SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGE: A Community of Growers since 1931.

2013-09-25 16.59.15MISSION: 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.





Val White

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Come celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Grange Hall!  Potluck beings at 5:30pm and Contra Dance at 7pm, with caller Betsey Mullen from Everett and the hometown band, “The Spuds” with Val White, fiddle; Malcolm Suttles, guitar; Jim and Katy Nollman, Mandolin and Piano.  Bring a friend and a favorite potluck dish and recipe with its story to share.  All are welcome!  Suggested donation $10.  For info call Boyd at 378-7172.

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Tmike cohenhis week our own legendary outdoor nature educator, musician, contra dance host, and 25 year full time island resident turns 85 years old. In order to honor this epic event, there will be a special open house held at the Grange Hall on Sunday Dec. 14th, from 6 till 9 PM. Island residents are invited to stop in at their convenience for a chance to get to know this nature-connected legend a bit more, while enjoying some snacks and cake, and music with fellow residents. There will be free learning experience opportunities and literature for those who wish to adventure into Mikeʼs natureconnected world.  Come get to know him better and help him celebrate his 85th with us all on Sunday.

Alice Deane, 2015 Director of Family Living, San Juan Island Grange #966

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2015 officersMarla Streator, the President of Quimper Grange (Port Townsend, WA) installed our officers in a traditional ceremony at our December meeting. She stayed to talk to members after the meeting, where we had a chance to share common experiences and give each other advice on how to run a successful Grange. Quimper Grange’s vision “to create a resilient community” and our mission “to support a resilient community” point to a commonality of approach that hints at a long relationship to come.

Both our Granges are really good music venues with a lot of untapped potential. We discussed the idea of a Grange house-concert circuit, where an act that appears at the Quimper Grange would go next to San Juan Island Grange, and vice versa. Orcas Island Grange would be a good stop on this circuit. They have a stage and experience at putting on shows.

Granges that are not in the center of the Grange world need to come together for mutual assistance, maybe sharing program information, buying non-GMO seeds together, working on resolutions to State Grange Conventions together.

Her visit is the first time an officer of another community Grange has come to visit us. We had such a good time, it will not be the last if we can help it. I would like to invite other Granges to come see us. Our meeting is the first Wednesday of each month. San Juan Island, I’m sure you know, is a wonderful place to visit in the summer and fall.

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budSan 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”.

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organic contra dance

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. 




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Earthquake posterSan 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


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grange-movement-grangerPerhaps 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.



Election Results:

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

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