Member Laura Pratt Honored

Laura Pratt

During their recent Grange Month meeting members of Valley Grange honored several long-time members. Grange Master Jim Annis presented a 75 year membership certificate to Laura Pratt of Guilford and said he “had to tell a story about her.” Annis went on to tell how “Sister Pratt” had served as Master for 23 years before deciding to retire. He unsuccessfully attempted to talk her into going for 25—a quarter of a century. Instead, he explained, he made the mistake of going out of town during Grange Elections and returned to find that he’d been elected Master.

Pratt did not, however, retire from the Grange and she’s continued to hold other offices and remains an active member. Grange members appreciate her sense of history and knowledge of the local grange and members past and present. During recent years, she’s been a popular addition to the “Words for Thirds” Dictionary Program Team. When the team visits area schools to present third graders with dictionaries, there’s always some fun (and sometimes a little math lesson) trying to figure out her age. There are not only many stories about her, she has many stories she can tell!

Annis noted that the Grange has a number “long time” members but stopped short of suggesting that Grange Membership contributes to a longer life. “But the fact remains, that most people maintain their membership – even if distance or health prevents them from being active.” The Grange has long been recognized as a family friendly organization with full membership and voting rights granted to anyone fourteen years or older.

Unable to attend but also receiving honors were Marilyn Harvey, 70 years; Dora Starbird, 70 years; and Carolyn and Richard Williams, 50 years. Those interested in starting a membership that may also last three-quarters of a century are urged to contact any Grange Member or download an application from this site!

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