Liquor option on the ballot

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(Posted Oct. 18, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 950 has a liquor option on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

The charitable fraternal organization operates a private club at 16 S. Union St., London. The group has a permit to sell wine, mixed beverages, and spiritous liquor Monday through Saturday. It is seeking voter approval to do so on Sundays, as well. The group already has a permit to sell beer every day of the week.

The question appears on the ballot only for voters in London’s Precinct 3 where the Eagles building is located.

Eagles Aerie 950 was chartered in 1905 and has called 16 S. Union St. home since 1923. The organization promotes fellowship among its members and conducts charitable giving in the community. Currently, the membership stands at approximately 400 men and more than 200 women in the auxiliary.

The group raises money through its gambling license with the state. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds go into a charitable account held by the state aerie. The London aerie draws from that account to make donations to various groups and causes. A committee coordinates applications submitted by charitable organizations seeking funds.

“We do a lot of charity work,” said Jim Stidham, London Eagles spokesperson. “We give scholarships for members’ children and grandchildren–we average 10 to 12 per year. We also give to the Shriners Burn Hospital, Madison Health, the Cowling Park project, the project at Merri-Mac Park.

“We’ve done stuff for the police and fire departments. We do a lot of work within the community. We try to keep everything as close to the community as we can.”

Aerie 950’s board of trustees includes Stidham, Dana Fisher, Gregg Payne, Rodney Rucker and Teri Winebrenner. The group’s officers are: Chris Stires, president; Jeff Boyd, vice president; Kenny Skaggs, secretary; and Gary Beatty, treasurer.

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