Eagles Celebrate

By Bill Agnew
The first week in October was a very eventful week for the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Crystal Beach. On October 3, we celebrated our 42nd birthday as an Aerie. Then on Friday, October 5, we co-hosted our second blood drive on the Peninsula with the Bay Vue United Methodist Church. We had another great turnout with 31 people screened and 26 able to donate blood. We would like to thank L.B. Hunt for his hard work again and look forward to the next time we co-host a blood drive on the coast.

Saturday was our annual Oktoberfest hosted by Big Jim Denys. There was German Food, German Beer, and German music throughout the day. The food went fast, as did the German Beer. It is a really neat event and one that we look forward to all year long. We served Brats, pork medallions, red cabbage, German potato salad, and strudel for dessert.

Sunday was a very special day. Earlier in the week, the men had decided to create a service award in honor of one of our lady members, Katie Coghlan. She has been an extremely loyal and generous member of our Ladies Auxiliary for quite a while and we wanted to do something special for her that not only thanked her but memorialized her at our Aerie for future members to see. So we created the Katie Coghlan Service Award, which we are going to give to one lady and one man every year on our Birthday weekend. It seemed fitting to name Katie as our first recipient since she has done so much for us this year. Mike Roessler was the recipient for the men. For those of you who are unaware, we have been trying to raise the funds and get the plans set so that we can build a Community Center on our property.

It is something that is important to our organization because we feel it will allow us to better serve our community and also to hold larger events, which helps us raise money for our service projects and scholarships. Both of these two individuals have been instrumental in the project moving forward and as we get closer to reaching our goal, we wanted them to both know how much we appreciate them. This gets said a lot about people, but this project is as far along as it is because these two have really contributed a tremendous amount to it and when it looked like we were not going to make it work; they both stepped up and it looks like we are going to be able to move forward soon. The Eagles really appreciates both Katie Coghlan and Mike Roessler for all of the effort they have put into this project.


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