Greetings Sisters and Brothers!

Our regular business meeting will be next Wednesday, May 3rd at 7pm.  Because there is a Community Dinner at the Friday Harbor High School that evening (an early Cinco de Mayo and the last community dinner of this school year), let’s forgo our usual potluck and support that if you can.

We have several things as Grangers to be grateful for:

On Wednesday, April 19th we hosted the San Juan Pomona’s Art Contest that was judged by several members of the State Grange, including State Master Tom Gwin.  There were over 80 entries, and our Worthy Family Living Chair Deirdre Morris did a fabulous job soliciting many inspiring and accomplished entries. Deirdre, along with Worthy Chaplain Katy Nollman, also gathered homemade pies to raise several hundred dollars and  new members for our Grange during the subsequent Open House!  Thank you to all the organizers, artists, pie bakers, and supporters through donations and memberships!  (Not only that, but the State Grange visitors were able to witness the final inspection for the Deck structure—see below!)

Then on Thursday, April 27th our Worth Lecturer Glenn Hendrick organized a fantastic showcase of local young musicians from Friday Harbor High School and Spring Street International School, coordinated by John Wheatley, for a packed concert at the Hall.  So much budding and developed talent!  It was so fun to experience our Grange Hall filled with the talented youth of our community!  Donations were collected for our local schools’ music programs.  Thank you Glenn and John and all those who performed and attended!

Last but by far not least is the ongoing work of our Building Committee!  Have you seen the Deck recently?   I did at the youth concert, and it is so exciting to see the railings going up and the beginnings of the decking in front of the French doors. Check it out yourselves!  Thank you Malcolm and Roger and Steve for your fortitude, perseverance, and attention to detail!

I’m looking forward to meeting with you all soon and celebrating these achievements with you!

Fraternally, Boyd C. Pratt, 2017 Master, San Juan Island Grange 966


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We are proud to host a showcase of young musical talent at the Grange Hall on Thursday April 27. The evening will start with our traditional Grange Potluck at 5:30. The rules are simple: bring food to share, sit down with others to eat and talk. Salads, hot dishes and desserts create a balanced meal with absolutely no coordination. Turns out good every time.

The music starts at 6:30, with musicians from Spring Street International School and Friday Harbor High School. The Grange Hall is an excellent venue for small musical gatherings. The intimacy of the space and the excellent acoustics will combine with the young talent to create an evening to remember.

A suggested donation of $10 at the door will go toward supporting school music programs.

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There will come a time when working with our hands, eyes and physical materials will once again be at the center of our culture. Restraints on technology and energy use, caused by climate change and the end of the petroleum era, will create a need in all of us to learn new skills and abilities. And many of these “new” skills will not be new at all; they will be the traditional skills of growing, preparing and preserving foods and housing and clothing our families.

The Grange arose during a previous time of upheaval for American families, during the post civil war emergence of national markets that rewrote the rules for farmers everywhere. The Grange responded by offering self-help instruction to rural families in farming techniques, home economics, and the visual and social arts.


At San Juan Island Grange we are proud to continue this tradition with our Grange Arts Contest. Islanders are invited to bring in examples of their art, photography, crafts, needle arts, baking and food preservation to the Grange Hall on April 19th. Entries may be brought in between 11AM and 1PM. All work will be displayed along with its ribbons at our Open House from 1PM to 6PM. All are welcome! Please email Deirdre Morris at with any questions.

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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.


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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.


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

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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.



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!

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