By Reflector-Chronicle Staff
The Abilene Eagles Lodge 2934 was shut down Wednesday night by the Grand Marshal.
Lester Gray, a member who attended the meeting Wednesday night, said the closing boiled down to the inability of the club to maintain a full board of trustees. He said the president and secretary both recently resigned.
“Financially, the Eagles is in good shape,” Gray said. “They have money in the bank.”
He said the doors were locked and the building is now in the hands of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.
“It’s quite a chore,” Gray said of being a trustee. “It’s all volunteer and you have to be dedicated. You spend a lot of time doing it.”
Phone calls to the Grand Lodge by the Reflector-Chronicle have not been returned.
Gray said that if the Eagles could eventually “meet the rules and regulations of the Grand Lodge”, it might open again.”
The 2012 Abilene City Directory listed the Eagles as having nine employees but sources indicated six people were employed at the time of the closing.
However, Gray said he expects the building at 207 Eagle Drive to be sold
Gray said that members that paid their dues will have their memberships transferred to the nearest lodge which is in Junction City. Membership in the Eagles is reciprocated to every Eagles lodge in the United States.
The building on N. Buckeye Avenue in Abilene was constructed in the early 1970s. In addition to lodge members using the facilities, the Eagles hosted wedding receptions, reunions and poker games, and was a favorite hang out on Friday nights during National Greyhound Association meets.
After the Reflector-Chronicle received two anonymous tips on Thursday, a reporter went to the Eagles. Two men declined to comment and declined a request for pictures.