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March 12, 2013

Logansport Eagles: Soaring at 110

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aeries No. 323 is celebrating its 110th anniversary today.

Logansport Aerie No. 323 received its charter March 12, 1903. At the time, they had 149 charter members, and now it has 286 members.

The Eagles is an international, nonprofit organization standing for many things including helping people, liberty, truth, justice and equality, according to its charter. The national organization is 115 years old. Lodge No. 323 hosted the 1938 Indiana State Convention and is the third oldest Eagles Aerie in Indiana.

The Logansport Eagles have a long history in the community and sponsor many community events, organizers say. Members host Bingo, which is open to the public every Friday night, and bring bands in for concerts on the weekend, including the Eagles Hoosier Country Celebration and more.

The Logansport Eagles also sponsor community events and organizations.

Steven Tincher, president, said the group has had its ups and downs and are going through some rough times, but he wants the community to see the good work they’re doing.

“We are an establishment of people helping people,” Tincher said. “I would like to see old members come back and see what we’ve done.”

The group was located in a few buildings before settling into its current location at the corner Sixth and North streets. The new home was completed in April 1956.

The Eagles had to close for a short period in the early 2000s, but a few Eagles members re-opened the lodge and are working to keep it going. After having a bad connotation associated to the name, members and workers have spent the last few years getting a lot of the bad out, said Rick Ricci, Logansport Eagles chairman of trustees.

“All women and men officers are working together and it’s starting to turn around,” Ricci said. “We’re hoping the anniversary draws people in.”

Along with being the chairman of trustees, Ricci, Logansport, is a quality engineer at Cal-Comp Indiana. Ricci said the Logansport Eagles have come a long way in four years. He commented on the food, asking where else could people get a steak and large meal for $9.95.

Claude C. Robinson Sr., trustee, said members want people to know what they’ve done.

“We work hard to keep this place open,” Robinson said. “We do charity work for local ball teams. We have good bands, good food and work hard.”

Ricci said the group is always looking for new members to join. It also has the Ladies Auxiliary and the Junior Order of Eagles.

To become a member, visit the Logansport Eagles, 201 S. Sixth St. and pick up an application. Those interested can also visit the website at www.logansporteagles.weebly.com, call the Eagles Secretary’s office at 574-753-3919 or the bar at 574-732-0082 with questions.

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