Grange Meeting Wednesday February 7

THE SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGE Where the farmers and the musicians can be friends

Hey folks! It’s time for our February membership meeting. With the 2018 Strategic Plan in the can, the Spring Street Property lease signed, new committee chairs for Grange Hall, Marketing and Membership, and now over 100 members (!), we are poised to have our best year ever.

Please join us for our potluck at 6PM and our meeting at 7PM. Our special event this meeting will be a presentation on the Grange degree system by Shann Weston.

See you there!

 

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San Juan Island Grange Completes Strategic Plan for 2018

Thanks to the care, intelligence and hard work of our members, we are very proud to  present:

San Juan Island Grange #966 2018 Strategic Plan

Financial Management (Executive Committee with approval by membership)

  1. Conduct an annual audit
  2. Establish audit policy to include annual internal audits with periodic independent audits
  3. Establish annual expense budgets for committees in annual budget
  4. Create financial management plan for Spring Street property revenues
  5. Create fundraising master plan and continue fundraising events

Relationship with State Grange (Executive Committee with approval by membership)

  1. Continue relationship building with State Grange Master and State Grange Executive Committee
  2. Regain financial control of all monies held by State Grange
  3. Regain ALL SJI #966 Grange minutes, check registers, and all other records

Spring Street Property

  1. Complete deferred maintenance of building (exterior painting, roof repair)
  2. Continue investigating required process for resolving environmental clean-up

Grange Hall Maintenance and Improvements (Hall Committee)

  1. Fix leaking roof at electrical risers
  2. Fire Marshall Inspection for 2018 (occurred 2/9/18 thanks to Dave Kane)
    1. Exterminate rats in basement
    2. New extinguisher at entry and other misc. items
  3. Complete:
    1. painting exterior and trim on deck side; paint French doors
    2. Reinstall old window (can come later with kitchen redesign)
    3. Kitchen door (can come later with kitchen redesign)
  4. Paint wood paneling on east wall of main hall (interim fix until ceiling remodel)
  5. Refinish main hall floor
    1. Patch flooring at old vents
    2. Trim paint touch ups after refinish
  6. Upgrades to sound system
    1. Additional speakers and subwoofer for movies, built in
    2. Speaker covers
  7. Membership Visioning Session for use of Hall to determine timeline and priorities for additional upgrades
    1. Appoint Design Committee to guide Hall updates
  8. Replacement of the street side foundation
    1. Requires removal of vestibule; replace with larger version extending to sidewalk and further to the sides (could include table storage on either side)
  9. Street side landscaping (after foundation is replaced)
  10. Installation of outside electrical plug ins
  11. Develop a remodel plan for commercial kitchen, entrance hall, and bathrooms
    1. Conduct a kitchen design charrett
    2. Include ADA accessibility
  12. Main hall
    1. Ceiling remodel considering acoustics
    2. Wiring upgrade
    3. Lighting (adjustable brightness)
      1. Consider indirect lighting hidden behind period correct crown molding; strategic placement of ‘invisible’ spots to illuminate podium, fireplace, etc.
      2. Period correct wall sconces
    4. Removal of wood paneling
    5. Acoustic wall treatments
    6. Install valance to conceal projector screen
    7. Replace fireplace mantel with live-edge local Douglas fir slab
    8. Replace fireplace bricks with tile or stone (inscribed with donors’ names?)
    9. Entry – information boards and exterior lighting
    10. Library location
    11. Storage for round (weddings) and rectangular (meetings) tables
    12. Upgrade windows for energy efficiency
  13.  Basement
    1. Haul away old furnace system
    2. Complete cleanup
    3. Additional storage space; potential for office space
  14. Create master plan for cleaning and long-term maintenance of the Grange Hall
  15. Evaluate the need for deck furniture and fire pit

Relationship with San Juan Island/San Juan County Community

  1. Consider hiring a marketing manager
    1. Improve marketing of hall rental, events at the Grange, and Grange membership
  2. Increase membership
  3. Improve outreach to Hispanic community
  4. Improve outreach to the under 50-year-olds of our community
  5. Increase locally relevant resolutions that get communicated to the public
  6. Increase scholarships as funding is available

Accomplishments – 2017 Strategic Plan Goals Completed 

Financial Management

  1. Conducted an annual audit for 2016-2017
  2. Established an audit policy to include annual internal audits with periodic independent audits (thanks to Doug and Val)
  3. Obtained property tax exemption; annual savings of $3,500 (thanks to Doug and Val)
  4. Increased rental income by 30.4% over 2016 while maintaining compliance with property tax exemption status and fulfilling our mission to make the Hall available to the community (thanks to Roger and Doug)
  5. OPALCO billing review and reclassification saved $900-1,200 per year (thanks to Doug and Steve)
  6. Reached fundraising goal of $25,000 via seed sales, pie sales, events, donations and solicitations (thanks to Roger, Deirdre, Alice, Katie, and many more)
  7. Awarded $500 scholarship to Grange member Carter Fuehr-Busch for continued education (thanks to Susan, Lovel, Katie, Paula and Christina)
  8. Evaluated increase in dues because State increased their portion; membership authorized in July
  9. Reviewed and revised rental policy and rental fees at completion of the deck
    1. Developed a policy and hand book on Hall rental for internal use posted in kitchen closet and on website (thanks to Roger, Malcolm, Boyd, Val and Doug)
  10. Membership increased from 54 in June 2011 to 100 in 4th quarter 2018
  11. Established expense budgets for committees in annual budget
  12. Improvements to Grange website regarding hall rental (thanks to Roger)

Relationship with State Grange

  1. Continued relationship building with State Grange Master and State Grange Executive Committee
    1. Communications with State Master established and ongoing (thanks to Boyd)
    2. Letter from State Grange removing our Grange from probation February 2017!!
    3. Commitment by State Grange Executive Committee to release additional 1/3 of income from Spring Street property in an annual dispersal the following January, beginning in 2018
  2. Regained management and financial control of Spring Street property (thanks to Boyd, Lovel, Doug and Paula)
  3. Regained control of tax return oversight

Spring Street Property

  1. Continued investigation of required process for resolving environmental clean-up

Grange Hall Maintenance and Improvements

  1. Completed deck and double door to main hall (huge thanks to Malcolm, Roger, Steve, Val, Dave and many others)
  2. Installed new ductless heating system
  3. Investigated foundation repair on street side
  4. Installed fire code compliant ‘push’ door handles on both entry doors (thanks to Ben Haynie)
  5. Completed pest and fire extinguisher inspection (thanks to Roger)

Other Accomplishments

  1. Successful programs (lectures) include standing room only for Emergency Preparedness in the San Juans (thanks to Glenn)
  2. Began weekly Growers Circle Coffee Hour, where farmers and gardeners share information on all things agricultural and horticultural (thanks to Roger)
    1. The Corps of Resilience initiative was launched from these discussions

 

 

 

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Free Pruning Workshop at Dancing Seeds Farm

Friday Harbor, WA … Do you have fruit trees or an interest in them? Would you like a better understanding of how to prune and care for them?

Join the San Juan Island Grange for a field trip to Dancing Seeds Farm Sunday, January 28th, for a hands on pruning workshop lead by Greg Meyer and Keith Keyser.

The workshop will begin with an 11am brunch potluck meet ‘n’ greet in the farmhouse at 3501 Beavterton Valley Rd, where there will be books to peruse, and graphics to examine.

We will move into the orchard at noon, where Keith and Greg will go over times of year to prune, tools, techniques, and collecting scion wood for grafting future trees!

The day will wrap up by 2pm.

Greg Meyer’s experience with pruning started out with attending a workshop just like this while living in Seattle, where he was also lucky enough to have a landlady who let him practice on a plum and apple tree at her house.  Greg then spent two years at the Bullock Brother’s Homestead on Orcas Island, where he pruned trees of all ages and sizes, while at the same time honing his skills with his landscaping clients.

Keith Keyser pruned apple trees for commercial orchards in Okanogan County for two years, in the late ’70’s.  Since then he has worked on many clients trees over the years as well as for his own small orchard.

Free Pruning Workshop at Dancing Seeds Farm 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 nonpartisan, and so is this event.  All are welcome, including kids!

 

 

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JANUARY 3RD BUSINESS MEETING

NY 2018The next regular Business Meeting of the San Juan Island Grange #966 is this Wednesday, January 3rd, starting at 7pm, preceded by our usual potluck at 6pm.  We will greet the New Year with a Candle Lighting Ceremony and, among other items, consideration of a 2018 Budget.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

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DECEMBER 6TH BUSINESS MEETING

 

2015 officers

OK, we definitely need to get a new photo of our officers!

The next regular Business Meeting of the San Juan Island Grange #966 will be Wednesday, December 6th starting at 7pm.  Our usual potluck will begin at 6pm beforehand.

At the Business Meeting, we will have the Order of Installation of our Officers, Summarize our Spring Street Property Lease, Review our Rental Rates, and Celebrate our Successes, among Other Alliterative Acts.

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

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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IN SAN JUAN COUNTY

What are the likeliest potential threats to our region, and how can Islanders prepare for them materially, mentally, and communally?

Join experts in the field Tuesday, November 28th, at the San Juan Island Grange for an interactive evening focusing on personal and community preparation for disasters most likely to hit the San Juans.

Brendan Cowan, of the SJC Department of Emergency Management, and Bill and Laura Jo Severson of Red Cross will begin the evening by discussing their work in local and national disasters, and what islanders can do to prepare for disasters at home.

Survival skills instructor Nathan Donnelly will then focus on practical steps to safeguard your land, stock your home, and outfit your vehicle, as well as explore the mindset a prepared person may need to be a community asset in a serious emergency.

Ideas for developing a reliable network, as well as motivating the community to be ready for likely events will be brainstormed with the whole group.

Attendees will receive a home evaluation worksheet that can be used by anyone to get started.

The event will take place Tuesday, November 28th at the San Juan Island Grange,152 1st St, Friday Harbor at 6:30pm.

Please join us beforehand for a potluck and meet ‘n’ greet at 5:30!

Nathan Donnelly is a permaculture designer and survival skills instructor with a background in wildland firefighting, search and rescue, and homesteading.  He has used all of the methods he will be discussing in real life.

Brendan Cowan is Director of the San Juan County Department of Emergency Management, and has been working on disaster preparedness in the islands since 2003.  He previously worked in international crisis response. In addition to his role in the islands, Brendan also supports disaster response around the country, working on wildland fires and large emergencies like Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Sandy, and most recently Harvey, in addition to a host of other large scale events.

Bill and Laura Jo Severson are both involved in our local branch of the Red Cross.  Laura Jo was recently in Houston, assisting with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Disaster Preparedness in San Juan County 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 nonpartisan, and so is this event.  All are welcome, including kids!

 

 

 

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SMALL PLEASURES TO PLAY AT DANCE SATURDAY

We have a very special lineup for our Saturday Contra Dance on November 18. Small Pleasures featuring Vivian Williams on fiddle will be our band, and Michael Karcher will be our caller.

“Contra dancing has been around since the 1700s. If you don’t know it — it’s kind of like square dancing but with long lines of dancers. The dance is having a renaissance around the country thanks to a thriving youth scene.” From an NPR broadcast.

To be part of the thriving scene on our rock, come to the San  Juan Island Grange Hall at 7PM on Saturday November 18. You don;t need a partner, every dance is taught, and your fellow dancers are fun and forgiving.

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