Grange Notes for September 21, 2018 by Tim Swartz, Grange President (with everyone’s help)
Rocky II–corrected day = Sunday
In the to picture below, see the first new planting bed, full of late-summer greenery & flowers. We could use some help weeding this bed as well!
Below that, see the other corner–doesn’t it look naked? A few more rocks and a little time will make it look good!
Dancing at the Grange Center Fall Festival–one more picture
Debby Ploof of the State Grange, who organized the Fall Festival sent me a better photo, showing the range of Grangers who enjoyed the dancing. I couldn’t resist!
Grange Meetings for the Fall began on Sept. 15th. “Mission” is on our minds.
We also had a good discussion of ways to make our meetings more interesting–which quickly morphed into a discussion of how to attract more people to get involved in the Grange. This in turn moved us to begin a discussion of the mission of our Grange. Besides maintaining a community Hall, how can we broaden our community service? What sort of projects would the people already familiar with the Hall like to get involved in–and what other types of people could we seek to serve with new projects?
This is only the beginning of a longer discussion, I’m sure. We would welcome input from those who read these Grange notes–send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add them to the list. Even better, please join us at our next meeting: Oct. 6th, at 4:30 PM.
Our October meeting will also include our every-two-years elections for Grange Officers–which brings up the point that a lot of us who are officers are, for some reason, getting older every year! We’d love to have some new, energetic faces join us, as active members and as the officers who work to chart the course for our organization. Much support is available–as long as we last, at least!
Also on the agenda: discussion of the Resolutions to be voted on at the VT State Grange annual session, Oct. 19 & 20. These will cover all sorts of areas–agricultural, state government, environmental & Grange-related. I’ll send out PDF copies, or a link to them on the VT State Grange website as soon as I get them from the State.
And starting about 5:45, we’ll also have a chance to meet the local state rep candidates–see below:
Coming in October: Meet & greet VT State Rep candidates
- Gordon Bock–independent
- Jeremy Hansen–Progressive/Democrat
- Denise MacMartin–Democrat
- Rebecca Trower–independent
Kenneth Goslant has not yet replied–we’ll keep you posted!
For information on all candidates who will be on the ballot on Nov. 6th, including financial disclosure forms, check the Vermont Government website: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/
These candidates will join us for our Community Potluck, starting at 6:00, so you’ll have a chance to speak with them in a relaxed fashion–and see what they like to eat, also!