Whidbey Eagles #3418 does a lot more than make sure its members have a fine time at the clubhouse off Highway 525 south of Freeland.
Much of the Eagles’ efforts go toward the community as funds are raised in various ways for various causes.
Tuesday was payoff day when Eagles President Linda Coffman and Treasurer Jeanne Seiler distributed checks totaling thousands of dollars to four worthy causes, including Hearts & Hammers, Good Cheer, Senior Services and Enso House.
For all of 2012, Eagles donations totaled $24,702.85. Recipients included 4-H Knight Riders, $1,000; 4-H Youth Development, $1,000; American Legion Thanksgiving, $100; Bruce Crouch / Chili Cookoff, $102.85; Clinton Easter Egg Hunt, $100; Fair Association (kitchen), $1,000; Forgotten Children, $1,000; Grand Aerie/ Fisher House, $500; Good Cheer Food Bank, $6,000; Hearts & Hammers, $1,500; Holiday House, $1,000; Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club egg hunt, $100; Mobile Turkey Unit, $500; Readiness to Learn, $200; Ryan’s House, $1,000; Senior Services Meals on Wheels, $5,000; Washington State Eagles, $500; Whidbey Island Arts, $500; and W.I.N., $1,000.
The Eagles hold one club activity each month to raise money for charity and part of member dues are used for donations.
They also have several annual community-wide fundraisers, including a garage sale and, just before Mother’s Day, a hugely popular plant sale.
The next fundraiser on the docket is the popular crab feed, coming up Feb. 7. To arrange for tickets, call 321-5636 if you’re a non-member.
An ongoing fundraiser is called “Eating for Charity,” in which Joan Smith donates her cooking talents for dinners Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as a Sunday breakfast. Nonmembers are welcome but can only buy alcohol if they are guests of a member.