Ron Stine, a member of Cadiz Aerie No. 2162, was installed as Grand Worthy President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles on July 12 at the organization's 114th International Convention held at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.
A 34-year member of the organization, Stine will serve as leader of the Aerie for the 2012-13 fraternal year.
"I'm very honored to serve such a wonderful organization," Stine said. "I hope to continue to expand our membership and continue the wonderful charitable efforts the Eagles are well known for."
During his time as a member of the Eagles, Stine, 71, has served the Cadiz Aerie as a two-time Worthy President and the Ohio State Aerie as president for the 1995-96 fraternal year.
In 2002, he was inducted as a member of the Ohio State Aerie Hall of Fame. The following year, Stine was installed as Grand Inside Guard, marking the beginning of his ascension on the organization's highest level.
He also held offices of conductor and chaplain and spent four years as a trustee before being named Grand Worthy President-Elect at the 2011 International Convention in Orlando, Fla.
During the year, Stine will travel throughout the United States and Canada to raise awareness for the Fraternal Order of Eagles by visiting various Aeries and raising money for his special charity, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa.
In 2008, the Eagles made a five-year, $25 million commitment to the university to fund a renowned research center in hopes of bringing an end to the disease currently affecting the daily lives of millions around the world.
"This is the largest project the Eagles has ever taken on," Stine said. "We have the opportunity to change the world, and it is my goal to raise as much as we possibly can to make the opportunity a reality."
In addition to the Diabetes Research Center, Stine also will be raising money for the Buckeye Ranch in Grove City. The ranch provides assistance to troubled youth in the Franklin County area.
Stine's motto for the year is "Keep the Pace, Win the Race, Team Up for Membership." An avid NASCAR enthusiast, he plans to instill a fast-paced, team-oriented attitude in Aeries across North America to inspire members to bring new Eagles into the fold.
"I want to make sure people everywhere appreciate the F.O.E., and feel compelled to join us," Stine said. "Our purpose is to help others, and I want to reinforce that. By working together to grow our ranks, the potential for helping others is limitless."
Stine retired as a traffic superintendent with the Ohio Department of Transportation in 2006 after 29 years of service. He and his wife, Linda, have four sons, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international nonprofit organization, unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice and equality to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.
Founded in 1898, the Eagles fund research in areas such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and cancer, and raise money for neglected and abused children and the aged, as well as work for social and civic change.