Ladies Auxiliary

Ladies’ Auxiliary #3870

The Ladies’ Auxiliary Aerie #3870 was chartered on Jan 31st, 1981. Auxiliary members have the same rights and privileges of membership as in the Fraternal Order. All nationalities and religious beliefs are accepted into the Order.

Our Mission

We believe in home, country, God and loyalty and unite in carrying out charitable, humanitarian, patriotic and other efforts to which the Order is dedicated. The Ladies’ Auxiliary of Aerie #3870 has donated over $70,000 to various charities since its inception.

Our History

For years, women were accompanying male members of the Order to social events. As early as 1914, women were in attendance for the organization’s Grand Aerie Convention, eventually inspiring them to being their own wing of the Eagles – the Ladies’ Auxiliary.

Pressure increased to formally recognize the Auxiliary and in January 1926, sitting Grand Worthy President Charles C. Guenther issued an Official Circular explaining that the time had come for definite action in regard to the formal creation of the Auxiliary.

When the Eagles assembled for the 28th annual Grand Aerie Convention in August 1926, delegates formally approved the formation of the Ladies’ Auxiliary.

On August 14, 1952, Past Grand Worthy President Lester Loble of Montana served as the instituting deputy for the Grand Auxiliary. Because Alta Browning Smith was a primary contributor in the organizing and instituting of the Grand Auxiliary, she was appointed the first Grand Madam President.

2022 – 2023 Elected Officers

Madam PresidentPat Kernot
Madam Vice-PresidentCoralee Robertson
Madam ChaplainMichelle Wowchuk
Madam SecretaryJean Zushman
Madam Asst. SecretaryArlene Dorge
Madam TreasurerHeather Derkson
Madam ConductorJo-Ann Smotrycki
Madam Inside Guard- v a c a n t -
Madam TrusteeCarol Ruchotzke
Madam TrusteeShannon Beaton
Madam Trustee- v a c a n t -

Mother’s Day

Documented evidence shows that the Eagles were the true founders of Mother’s Day. Hering, a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, found inspiration for the holiday when he stumbled upon a classroom of students preparing postcards to send home to their mothers.

Serving as Grand Worthy President in 1909 and 1911, Hering used his position of influence to spread his idea for Mother’s Day. Enthusiasm swelled throughout the organization and Eagles across the country. President Wilson designated May 10, 1914, the first Mother’s Day.


  • In celebration of Mother’s Day, the Ladies’ Auxiliary at Aerie #3870 hosts a Mother’s Day potluck dinner every May. Watch for our posts in the Eagle’s Eye newsletter and Facebook page.
  • A joint memorial service is held on the 3rd Sunday in March to remember departed sisters and brothers and is open to family and friends.
  • Funeral luncheons can be arranged.
  • A fall supper is held annually in October, as well as a ladies only night out and a community children’s Christmas shopping spree in December.