Grange Notes by Tim Swartz for January 1, 2018
Songs were selected by participants, and ranged widely! We sang Christmas standards from Grange songbooks and special Christmas collections, and the titles ranged from “Deck the Halls” to “Winter Wonderland” to “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”. Come to the next one, and you can bring your favorites!
Greetings of the New Year!
I’ll get right to the point: It is time to join or renew your membership in CCG#469. All memberships run Jan-December. Membership costs$30/year; check or money order made payable to CCG#469. Send to CCG# 469, PO BOX 208, Northfield Falls, VT 05664. There are several reasons why you should do this:
FIRST GOOD REASON
Capital City Grange #469 was chartered by the National Patrons of Husbandry in 1914 in Montpelier. In 1952-53 the members built the Hall in Berlin and this is where so many of you find activities you enjoy. (You can check us out on the web: capitalcitygrange.org)
As long as CCG#469 remains an “active” Grange, the members hold the deed and the Hall remains a community center open to and serving all kinds of folks. But if CCG#469 should fold for lack of members, the Hall will be sold by the State Grange. It could become a funeral parlor or a restaurant and any one of an infinity of things that benefit from “Location! Location! Location!”
SECOND GOOD REASON
The Grange comes to us with a legacy of 19th Century Rural Populism. Really! Between the Civil War and WWI, Grangers advocated for Women’s Suffrage, rural cooperatives and supported a host of progressive practices in farming and domestic arts and government regulation. Granges supported and assisted individual self-improvement and social responsibility. Ideal Grange virtues articulated even back then include frugal personal practices enabling each of us to do more for others. Eleanor Roosevelt was a member. So was Norman Rockwell.
THIRD GOOD REASON
The members of Capital City Grange #469 are striving at both the local and state levels to make these quaint verities relevant in the 21st century. The ritual we use at meetings poetically articulates these values, but we regularly update it to remove sexist or racist or theist language. New songs are learned and sung. New issues are discussed. Another example: the CCG proposed, and the State Grange adopted a resolution to support S1034, a bill in the US Congress that would provide a legal status for long-term agricultural workers, plus a path to citizenship for immigrant farm workers–check it out in more detail at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/
If you don’t see described here the good reason(s) you come to the CCGHALL, maybe you can let us know. Come tell us at the next meeting:4:30 pm, on next Saturday, Jan. 6th! You can bring your dues check to the meeting! Most meetings are on the first Saturday of the month at that time, and are followed by an excellent potluck dinner.
Check the Calendar on the website for details and, while you’re there, scroll to the bottom of the Home Page and sign up for GRANGE NOTESif you aren’t already on the list!
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This message brought to you by our Grange Treasurer, Merry Shernock
In the past couple of meetings, we’ve talked about future needs for building repairs, upgrades of our kitchen appliances and our water heater, contributing to the improvements planned by the Friends of the Capital City Grange Hall, and about how we can put aside money to be ready to respond to our needs.
Come help us deal with these questions–we need all the help we can get to build a good financial foundation for the work of the Grange!
Let’s start working on a new version, to make the need for protection for the year-round workers who immigrate to Vermont and other states. U.S. Senate bill S1034, designed to provide a legal status for just these people, is a good vehicle to achieve this, and we’ll do what we can to support it.
As of today, over $4,500 has come in, by checks or by direct donation via Paypal on the Grange website. This gets us well on our way to the $20,000 or $25,000 we need to raise–and you can help us keep moving toward that goal. Make your check payable to “FCCGH” and send it to:
PO Box 192
Northfield Falls VT 05664
Or you can give securely via the CCG website: http://capitalcitygrange.org/
And your donations to the FCCGH are tax-deductible for you (to the extent allowed by law) since the Friends are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. The Donate page lists the wonderful projects which have been completed with their help since 2012. Also on the website, the “Hall Projects” page has information on the scope and plans for the “Mess Hall to Dining Hall” project. As one of the donors said, with all the great work that has been done on the Grange Hall, shouldn’t the basement be a nice space as well?
We give great thanks to those who have already donated, and we hope many more of our Members and Friends will join them.