State President Report
SEPTEMBER 2021
As August ends and September commences, we say Au revoir to the summer fun and heat, say thank God the kids are back in school and football season is here, and get ready for the busy time of planning and hosting activities at the Eagles. Let us all pray and ask God and one another to do all we can to keep one another safe and reduce the risk of significantly spreading of any disease that may hinder our normal lives and cause harm to those we love.

As I reflect on the State and International Conventions and the concerns and opportunities shared, I am thankful for all the dedicated Local, State and International Eagle Leaders entrusted and empowered by the membership to guide our Aeries through this uniquely challenging time. It will not be a cake walk and your support of your officers and one another ideas to generate operating and charitable funds and attract new members and regain the affiliation of those
who may have let their dues lapse will be crucial for success. And please, please, please, remember to make an effort to just say THANK YOU, it goes a long way in the hearts of the volunteers who give so much of their time. Here in Pennsylvania, I recently had the honor to help open the 41st Annual Pennsylvania State Aerie Pool Tournament at the Carlisle Eagles #1299, and also to visit the State Electronic Dart Tournament in progress at the
Gettysburg Eagles #1562. It was great to see all the shooters again enjoying the competition with their friends from all corners of the State. Its events like this on a local scale that keep members active and generate revenue and new members, thank you to all the shooters and if you don’t have a local league or team in a league, please consider asking for the ability to do so at your local Aerie business meeting.

On Patriots Day, September 11th I will be helping at a Charity BBQ in Scranton. Please take time this day to remember those we lost and remember the sacrifices made by all the First Responders that day and the days and weeks to follow. Many heroes from Pennsylvania rose to the call of duty to help our fellow Americans in New York, Washington DC and here in central Pennsylvania at Shankesville, just 10 miles from our Eagle family in Somerset. The following weekend I look forward to meeting with the lovable ladies at the Auxiliary Fall Conference in Clarion, then visiting Aeries in the vicinity. Saturday September 25th I will be attending the Pennsylvania State Aerie Golf Tournament in Latrobe and will be visiting Aeries in area. If our paths meet, please feel free to share what the Eagles means to you and how you or someone you know has made a positive contribution to the success of your Aerie, its’
those conversations I enjoy and will remember the most.

2021 – 2022 STATE PRESIDENTS CHARITY PROJECT
Earlier in the day of writing this message I was glad to hike around Camp Karoondinha – (pronounced like Past State President Larry “Mendenhall” from Littlestown but with a CREWN-denhall). It brought back memories of my camping experience there a few moons ago. As I read the postings it solidified my belief that Scouting is one of the greatest positive character builders of young men and women in the world. Scouting educates youth to respect and enjoy the outdoors, to be dutiful, respectful citizens themselves and sets them on a course toward a successful and happy life. If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then there is no greater investment in the future of Eagles and America than the Scouts. As my State Presidents Charitable Fundraising Project this year, I ask all of us to consider making a donation to the
State Presidents Charity Fund. I challenge the leaders of every Aerie in Pennsylvania to host a fundraiser of pull out some twenties from your tickets and skills games to consider a $1,000 contribution to this fund to go to Camp Karoondinha. Any and every Aerie or District making at least a $1,000 donation to the State Presidents Project can set any time and day for me to visit your Aerie to receive the donation, you will have my utmost gratitude and appreciation. I will be visiting every Aerie over the course of the next few months in my members appreciation tour
and will gladly accept any contribution any Aerie and Individual may be able to make. You may present me your donations in person, mail them in to the State Aerie office, or I will also be working with State Secretary Shupe to set up an account to which electronic transmission of funds may be sent – yeah 21st century! My friends, the hard work time of year is now beginning, don't wait to get started, be bold in your endeavors, make your contributions worthy of admiration and by your words and actions inspire others around you. And while I may not be right there with you locally, I am always with you spiritually in my devotion, hard work and commitment to the
Fraternal Order of Eagles.

May God Bless us all,
Visitations
September 11 – Charity BBQ – Scranton Aerie #314
September 25 – Pa. State Golf Tourn. Latrobe Aerie #01188

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