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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SEPTEMBER 6TH BUSINESS MEETING

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Check out our 2017 San Juan County Fair Display!

The next regular Business Meeting of the San Juan Island Grange #966 will be Wednesday, September 6th starting at 7pm, preceded by our usual potluck (on our new Deck—unless, of course, it rains!). 

We will be discussing continuing actions undertaken as a result of 2017 Strategic Plan—the Deck completion and further work on the Hall, work of the Spring Street Property Committee, installation of the Hall heating system, work of the Hall Rental Committee, ideas for the Kitchen Remodel (Wow! There is a lot going on, yes?).  And, of course, that Election of Officers looming on the horizon (November Meeting); now is definitely the time to think about our leadership going into 2018!  

As usual, all are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend!

 

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(Re)Connecting with Nature: An Evening with Mike Cohen August 31

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How can we cultivate connection with nature in a time when we’ve never been so separated?  How can we work to re-unify humanity with the life of the Earth?

Mike Cohen- scientist, counselor, applied ecopsychologist, traditional musician, and naturalist- believes it can be done through the conscientious and scientific exploration of our own senses.

For over 50 years, Mike has worked to develop techniques of reconnection that use not only 5 but 54 senses to connect to nature and natural areas, and to ourselves within each present moment.

At the core of Mike’s practice is the concept of the Earth as a living organism, with each of us inseparable from it.  By using our senses to locate ourselves within the greater organism of Earth, we can learn to align ourselves and our lives with the needs of a healthy planet.

Please join us at the San Juan Island Grange,152 1st St, Friday Harbor, Thursday, August 31st, as Mike discusses his work in depth and teaches techniques to “create mutually beneficial relationships with Earth’s self-correcting ways, and help others do the same.”

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

Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D., Ed.D., is Director of Project NatureConnect, Institute of Applied Ecopsychology, Organic Psychology, Educating, Counseling, and Healing with Nature (ECHN).

(Re)Connecting with Nature: An Evening with Mike Cohen 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! 

You can find out more about more about Project NatureConnect here: http://www.projectnatureconnect.net/ 

 

 

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AUGUST 2ND BUSINESS MEETING

Deck Project Thermometer 2017 4 19The next regular Business Meeting of the San Juan Island Grange #966 will be Wednesday, August 2nd starting at 7pm, preceded by our usual potluck (on our new Deck—unless, of course, it rains!).

At our last regular Business Meeting (July 5th) we adopted our 2017 Strategic Plan–good work you all!  We will be discussing actions undertaken as a result of that Plan—the Deck completion and further work on the Hall and work of the Spring Street Property Committee—as well as planning for the upcoming San Juan County Fair (August 16-19).  We also want to announce an exciting new development hatched up at the Grange Booth at the Friday Harbor Farmers’ Market: a (tentatively named) “Grange Growers Circle” to meet every Wednesday morning at 8am at the Hall to discuss all things agricultural and horticultural.  So, let’s talk about all that stuff!

As usual, all are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend!

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ONE PLACE, MANY HISTORIES: THUNDERBIRDS RAISED HER, JUNE 25

Please join us for this wonderful event and fundraiser!

The San Juan Island Grange Lecture Series, in conjunction with the Setting Sun Institute (Lummi), Students for the Salish Sea (WWU), and Whiteswan Environmental (WE) is honored to host an evening of music, food, and conversation with the remarkable vocal group WAGEEYAH-I-CHX-IYABAE, Thunderbirds Raised Her.

Thunderbirds Raised Her are sisters Billie Lynn Jefferson, Danielle Kili Kennedy-Jefferson, and Katherine Val Renee Kennedy-Jefferson, who were born into the two strong cultures of Lummi Nation and Assiniboine from Carry The Kettle First Nation and are descendants of Chiefs, warriors, and resilient women.

Their original song work is rooted in their tribes and homelands, and Thunderbirds Raised Her recognize their role in bringing awareness to world issues and inspiring other indigenous youth.

The Jefferson sisters’ name has flourished from their support in Lummi Nation, where they have gifted their voices to community events, spreading messages of unity, healing, resilience, and truth.

As part of a fundraising effort to support these young artists and activists in recording their first album, we invite you to join us Sunday, June 25 at 5pm for an evening of dinner, live music and conversation!

The evening will begin at 5pm with a dinner of an entree, salad and bread. Please bring a side dish to share if you can, but we’d rather you be there either way! Words and introductions will begin at 6pm, followed by performances by Thunderbirds Raised Her. Feel free to skip dinner and come only for the main event if you wish!
There is a suggested donation of $25 dollars for the event, but all are welcome to pay what they can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds!

All proceeds will go directly to Thunderbirds Raised her for the production of their first ever album and music video in collaboration with the StyleHorse Collective, an Indigenous-led production team. With the production of their album and music video, Thunderbirds Raised Her hope to inspire a larger community with their words and songs.

-Glenn Hendrick, San Juan Island Grange Lecturer

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JUST TRANSITIONS PROGRAM 7PM MAY 31

JUST TRANSITIONS: THE INTERSECTION OF JOBS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

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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3RD SATURDAY CONTRA DANCE MAY 20

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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