Park Rapids Eagles Club dissolves
A local organization with 114 years of community service gave away its last funds Monday night.
Park Rapids Aerie 870 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, founded in 1904, closed the door on its clubhouse two years ago due to financial struggles. After an unsuccessful effort to stem a decline in membership, the aerie's charter ended last month.
In a ceremony Monday at the Park Rapids Library, the defunct club expended its remaining $7,000 in a gusher of generosity.
In what Aerie President Ken Kalish called a "last gasp," the organization gave $500 each to the local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.
It also gave $1,000 each to the Hubbard County Emergency Food Shelf, Meals on Wheels (Hubbard County Senior Nutrition), CHI St. Joseph's Hospice Care, Kinship of the Park Rapids Area, Headwaters Animal Shelter, and Let's Go Fishing Headwaters Area Chapter.