May 17, 2007 - Posted at 9:18 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR -- It was about two months ago that the Fraternal Order of Eagles looked as though it may be grounded. The private club reopened just before Easter to some new changes.
KAIT cameras took a look inside Thursday at some of the adjustments the club has made to change their image.
"Really, there is a new attitude," said Fraternal Order of Eagles President Skeeter Nash.
Gone are the metal detectors at the door. To replace them, a new set of rules.
"We're complying with all the city ordinances, the new ones and we're complying with all the ABC laws and we are doing our best to stick to the law and be good neighbors here in Jonesboro," said Nash.
A final reading of house rules is scheduled Monday night at the regular meeting. Members can now only bring three guests with them and guests are only allowed to visit three times before being asked to become members.
"The emphasis on membership," said Nash, "We are hoping that we will attract quality people from the community."
Nash says the private club is hoping to attract young married couples, but admits attendance has been down since their reopen.
"The back area, the big large dance floor area has been closed but that has simply been because there hasn't been a demand for enough people to be there. We don't have the security staff that we had because naturally without that many number of people coming we just don't have a need for a large security staff," said Nash.
But Nash believes membership has its benefits. Members in good standing can qualify for the Memorial Foundation, a program that covers medical, dental and vision bills of children under the age of 18 who have lost parents. Scholarship grants are also available to children of members.
The club is featuring a menu of specials hoping to entice hungry patrons.
"On Wednesday night you can get a really nice hamburger for a couple of bucks. On Thursday nights we have a catfish fillet plate with all the fixings for $5 and on Friday and Saturday nights we have our unbeatable steak dinner, a ribeye or a t-bone, potato, toast and salad for $10," said Nash.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is planning a Relay for Life karaoke contest on May 24th to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Nash says the group is also planning on a poker run this fall.