

MP Cindy Jones from Cedar Rapids 2272, father Jerald Jones, passed away over the weekend. Cards may be sent to: Cindy Jones, PO Box 5204, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-5204.


PGMP Jean Kerr's

son passed away this morning (11/11/15) at the age of 48. Sam suffered a couple of strokes in the last few days.  Cards may be sent to:  JEAN KERR & CLIFF HANSON, 1350 3rd Avenue, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 1G3 Canada. Cost is $1.20 in postage for a regular sympathy card.


Edward "Ed" Scott

Jeff Scott’s Father has passed away. Cards may be sent to: Jeff & Deb Scott, 220 Summer St. , West Burlington, Ia. 52655 . View Obituary Here


Roberta Tice

Roberta Tice, wife of P.G.W.P., David Tice passed away at 5:30 AM Tuesday (10-13-15) morning.  Roberta's viewing & service info is as follows: Friday - Oct. 16th - viewing from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Parrish, 3201 Mishicot Road, Two Rivers, WI 54241; PH: (920) 793-4531 with service (mass) starting at 10:00 AM, then to cemetery.  12:00 noon - there will be a lunch to follow at Aerie No. 706, Manitowoc Eagles - 823 Hamilton Street, Manitowoc, WI. Cards may be sent to: David Tice & Family, 4618 Forest Hills Drive, Two Rivers, WI 54241.


Joanne Rott

It is with Sadden Heart to inform you of Past Grand Madam Joanne Rott's  passing. View her obituary here.

Visitation will be held Wednesday Night from 6-8pm Central Time at the Eddy Funeral Home at 621 1st Ave S in Jamestown, N.D.  58401.  The phone number is 701-252-3138. Service will be held at 1:30pm  Central Time  Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, 115 3rd St S.E., Jamestown, N.D.  58401. Cards may be sent to: Gene Rott, 3142 W Lakeside Rd, Jamestown, N.D.  58401. Betty Jo Hoeppner,   3678 81st Ave SE, Jamestown, N.D.  58401.



Earl Rutlege from Tama-Toledo #2828 recently lost his mother.  Cards may be sent to Earl and family at 1610 Siegel St. Tama, IA   52339.


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