The Puyallup Eagles and its Auxiliary members of Aerie #2308 are excited about all the charity work and fundraising the organization has done over the last few years.
The organization expects that kind of dedication and generosity to continue within the ranks when the new Aerie and Auxiliary officers are installed during a 1:30 p.m. ceremony on Sunday (May 31).
Eric Holtz, the incoming Aerie president, joined the organization in 2009 and is excited for the opportunity to keep the momentum going. He plans on continuing to bring in more young members (21 and older) to the Aerie, said Kathy Thompson, the club’s publicity chairman.
“He’s very enthusiastic,” Thompson said of Holtz.
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Shireen Ainsworth, 67, who worked for 25 years in the Puyallup School District, takes over as Auxiliary president.
“You’re only as good as everyone surrounding you, and I’ve got a lot of good people surrounding me,” said Ainsworth, who has been a member of the Auxiliary since 1986.
Ainsworth served as a chairman on the group’s cancer fundraising committee last year, and said the club raised more than $18,000 for local cancer research organizations.
“They do a lot of cancer research in our area,” she said. “We like to keep it local.”
The combined membership of the Aerie and Auxiliary now tops about 4,000 members, Ainsworth said.
“The last two or three membership drives have been fantastic,” she said.
Holtz takes over the reins from Frank Archer, while Ainsworth replaces Yvonne Brown.