Webmaster note and correction: This story was based on the story reported in the newspaper which was incorrect. West Bath Seaside actually had an organizational meeting where they elected three officers for the charter application, Master, Lecturer and Secretary. They also filled out the application with 18 charter members. At their next meeting they will elect the remaining officers and if the charter is back from National it will be presented. Installation and obligation will take place as soon as they are chartered. Thanks to Maine State Grange Overseer Vicki Huff for the correct information.
On Tuesday, May 21st, Maine State Grange Overseer Vicki Huff installed charter officers at the newly organized Grange now known as West Bath Seaside Grange. After a two-year vacancy, the building is being rejuvenated by Master Will Snow and 19 charter members. Following the traditional installation ceremony, Sister Huff joked, “…all the new members are under the age of 50,” and noted, “This will be a happening place with exciting times for them and us.”
The local media also took note and reported that while it’s rare to hear of Grange Halls reopening, the folks in West Bath are reversing that trend. The original story was reported in The Times Record and reprinted in its entirety in the Bangor Daily News. The new Grange plans to meet the first Tuesday of every month.
Master Snow notes that he hopes West Bath Seaside Grange will restore some of the sense of community that is too often missing today. “It’s basically a place for the community to come together,” Snow said, and noted the newly formed group is already planning their first bean supper. He is encouraging others in the area to participate, adding, “Membership will have its privilege.”
Welcome, Patrons of Husbandry affiliated with West Bath Seaside Grange! We’ll be looking forward to hearing about some of those exciting times right here on the Maine State Grange website!