Auctioneer Randy Smith is colorful, charismatic and clever.These are useful qualities for a man charged with the mission to sell 972 auction items in less than four hours which he did on Saturday for the Fraternal Order of Eagles.An auctioneer for 53 years, Smith offered an Oklahoma guarantee for the merchandise.If it breaks, you get to keep both pieces!Smith and dozens of other Eagles members donated their time to the event, which was a special fund-raiser held to help replace $15,000 that was stolen from the Eagles last year.We had to build up the coffers so we could continue our work in the community, said Cathy Chase.The Eagles club is a century-old organization that works to preserve liberty, insist on truth, demand justice and promote equality. President Harry Truman said that the club was his type of organization one founded by and for the common man.Its motto is People helping people. It is estimated that on a national level, the organization this year will exceed $10 million dollars in donations to charities, communities and social programs.Were always doing something for somebody, said Chase, who is a member of the local chapter that has more than 300 members.The Eagles gives scholarships to students who desire to go on to college, but whose parents cannot afford an education. The group was also instrumental in building the stonework at Centennial Park as well as the gazebo in Veltus Park.Any little bit we can do for the community always comes together for us, said Chase.The auction items ranged from Avalanche tickets to vehicles. Yet when Smith saw who won the first bid, he frowned and buried his head.It was his wife.When Jean Smith strolled up to the podium to collect her goods, it rendered the undeniably loquacious Smith temporarily speechless.Im in trouble! he said.However, there were many other buyers, and the auction raised more than $13,000.The event also debunked a few myths about Eagles.Not all Eagles fly solo and they do a lot more than build nests some help build communities.
From left, Ron Chase of New Castle owns Four Star Painting; Annette Franta of Glenwood is finance director at Colorado West Mental Health and president of the Eagles Auxiliary; and John Bartel of Silt is a carpenter, contractor and president of the Eagles Lodge.
From left, Rory Martinez of Glenwood is a carpenter and Eagle member; Dan Meininger of Glenwood works for AAA R&J Auction and is a drummer the Rockinhorse Band; and Jerid Thistle of Silt works for AAA R& J Auction.
From left, Tom Bianco of Glenwood owns Bianco Painting; Allen Dinkel of New Castle is a painter; and Donnie Gonzales of Glenwood works for Harley Davidson.
Winnie and Roger Madsen of Glenwood. Winnie works at Wal-Mart and helped with the gift certificate donation for the event, and Roger is an engineer at Sopris Engineers.
Eagle members, from left, Sheryl Steiner of Glenwood is a bartender at the Eagles and Lori Sullinger of Glenwood is a waitress at the Glenwood Caf and cashier at 7-11 in Carbondale
Dawn Hayes, left, of Silt and Lindsey McNeal of Rifle work for the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool.
Lifetime Eagles members Phil Gonzales, left, of Glenwood and Fred Gonzales of Glenwood who owns Fred Gonzales Painting.
From left, Cathy Chase of New Castle owns Cutting Loose and is an Eagles Ladies Auxiliary member; Phyllis Wittet of Glenwood works for Holy Cross Energy and is also an Eagles Ladies Auxiliary member; and Wynona Mahaffey of Grand Junction is a parole officer.
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