By Pete Pompper
National Grange Community Service Director
Reprinted from The Patrons Chain–the e-newsletter of National Grange
The community service works that our Granges do never cease to amaze in their diversity and scope. These programs show that Granges are active and relevant in their communities nationwide. We encourage all Granges to make community service a cornerstone of their Grange and know that if you do, you will see it as a key tool in your kit to making your Grange grow.
Highlights of some Grange community service projects:
Five Mile Prairie Grange (WA) held a community dinner and then had a speaker give a presentation on the American flag.
Gardner Grange (KS) has for many years holds a Veterans Appreciation night where they invite members from the local VFW to the Grange Hall for dinner. They then ask each veteran to discuss their time in the Armed Forces and play the anthem for each branch.
Bangor Grange (ME) will be hosting its sixth annual Veterans Tribute Show and their fourth annual fundraiser for the House in the Woods which is a veterans retreat in Lee, ME.
Florissant Grange (CO) hosted a Heritage Day where the town celebrated the heritage in that area of Colorado. At the hall they had food, kid’s games and crafts along with historic displays of the town. This is a wonderful way to open the Grange Hall to the community and get individuals and families to learn about the Grange.
Concord Grange (NH) borrowed a community service idea from Harmony Grange (NH) a Meet, Greet, and Eat project where they served good Grange food and presented several awards to deserving people and community organizations. One of the groups was a local band who then gave a free concert. I really like to hear Granges that borrow ideas from other Granges, great job Dick.
Pennsylvania State Grange at the PA SG annual Family Festival the members donated money. Gift cards and other items that were then donated to a local Ronald McDonald House by Ruth Vonada, PaSG Community Service Director.
Burns Grange (MI) hosted a Meet the Candidates night, one of many Granges, where they had not only a good turnout of candidates but also community members. This is an excellent way this time of year to open up our Halls to the community.
Little Lake Grange (CA) has started a local radio station at their Grange Hall with coverage in the local community. It is a 100-watt low power FM station KLLP-LP 97.9. Think of the possibilities this Grange now has to serve their community. Job well done. For more information, you can contact Larry Cotler, Gen Mgr., at lannykllgorg (lannykllgorg) .