COLUMBIA CITY — A roof “for the community” is the goal. Belinda Griffin, a 20-year member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 1906 and treasurer for the Eagle Riders, pointed to panels of The Eagles’ damaged ceiling.
The sinking panels and brown spots, caused by water seeping through the building’s roof, continues to be a growing problem. “This is a place for people to go, and we are just trying to keep it for the community,” said Griffin.
Over the many years the Eagles building has been a part of the community, it has undergone a fire and been rebuilt twice. Although Griffin said the roof of the building was redone last year, she said it started leaking almost immediately after the job was completed, and the company that was in charge of the project filed bankruptcy and went out of business.
Due to a lack of funds, the F.O.E and the Eagle Riders have been busy holding benefits to raise money for a roof fund. Other than regular bingo nights on Fridays and Saturdays, two open house benefits are planned. Today there will be a St. Patty’s Day Party.
The Irish stew starts at 4 p.m., and it will be available all evening. A live band, “4 on the Floor,” will perform at 9:30 p.m.
Children are welcome to all open house benefits, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Griffin said the Eagles are trying to focus their activities more around kids and helping the community.
“Our motto is ‘People Helping People,’” said Griffin.
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