MISSION: To support a resilient community of growers, makers, and keepers, to foster social and political engagement, and to maintain our Hall as a home for celebrations and programs.
Resilient Community: Grange members grow food and fiber, make music and artifacts, keep house and livestock. Likewise do we grow in our skills and knowledge, make a meaningful life for our families, and keep this island in good health for future generations. In our programs we learn and teach the skills of living in this special place, because we believe that a resilient community skilled in the arts of living can weather whatever storms the future may bring.
Engagement: The Grange is political, but not partisan. We take stands on issues, not on candidates. For instance, in 2012 San Juan Island Grange #966 endorsed the initiative to ban the growing of GMO crops in our county. We also believe that a community that plays together stays together, so we make sure we have plenty of potlucks and other social events on our calendar.
Maintain our Hall: We are known to the public by the San Juan Island Grange Hall in Friday Harbor, a beautiful wooden building originally built as a church in the 1880’s. Recognizing its value to our island community, we vow to take care of it so that it can serve its function as a cultural venue for years to come.
We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 at the Grange Hall at 152 First Street North in Friday Harbor. Visitors are welcome.
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San Juan Island Grange #966 is hosting an informational forum on The Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production, at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the Grange Hall. The program will include presentations from differing perspectives and a moderated question and answer session. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The forum will be introduced by Roger Ellison, Grange Master, and moderated by Steve Porten, Grange Executive Board member; presenters are Brent Snow, speaking in support of the proposed moratorium, and Sandy Strehlou, Committee for Diversified Agriculture, speaking in opposition to the proposed moratorium.
In November 2012 the voters of Washington State passed Initiative 502, The Legalization of Marijuana for Recreational Use. Several businesses have been licensed by the State to grow marijuana in San Juan County. Concerns regarding the impact of these operations on land use have led to a proposed moratorium on marijuana production, which is being considered for adoption by the San Juan County Council, in order for the Council to further consider regulations related to marijuana production.
San Juan Island Grange #966 is hosting this forum in response to requests from our members to take a stand on this issue. Our mission is “to support a resilient community of growers, makers, and keepers, to foster social and political engagement, and to maintain our Hall as a home for celebrations and programs”.
Here’s a treat! Saturday November 22nd at 7:30PM, Mike Cohen and the Organic Contraband will host a special fundraiser dance to benefit San Juan Island Grange #966. Mike will call, the band will play, refreshments will be served!
Our Grange is proud to host Mike and the band for regular Monday Night Contra Dances at the hall. It will be fun to see them perform on a Saturday night.
SPECIAL DANCE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 22ND, 7:30pm AT THE GRANGE HALL!
San Juan Island Grange #966 continues its 2014 Fall Lecture Series with a program on Earthquake Preparedness for Islanders on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at the Grange Hall. The program begins at 7pm, preceded by a potluck at 6pm—all are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Is Your Home or Building Quake Proof? Join local building officials and preparedness educators as they engage in a Q&A session designed to help islanders evaluate if their homes are vulnerable and how to fix any problems they find. Presented by the San Juan County Community Planning and Development Department and the Town and County Department of Emergency Management.
Boyd Pratt, 2014 Lecturer, San Juan Island Grange #966
Perhaps not as exciting as the early organizing rallies of the Grange, we did have a rousing good time electing our panel of officers for 2015. They will be installed in office at our next meeting on the 3rd of December.
Master: Boyd Pratt
Overseer: Roger Ellison
Executive Committee: incumbent Doug Rowan re-elected
Lecturer: Nina LeBaron
Family Living Chair: incumbent Alice Deane re-elected
Steward: incumbent Alice Deane re-elected
Assistant Steward: incumbent Carter Fuerbush re-elected
Lady Assistant Steward: Alison Longley
Chaplain: incumbent Katy Nollman re-elected
Treasurer: incumbent Val White re-elected
Secretary: incumbent Susan Key re-elected
Gatekeeper: incumbent Liz Francis re-elected
Ceres: Elaine Kendall
Pomona: incumbent Megan Jones re-elected
Flora: Betsy Dayton
Time to stand up and be counted, Grange Members!
Election of officers will take place at the next regular meeting of San Juan Island Grange #966, on Wednesday the 5th of November, 2014, 7PM at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor.
Also on the agenda:
How should our Grange respond to the call for a moratorium on marijuana production in our county?
Does our Grange wish to work with Friday Harbor Grange #225 and the County Fair on a mobile kitchen project?
The launch of the Makers Guild Tool Lending Library as a way to increase access to tools and tool sharing among Grange Members.
No potluck, so that we can all attend the Community Dinner at the High School.
Please bring something for the Share the Harvest table!
Photo by Nina LeBaron
Here’s a great picture of Grange Member Jim Lawrence cooling his horse’s heels on the courthouse lawn after the Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade. What seems kind of odd today may seem commonplace in our near future. As cheap liquid fuel becomes a thing of the past, we may need to look to our tried and true transportation choices like horses to get us into town to do our business. Might as well plan for bridal trails, hitching posts, livery stables, blacksmith shops, municipal compost yards and the rest of the equestrian infrastructure of old. After all, they aren’t making any more oil.
MAP OF GRANGE HALL LOCATIONS BY MICHELE SAVELLE
San Juan Island Grange #966 is sponsoring a program on Grange Halls of Washington State, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Grange Hall; the program begins at 7pm, preceded by a potluck at 6pm—all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Holly Taylor, a historic preservation consultant from Vashon Island and a doctoral student at UW, will talk about her recent research on the history and preservation of grange halls. She has visited and documented over 200 grange halls in Washington State, looking at characteristics of both purpose-built halls, and those (like the San Juan Island hall) that were originally built for other uses such as schools, churches, clubhouses and commercial buildings. Her presentation will touch on Progressive-era history of the Grange, consider why Washington State (still!) has more Grange members than any other state, and explore preservation issues related to rural and small-town community buildings.
Boyd Pratt, Lecturer, San Juan Island Grange #966