For Shannon Johnson of St. James becoming part of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Post 3420 was a no brainer. Her dad had been part of the group, and over the years she saw just how supportive the Eagles Club had been to various community events and organizations.
Not only is Johnson a member, she also serves as the manager of the local club.
“I started out in the past as a bartender here,” said Johnson from the club located at the intersection of First Avenue and Seventh Street in St. James. “Ive been the manager for two years.”
As the manager, Johnson does everything from ensuring the kitchen and bar are stocked to best serve customers to keeping track of the books and event scheduling.
Johnson has lived her entire life in St. James, adding the people helping people mission of the Eagles means those in the community of all ages benefit from the donations made through the Eagles Club.
The Eagles Club offers a full kitchen and bar when it is open, which is from 3 p.m. until 1 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 2 p.m. until 1 a.m. Saturdays. The kitchen is open Monday through Wednesday from 5-10 p.m., Thursdays from 5-11 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until 12 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The kitchen offers everything from sandwiches and soups to pizza and pretzels in the kitchen, added Johnson.
The Eagles Club has been part of the community since 1970, and is now in its second building (the first was destroyed in a fire), the club not only offers a kitchen but has space enough to rent for people who are looking for a place to hold special events, such as weddings, birthday parties or graduation receptions. Johnson said the building has a capacity of 200 people.
Johnson said the membership of the Eagles Club and its Auxiliary is strong in the community, adding it is also open to others in the community who may be interested in becoming part of the Eagles Club.
The Eagles Club offers a variety of activities and events throughout the year, including providing fish fry Fridays during lent and its annual Halloween celebration for the kids of the community. The kids can come and trick or treat from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 31.
The Eagles Club is hosting a chili feed Nov. 7 from 5-7 p.m. with the event held as a way to show support for appreciation to local fire department, ambulance crew and first responder personnel in the area, with funds also used to enhance emergency pro- grams in the community.
Bingo is offered Mondays, and other game nights are held regularly.
Darts are also available.
One of the more popular events is when the Eagles Club serves liver and onions.
To learn more about the Eagles Club, contact Johnson at (507) 375- 3255 or visit its Facebook Page at the Eagles Club of St. James.