Grange Notes by Tim Swartz, Grange President (with everyone’s help) for November 19, 2018
Our Grange Hall will be used by a large extended family on Thursday for their holiday meal, FYI!
and for the next Community Potluck, starting about 6:00, we’ll share the tasty dishes brought by participants, and have a chance to chew upon and digest what we have discussed with other people who have come to the meeting, and/or the discussion about the Loan Fund. We’ll be glad to try your special recipes–by then we might even be ready for a bit more turkey, in some form or other.
Grange meetings and events are free and open to all, members and non-members, local or visiting from far away. No password required!
Have you ever wished you didn’t make that turn?
“Upscale Resale” brings new visitors, and sends donations to Circle
Despite the first snow of the season, the “pop-up” consignment store set up in the Grange Hall on Oct. 27th attracted over 20 vendor booths, and lots of customers for the higher-end clothing, jewelry and other items being sold. Donations of booth fees to “Circle”, the shelter for abused women in Barre added up to over $200.
We look forward to more events like these–we’re glad to facilitate moving unused items to people who can appreciate them, and to the increase of community ties this event can bring. Many new people came to our Hall, and were impressed with the space and its convenient location, so we hope this will lead to more uses by Berlin residents and others.
One note about the basement level, which we have plans to insulate and improve–the number of booth requests led to some vendors setting up downstairs. There were complaints about the smell of mildew (which we’ll note in our next grant application for the renovation project)–but sales were still better than expected!
- white potatoes, yellow potatoes, sweet potatoes or yams
- canned cranberry sauce
- non-alcoholic holiday beverages
- stuffing mix
- any other tasty foods–you know they will be appreciated!
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 distractions 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)
The results of the State Session votes are now available on the CCG website: Resolutions with Votes if you want to see how they fared. The topics range from restricting the use to neonicitinoid pesticides (passed), to support for a minimum wage increase to $12.00 per hour (passed), to making marijuana smoking subject to the same limitations as tobacco smoking (rejected, as we were told this is already legislated policy). Check the whole list of resolutions to see more.
Also concerning the “upper levels” of the Grange, Vermont hosted the 152nd National Convention at the Stoweflake, from Nov. 14th to 18th. Grange members from across the country got a good dose of VT weather, with the snowstorms of last week, but as far as I know a good time was had by all. VT State Grange officials are probably quite tired after coordinating the tours, hospitality and coffee needed by over 400 visitors! Our Grange loaned some coffee-makers to the event, I helped to relay donated “personal care items” for homeless veterans donated by VT Granges to the Stoweflake, and Marj Power helped to iron costumes fro Grange rituals one afternoon!
Eventually, the National Grange will pass on how the Convention voted on State resolutions that affect National policy. All resolutions start at the Community Grange level, so think about what you’d like CCG #469 to submit for next year’s State and National sessions!
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.