Valley Grange Plans Open House Celebration

Guilford Maine–April 2011 has been declared as “Grange Month,” and the Valley Grange is inviting community members to learn more about our purpose, as well as our programs and activities. In addition, we will acknowledge the good works of a community citizen by presenting an outstanding individual with the “Grange Community Citizen Award.”

The annual open house and award ceremony will take place on April 15, 2011 starting with a community potluck supper at 6:00 PM. All members of the community are invited; bring a dish to share if you can. The awards ceremony will begin at 7:30 PM.  The Grange Hall is located at the corner of Butter Street and Guilford Center Road in Guilford.

For over 140 years, the Grange has worked to advance the interest of rural Americans by providing a legislative voice for their political concerns and by showing them how to strengthen their neighborhoods through community service,” Valley Grange Master Jim Annis said in announcing he program. “During Grange Month, we want our community to know that the Grange is a living organization that has a lot to offer.”  Annis also admitted Grange Members are also looking forward to “showing off” the National Award they received last fall for outstanding community service. The notebook describing the award winning activities of the membership will be on display at the Guilford Memorial Library until April 15th and the Thompson Free Library in Dover Foxcroft from April 19th until the end of the month.

The Grange not only provides fun-filled and educational programs and activities for its members, it also provides them with a forum to voice their political concerns and teaches them how to strengthen their community through legislative action. The Grange is a nonpartisan organization.

In addition, the Grange gives its members the opportunity to serve their neighborhoods through community service projects that make a difference in the lives of everyone. Valley Grange is especially well recognized for its “Words for Thirds Program that provides third graders “from Monson to Milo” with a personal dictionary. Grange Bookworms frequent Piscataquis Community Elementary School to listen to young scholars read and encourage them to learn. Program Director Walter Boomsma notes that Grange Membership is “one of the best deals going. Where else can you have this kind of fun and feel a great sense of accomplishment and contribution?”

Noting that Grange Members certainly aren’t the only people who contribute community service, Community Service Chairperson Mary Annis said that one of the big mysteries every year is “who will be announced as Valley Grange Community Citizen of the year?” Last year the grange broke with tradition to present Guilford Primary School with the award instead of an individual. Annis wouldn’t reveal the secret but did say, “This year we’re returning to the tradition of honoring a specific person and we didn’t have to look far this year to identify that person!”

To learn more about the open house and award ceremony, contact Jim and Mary at 564-0820 or Walter and Janice at 876-4131.  



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