The Tama-Toledo Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary had a party in honor of the late Grand Madam President Verna Funke on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the local Club rooms. The celebration began at 2 p.m. with musical entertainment by M & M featuring Mary Tomas on the keyboard accompanied by Millie Schultz as the drummer and JoAnn Toalson on the tambourine.
The meeting opened at 3 p.m. by the Mistress of Ceremonies, Past Grand Madam President Carleen Corum of Tama. Over 100 local members, Iowa members and surrounding States were in attendance for this great event. Toledo Mayor Dave Sovoboda was introduced and gave a hearty welcome to all.
Timothy Youngbear, local Worthy President introduced the Aerie Officers followed by Madam President Jean Doran who introduced the Auxiliary Officers. Iowa State Madam President Shelley Zimmerman of Creston and Worthy State President John Kipp of Davenport introduced their officers and Past Presidents. A history of Verna Funke and her commitments to the F.O.E. locally, statewide and nationally was read and greatly appreciated.
Family members of Verna Funke (l-r) granddaughter Laura Rosenquist, daughter Lee Anne Rosenquist, son Craig Danner and sister Jeannene Rank display the plaque presented in Verna’s honor on Sunday Nov. 17.
The Eagles National Co-Directors of the Diabetic Research Center, Tom McGrath of Vermont and Past Grand Madam President Jean Kerr of Canada were present and gave some detailed remarks on the Bio-Medical Center being constructed on the grounds of the University Hospital in Iowa City. Larry Webber local officer presented a video picture of the Center which is slated for opening in July 2014. Jackie Lewis, Vice President of the Health Sciences Development of the University was also in attendance and gave a short talk on the Center.
Verna's son Craig Danner and wife Ann of Marshalltown, and Verna's daughter Lee Anne Rosenquist and daughter of Loveland, Colo. were presented an award honoring Mrs. Funke for the second endowment chair by McGrath and Kerr at the Biomedical Research Center under construction. The first chair was named for the late Dr. John Stokes. It was announced that two more chairs will be awarded with the third to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary and the fourth to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aeries. The Eagles nationally pledged 25 million dollars for the Diabetes Research in hopes of finding a cure for this dreaded disease.
Following the presentation, all were called on to make any remarks they wished to furnish and many had good things to say. The meeting closed with Verna's Sister Jeannene Rank singing Verna's favorite song "One Day at a Time" that Ms. Funke sang many times throughout her regime in the Eagles. Jeannene was accompanied by Mary Tomas on the keyboard. The afternoon ended with the Auxiliary serving sandwiches and (CREAM PUFFS which were some more of Verna's favorites).