by Glenys Ryder
Members of Danville Junction Grange recently celebrated their annual open meeting in conjunction with National Grange Month with nearly fifty members and guests in attendance.
Officer Friendly Justin Richardson
Officer Justin Richardson of the Auburn Police Department was presented the Community Service Award by Master Karen Gagne and Community Service Chair Glenys Ryder. Officer Richardson, now called “Officer Friendly” at Edward Little High School, works hard to mentor students, support staff, and connect with parents. He makes many contributions to his community, such as coaching a basketball time for the Boys and Girls Club, helping out at the PAL Center, and working at public gatherings. He has taught classes at CMCC and the Auburn Citizens Police Academy. He was Danville Junction Grange’s nominee in the “Officer of the Year” contest of the Maine State Grange. We were thrilled that he was accompanied by his wife, adorable little daughter, mom, dad, sister, and buddies from the police department!
Those present were entertained by Mitch Thomas, a well-known musician in the area, at the piano.
75-year member William Hatch with State Master Rick Grotton
A membership certificate was presented to William Hatch, a 70-year member by State Master Rick Grotton. Acknowledged, but unable to attend, were the following members: Althea King-75 years, Lorraine Additon-70 years, Tom Bennett-60 years, Peter Wills-55 years, and Susie Faulkner-40 years.
An Appreciation Certificate was given to Louise Roberts of Excelsior Grange for being our pianist at each and every one of our meetings.
An excellent time was had by all, and several applications for membership were handed out!