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Cadiz Eagles maintain connection with JCBDD

SUPPORT — The Cadiz Fraternal Order of Eagles Post 2162 Aerie has been benevolent to the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities, particularly the School of Bright Promise. Member Brenda Nobile, who recently retired from JCBDD, said her organization will continue to provide support. The most recent donation was in 2020 for physical education equipment which was adapted to meet the students’ needs. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — Brenda Nobile may have left her role with the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities, but she still plans to support the site in another capacity.

Nobile, who retired earlier this month after 27 years with the Service and Support Administration, has also been a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 2162 Aerie in Cadiz and both experiences have helped to meet some important needs. Her post as an auxiliary member and past state president have enabled the Eagles to generously fund equipment for the School of Bright Promise and other JCBDD programs through the years and Nobile wants to continue that support in the future.

The Cadiz resident was hired as a case manager for the Service and Support Administration and most recently served as an SSA service coordinator. But Nobile’s involvement with the Eagles has also provided support to the developmentally disabled individuals along the way. She has been a member since 1983 and served as both a past state officer and president with the auxiliary.

“I loved my job and I loved the individuals, and I will miss working with them,” she said. “I loved working with the JCBDD. I was hired there and saw some of the needs. I explained it and the F.O.E. was great. Over the years, we’ve had grants and I was able to apply. The Eagles have given close to $100,000.”

The organization has managed to fund band equipment for the school’s music program as well as laptops, iPads and items for sensory rooms at the school in addition to bicycles, gym equipment and treadmills at the Jeffco Workshop. Nobile said while she enjoyed working with the people at her job, she was pleased to see all the Eagles have helped to accomplish at the site. She continued that many projects came to fruition while she served as a state officer and state president with the F.O.E.

“We call ourselves the most hidden organization that does the most charitable works,” she said. “We’ve given away billions of dollars at the national conference including $25 million for a diabetes research facility in Iowa.”

She noted that another $40,000 went to four group hopes to help send individuals on vacations while more contributions were made to help people with disabilities attend prom. Those donations funded everything from the limousine to attire and hairstyling. Nobile said she planned to continue supporting JCBDD causes for a long time to come.

“This was one of our charities and it will be as long as I’m involved with the Eagles,” she said.

Jane Bodo, assistant administrator and physical education instructor at the School of Bright Promise, said all 87 pupils continue to benefit from the Eagles’ charitable act of giving. The most recent contribution occurred in 2020 with physical education equipment from adapted balance beams for gross motor and balance development to materials designed to aid hand-eye coordination and early skill development, Bodo said the Eagles always have and always will have a special connection with the school.

“They provided a lot of the sensory room equipment and physical education equipment that was adapted for the students,” Bodo said. “Each time they have donated, it has benefited every student in the school, and Brenda is a large part of making that happen. The needs of our students have evolved through the years and the equipment has been perfect for them.”

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