After 110 years, the Logansport Eagles is faced with the possibility of being forced to close its doors.
The Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aeries No. 323 has been given until Jan. 8 to raise enough revenue to cover upkeep and everyday expenses. If the nonprofit organization doesn’t bring in enough to sustain itself and see better attendance by that time, it will close, said Rick Ricci, Logansport Eagles chairman of trustees.
“We knew it was something that was a possibility in the back of our minds,” Ricci said.
Wayne Baker, secretary at the Logansport Eagles, said the biggest issue is that the organization is currently unable to meet expenses like utilities, food and entertainment, because of falling membership and lack of attendance.
The Logansport Eagles was given notice by Mike Cummings, the Grand Aerie agent. With volunteers running the organization and slow attendance during the week, it has been hard, Ricci said.
Lodge No. 323 is the third oldest Eagles Aerie in Indiana and was the site of the 1938 Indiana State Convention. But this isn’t the first time The Logansport Eagles has struggled. The Eagles closed briefly in the early 2000s. A few members re-opened the lodge and have been working to keep the organization going.
Since then, more events have been planned for both members and non-members. It is also now a non-smoking establishment.
There will be a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Logansport Eagles, 201 S. Sixth St., for all officers, trustees, auxiliary members, current members of the Aerie and anyone affiliated with the organization who is interested in giving ideas or recommendations of what can be done during the time period the organization has been given, Ricci said.
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.