This page contains the slideshow with additional photos from Woodstock 2017. Make sure you visit the Part One slideshow Blog post, it has 76 photos in it. This slideshow has an additional 66 photos. Enjoy!
A big thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate "peace, love and music" at our recent Woodstock Revisited event. Our photographer, Allie Jones of alliemayphotography, took so many wonderful pictures of the event that we can’t post them all at one time. So, we’ll start with this batch and post the rest soon.
We hope you enjoy the pictures of our bands, The Classics, Second Wind, and The Repeat Offenders, and also those of our creative face painter, Joelene Brzezinski of Cat's Meow Face Painting, and everyone else who attended. As you’ll see in the pictures, it was a fun day for everyone! Peace.
Our Joint Officer Installation was both a solemn and joyful evening. Our incoming officers take their responsibilities very seriously and we trust them to do a good job for #3996, yet it was joyful because of the camaraderie we shared with one another that night.
We also honored several of our members. Barbara Brasington was named 'Grandmother of the Year' by the Auxiliary, and Lisa Ochalek was named 'Mother of the Year'. Both ladies are very deserving of their titles. Congratulations, ladies!
Our Honor Quilters also presented handmade quilts to two Aerie veterans. John Easley was presented with a quilt made by Barbara Tofil and Aerie Worthy President John Watkins was presented with one made by Aerie Vice-President Michelle Gueli. Beautiful work on the quilts, ladies! And thank you for your service to our country, gentlemen.
We finished off the evening with a delicious dinner and conversation with our Eagle friends. It was a perfect start to a new year with our new officers!
"The First Ladies of the White House" event, on Saturday, May 6, 2017, was a sold-out, huge hit. From Martha Washington to Melania Trump, we had fun learning things about our First Ladies. "Naughty and nice" is the only way to describe them!
A big thank you to Ginger & Keith Bruder, Barb Tomlinson and Maria Kasten for all your hard work researching and producing our show. Thank you also to our beautiful First Ladies for managing to catch the essence of all these women. The costumes and hairdos were awesome. The Presidents looked pretty handsome, too. Thank you, fellas, for participating.
As usual, the food and decorations were great. A big thank you to everyone who helped shop, prepare food, decorate or set-up. It takes a lot of people working behind the scenes to make our events enjoyable, and we're fortunate to have so many people willing to roll up their sleeves and help out.
Finally, we'd like to thank everyone who attended. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoyed the evening.
There are 81 photos in the slideshow below, enjoy!
We'd like to thank the Funky Good Time Band for entertaining us with their music on Friday, March 31, 2017. They packed the house and had everyone up and dancing. It was a lot of fun! Thank you, guys. You rocked!
We'd also like to thank the Auxiliary and their volunteers for all their hard work in the kitchen. They completely ran out of fish dinners!
Finally, we'd like to thank the Auxiliary State Officers for spending the evening with us. We hope you enjoyed yourselves.
Thanks also to Rob Crawford for taking and sharing these great photos with us!
Kudos to the Auxiliary for hosting such an awesome St. Patrick’s Day party. They packed the house and sold out of food early! We’d like to thank Sue Banners, Barb Brasington, Linda Darr, Lisa Ochalek, and their many helpers for all of their hard work. The food was delicious (as usual), the decorations were beautiful, and the entertainment was great (thank you Whitey!). Finally, we’d like to thank everyone who attended. Your support is very appreciated.
Mardi Gras 2017 was a lot of fun! The food was delicious and plentiful, the face painting was a big hit, and the band had everyone up on their feet dancing.
We’d like to thank the Old Skool Detroit Band for entertaining us with classic rock hits all evening. There was a nice mix of songs – fast and slow – that made our dancers happy. We’d also like to thank Joelene Brzezinski of Cat’s Meow Face Design for her face painting. It was fun to watch how she painted everyone differently, and it was hard to pick a favorite. Everyone looked great.
Finally, we’d like to thank our very capable members who made the event possible. Nancy Fruit and her kitchen crew spent days planning, shopping, and preparing the food. Her helpers were Dave Walker, Nancy Shrove, Ryan Wojtyna, Gary Smith, Bruce Saffron, Nancy Blackwood, Joanna Paton and Barb Tomlinson.
Our decorating committee includes Rozanne Ogger and Dianne Cullen, along with their helpers Kelley Sherwood and Virginia Truran. They spent days decorating the Aerie and setting up centerpieces on the tables. Our guests said everything looked very festive and welcoming.
Our JOES (Junior Order of Eagles) did a wonderful job helping serve coffee, clear tables, wash dishes or take out the trash. They were a lot of help, and it’s nice to know our youth are taking seriously our “People Helping People” motto.
A big thank you also to our employees for working so hard to help out. We appreciate your dedication more than you know.
So, thank you everyone, and thank you to all of our guests. We’re happy you could spend the evening with us, and we hope to see you at our next event.
The Kids' Christmas Party took place on December 17, 2016. It started off with fun stations for the kids to visit where they had fun decorating sugar cookies and ornaments, among other activities. After the activities, a lunch of pizza was served. The highlight of the afternoon followed with Santa arriving, passing out gifts to each child. The children finished the afternoon playing with their new toys. A great time was had by all! Thank you to all who volunteered to make the party a big success.
The Adult Christmas Party was on Dec 10th and we had a full house. Everyone was in the holiday spirit, ready to enjoy the evening with friends.
Brian Selke, formerly of Rocky Fortune, and two members formerly with Groovy, teamed up to create a new band - Old Skool Detroit, and they rocked the house with classic rock and roll.
Everyone brought a dish to pass, there were yummy treats galore! One of the highlights of the evening was the white elephant gift exchange. A set of bowls with a yummy bag of M&M's and a crock-pot were a huge hit and were 'stolen' several times as names were drawn and gifts were chosen.
It was a great evening, enjoyed by all.
Our 35th anniversary celebration was a wonderful evening, and it was awesome to see so many members - nearly 200 - enjoying themselves. We owe the Ladies Auxiliary our appreciation for planning the event, and we especially want to thank Debbie Gagneau for all her hard work. She literally spent hours making lasagna with her homemade sauce for dinner. Her special seasoning was a pinch of love that she feels for the Eagles, and we could all tell the difference it made.
We also want to thank the Aerie members for setting up and tearing down tables and doing whatever was needed to make everyone feel welcome. Thanks also to our wonderful employees for working so hard to keep us all happy!
Finally, we'd like to thank Cruisin '57 for entertaining us all evening with their music. They had us up on our feet dancing all night long. Kudos! You certainly helped make our evening memorable.
For our fellow brothers and sisters who weren't able to attend, please know that you were missed and with us in spirit. God willing, we can all celebrate again in another 5 years.
Van Buren Eagles #3996
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