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.  RESOLUTIONS   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. DECK PROJECT

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.






Just Transition is the path as yet untaken at the intersection of labor and environment. It’s a way to help people working in industries that are environmentally unsustainable make the transition to new, good jobs in industries that are both environmentally and economically sustainable.

Imagine how many jobs would be created if we started training and hiring people to do energy efficiency retrofitting of every home, business, school, factory and house of worship across the country. This is just one possibility that could unify those divided over what’s more important: the environment or jobs.

Some organizations are working to make Just Transition a reality, using models like the G.I. Bill to imagine a well-organized, well-funded Just Transition program.

Join experts in the field Sharon Abreu (Orcas Island) and Sameer Ranade (Seattle) at the San Juan Island Grange in Friday Harbor Wednesday, May 31st, for an in-depth discussion on this important topic.

The program will begin at 7pm and, in typical Grange fashion, will be preceded by an optional potluck and meet ‘n’ greet at 6!

Sharon Abreu is a singer, songwriter, performer, environmentalist, teacher, and networker. She is a member of the Local 1000 North American Traveling Musicians Union, American Federation of Musicians, AFL-CIO. As executive director of Irthlingz and as a community member, she works with the San Juans Alliance to prevent coal and oil exports through the Salish Sea, and with the Energy Roundtable in conjunction with the Conservation District on renewable energy and energy efficiency for San Juan County.  Sharon was a Trade Union delegate to the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development from 1998-2007, where she served as a liaison to the Energy, Freshwater and Education caucuses.

Sameer Ranade currently works as a Climate and Clean Energy Campaign Associate for the Washington Environmental Council. He’s from Kennewick, WA, has a B.A. in Political Science from WSU, and an M.P.A. from UW. He boasts extensive work experience in government, advocacy, and elections. Sameer has been a staffer in the state and federal legislative branches, on multiple state and federal candidate campaigns, and interned for several environmental organizations, including the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Last summer, Sameer ran for an open seat in the Washington State House of Representatives from the 43rd Legislative District where he earned endorsements from every environmental group.

Just Transition: The Intersection of Jobs and the Environment is part of the Grange Lecture Series, which strives to foster social and political engagement, discussion, and to maintain our historical Hall as a home for celebrations and programs.

The San Juan Island Grange has been a community of growers, makers, and keepers since 1931. The Grange is non-partisan, and so is this event.  All are welcome, including kids!

Glenn Hendrick, Lecturer, San Juan Island Grange #966


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Come dance with us on Saturday at the Grange Hall. Don’t know how to contra dance? Neither did any of us before we tried it. Besides, each dance is taught before the music starts.  And you don’t need a partner because in contra dancing you get to dance with everybody. Our 3rd Saturday contra Dance features excellent musicians and callers, often from the mainland. This time we are pleased to welcome the Possum Carvers from Pt. Townsend with caller Jay Finkelstein.

A better time could not be had. Come check it out. 7PM start time, $10 donation at the door (student discounts are available).

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Greetings Sisters and Brothers!

Our regular business meeting will be next Wednesday, May 3rd at 7pm.  Because there is a Community Dinner at the Friday Harbor High School that evening (an early Cinco de Mayo and the last community dinner of this school year), let’s forgo our usual potluck and support that if you can.

We have several things as Grangers to be grateful for:

On Wednesday, April 19th we hosted the San Juan Pomona’s Art Contest that was judged by several members of the State Grange, including State Master Tom Gwin.  There were over 80 entries, and our Worthy Family Living Chair Deirdre Morris did a fabulous job soliciting many inspiring and accomplished entries. Deirdre, along with Worthy Chaplain Katy Nollman, also gathered homemade pies to raise several hundred dollars and  new members for our Grange during the subsequent Open House!  Thank you to all the organizers, artists, pie bakers, and supporters through donations and memberships!  (Not only that, but the State Grange visitors were able to witness the final inspection for the Deck structure—see below!)

Then on Thursday, April 27th our Worth Lecturer Glenn Hendrick organized a fantastic showcase of local young musicians from Friday Harbor High School and Spring Street International School, coordinated by John Wheatley, for a packed concert at the Hall.  So much budding and developed talent!  It was so fun to experience our Grange Hall filled with the talented youth of our community!  Donations were collected for our local schools’ music programs.  Thank you Glenn and John and all those who performed and attended!

Last but by far not least is the ongoing work of our Building Committee!  Have you seen the Deck recently?   I did at the youth concert, and it is so exciting to see the railings going up and the beginnings of the decking in front of the French doors. Check it out yourselves!  Thank you Malcolm and Roger and Steve for your fortitude, perseverance, and attention to detail!

I’m looking forward to meeting with you all soon and celebrating these achievements with you!

Fraternally, Boyd C. Pratt, 2017 Master, San Juan Island Grange 966


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We are proud to host a showcase of young musical talent at the Grange Hall on Thursday April 27. The evening will start with our traditional Grange Potluck at 5:30. The rules are simple: bring food to share, sit down with others to eat and talk. Salads, hot dishes and desserts create a balanced meal with absolutely no coordination. Turns out good every time.

The music starts at 6:30, with musicians from Spring Street International School and Friday Harbor High School. The Grange Hall is an excellent venue for small musical gatherings. The intimacy of the space and the excellent acoustics will combine with the young talent to create an evening to remember.

A suggested donation of $10 at the door will go toward supporting school music programs.

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There will come a time when working with our hands, eyes and physical materials will once again be at the center of our culture. Restraints on technology and energy use, caused by climate change and the end of the petroleum era, will create a need in all of us to learn new skills and abilities. And many of these “new” skills will not be new at all; they will be the traditional skills of growing, preparing and preserving foods and housing and clothing our families.

The Grange arose during a previous time of upheaval for American families, during the post civil war emergence of national markets that rewrote the rules for farmers everywhere. The Grange responded by offering self-help instruction to rural families in farming techniques, home economics, and the visual and social arts.


At San Juan Island Grange we are proud to continue this tradition with our Grange Arts Contest. Islanders are invited to bring in examples of their art, photography, crafts, needle arts, baking and food preservation to the Grange Hall on April 19th. Entries may be brought in between 11AM and 1PM. All work will be displayed along with its ribbons at our Open House from 1PM to 6PM. All are welcome! Please email Deirdre Morris at with any questions.

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Everybody is welcome to our annual Grange Hall Open House (and art show), immediately following the close of judging of our art and baking contest. I’m tempted to call this our “Makers’ and Bakers’ Show”. THERE WILL BE PIE!

On display will be the entries in our Grange Arts Contest, a showcase of the visual and domestic arts (art, craft, photography, baking, needle arts, food preservation…), many of them sporting beautiful ribbons and holding tickets to compete at the state level in June.

This is a great time to look over the Grange Hall and the terrific progress we’ve made on the deck.  We made our goal of raising $60,000 for our deck project and have lined up a contractor to help us finish it. Today the deck, tomorrow the kitchen!

So, come see some art, have a look at the hall, talk to Grangers about our future, AND EAT PIE!

1-6PM Wednesday April 19.


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All artists, artisans, canners and bakers, it is once again time for our contest at the Grange Hall. This year’s Grange Arts Contest will be on Wednesday April 19th. Please bring your entries to the hall between 11AM and 1PM and we will help you fill out the paperwork. Our contests are open to all, not just Grange members, and include youth categories.


Following the judging that afternoon, entries will be displayed (with their ribbons!) at the Grange Hall Open House, which starts at 1PM or so, immediately after contest judging ends.

Top winners have a chance for greater glory and some cash prizes at the State Grange Convention in June.

Questions? Ask Deirdre Morris at

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