Members are encouraged to attend the State Convention June 22-25

California State Grange Convention:
June 22 -25 at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds

At the annual California State Grange session, we have a unique opportunity to meet Grangers from all over the state and experience our 150-year-old heritage.

It would be an honor to attend this convention with as many of you that can, showing up with our Sebastopol hearts, engaging in this long term democratic practice and participating within it to make our voices heard.

Our Grange is pleased to have the convention here in Sonoma County and we want to support your attending by paying your registration fee whether for one day or the whole convention.

You can view the convention schedule here along with the menu options here. You will need to pay for your meals though.

Dear Fellow Grangers,
I’m writing to encourage more of you to come to our state Grange Convention, which will be next Thursday June 22nd through Sunday the 25th at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Or even come for part of it. You’ll get good food and a chance to really see another side to the Grange and to meet brothers and sisters from all over California.

Sebastopol Grange is ready to help you do this by helping fund your registration. Please contact Gary Abreim at gabreim@earthlink.net or 321-4250. Let’s show a strong presence from Sebastopol at the convention and share the good work we are doing!

Friday night is the talent show and Jeanna is performing.

Saturday night is an opportunity to take your 5th and 6th degree and experience the richness of the Grange heritage. The cost is quite minimal.

Fraternally,
Jerry Allen

CA Convention

 

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Our Landscape Transformation Party was a great success!

  • Circle

Many hands make light work. What a blast we had transforming the landscape of our Grange Hall into an abundance of native plants, flowers and pollinators. Thanks to our passionate community for coming out, rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty. And to Daily Acts, Sebastopol Village Building Convergence and everyone who made it possible!

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Scholarship Committee Report

Scholarship recipients

Scholarship recipients Jannike Allen (l) and Pauline Allen report on their educational pursuits.

The Grange #306 scholarship committee is happy to recap the scholarship awards from the 2016-17 school year. Ariel Scholten received a Member Education scholarship to help her attend the National FFA Convention in Indiana. The Analy High School Agriculture Department received a School Program grant to upgrade their greenhouse and Parkside Elementary received a grant to repair and upgrade their school garden shed. The Youth Granger Scholarships were awarded to Cabrilla Wiecek, an Analy High School student, to use towards her Global Student Embassy trip to Niagara, Pauline Allen who is studying Ecology at Evergreen State, and Jannike Allen who is studying Environmental Science at Portland State.
In addition the scholarship committee has met to review and update the guidelines for the scholarship awards. We will be moving to a calendar year award cycle where the Youth Granger Scholarship applications will be due February 1 of each year and awarded in the spring. Both the Member Education Scholarship and the School Program Grant will be awarded twice a year, fall and spring. The Scholarship Tab on the Sebastopol Grange website will be updated with these new due dates and guidelines.
Fall 2017 we will accept applications for a Member Education Scholarship and a School Program Grant. The applications and guidelines can be found on the Sebastopol Grange website under the Scholarship tab.

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May 30th Grange Meeting & Potluck: Getting to know a Muslim neighbor

Of One Soul

 

Join us for our May General Meeting & Potluck when we’ll be joined by Aisha Morgan, who will talk to us after our meal.

Getting to know a Muslim neighbor

Islam is a religion followed by a quarter of the world’s population yet often misunderstood. At the May 30 meeting, we will have a chance to learn and ask questions. Aisha Morgan is active with the Interfaith Council of Sonoma County and its Muslim support campaign, Of One Soul. She is an observant Muslim and a longtime speaker on the topic who will provide a little background on the beliefs and practices of Islam and some of the challenges of living as a Muslim in Sonoma County. Aisha is a resident of Rohnert Park and commutes by bike to her work as Data Specialist for Santa Rosa City Schools.

In recent years she was the principal of the Islamic Sunday school of the Islamic Society of Santa Rosa and served on the board of the mosque. She has been a volunteer speaker for many years with Islamic Networks Groups (ING), speaking in classrooms and to groups of all kinds on many topics related to Islam and to interfaith.

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Mothers Day Work Party at the Grange

Planting flowers
Every 2nd Sunday of each month, the VBC hosts a work party at our beloved Sebastopol Grange Hall. This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day and we want to weave in a great deal of Mama Love as well. We will have flower pots that kiddos can paint for the mamas as well as materials to build a succulent hanging wall frame. To our Mama Earth, we will sing songs and check on all the new plantings we put in the ground 2 weeks ago.

In addition to creating gifts for the Mamas, we will be building new benches outside the front doors of the Grange Hall. We hope that we get to see you there!

painted pots1pm-Opening Circle/Potluck
1:30-4-Let’s get crafty with our gratitude!

 

– Jeanna Collet
Sebastopol Grange President

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Join Grangers in the Apple Blossom Parade!

Join the Grange along with Village Building Convergence, the Hubbub Club and 350.org Sonoma County and march in the parade.

Meeting spot: Wallace St. Division #3, place 25. Arrive between 9am and 9:50am. Main St. will be closed to traffic so plan to walk to Wallace St.

In honor of Earth Day and the Scientist March on DC, the 350.org theme will be science and our environment. You are invited to carry one of 350’s signs or make your own and to dress like a scientist.

 

parade

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Legends of Open Mic at the Grange on Sunday, Apr. 23

concert

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Sunday, Mar. 5: Grange/VBC WorkParty and Potluck, 11-4pm

11-4pm (1pm Potluck)
Bring your work gloves, garden tools, bright spirits and a dish to share!

Designers, Artists, and Muses, you are cordially invited!
We will have a focused time for visioning the Grange Master Plan and developing specific projects for this year’s VBC.

A lot of work was put into the Grange Master plan a few years back… let’s dive in and see where they take us! We are curious what YOU think should be happening in our beloved Community HUB’s backyard.

Here are some photos of the designs OAEC cam e up with a few years back:

Grange drawing

Grange plant list

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The Great Grange Garage Sale April 1st (no fooling)

garage sale

 

Saturday April 1st,  9am-3pm

Recycle your stuff or plan to come and buy “new” stuff!

Support this fundraiser for our Kitchen and Parking Lot restoration funds.

Rent a space in our Hall to sell anything you want: $25 for a 6 to 8 ft table space.
Email Nancy Cadigan mcgreenandnancy@yahoo.com

Or clean out and donate your cool stuff to the Grange to sell. Bring it in to our General meeting Tuesday, March 28. We will also take donations the week before the sale with times TBA.
Weather permitting, more spaces may be available outside.

Help us raise funds to improve our Hall. Volunteer to make this a great event. We will need help with publicity, set up, parking, maybe a kitchen crew making snacks or food to sell. Helping sort, price and sell donations. Join our ad hoc committee!

Current committee members: Jeanna Collette, Laura Shafer, Nancy Cadigan.

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Welcome, New members!

New members
Look at the crop of new members we swore in at the January meeting and potluck! We’re so happy to welcome you.

We had a fantastic turnout at the meeting, which included a stirring performance by the Social Prophet Choir.

Social Prophet Choir

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