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The Eagles — are landing

Rugby hosting the Dakota State Eagles convention, June 10-12

June 4, 2010
Matt Mullally

The Geographical Center will be on display this week - and that's just what Holly Niemi, president of the Dakota State Auxiliary wanted.

Rugby is host of the Dakota State Eagles Convention, June 10-12.

Upwards of 300 Eagles and Auxiliary members from North and South Dakota are expected to attend all or part of the three-day convention which will be held at the club as well as activities at the Jr.-Sr. High.

Rugby is one of the smallest cities ever to host an Eagles state convention. It was selected by Greg Anderson of New Rockford, who is wrapping up his year as Dakota State Eagles President.

"New Rockford just wasn't big enough to hold it and Rugby was close to home for Greg,' Niemi said. "He also knew we would put on a good convention. We're also proud to be able to showcase our town."

Yes, the prospects of over 300 visitors to the city will provide an economic boost to the community as well as a chance for visitors to get acquainted with the Geographical Center.

"For many people this will be their first time in Rugby, and we hope they have a positive experience,' Holly said.

Planning for a convention this size began a year ago and now time is spent on the last-minute details.

"The scariest thing was whether we would have enough (motel) rooms,' Niemi said.

Most are booked for this week's convention and other attendees plan to bring campers, or stay with friends in town. Members in surrounding towns will also drive back and forth each day.

Niemi said another positive spinoff of the convention is it enables a lot of Eagles and Auxiliary members in Rugby and from area clubs to experience a state convention first-hand. "It's something not every member gets to attend very often,' she said.

Holly along with her husband, Paul, and Phil and Cindy Meyer of Overly, as well as Anderson are serving as convention coordinators.

"There are a lot of others who have helped along the way...Terry Hoffert and John Teigen,' Holly said.

The convention formally kicks off on Thursday, June 10 with an opening ceremony at 12:30 p.m. followed by a memorial service at the Jr.-Sr. High. Meetings and other club activities will be conducted in the afternoon. The banquet will be held later that night and includes hall of fame induction.

The event wraps up on June 12 with the installation of new officers. A dinner and dance are scheduled for later that day which the public is invited to attend.



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