By Brytanie Killebrew
Williamston Post staff writer
WILLIAMSTON—After years of service, one Williamston organization feels its existence is misunderstood.
For almost 29 years, the Williamston Eagles Auxiliary has been one of 1,400 local Aeries in the U.S. and Canada. Working under the motto “people helping people,” the Eagles devote their time to making the lives of community members easier.
Unfortunately, some members feel their purpose isn’t clear throughout the community.
Though she and her fellow Eagles organize multiple events, Dianna Frank, Williamston Eagles Auxiliary secretary, said most people aren’t aware of all the services they provide.
“A lot of people think that we’re just a cheap place to go get a drink,” Frank said.
Most people stop by the club, located on 835 High St., to grab a drink and chat with friends during the evenings, unaware of the services the Eagles offer.
Though they provide free laundry services, yard work and benefits for community members in need, Frank said some people in the community also don’t know all of the work the Eagles do.
Most recently, the Eagles held a benefit to raise funds for Brian Youngs after he was in a car accident, said LaClear.
“They do a lot of benefits for different community members,” Red Cedar Jubilee President Sandy Whelton.
Whelton said one reason the Eagles have a disconnect from the community could be because of their lack of an online presence.
“People are just not familiar with them. If they saw (information) on a website, they’d see it was a fabulous organization,” she said. “They need to see that you don’t just sit down and drink. They do a lot of great stuff.”
Next up for the Eagles is a trip to Firekeepers Casino on Sunday, April 21. LaClear said every year she and the members organize a trip to a casino, but this year the group decided to open the event to the community.
“This is the first year we really advertise it to the public,” LaClear said. “We wanted to get more people involved.”
She said this will be the last event under her title as Eagles president. With seven years of membership under her belt, LaClear said she will continue to be involved.
“I joined because I wanted to help people. That’s our motto, “people helping people,” and that’s what I wanted to do,” she said.