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.

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3rd SATURDAY CONTRA DANCE

July2016DancePosterSmallOur 3rd Saturday Contra Dance for July features Michael Karcher calling the dances with the Seattle band Cobbler providing the music. We ask for a $10 donation at the door. No experience or partner needed. Each dance is taught.

 

GOOD TIME DANCING AT THE GRANGE HALL

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JULY 6TH BUSINESS MEETING

4th of JulyHappy Fourth of July!
San Juan Island Grange #966 will have our regular business meeting on Wednesday, July 6th beginning at 7pm and preceded by our usual 6 pm potluck.  We’ll be reviewing our Worthy Overseer Roger Ellison’s representing us at the State Grange Convention as well as the progress on improvements to our Hall–
the work of many hands!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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STOP THE SHIPPING OF OIL BY TRAIN

We must put an end to oil shipments by rail. Rural towns across our country pay the risks but do not reap the harvest. A derailment and oil fire outside of Mosier Oregon illustrates the need to act. Our Grange will present a resolution to the Washington State Grange Convention in late June, calling for a ban on oil shipments until safety issues are addressed. ‘Bout time.

SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGE #966 RESOLUTION CONCERNING AGRICULTURAL CROP ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY ISSUES IN REGARD TO THE TRANSPORT OF CRUDE OIL BY RAIL

EDS: 2005 filer   DD/ Thursday, August 4, 2005 Page A3 Edmonton - August 3/2005 - AZ freight train derailed near wabamun around 5 am.  CN spokesman Jim Feeny said 43 cars derailed, 26 were tanker cars carrying bunker C fuel with some cars leaking, another had lubricating oil, another had Toluene , 2 pulp cars ,and 13 grain cars. No one was injuried, the engines stayed on track.  Absorbant booms were put out on the lake to try to controll the spilled oil but the winds were making that difficult said Seba beach fireman John Krysa. The slick was 2 miles long already. Credit photo (Bruce Edwards/Edmonton Journal)WHEREAS, Washington State’s communities along rail corridors, including farms and farm families, suffer economic and environmental impacts as a result of rail accidents; and

WHEREAS, the transport of crude oil by rail has led to an increase in rail accidents, including derailments, explosions, fire, loss of life; and damage to property, including farmland and crops; placing an undue burden of risk on the people and properties along the rail corridor; and

WHEREAS, the transport of crude oil by rail has caused a significant increase in rail congestion impacts to vehicle traffic and the flow of citizens, commerce, and emergency vehicles on roadways; and

WHEREAS, Washington State farmers depend on rail transportation for delivering crops to market; and

WHEREAS, rail transport of crude oil in Washington State has adversely impacted the rail transport of Washington State’s agricultural products;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the San Juan Island Grange #966 oppose the transport of crude oil by rail until it is satisfied that all safety concerns for farm families and communities along rail corridors have been addressed; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Juan Island Grange #966 oppose the transport of crude oil by rail until it is satisfied that all adverse impacts to the rail transport of farm crops have been addressed; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Juan Island Grange #966 support the recommendation that the Federal Railroad Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration require a minimum amount of demonstrated financial resources to pay for response, cleanup, remediation, natural damage assessment, and restoration costs, based on the reasonable worst-case spill volume of a train carrying oil as cargo; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this resolution be forwarded to the next session of the Washington State Grange together with a recommendation for favorable action therein.

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SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGE OPPOSES TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

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San Juan Island Grange encourages local production and inter-island trade.

At our May membership meeting, San Juan Island Grange #966 formally adopted a resolution against the Trans Pacific Partnership. Our Grange calls for the rejection of TPP and other “Fast Track” agreements as undemocratic and therefore against the values of the Grange. Rather than international agreements created in secrecy that favor agricultural concentration and the industrialization of agriculture, we support local production for local needs that keeps our money on our island, that uses methods that reduce carbon emissions, improve environmental health, and add to the diversity of our seed bank.

The full text of our trade resolution can be found here: https://sjigrange.wordpress.com/resolutions/resolution-concerning-trade-agreements/

Local Granges formulate their own political policies in a process guaranteed by the National Grange since its inception in 1867 . San Juan Island Grange’s resolutions can be viewed here:  https://sjigrange.wordpress.com/resolutions/

 

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MAY 4TH BUSINESS MEETING

IMG_1202San Juan Island Grange #966 will have our regular business meeting on Wednesday, May 4th beginning at 7pm; because the School is having a Community Dinner that night, we will not have our usual 6 pm potluck, but hope to see you at the Dinner.

Come celebrate the results of April’s Art Contest!  We will also be addressing resolutions for the State Grange Convention.  And we are reaching the point where we need to ‘put our muscles where our mouths are’ for our Deck Project—please come prepared to commit!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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THURSDAY APRIL 21: ANNUAL ART CONTEST

HOSTED BY SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGE #966 AND FRIDAY HARBOR GRANGE #225

img_20130627_173014_330[1]Calling all artists!!!

The Grange is having its annual art contest on Thursday, April 21st.  You need not be a member of the Grange to enter: everyone is welcome! All categories are welcome including photography, water color or oil paintings, basket making or broom making, quilting, bookmaking, mixed media, sewing , recycled clothing , knitting and crocheting, clay, Photography,  and any other  category I might have forgotten.

If your work qualifies to go the State Grange contest and your art work is chosen you will win $50.00.  Please call Deirdre Morris to make arrangements to have your worked picked up at your house or meet her in town.  All entries must have a title and the artist’s name and phone number somewhere on them.  All work must be handed to Deirdre before the 20th of April; otherwise, entries can be submitted on the day of the contest (April 21st) by 1pm at the San Juan Island Grange #966 Hall.  Please contact Deirdre at 619-203-4313 or 378-1888 or d2morris@gmail.com.

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APRIL 6TH BUSINESS MEETING

Roger and Malcolm 2016 3 24San Juan Island Grange #966 will have our regular business meeting on Wednesday, April 6th beginning at 7pm and preceded by our usual 6 pm potluck.  We’ll be considering some resolutions for the State Grange Convention as well as working towards our exciting Deck Project.  (See if you can recognize the backsides of these two dedicated members hard at work on the foundations!).

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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