AUGUSTA — Maine State Aerie President Dennis Arsenault of Rumford, who was instituted in his position on the weekend of June 12 at the Maine State Convention, has been working to have a proclamation signed by Gov. John Baldacci making July 16 the official Maine Fraternal Order of Eagles Day.

“I’m totally proud of everything we’ve managed to do,” Arsenault said. “I’m very thankful for this recognition and I’m just so glad the Eagles are finally getting the recognition they deserve for what we do.”

Arsenault got the idea from a member of the Maine Auxiliary and spoke to his state representative about making Eagles Day possible. After several e-mails and calls with a governor’s aide, a proclamation was written and approved.

“I think most importantly in all of this is that the Eagles have never really gotten the recognition deserved,” he said. “With this proclamation, we’re finally heading in the right direction.”

Maine currently has 14 active Aeries and six Auxiliaries with more than 8,000 members to raise funds for the Eagles’ Charity Foundation as well as local and state organizations and has maintained a presence in the state since 1948.

For more information, contact Arsenault at 364-5859.

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