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.
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.
WINNING ENTRIES AT OUR GRANGE ARTS CONTEST
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
April’s regular Grange meeting will be a special one, with the draping of the charter ceremony for our recently departed Past Master Jim Sesby. Much of what you see today at San Juan Island Grange: the emphasis on local agriculture, the strong volunteer effort, and the constant influx of new members, all started under Jim’s guiding hand. In fact, we were the fastest growing Grange in the state during Jim’s tenure.
PAST GRANGE MASTER JIM SESBY AT THE COUNTY FAIR
POTLUCK AT 5:30, MEETING AT 7:00. We will start our potluck a bit earlier than normal in order to give us lots of time for members and guests to share memories of Jim. Everybody welcome, Grangers and non-Grangers alike!
San Juan Island Grange Lecturer Glenn Hendrick launches our 2016 public programs series with Civics 101, a presentation by Cindy Wolf of Orcas Island.
“We’ve got a civics refresher class scheduled for Thursday, March 23rd with Cindy Wolf (of Orcas) who has worked at humanitarian grassroots politics since joining Alliance for Survival in high school.
There will be a potluck beforehand from 5:30-6:30, and the program itself will last approximately 2 hours.
The first 45 minutes will be a basic primer on how our government is currently structured, and the final 45 minutes will be a workshop on how to organize at the grassroots level for issues, candidates and voter empowerment.”
OUR MISSION: 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.
Granges are non-partisan but not non-political. Our own Grange has taken many stands on local, state and national issues. https://sjigrange.wordpress.com/resolutions/
San Juan Island Grange’s public programs are free of charge and open to all. Most are preceded by a Grange tradition: our relaxed and friendly potluck. Come break bread with us Thursday at 5:30 and stay for the show at 6:30!
The next regular Business Meeting of the San Juan Island Grange #966 will be Wednesday, March 1st starting at 7pm, preceded by our usual potluck. But wait, that’s not all! Alice and Roger will be selling our very own San Juan Seed Company Grange seeds starting at 5pm until the meeting starts at 7, so come early to prepare for Spring!
Among other things, we will be discussing the exciting program schedule proposed by our new Worthy Lecturer Glenn Hendrick as well as progress on the deck and our marketing plans for the Hall
All are welcome to attend!
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.
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!
Greetings 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!