On a dark, rainy Thursday night, Danville Junction Grange #65 observed their annual Open Meeting in conjunction with National Grange Month. They welcomed forty people in a cozy, festive atmosphere to celebrate their 140th Birthday! The dessert table was laden with cheese, crackers, fresh fruit, and all kinds of yummy desserts, including birthday cupcakes.
The upstairs hall was decorated with a large birthday banner (shown in the photo) donated by Steven Haycock. A bulletin board also was decorated in a birthday theme.
State Officers in attendance were Master Victoria Huff, Overseer Rick Grotton, and Flora Debra Ivers.
Wes Ryder read an original poem entitled “140th Anniversary of Danville Junction Grange #65”, which included a lot of historical facts about the grange. A list of several people who had sent birthday greetings on Facebook, including National Lady Assistant Steward Chris Hamp, was read. Counselor David Young brought birthday greetings from the City of Auburn.
Delightful musical entertainment was provided by Kathy Haley and her daughter Shawna Haley-Bear.
State Master Victoria Huff presented 65-year Membership Certificates to Wesley Ryder and Julien Beaulieu, accepted by his nephew, Bob Bealieu. (Shown in the photo.) Unable to be present, the following people will receive Membership Certificates at a later date: Russell Hammond (80 years), Dorothy Coffin (70 years), Shirley Keene (60 years), Ernest James (55 years), Elaine Brewer (40 years), Henrietta Hines (40 years), Edith Lyons (40 years), and Mary Thornton (25 years).
A Community Citizen Award was presented to Norman Smith for all the many things he does to aid those in the community. Appreciation Awards were given out by Lecturer Thelma Quimby to Kathy Haley, Shawna Haley-Bear, Louise Roberts, Vicki Huff, and Kathy Lorrain, who was unable to attend.
Androscoggin Pomona Lecturer Steven Haycock presented Glenys Ryder, who recently retired as Lecturer of Danville Junction Grange after fifteen years with a Past Lecturer’s Pin and a letter of congratulations from National Lecturer Jim Tetreault.
It was a wonderful evening and a great celebration of our 140th Birthday!