Eagles turn 80

By Nikki Blankenship

The New Boston Eagles 2271 will be celebrating it’s 80th anniversary in the community in October.

2271 started Oct. 8, 1937 with 61 members in the old Lyric Theater, which is now part of Pauley Plumbing. Among founding members was late Mayor Jim Warren Jr.’s father Jim Warren Sr. Both were members of the Eagles during their lives. 2271 will be celebrating its 80th birthday this fall.

They now have more than 600 members.

The Eagles motto is “People helping people,” and the group has certainly lived up to it. Nationally, the Eagles have given more than $1 million. In 2015, 2271 gave $76,213.95 to local charities including Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Counseling Center, Potter’s House Ministries and The Southern Ohio Sexual Assault Treatment Center. Money is raised through Eagles fundraising events, legal gaming activities and membership dues.

In celebration of their anniversary, Bill Hanley, 2271 secretary, explained the 2271 will be having a members only family picnic from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Young children and grandchildren of members will also be welcomed. The event will include food and refreshments for Eagles members. For children, there will be inflatables. Ladies are asked to bring dessert.

They will also welcome Ohio State Eagles Worthy President Joe Horn as a special guest. Horn has been a members of the Loveland Aerie #3006 since 1991. Horn is visiting as part of his promise to actively work with other Eagles clubs. His motto is “We are Family,” and dedicates his role in the Eagles to working with families. Horn does charitable work with the Ohio Valley Voices, which is a school for the treaching of deaf children by helping them learn to hear and speak with the assistance of cochlear implants and hearing aids.

Hanley and members at the 2271 are excited to have Horn celebrate 80 years of community effort.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.


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