Grange Greetings is a program by the National Grange Lecturer’s Department that seeks to connect existing Granges and Grangers to newly chartered or reorganized Granges and members in an effort to welcome them to the family. We encourage all Granges or individual members to send a card, postcard, letter or trinket to the new Grange as a greeting. We hope you will take the time to tell new Granges a bit about your hometown and some of the positive things your Grange has done in your community or what you’ve gained from your Grange membership.
We believe through this program that new members and Granges will immediately feel the fraternal bonds that run so deep among our members who have been a part of our Order for generations and will be inspire to do great work and become long-standing members through such outreach.
We will also provide a bit of information about the area in which the new or reorganized Grange is located. You may choose to use this information to inform your members of the communities in which our Granges are growing through a Lecturer’s program. Junior Granges are especially encouraged to use this information to learn about the geography and history of American hometowns.
Get involved by sending your greeting to the new Granges via addresses of Lecturers or Secretaries provided in information releases about new charters or reorganizations. Don’t forget to find new Granges on social media like Facebook if they have created profiles/pages and interact with them today!
In the past two weeks, three Granges have been newly organized or reorganized. Take a moment to greet each one and learn about their communities!
On Monday, Aug. 19, 17 members signed the reorganization paperwork for Zion Oak Grange No. 826 in Springdale, Ark. Eight of those were former members of the Grange, which was inactive since 2011. This is the only Grange currently chartered in Arkansas. Judy Sartwell will serve as their Secretary. Her address is 4550 Habberton Road, Springdale, AK 72764. Springdale is the home of about 70,000 people, many of whom are associated with Tyson Foods, headquartered in the city, and the nearby University of Arkansas. The city was originally founded in 1838 as Shiloh and soon after a Baptist Church that was central to the community was built. When it was burned during the Civil War, much of the towns identity was compromise and ten years after the church was rebuilt the city was incorporated under the name Springdale. The local history museum, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, still retains the town’s original name and features many Native American artifacts.
A new Grange in Augusta, Ga., was organized on Thursday, Aug. 22, under the name Savannah River Grange No. 736. The charter was signed by 16 people, all new members to the Grange, many of whom became interested in forming a Grange after meeting with National Lecturer Pete Pompper and South Carolina State Grange President Jerry Martin while gathering information at an event related to their interest in hobby farming. It is the only Grange in Georgia. John Womack will serve as Secretary. His address is 80 Weeks Road, Trenton, SC 29847. Augusta is the state’s second largest city, home to more than 200,000 people including those serving at Fort Gordon, a U.S. Army Signal Base, and the birthplace of several celebrities including Hulk Hogan. President Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home is located in Augusta along with the Augusta National Golf Club where one of the sport’s annual Master’s Tournaments is held.
Pennsylvania added a new Grange on Monday, Aug. 26, taking their total to 241 across the state. Hawk Mountain Grange No. 2109 had 17 people on its charter and held its first meeting where they elected Nancy Marchefsky as Lecturer. Her address is 505 Willow St., Pottsville, PA 17901. Since their charter was issued by National Grange on Aug. 21, they have added seven new members, for a total of 24. Hawk Mountain Grange is meeting in Orwigsburg, the first county seat of Schuylkill County, with a mission to serve multiple communities in the area. Schuylkill County is known for anthracite coal mining in the 19th and early 20th centuries and is the home to the nation’s oldest brewery, Yuengling. It joins Jefferson Grange No. 1384 and Lewistown Valley Grange No. 1639 as part of the Schuylkill County Pomona Grange. Hawk Mountain Grange has a Facebook page