2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. Many Granges have not met or been able to hold their usual fundraisers or community service projects. However, Winona Grange missed only two meetings (April and September). We held one meeting in our parking lot, proving that we are no longer a secret society. We’ve used Zoom and freeconferencecall.com for others. As you can see from this list, our Grange has accomplished a lot and continued to serve Tualatin.
- Garden Seed Project: We shipped 52 boxes of assorted vegetable and herb seeds to community gardens, Granges, and other gardening groups in the Pacific Northwest. We distributed the last two boxes at the Neighbors Nourishing Communities plant giveaway and at a table outside our hall on a Sunday afternoon and a Wednesday morning.
- Classes: Two QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention classes were attended by 30. The Alzheimer’s Association presented a class on the 10 Warning Signs that was also well attended. A second Alzheimer’s class and a class on attracting pollinators were cancelled due to the pandemic.
- Chamber of Commerce AM Networking: When hosting was cancelled, the Chamber sent a photographer to video our President telling Winona’s 125-year history and our current activities in ten minutes. Streaming live on Facebook, the video had 542 views. It is still on Winona Grange’s Facebook page. Check it out!
- Publicity: Excellent articles on postponing our 125th anniversary party and Winona’s history were published in both Tualatin Life and Tualatin Times.
- Resolutions: Members wrote and adopted resolutions opposing the location of marijuana facilities within 1,000 feet of Grange halls and opposing linking metro counties for COVID reopening. Both were adopted by delegates at the Oregon State Grange convention.
- Donations: As usual we awarded college scholarships to Tualatin and Sherwood High School graduates, donated dictionaries to third graders at MITCH Charter School, and delivered hooded sweatshirts and scarves, some of which were made by Grangers, to students at the Community Transitional School in NE Portland. We took 60+ lbs. of non-perishable donations from our food barrels to the Tualatin Food Pantry and donated $190 cash. We also gave $100 to the Packed with Pride project sponsored by the Tigard Tualatin Foundation. We donated $100 to the Oregon State Grange Foundation Fraternal Concerns Fund to help members who lost homes to wildfires. To support the Tualatin Elks’ Christmas Basket project, we donated $250. Hopefully, next year we can be more hands on.
As you can see, Winona Grange is continuing to fulfill our mission and function as a Grange.