By Ronald and Lillian Dolloff
Memorial Fund Committee Co-chairs
The Grangers Memorial Fund was created by the delegates of the Maine State Grange Convention in Waterville in 1981 at the suggestion of Wallace and Geraldine Brown (Lillian’s parents) of Yarmouth Grange. It was felt that this would give people an outlet to honor beloved Grange members and friends.
The names of beloved Grange members and friends are recorded in the Memorial Book which is in the possession of the Maine State Grange Chaplain, and may be viewed at the annual state Grange session.
This fund was originally started to purchase needed items for the headquarters, but has since been used for other things. Only the Executive Committee can approve expenditures but must maintain a minimum balance of $20,000. Currently there is a balance of $24,000 and approximately $4,000 available.
Some of the fund in the past has been spent on: furniture for headquarters; flowers for deceased state grange officers and former officers; monument for former state officer; sound system; paint for headquarters; donation to the Cathedral of the Pines; Grange promotion; piano; helped furnish a room at Grange Cottage; helped with chair lift; office chairs and computer table for headquarters; grave markers for former officers; furniture for guest room at headquarters; money used over the years for grange expenses. There were other things too, but this gives you an idea of how valuable this fund has been.
Any Granger may make suggestions regarding this fund to any member of the executive committee or to us. Donations may be mailed to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Dolloff, 100 Pine Street, Waldoboro, ME 04572.