What is the Fraternal Order of Eagles? By Stephen Macfarlane.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is a fraternal, social and humanitarian organization with thousands of member lodges, called "aeries", in most American States and Canadian Provinces. The Fraternal Order of Eagles raises millions of dollars each year, both internationally and at the local level, for a wide variety of charitable purposes.
Where did the Fraternal Order of Eagles come from?
It was incorporated in February 1898 in Seattle, Washington. The Fraternal
Order of Eagles was founded by a group of theatre owners who originally
called it The Order of Good Things. Their intention was to provide a
meeting-place for like-minded men to socialize and to protect one another
and their families.
What are the symbols of the Fraternal Order of Eagles?
The emblem of the Fraternal Order of Eagles is the American bald eagle,
adopted at the turn of the century when many fraternal organizations chose
an animal symbol to represent them. Most such organizations are now gone.
The major survivors are the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) and the Loyal Order of Moose (LOM).
What are the precepts of the Fraternal Order of Eagles?
Members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles take an oath based on the precepts of Liberty, Truth, Justice and Equality. The rites of initiation into the Fraternal Order of Eagles spell out these precepts, and what they mean in terms of members' obligations to one another and to their community.
What are the restrictions on membership?
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is a familial brotherhood. That means
candidates for membership must be sponsored, in writing, by two current
members; recommended to the general membership; and approved by vote of
members present at a general meeting.
Is the Fraternal Order of Eagles a political organization?
No, not in the generally-accepted sense. It has been, however, especially in the early part of this century, a powerful lobbying force for certain causes. The Fraternal Order of Eagles has traditionally championed the rights of working people. It was one of the first groups to fight for old age pensions and against child labor laws, and more recently has actively supported laws against age discrimination in the workplace.
Why is the Fraternal Order of Eagles not better known?
The Fraternal Order of Eagles has more than a million men and women as
members, and raises millions of dollars yearly for countless charities.
Yet outside of its own membership, the Fraternal Order of Eagles is
something of a mystery, compared with many other civic, social and
charitable organizations. Here are four contributing factors to this