Island grangers attend state convention

Island County was well represented at the just completed Washington State Grange Convention held at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Moses Lake. Each of the four granges of the county were represented by certified voting delegates.

The work of the delegate body included consideration and action on many resolutions submitted by granges throughout Washington, as well as hearing from standing and special grange committees.

This year the body heard presentations by Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna; Washington State Director of Agriculture Dan Newhouse; National Grange Lecturer Pete Pompper; and Greg Satrum of Willamette Egg Farms.

Another task for the delegates was to elect state officers. Mixed in with the serious business of acting on the docket and electing officers were a memorial service, talent contest and other group gatherings.

Delegates representing Deer Lagoon Grange 846 were Yvette Cadwallader, Greenbank and Gary Kay, Clinton. Bob Cadwallader of Greenbank represented Penn Cove Grange 1149. Phyllis Rainey, Clinton, represented Island County Pomona 50. South Camano Grange 930 was represented by Pat Major, Camano Island and Elinor Zonneveld, Mt. Vernon.

Other Islanders in attendance at the convention were Tarey Kay, Clinton and  Chuck and Judy Prochaska, Greenbank. Chuck served in his capacity as deputy state master.

The new state master for Washington State Grange is Duane Hamp, Spokane.  Results from action on the docket will be incorporated into the Washington State Grange Legislative Handbook 2012.  This document will be available to all state legislators as well as elected representatives to Congress.

The Washington State Grange consists of 252 community granges with a total membership over 14,300. One change for the national and state granges is the addition of a new class of membership. The members in this class are “e-members” who carry on their membership online.


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