The Eagles have been hanging their hats at the Moose Lodge, but the birds are anxious to regain a perch of their own.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is a service club that has operated in Kamloops for about 45 years.
They originally gathered at their club at the corner of Tranquille Road and Desmond Street in Brocklehurst. Since 2002, the Eagles held court at the club-owned building at Tranquille Road and Sydney Avenue on the North Shore.
A few years ago, the club sold the 30,000-square-foot property, which also houses the Moon Wok restaurant.
This past summer, the property was sold again, with club president Ken Scurt saying the ensuing rent hike — from $5,500 to more than $6,000 a month — proving too pricey.
With 390 male members and 90 female members paying annual dues of $35 and $30, respectively, Scurt said the club needs a home it can afford, a place somewhere in the monthly rent range of no more than $3,500. The new Eagles nest would preferably be on the North Shore.
The Eagles cover rent and pay for community projects via bar sales, meat draws and a gaming grant. But, with the liquor licence in limbo — as it is tied to the location from which the Eagles just flew — Scurt said the priority is to find a home soon.
“We’re just holding our breath and hoping we may get something, but I just don’t know,” he said.
“Now that we’re been so long away from our own club, most of the members have gone to other places, like the Anavets and the Moose. “But we have a diehard cast of people — they are Eagles members and they just don’t want to give it up. We are going to get people back, but it will just take time.”
The Eagles are similar to other service clubs in Kamloops, including the Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary.
“Our motto is people helping people,” Scurt said. “All that we do, from gaming grants and meat draws, is turned back to the people in need of things.”
Scurt said the Eagles have reached out to the city to determine if any property might fit the bill, but thus far without luck.
Anybody with a lead on a new home for the Eagles can call Scurt at 778-470-4402.