President’s Paragraph, Spring 2014

One of the awesome auction items at our March 8 Fundraiser

One of the awesome auction items at our March 8 Fundraiser

It’s been another busy first quarter here at the Swauk-Teanaway Grange!  In January we installed our 2014 officers in a program developed by outgoing Lecturer Bev Allenbaugh.  See page 4 for the full slate of officers.  Thank you to everyone willing to serve, your work is vital to the vitality of this Grange.

February and March were particularly busy in preparing for Fundraisers.  Our Scholarship Fundraising Dinner was held on February 8 and our Dinner and Fundraising Auction was held March 8.  Both of these events took hours of planning by dedicated Grange members and both were very successful.  Not only did they bring in the dollars needed to accomplish the set goals, new members were enthused about joining our Grange.

We received 14 new member applications this quarter!  That’s something to be proud of.  In an age when membership in fraternal organizations is in decline, we have been fortunate to attract new members and most important, members that want to be part of our community and want to lend a hand. These new members have pitched in to help from the start.  They’ve been an important part of the work force needed at both fundraisers as well as a great kitchen crew at the Chili Cook Off on March 22.  It’s been encouraging to see chairs of various events reach out to new members asking for their help.  Being asked to help is a great way to keep members involved.  To make reaching out to each other easier, I have created a simplified version of the Membership Directory in Word format which I am happy to send to those who are interested.  I am working on having this available on our     website through a password-protected sign-in.  If you haven’t been to the website lately, check it out at:  www.SwaukTeanawayGrange.com and friend us on Facebook.

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