Our meeting on November 6th will include the election of officers for 2014. Executive Committee members serve for three years, one elected each year. All other officers are elected yearly.
I encourage all members to attend this important meeting. Nominating candidates, voting, and serving in office are important duties and privileges of the members of democratic organizations like the Patrons of Husbandry. As we have gained experience, each year has been easier for officers, because the workload is better shared, and the duties of officers has been clarified. So please consider taking one of the offices. You’ll find that fellow Grangers will assist you with duties that require a bit of time outside of meetings.
Officers in Order of Election:
Master: Presides over the membership meeting, carries out the general business of the Grange, appoints committees, serves on the Executive Committee.
Overseer: Conducts meetings in Master’s absence. Assists Master in various duties, including the appointment of committees, serves on the Executive Committee.
Lecturer: Responsible for the educational and literary work of the Grange, including public programs and arts and crafts contests. Serves on the Program Committee.
Steward, Assistant Steward, Lady Assistant Steward: Responsible for setting up the Grange Hall for membership meetings and taking care of regalia and Grange Property between meetings.
Chaplain: Responsible for the Mutual Assistance Program of our Grange, opens and closes the meetings with a prayer. Serves on the Membership Committee.
Secretary: Keeps meeting minutes, membership rosters, sends reports to State Grange, and serves on the Executive Committee.
Treasurer: Keeps financial records of our Grange, pays the bills, and serves on the Finance Committee.
Gatekeeper: Originally tasked with keeping railroad goons out of our meetings, duties have been reduced to assisting visitors and late arrivals in joining a meeting.
Ceres, Pomona, Flora: The Graces decorate their stations with grain, fruit and flowers representing our agrarian foundations. Ceres participates in the draping of our charter upon the death of a member.
Executive Committee: Consists of Master, Overseer and Secretary, plus three members who are elected directly and serve for three years. Audits Secretary’s and Treasurer’s books, acts for the Grange between meetings or in emergencies. One Executive Committee member is elected each year.
Family Living Chair: Acts as host of the Grange, attends Family Living conferences, oversees arts and crafts contests.
The Assistant Steward and Lady Assistant Steward will pass out blank pieces of paper to all members which will serve as ballots. Nominations will be taken from the floor for each office starting with Master, and then all voting members will return a ballot with the name of their choice written on it. Nominations are never closed, so a member may right down any name, whether nominated or not. The winner is the candidate who receives more than 50% of the vote. If no one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, a runoff is held among the top vote-gettters (who collectively received more than 50% of the vote.) Voting continues in this manner until one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote. This procedure is repeated for all offices until the election is complete.
Installation of officers will be held at the December meeting.