State President Report
JULY 2021

Back in 1996, after having attended the funeral of my great uncle, my Uncle Ray asked if I wanted to stop at the Eagles about a block away… having often heard the Eagles mentioned by my Dad, as he would have to stop by to sign the book, which must have been quite the process because it took hours...I told my Uncle sure.

So we stopped in, I had a soda and my Uncle a Schmidts … and after enjoying the bantering for a
while my uncle asked what I thought, I told him I liked it and he asked me to join. I did but didn’t go in much until a few years later when I turned 21 and there were some problems being uncovered at the
Aerie.

My uncle asked if I would come to the meetings and listen and vote to help get some answers
from t he officers on the problems. Soon thereafter some of the officers stopped showing up and agents were sent in to help resolve the issues, one of those gentlemen was Mel Fry who went on the be the Grand Worthy President.

As we worked to put things back tog ether members were needed to fill the offices, I was asked
and gladly accepted the Conductors position… a few years later at the election a long time member and I both ran for President and were tied in votes. We agreed to decide the winner with a coin to ss, and I won the toss.

From that point forward I would be suggesting new ways of doing things, rocking the boat,
ruffling feathers, and always advocating benefits to the members. We sponsored a softball team made up of a number of guys I went to school with under the condition they would have to join, which they did. And they loved the place, reasonable prices and nice people. That started the energy that would fuel the expansion of our Aerie from 250 members to a peak of just over 1,000 in the course of about 10 years.

Business was great, activities were packed and all was well. During this time our district hosted a family day at Knoebels Grove and invited Eric Barnes who would often camp at Knoebels with his family… while Eric was attending one year he asked if I had ever thought about running for state office, which I had not but then would and would be successful at the Lancaster
Host Resort with Mark Bahr as my campaign chairman.

Fast forward 10 years and a roller coaster of ups and downs and her e we are. No one would have
ever expected a global virus would all but shut down our country. Life was turned upside down and almost everyone was starting their answers to desperate questions to answers with “I don’t know, we never went through this befo re...”

People were told to stay home, go out only if absolutely needed and stay isolated. Businesses
were shut down, some to never reopen.

By God’s grace, we are coming out of that dark period into a period of opportunity. While we
have been closed or under restrictions for so long, during that time creativity was used to find ways to comply with health mandates, technology was used in ways never before by many businesses to have online meetings and communicate with members, much of that creativity wil l be able to help us rebuild our membership and business volume and membership stronger than ever before in the year to come.

I have appointed one of my closest confidants over my years as a state officer, Mark Bahr from
Carlisle #1299, as my M embership D irector, there are few, if any, harder working, more driven and passionate member in the Eagles and he and I have already mapped a plan to tour the state to promote the charitable work the Eagles do and to recover the membership losses we have experienced the last few years.

One thing I am going to institute is a State Technology A dvisor to be a resource to local Eagle
officers on tech questions and assist in upgrading equipment.

There exists a number of tools to help advertise events through Facebook anThere exists a number of tools to help advertise events through Facebook and Constant Contact d Constant Contact and others but local members just need to see it in action and gets some help getting started and if they and others but local members just need to see it in action and gets some help getting started and if they take to it will see the benefits of target marketing and mass communication.

Also, I will be working with the District Directors aAlso, I will be working with the District Directors and local Presidents to host open house style nd local Presidents to host open house style Friends and Family membership drives during our District tours and Aerie visitations. Some Aerie have Friends and Family membership drives during our District tours and Aerie visitations. Some Aerie have never taken advantage of their special occasion liquor license permits to allow nonnever taken advantage of their special occasion liquor license permits to allow non--members in and members in and enjoy thenjoy their Aerie for the day. A guide to the special occasions permit is included in this newsletter for eir Aerie for the day. A guide to the special occasions permit is included in this newsletter for future use in preparation of the membership drives. It must be done online as paper copies no longer future use in preparation of the membership drives. It must be done online as paper copies no longer accepted by the PLCB.

All the while promoting the German concept of “der Gemütlichkeit”. Anyone who likes the All the while promoting the German concept of “der Gemütlichkeit”. Anyone who likes the Oktoberfest time of year hears this phrase used often in song. There is no English equivalent to the Oktoberfest time of year hears this phrase used often in song. There is no English equivalent to the word, it’s a reference to a spiritual feeling belonging, of beinword, it’s a reference to a spiritual feeling belonging, of being in the company of good true friends and g in the company of good true friends and enjoying the time shared together.

Too often complainers and cut throats create toxic environments that good people do not like to be in, but if we can use this opportunity of reconstruction to create and promotbe in, but if we can use this opportunity of reconstruction to create and promote an always friendly, fun e an always friendly, fun environment with other brother and sisters in the Eagles, new members will join us, if they enjoy it, they environment with other brother and sisters in the Eagles, new members will join us, if they enjoy it, they will want to want to come back. will want to want to come back.

My Brothers and Sisters, I thank you for this opportunity to serve you and to serve EaglMy Brothers and Sisters, I thank you for this opportunity to serve you and to serve Eagles… I es… I pledge to you my best efforts in the year to come and I look forward to visiting you all at your Aerie to pledge to you my best efforts in the year to come and I look forward to visiting you all at your Aerie to thank you again and to assist in your charity efforts in rebuilding your membership. Your communities thank you again and to assist in your charity efforts in rebuilding your membership. Your communities and the young men and woman in them need and the young men and woman in them need you and the Eagles to make your towns and this country a you and the Eagles to make your towns and this country a better place to live and raise families.better place to live and raise families.

With you help we will make an unstoppable force that will no doubt succeed to strengthen and grow the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

God bless you, God Bless the Eagles, and may God forever continue to bless the United States of Americae Eagles, and may God forever continue to bless the United States of America

Jeremy Frits                                                                         Mark Bahr
Pennsylvania State Worthy President                                State Membership Chairmen
2021-2022                                                                          2021-2022


Special Occasion Permits

Permit authority
Special Occasion Permits allow eligible entities to sell alcohol during fundraising events such as bazaars, picnics, etc.

• A Special Occasion Permit may only be granted for an event used by the applicant as a means of raising funds for itself.
• Only the area where sales of alcohol will take place needs to be licensed under the permit. • Special Occasion Permits may only be used for nine consecutive or nonconsecutive days and an additional 10 consecutive days during a calendar year.

Advance Application
• An entity that has never been approved for a Special Occasion Permit before must submit an application at least 30 calendar days prior to the event for which the Special Occasion Permit is sought.
• If an entity has been granted a Special Occasion Permit in the past, a Special Occasion Permit application must be submitted at least 10 business days in advance of the event.

Review the list of eligible entities to determine if your organization and event may qualify for a Special Occasion Permit, then visit PLCB+ to apply for a permit. Paper applications will not be accepted.


Mark A Bahr
Membership Chairperson


Dear Brothers,
I would like to introduce myself as the new PA State membership Chairperson for the 2021-2022 year. My name is Mark Bahr. I am a current Secretary at Aerie #1299 (Carlisle, PA). I look forward to meeting and speaking with each of you as I travel around the state with PA State President Jeremy Frits.

The current membership in the Pennsylvania is 41026. The past year has been very challenging to get members. We need to look to the future as the COVID 19 is mainly behind us. Our goal is get membership back to 50,000. We must concentrate everyday on getting members in the door.

When I joined the FOE I read a sign in the Secretary’s office, “EMOALONMTHAEY”. I am now Secretary of the Aerie and look at that sign daily. The meaning is: Every Member Owes At Least One New Member To His Aerie Each Year.

As we look to grow membership in the coming year we need to get back to the basics. Ask every member to get a friend to join our Aerie. We need to get our members to spread the word and get their friends to join. Imagine if only a quarter of our members got another person to join. The state membership would grow by 10,256 and be over our 50000 members.

The PA State Aerie has authorized membership prizes as follows:
1. The top zone producers for each month have their choice of a hooded sweatshirt or a $30.00 prize.
2. The top district producer has a choice of a leather receipt holder of a $10.00 prize.
Win a Trip to The PA State Convention:

Pennsylvania will have (4) four prizes that a member can win for a trip to the PA State Convention in Erie, PA on June 10-12, 2022 at the Ambassador Conference Center. The trip will include two nights lodging, convention registration, and $100 for gas. Any member that signs up a member will receive one entry for the trip. There is no cash value for the trip. If a winning member declines the trip the prize will be awarded to another member.

I look forward to seeing you all soon. Let us all work to get to 50,000 members in 2022. Get a friend to join today and get your members to get a friend to join.

Fraternally,
Mark A Bahr, Membership Chairperson