Grange Month 2014 is over—a thing of the past. Or is it?
In a way, any month can be Grange Month—if you define it as a month when we celebrate our organization, our rich history and heritage, and our current relevancy. I’ve occasionally wondered why April was chosen but not enough to research it. Perhaps it was thought that spring is a good time because, at least in the northern climes, spring becomes the season of planting and promise.
From a publicity and communications perspective there is great value in a specific month that is shared across the nation. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate at other times of the year. Many Granges have a summer picnic—why not invite the community and make it a celebration? If your Grange has a signature program that’s seasonal in nature, you can kick it off or wrap it up with a big event. Fair season is yet another opportunity and so is the season of harvest. Just remember, you are not celebrating these events and programs as much as the joy and power we find in them and our Grange.
If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.