DAR Honors Valley Grange

DAR Regent Nancy Battick presents award to Valley Grange Leader Jim Annis while Floyd Marsh looks on.

Nancy Battick, Regent of the Tisbury Manor Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution attended the June Meeting of the Guilford-based Valley Grange to present the organization with an award for Excellence in Community Service. In making the award, Battick noted that the DAR has a long-standing interest in literacy and that Valley Grange was selected “for everything you do, but especially your Words for Thirds Dictionary effort and Bookworming Program.” Since inception ten years ago the Words for Thirds program has placed over one thousand dictionaries in the hands of third graders throughout the county. The Bookworm Program is based on Grange Members spending time at PCES in Guilford listening to second and third graders read.

The award included a commemorative pin which Grange Master Jim Annis later presented to Walter Boomsma, Program Director for the Grange noting, “…because you were instrumental in implementing the Words For Thirds program along with the Bookworming program in our local schools, I can think of no one more deserving of this pin than you. You have worked hard getting these programs off the ground, encouraged great relationships with the local educators of our children and encouraged your fellow Grangers to be participants in these programs.”

Boomsma responded that he feels strongly “the work is the reward, but it’s also nice to receive appreciation.”

Community Service Chair Mary Annis notes that Valley Grange has won the Maine State Grange Community Service Award two years in a row and placed first in the Nation in 2011. “We love what we do,” she observed. “Folks who’d like to see how much fun we have should drop in for a meeting or visit our website (http://valleygrange.com) to learn more about what we do.”