Grange Notes by Tim Swartz, Grange President (with everyone’s help), January 2, 2019
First Grange meeting of the new year: Saturday, January 5th, 4:15 PM
We’ll have our monthly meeting this coming Saturday, and welcome anyone to come and join us. The meeting will feature the usual sing-alongs that we always enjoy–sneaky of the Grange founders to include them in the prescribed rituals for opening and closing meetings!
We’ll also have updated reports on finances from our Treasurer, Merry Shernock, and on the upcoming Legislative session, from our Legislative liaison, Marj Power. The Hall report will give an update on the fundraising by the Friends, and the plans to experiment with acoustic panels to reduce the reverberation that sometimes makes it hard to understand speakers in meetings, or callers at contra-dances. We’ll be talking about membership–look for a special message asking you to join (or re-join) the Grange for 2019 in your e-mailbox soon!
After the business (and fun) meeting, we’ll have a program by a VT organization, “Rights and Democracy” which seeks to raise up VT’s working families and democratic rights, working to promote and actively use the tools of democracy. From their website, I can see that they have projects to support paid family & medical leave for workers, universal health care, clean water, equitable work against climate change–a range of issues joined by the importance of equal opportunity and equity in all of them. You can learn more at their website: Rights and Democracy VT
Come about 5:30 to hear Kate Logan, one of their Program Directors tell about the “People’s Lobby” that RaDVT has established at the State House, about the prospects for legislation they’re focused on, and to answer questions about their campaigns and how to get involved.
And then stay for the Community Potluck Dinner, at about 6:00, where you can share both good food and good conversation with everyone who has come for the meeting, the program, or for the contra dance that starts a bit later! Kate Logan will be there, hope you will too!
P.S. we want to start right at 4:15, to make sure we have time for our program and plenty of time to eat!
Did you hear what I heard? If you were at the Grange Hall on Dec. 23rd, you certainly did!
We had lots of singers, a busy craft table, lyrics projected, lots of tasty snacks, piano & guitar accompanists…and an on-stage dancer!
We owe thanks to a lot of folks for making this possible:
- “Marathon Man” Matt Nunnelly was glued to the piano bench for the whole 2 hours, leading us in a wide variety of tunes.
- Intrepid Internet lyric-hunter Charles Mayhood had a large number of lyrics loaded on a laptop, and was able to search out others when audience members requested them!
- Charles also provided decorations and lights, which increased the holiday feeling. He also made the poster for the event.
- Ben Ducadeli donated a projector for Charles to use–and told us the Grange can keep it. We’ll use it for sing-alongs at Grange meetings as well as future Holiday events!
- Ben and Charles set up the Grange with floor mats, tables for food, and the projector & screen before anyone else arrived
- Many participants brought treats to share–Swedish Kringla, gingerbread, brownies, chocolates, muffins and deviled eggs–by no means a complete list.
- The crafts table was a big hit with kids, making simple, attractive holiday ornaments kids could display with pride. Thanks to Wendy, who set it up and kept all involved!
- Merry Shernock did a lot of publicity, sending out notices to everyone, putting up posters and encouraging everyone to come.
New Year, New Hall Clean-up!
How many of these places can you identify? Scroll down to the bottom of this part of the message to see where these are.
So, as I announced in the last Grange Notes, before Christmas, we are planning a Clean-Up Day! Coming on the Martin Luther King “Day of Service”, Monday, Jan. 21st! Your chance to join other Grange Hall users and friends to spiff up the Hall! Bring your favorite cleaning supplies–things like:
- Glass cleaner, squeegees, rags
- Vacuum cleaner(s)
- All-purpose cleaners
- Dust mops
- Wet mops
- Rubber/nitrile gloves
- Snacks and beverages
- Your favorite cleaning music!
We’ll supply some of all of these supplies and tools, but help us out by bringing your favorites! We are mostly interested in getting you–and your friends!–to bring energy and enthusiasm to make it a productive day for all of us, leaving the Hall shining and smelling good.
We plan on working from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with time off for lunch from about Noon to 1:00 PM. Come for the morning shift, the afternoon shift, or the whole shebang! If you can’t come and clean, but want to provide some lunch, that would be great also.
About the Martin Luther King Day of Service: in honor of MLK and his life of work for a better America, people across the country make this holiday a day ON, not just a day OFF, by volunteering in their communities. We are organizing this clean-up to make the Grange Hall even more welcoming and attractive. The Grange, an all-volunteer organization, owns and maintains this Hall to serve local community organizations, families and non-profit groups. We hope you’ll pitch in with us to make it even nicer. More info? Call Tim at: 802-225-8921.
Where are those dirty places? From top left to bottom right:
- Fuzzy light fixture in the Main Hall.
- Sand and grit that have fallen from through the floor above onto the light-diffusers in the lower level.
- Dusty screen and dirty window in the Main Hall.
- “Something” spilled in the freezer.
- Window blinds with accumulated dust