The FOE was founded in February of 1898 in Seattle when a group of six theater owners gather together over drinks to discuss a musicians’ strike. After a addressing the matter, they decided to “bury the hatchet” and form an “Order of Good Things” to promote peace, prosperity, gladness, and hope. Over time, the name was changed to the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
The Salmon Bay Chapter of the FOE was founded in 1931. You’ll hear all sorts of tall tales around the beginning of the SBE: a Norwegian-Swede feud, a secret Ballard Nazi plot, a churchman versus fisherman clash, even a clandestine time travel scheme by the Olympic Athletic Club. None of these can be confirmed or denied, but the bottom line is that we’ve been a charming little drinking organization with a charity problem for over 80 years.
We’re a 501c(8) which, among other things, means we are tax exempt and seek to collect donations for other non-profit organizations. Over the years, we’ve supported hundreds of charitable groups, most recently the Ballard Food Bank, the Medic One Foundation, and Friends of the Children Seattle, to name a few.
Learn more about our national organization, the Grand Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles here.