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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SEED EXCHANGE WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15

Grange Hall 5-7pm February 15

Our Grange Hall will once again be a hub of activity for an important island community: the Growers! If you have seeds you’ve been saving and want to share them, or need some new garden seed and want to try out what your fellow islanders have been growing, here’s your change to make a swap! What, you have no seeds to share? Come anyway! We’ll be giving out pea and bean seeds, so that new folks can get a start on seed saving with these easy-to-save seeds.

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2017 SEED EXCHANGE at SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGE

Seed saving is a great way to build up local strains of vegetables, with traits that fit our growing conditions. A way to build a little more resilience into our island economy. We will have some take-home information for you about seed saving, seed storage, and seed libraries at the Seed Exchange, so come on down!

Doors will open at 5pm and close at 7pm. A free event and open to all!

 

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FEBRUARY 1ST BUSINESS MEETING

Roger EllisonGreetings Sisters and Brothers!

The next regular Business Meeting of the San Juan Island Grange #966 will be Wednesday, February 1st starting at 7pm, preceded by our usual potluck.  All are welcome to attend!  Master Boyd Pratt will be gone, so our Worthy Overseer Roger Ellison will be Master pro tem.  There are several important items on the agenda: reports from the Hall Rental and Scholarships committees and a debriefing on the State Grange Leadership Conference that was held here on January 24th.
See you soon!

 

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3RD SATURDAY CONTRA DANCE JANUARY 21

We are starting the year off with a bang, hosting a big contra dance on Saturday January 21. The caller will be Marlin Prowell from Bellingham, and a bi-coastal band comprised of Eric Anderson from Upstate New York on piano with local fiddlers Shaun Hubbard and Val White. The double fiddle attack will be awesome!

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Grange members Shaun Hubbard and Valerie White

 

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San Juan Island Grange Hall, 7-9PM. Each dance is taught, so beginners will fit right in and be dancing in no time! No partners needed. $10 donation requested, $5 for students.

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JANUARY 4TH BUSINESS MEETING

new-yearHappy New Year Sisters and Brothers!

We are looking forward to our first 2017 Business Meeting of San Juan Island Grange #966: Wednesday, January 4th starting at 7pm, preceded by our usual potluck at 6pm.  We will be discussing our plans for 2017, including our relationship with the State Grange, our soon-to-be-completed (right?) deck project, and changes in our Hall rental policies.  Let’s start off the New Year with a bang-up meeting!

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DECEMBER 6TH BUSINESS MEETING

San Juan Island Grange Officers

OK, an old shot of past years’ Officers, but you get the picture…

Our next Grange Business Meeting will be on Wednesday, December 6th, starting at 7pm, preceded by the usual potluck at 6pm!  We will have our annual Installation of Officers, officiated by our very own Chaplain (this year and next) Katy Nollman.  Please come celebrate this important occasion with us.  And don’t forget to bring along your membership dues, if you haven’t paid up already!

See you then!

 

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CONTRA DANCE NOVEMBER 19TH

contra-nov-19The Grange hall is the place to be on Saturday November 19th as Gwen Rousseau calls the dances and Au Contraire plays the tunes. Starts at 7. $10, $5 for students. No partner needed and all dances taught.

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Au Contraire is Susan Burke, Jay Finkelstein and Julie Bennett

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NOVEMBER 2nd BUSINESS MEETING

pumpkinsWednesday, November 2nd is All Souls Day and we expect all you souls to attend our Grange Business Meeting starting at 7pm, preceded by the usual potluck at 6pm!  We will be doing the very important business of electing officers for 2017 as well as discussing possible changes (read, increase) in our membership dues structure, among other important Grange activities.

So please join us for a soulful gathering!

 

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