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Dubuque man breathes life into service community

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- A Dubuque man has organized a youth committee for his Fraternal Order of Eagles service organization.

He's calling this youth committee the Eagles Eyes on the Future.

On Saturday, the committee held a fundraiser at two Dubuque gas stations, where members pumped gas for donations and raised awareness of their group.

Michael Duehr is the committee organizer and has been a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for more than 40 years. He said his Eagles club could use some revitalizing.

"At one meeting I looked around, and there's no youth here," he said. "We lack energy, and I thought, 'Well, I have to go out and find it.'"

Duehr went to Dubuque high schools and colleges to recruit students for his Eagles Eyes on the Future committee.

Students, such as Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School's Mike Dietzel, got on board.

"You know, you got to get involved in service while you're younger, and then you can carry it on through your life," Dietzel said. "To take this opportunity to be in a service group like this, it's an honor."

Duehr said committee members plan on putting some of the money raised Saturday toward one of five $500 scholarships the Eagles give out, annually, to local students. He said the rest of the money will help buy Thanksgiving fixings for the Maria House and Christmas gifts for children at Hillcrest Family Services.

"For Christmas this year, we're sponsoring 10 kids from the Hillcrest services," Dietzel said.

"It's great to be working with young people," Duehr said. "I'm an energetic, passionate guy, and I like their passion and energy."

When it came to recruiting students, Duehr said he "wanted some youth and wanted some energy and some enthusiasm and a passion for service."

He started the committee in Dubuque and said he hopes to see it spread to other Fraternal Order of Eagles chapters.

On its website, the Fraternal Order of Eagles describes itself as an international non-profit service organization founded in 1898, with chapters now all across the US and Canada.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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