Fraternal Order of Eagles Facts

Who We Are
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization unity fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desrible by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.

Our History

The F.O.E. was founded in February, 1898 by six theatre owners gathered in a Seattle shipyard to discuss a musician's strike. After addressing the matter, they agreed to "bury the hatchet" and form "The Order of Good Things." As the numbers grew, members selected the Bald Eagle as the official emblem and changed the name to "The Fraternal Order of Eagles." The womens auxiliary traces its roots back to 1927.

Our Membership
F.O.E. membership exceeds 850,000, with more than 1,400 local Aeries in the U.S. and Canada. Women's auxiliaries total more than 1,300 with more than 250,000 members. Members are recruited by other members and must be sponsored by two members before the membership process begins.

Our Motto

People Helping People.


Fundraisers are conducted for eight major charities, including kidney, heart, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injury funds, a children's fund, memorial foundation and the Golden Eagle Fund.

Noteworthy Members

  • Theodore R. Roosevelt, former U.S. president
  • Warren G. Harding, former U.S. president
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, former U.S. president
  • Harry S. Truman, former U.S. president
  • John F. Kennedy, former U.S. president
  • Jimmy Carter, former U.S. president
  • Ronald Reagan, former U.S. president
  • Bob Hope, comedian, performer
  • Max Baer, boxer/heavyweight champion
  • Gordie Howe, Hockey Hall of Fame
  • William Allen Egan, Governor, Alaska
  • Tony Stewart, NASCAR driver
  • Sam Hornish, IRL and NASCAR driver
  • Billy Ray Cyrus, musical performer
  • Tony Orlando, musical performer

Women's Auxiliary


  • Bess Truman, wife of former U.S. president
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of former U.S. president
  • Virginia Graham, radio and TV personality
  • Susan Wagner, wife of New York Mayor Robert Wagner