Grange Notes by Tim Swartz, Grange President, (with everyone’s help) for December 6, 2018
Donations still needed for our Holiday Meal Food Boxes
How can you help? We’re looking for things that will make a special meal that will bring some holiday good feelings to folks that need it. Think about items that will bring smiles to the parents and the kids. Here are a few ideas, please add your own!
- Candy! and Cookies! especially holiday types
- Coffee or tea–the good stuff that may be hard for some to afford
- Macaroni & cheese (a favorite of kids of all sizes)
- Stuffing mix (to go with the turkeys we are buying–see below)
- Pancake mix…and maple syrup!
So think of other special things that will delight the palate, sweeten the celebrations, and warm up the hearts of people just like us, who need a little extra help. Drop ’em in the boxes around the Hall, and we’ll make sure that they get to the right homes, by Dec. 20th.
Felt so good, we have to do it again
(with apologies to Koko Taylor)–it’s time for our Second Annual Holiday Sing-along
Join us from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. We’ll provide some mulled cider–please bring some goodies to share if you can. We’ll also provide some crafts for little ones downstairs–or they can join in the singing!
P.S.: no judges will be present to award points for flashy singing(–or to take points away if you sing like I do–Tim)
Kids Trade ‘N’ Play–back again on Saturday, Dec. 8th
Wanna pitch in? Join Erin & the volunteers on Friday to plan the future!
Erin has a number of dedicated volunteers who help to organize the donated clothes, toys and kids’ gear. Before the 2nd Saturday morning events, all of the items are set out on the cafeteria tables, sorted by sizes in plastic tubs; donations are sorted as they come in, and then it all has to be put away again afterward, on the shelves that the Grange purchased.
The clothing exchange has turned into a real meeting place for parents & children–which is just what Erin wants to foster. Besides the clothers, connections are made, information is shared, kids and parents bond with each other.
To keep the good things going, Erin and some of the core volunteers will be meeting (along with doing set-up for the Saturday KTNP) on Friday evening, from about 6:15 to 9:00 PM to discuss how to grow the operation and share the work, while maintaining the personal connections.
- Want to join the volunteers? Come on by on Friday evening at the Grange Hall!
- Looking for more information? Email Erin Barry.
- Want to donate kids’ clothes & get new ones? Come by on Saturday morning, 9:30 to 11:30. Nominal fee of $3.00 per family (and no one is turned away)–take all that you need!
Time for a “Repair Cafe”?
I was contacted recently by an organizer from the Central VT Solid Waste Management District, which has the “selfish” motivation of keeping things out of the landfill, and the altruistic one of helping people save money by fixing damaged or worn items, rather than buying new ones. He asked me if I would be interested in taking part in another…and if I knew of a space that could be used. As it happens, I do! No date set yet, but I’ll send out news if we can get one set up.
Want to learn more? Check out this link to the CVSWMD page on Repair Cafes. Want to help with organizing one at the CCG? Contact me. We will need people to:
- Help schedule the event, and publicize it
- Recruit volunteers to staff it
- Bake some cookies, make some coffee & tea
- Other refreshments to keep the “fixperts” going?
- Cover the floor with mats
- Set up work tables
- Direct people with “repairables” to the right fixer
- Purchase supplies of glue, screws, wire, tape, etc., and monitor them at the Cafe time
- Help track the items repaired
- and more!
“Friends” are seeking year-end donations
But if you haven’t heard–now is a perfect time for a donation to the FCCGH. A partner organization for the Grange, with 501(c)(3) status, the Friends will put your contribution to work. It may help to provide matching funds, to combine with grant money for the next big project on the planning board: “Mess Hall to Dining Hall”. Your contribution could also go to one of the shorter-term projects: installing more ceiling fans in the Main Hall to improve ventilation for large events like dances, and starting experiments with acoustic panels to improve the sound quality of the Hall. Whereever it goes, your contribution will make the Hall an even more attractive, comfortable and useful space for community meetings, celebrations, services, clothing exchanges, dances, rehearsals and much more!
To contribute, use this link to the Grange website: Donate. There, you can use your credit card or Paypal, as well as learning more about the projects the Friends are planning, and what has already been done to improve the Hall. Or you can send a check made out to FCCGH to:
PO Box 192
Northfield Falls, VT 05664
It’s almost Membership Renewal Time
So–we’ll be sending out a reminder to Grange members and friends soon, letting them know that as of Jan. 1st, it’s time to renew your Capital City Grange membership, or sign up for the first time! I’ll keep sending out Grange Notes to all of you regardless of your membership status–but it really helps us to be an active Community Grange if you join us. Help us provide community service that makes a difference, and respond when you get the membership email soon! Then you won’t have to remember when January rolls around. You can mail a check for $30.00, made out to “CCG” or “Capital City Grange”, to:
Capital City Grange #469
639 Minister Brook Rd.
Worcester, VT 05682