Grange 150th Anniversary Four-Minute-Movie Contest!

movie contest

Let’s represent our Grange!

Get out your cameras or even your phones and put together your own amazing four-minute-movie celebrating Grange! And here’s the best part: The prizes sponsored by the National Grange Foundation!

The top three finalist will receive up-to a $200 travel stipend, Friday and Saturday night accommodations at the 150th Annual Session of the National Grange in Washington DC, and two tickets to the Celebration banquet where the winning movies will be shown and first, second, and third place awards announced!

First Place: $1000 Cash Prize!
Second Place: $500 Cash Prize!
Third Place: $250 Cash Prize!

All entries will be judged on content, quality, and creativity following a designated grading rubric (See attached). The top seven videos will be part of a social media popularity vote August 15 – August 31, 2017, with the top three favorites moving on to the finalist round at National Session in Spokane, Washington on November 11, 2017.

There are no limits to the themes of your four-minute movie as long as it showcases Grange!

Suggestions to get your wheels turning include–but are not limited to:

  • How Grange has impacted my life
  • The Grange Story: Our history and heritage
  • Why I love Grange!
  • Grange accomplishments, wins, and successes
  • Why I joined the Grange, why I stay


All entries must be accompanied by a completed submission form and waiver no later than MIDNIGHT (PST) on AUGUST 4, 2017.

Learn more.

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Stories direct from Standing Rock at the Sebastopol Grange Monday, Dec. 19, 7:30pm

Local Sebastopol resident Julia Bystrova has just returned from Standing Rock in North Dakota having lived in the main Oceti Sakowin Camp for over a month as part of the medic and healers team. She will be returning back to Standing Rock sometime during the next several weeks.

This coming Monday evening December 19 at the Sebastopol Grange hall, you are invited to come and hear Julia share stories and photos from her time at Standing RockJulia will give an update of what is happening at Standing Rock, share her experiences of serving with the medic and healers team at the main camp, and explore some of the deeper spiritual dimensions of what she experienced during her time at Standing Rock.

Joining Julia will be Adam Villagomez who will be contributing Native American song as well as sharing his own personal experience as a Dakota/Chippewa Native American living at Standing Rock for a while in November with his wife and three sons.

Other local folks who have been to Standing Rock are also invited to come and share their experience.

Sebastopol Grange hall (on Hwy 12 just east of Sebastopol)

Monday, December 19

Event begins at 7:30 PM

$10 donation requested

All donations to go 1/3 to the Standing Rock medic and healers fund, 1/3 to help fund Julia’s return trip to Standing Rock, and 1/3 to the Sebastopol Grange hall to help support our local community Grange to continue to host such events as this one.

Bringing light snacks and drink to share is encouraged.

This event is co-sponsored by the Sebastopol Grange and

Some of Julia’s live postings from Standing Rock over the last few weeks can be viewed on here:

standing rock

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Artists and Designers wanted for Grange project!

Sebastopol Grange #306 wants to see your design for a basic 1-color graphic to use on T-shirts, hats or aprons for members and promotion of our organization!

Please bring in copies of design ideas on 8 1/2 x 11 paper to the January General Meeting Potluck, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. We’ll see what designs everyone likes, and begin the process of getting our own custom shirts, etc. for our Sebastopol Grange, maybe in time for the Apple Blossom Parade!
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please come to the January business meeting or contact Laura Shafer, Asst. Steward at


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Welcome new leadership team

Join us in welcoming the Sebastopol Grange’s new leadership team, following their election at our General Meeting this week:

leadership team

Back: Executive Committee: Hrieth Pezzi, Assistant Steward: Alan Hahn, Lady Asst Steward: Laura Shafer, Executive Committee: Nancy Cadigan, Executive Committee: Vince Scholten, Lecturer: Evan Wiig.
Middle: Ceres : Dorothy Morgan, Gatekeeper: Shepherd Bliss, Vice President: Lawrence Jaffe, Steward: Ariel Scholten, Pomona: Elana Roberts, Flora: Lynn Scholten.
Front: Treasurer: Gary Abreim, Secretary: Karen Perry, Chaplain: Barton Stone, President: Jeanna Collet, Musician: Peter Schurch.

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West County Craft Faire: Saturday, Nov. 19

craft fair

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For All Our Relations; Standing Rock Benefit Sonoma County, Nov. 6

The earth is our mother, we must take care of her.


Standing Rock Benefit Sonoma County
Sunday, November 6th, 5-10pm,
at the Sebastopol Grange

Inspired to act in solidarity with #nodapl (No Dakota Access Pipeline) and #waterislife (Protecting our natural water sources), community members are coming together on Nov. 6th to raise money, supplies and awareness about the illegal oil pipeline project in North Dakota and the need to protect our own drinking water from contamination.

Connecting this benefit to earth stewardship and environmental protection around our local area, it highlights the need to honor and preserve sacred sites everywhere with a focus on kinder and more respectful treatment toward indigenous peoples.

Our event will include an opening prayer and water blessings, several topical speakers, musical acts, indigenous dancing, live art, a silent auction, info and letter/petition writing tables, vending booths, food and drink for sale, and a donation area drop-off for blankets and supplies, ending with a closing ceremony.

This will be a family-friendly event with games and art to engage the youth as well as educating the public.

$20 suggested donation.
Limited Presale tickets (gets your two free raffle entries!) available –

You can make a donation before the event here:

Profits collected will be sent to the Standing Rock Tribe in North Dakota, will be used to buy needed supplies to be delivered by us after the benefit, and a small portion will be given to support local indigenous rights, protecting the environment. This event is sponsored by The Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County and the Sebastopol Grange #306.

For more information:


Contact: Dr. Loi C. Medvin (707-695-7888) or Brian Scharf (510-507-6609)
Sebastopol Grange #306, 6000 Sebastopol Rd (Hwy 12), Sebastopol, California 95472

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Sebastopol Grange 2016-2017 scholarship applications being accepted

Applications for 2016-2017 Grange #306 Scholarships are now being accepted. Find out more about the Youth Grangers Scholarship, the School Program Scholarship, and the Member Education Scholarship.


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West Sonoma Book Faire Nov. 10th

Download printable flyer
Book Faire flyer

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Sebastopol City Council Candidates Forum, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6:30pm

The Sebastopol Grange will sponsor a non-partisan Sebastopol City Council Candidates Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 28, starting at 6:30 at its Hall at 6000 Sebastopol Road, also known as Highway 12. People are welcome to arrive early and stay after for a while to extend the conversation. The three candidates who have filed have agreed to attend and answer questions — Michael Anthony Carnacchi, Jonathan Greenberg, Neysa Hinton an write-in candidate Craig Litwin. Moderators will be Grangers Lawrence Jaffe and Hrieth Pezzi.

The Forum will be broadcast live on KOWS 107.3FM and www. by KOWS producer Arnold Levine. moderator Barry Chertov will film the event and publish the video on that website.

Admission is by donation. All are welcome, as elected officials in any Sonoma County city can influence the rest of the County.
Feel free to share this information with anyone who might be interested in attending. Volunteers are needed for various roles. Further information is available from organizer Shepherd Bliss at




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Greetings from the California State Grange First Lady

California Grange flag

July 2016

First of All I would like to say Thank You to all those who participated in the 141st California State Grange Convention. It was so great seeing the fresh energy, excitement, and friendliness amongst our Brothers and Sisters! What a positive step forward and hope for our State Grange!

I want to thank all of the hard workers from the Orangevale Grange for sharing their hall, their organization, energy and tirelessness that went into putting on another professional convention! You guys are amazing!

A big Thank you also goes out to Katie Squire for all of her hard work and expertise in running the Grange EXPO and Auction. Now that we have momentum, I’m hoping that more participation from all Granges will occur next year and make this program bigger and better than ever before!

I also want to say Welcome Back to all those members who have decided to continue being a Grange Member! I want to encourage further healing, participation and friendship in our historical fraternal organization.

I was so taken back and impressed by the positive, caring attitudes of our members and how we were able to work through legislative issues on the floor in a respectful, non combative manner, showing the professionalism that this Order of Husbandry has the ability and capacity to do! We can as a team accomplish so many great things.

It’s an exciting time in our California State Grange. We have used the Motto “Renovating the Grange”. To many of us this has been long overdue. We are updating our programs and way of doing business to make it all more efficient and relevant to today’s’ world. Our office system as discussed at convention is designed to be more accessible, with less expenditure, have more open communication lines, offer transparency to our members and actually get things accomplished in a timely manner. There is always room for improvement and I challenge you and your ideas in helping this organization to become the best it can be!

With hard work we can make California alive again, On all levels; Local, State and National. By working together and being active participants WE CAN make a difference in rebuilding our organization. We can modernize it in a way that will draw in new members that have additional skills, ideas and knowledge to contribute, teach and mentor our upcoming youth. The youth in this organization is the future and blood line of the Grange. We need to make this a priority.

In August we have our 2016 Western Regional Conference to be held in Portland Oregon, August 5-7. All is welcome! For more info contact Ed Komski or for a registration form. Deadline in July 14, 2016. We would love to see you there!

Cynthia KomskiWe also have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming 2016 National Convention. The National Grange will be celebrating 150 years and will be held in the Washington DC area. It should be a week of spectacular fun filled with field trips and Grange History! We would love to see participation from California for all those who come. If you can’t attend please access on-line to visually see what happens at the National level.

The following year, the National Convention 2017 will be closer to home in Spokane, Washington. We are still in the planning stages, for those who wish to participate. Spokane is a beautiful place to visit and we are planning much fun, so please think about putting it on your calendars.

Ed and I will hopefully be able to visit many of you and your Grange Halls in the next 2 years as life permits us to. I wish all of you a terrific summer and we hope to see you soon!

Cynthia Komski, First Lady
California State Grange

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