By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune
---- — 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.
In addition to attending the meeting, community members can help by patronizing the organization, Ricci said, especially by dining there more than one time a week, Ricci said.
The Logansport Eagles sponsor various community events including bingo and entertainment. There is bingo every Friday evening and upcoming entertainment includes Jamie Seitter karaoke, Brandt Carmichael and The Wrong Way band, Just Jammin Band, the Eel River Band and others.
After the meeting, officers will gather again to go over a strategic plan. Ricci said they are inviting community members to follow up on suggestions even after the open meeting Thursday.
For more information, call the Logansport Eagles at 574-753-3919 or visit www.logansporteagles.weebly.com for more information on events.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her: @PharosAES.
If you go: WHAT: Meeting to discuss future of the Logansport Eagles WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday WHERE: Logansport Eagles, 201 S. Sixth St.
EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this article was unclear about the nature of the Eagles' financial status. This version has been updated.