Wayland Resident Receives Royal Neighbors of America Fraternalist of the Year Award
Lola Eder of Wayland, MO has been selected as the Royal Neighbors of America Fraternalist of the Year, in recognition of her exemplary service to her community. As part of the award, Royal Neighbors will make a $1,000 donation to Friends of the Senior Center in her name.. Her name and record of service also have been submitted to the National Fraternal congress of America (NFCA) to be considered for the 2009 National Fraternalist of the Year award.
Each year, royal Neighbors members who exemplify the ideals of volunteerism and neighbor-helping-neighbor are nominated by fellow members for this award.
A 61-year member of Royal Neighbors, Lola donates her time and cooking talents to make apple butter, which is then sold by her royal Neighbors chapter to help raise funds for local organizations. Best known throughout the area as a member of the “Apple Butter Ladies,” Lola has helped earn more than $2,000 toward sending the Clark County Marching Indians to perform in places such as Hawaii and the Rose Bowl Parade.
In addition to fundraising efforts, Lola travels to more than eight local cemeteries to place Royal Neighbors Memorial flags on the graves of deceased members for Memorial Day.
Lola is active in United Methodist Women and Friends of the Senior Center. She donates countless hours to the local food pantry and helps supply soda to the local blood mobile.
She also volunteers four days a week at the elementary school. She spends her time and money buying school supplies, books, clothes, food, and even toys at Christmastime for the children in need.
As a non-profit fraternal organization, Royal Neighbors of America exists for the benefit of its members. It offers insurance products to fulfill a variety of needs for growth, savings, and protection. Members also receive valuable members benefits and can participate in volunteer activities through the organization’s local chapters to make a difference in their communities. The organization’s philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women’s lives through its national programs and through the royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501 © (3) charity.
Headquartered in Rock Island, Il, Royal Neighbors serves more than 225,000 members and is licensed to do business in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
For more information about Royal Neighbors of America, call 800-627-4762 or visit www.royalneighbors.org.
Please join the community in attending an Open House on Sunday, September 13, 2009, from 3 – 5 p.m. to honor Lola Eder. The event is sponsored by her local Royal Neighbor chapter which has presented thousands of dollars to different local organizations through its sale of apple butter. As a recipient of this award, Mrs. Eder has chosen the Friends of the Senior Center to receive an additional check of $1,000.00 in her name
We hope you will join in honoring Lola at the Open House on Sunday, September 13 beginning with an opening ceremony at 3 p.m.