Although closed signs are posted on the front and back doors of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Galion No. 630, no official decision has been made regarding the future of the club.
A meeting was held Wednesday at the club, located at 137 Harding Way E., Galion.
Members of the media were barred from attending the meeting, which was only open to members in good standing.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles Grand Aerie International Office in Grove City, Ohio, has confirmed that the office is conducting an investigation against the club, but refused to disclose the nature of the investigation.
The FOE assigned Pat Anderson, a group representative responsible for the investigation, to handle the meeting.
Anderson declined comment before and after the meeting, saying he was not allowed to discuss the matter with the media. After the meeting, several members of the group also declined to talk about the issue.
Speculation indicated the attendance at the meeting would help determine the future of the club.
According to three additional sources who attended the meeting, there was 35-40 people overall in attendance. Although ideas were discussed at the meeting, a source indicated the meeting was shut down after perceived negative comments.
A post on a Fraternal Order of Eagles Galion #630 Facebook page cited concern about volunteers who were recently let go.
“This club will not make it IF it has a chance to open again with the decisions they have made to rid those who volunteered time in this club,” the post read. “Those who have complained, are those you will NEVER see donating their time or spending their money in the Eagles 630 to keep them open. It is a shame that they have chose to close this club, just like they did the one in Marion.”
Pugh is the Group Content Editor for the Galion Inquirer, Bellville Star, Morrow County Sentinel and Knox County Citizen. You can reach him at [email protected] and on Twitter at @pughcivitas.