Fall 2010 Newsletter
Winona Grange #271
Established in 1895
Fall 2010 Newsletter
3rd Annual Community Potluck
Date: Friday, October 29
Time: 6 pm
Bring your friends, neighbors, relatives, and everyone you think should become members of Winona Grange. Remember that the most effective advertising is word-of-mouth and a personal invitation.
Bring a main dish, salad, or dessert.
The Grange will provide drinks and table service.
Nancy Curtain Entertains
At 7 pm we'll go upstairs for a concert.
Nancy Curtin first came to attention as one of this country’s most accomplished interpreters of traditional Irish music.
Nancy is well-known for mining the treasures of obscure and beautiful material from both Ireland and Scotland. Irish music legend Micheal O’Domhnaill described her voice as “fervent and riveting.” The Oregonian wrote, “The purity, strength and emotional range of that voice will have listeners groping for comparisons to great traditional singers like Jean Redpath and June Tabor.” Another reviewer said, “She was raised in an Irish family and steeped in the music all her life, and it shows” (Steve Edge, The Rogue Review).
Nancy has traveled to Ireland twice and has toured the United States extensively with other Irish musicians. She has recorded three CDs, beginning with the self-titled, “Nancy Curtin,” followed up with two CDs recorded in the 1990s with guitarist Randal Bays and the popular band, the Strayaways. Songs from these recordings have been regularly featured on “The Thistle and Shamrock” radio program.
In recent years Nancy Curtin has branched out into jazz and classical music, but she continues to return to her first love, the music of Ireland.
Playing with Nancy will be Eddie Parente on fiddle and Nancy Conescu on guitar as well as vocals. Both are known worldwide in the traditional Irish scene.
At our October 9 meeting, decisions will be finalized concerning the target for this fundraiser and the amount of the suggested donation.
Dues Vote November 13
Our Grange will vote on dues at our November 13 meeting. Delegates to the Oregon State Grange convention in June voted to increase state dues from $30 to $40. The state has been using emergency funds to pay its bills and soon those funds will be depleted.
If we want to cover the added $10, we will need to adjust our dues. Some Granges set their dues higher than the amount they owe the state so that they have additional money for their treasury. At the October meeting we will consider this option.
Crawfish Festival Parade
Margie Larsen rides in the seat of honor, wearing a hat that fits the Fiesta theme as Tom Marr drives Rochelle Smith's (hidden) cinvertible.
Our entry in this year's Crawfish Festival Parade featured Rochelle Smith's convertible, Norm Parker's red pickup, and Norm's son David Parker's '67 Firebird. Unfortunately the Firebird didn't make it to the finish line.
Our new laminated signs were carried by the Dicksons (Keith, Carol, and Rosa Lee) and Carol Cummings. Our historic crawfish was mounted on Norm's pickup. Margie Larsen, who was initially shy about riding in the back seat of the convertible, enjoyed waving to all the parade goers she knew.
We didn't have as large a contingent as the political candidate with green shirts, but committee chair Norm Parker got more than 20 members and friends to walk, ride, throw candy and advertise Winona Grange.
Tualatin Chamber of Commerce
Winona Grange hosted 42 Tualatin business leaders for their weekly networking session on August 27. We served fruit, homemade pastries, and lots of strong coffee for this 7:30 am gathering. We also provided a basket of garden produce and a basket of Oregon products as door prizes.
Again this year many commented that they had never been in our historic hall. And we recruited several new members!
Financial Abuse of Seniors
Sam Keator announces that Financial Abuse of Seniors will be the topic of the Lecturer's program at our October 9 meeting. Sam will show a 17-minute video on the subject.
The financial abuse of seniors is a rapidly growing problem, often called the "Crime of the 21st Century." Seniors are targets for corrupt telemarketers, lottery scammers, con artists and worse yet, unscrupulous friends, family or caregivers. Individuals who commit these crimes target our older population because they know seniors have spent a lifetime earning their savings, and the majority of wealth in our nation today is held by individuals over the age of 65.
Financial abuse can strike all seniors, regardless of economic status, gender, race, or educational background. Victims, however, have one thing in common: denial. Almost everyone believes that this is a crime that does not happen to them - but it can and it does. This program can help you, your friends, your loved ones, and others avoid becoming a victim of financial abuse.
Learn who the predators, con artists and swindlers are and how they operate to separate seniors from their resources and possessions. Financial abuse can happen to anyone, and the results can be devastating - emotionally and financially - to the victims and their families. Seniors may be targeted but they don't have to be victims. Knowledge is power.
Winona Grange had a booth at the Tualatin Farmers Market every Friday from June 26 to September 17, every week but the last. We were there from 4 to 8 pm despite heat, rain, and wind. When we had the most produce, customers were fewer. Still we made lots of money for the School House Food Pantry. And we let Tualatin residents know that there's a Grange in town.
Co-Chair Carol Cummings surveys the Veggies for sale one Friday.
The 2009 Dolores Crossway
Scholarship recipient spoke at our August 7 meeting. She thanked the Grange for helping make it possible for her to attend Gonzaga University in Spokane. She told how her studies prepared her for a summer internship at the Oregon Laser Center at St. Vincent's Hospital.
Nila Pilger, 94, a faithful Winona Grange member, passed away on September 25. Nila was well known as a singer, painter and quilter.
Our new drapes really improve the appearance of the upstairs. They were ready for hanging after our August meeting.
Sam Keator's program at our September meeting featured Jen Aron, who came highly recommended by the Washington County Extension Service.
Jen Aron is owner of Peaceful Gardens, a sustainable landscape design business located in Portland. She is an OSU Extension Master Gardener, has her certification in Permaculture Design, and has also completed the OSU Extension Organic Gardening Certification Program.
In addition to her design work, Jen is the Garden Coordinator for the Better Together Garden at City Hall, a food demonstration garden in the heart of Portland that grows and donates food to Loaves and Fishes.
Jen is currently a garden educator for OSU Extension and in the past has worked with Portland State University, Zenger Farm, and Growing Gardens. Jen is passionate about educating others on the importance of living and growing sustainably.
Jen covered urban farming, which is defined as less than five acres. She suggested fall and winter crops we should be planting. She also recommended natural methods of pest control and natural fertilizers. Jen fielded lots of questions and shared a table full of literature on these subjects.
We were joined by a number of visitors, including Jeff Van Natta, Master of Columbia Pomona Grange and Katherine Luttrell, Master of Washington-Yamhill Pomona Grange.
Did You Notice Our New Renter?
A mother swallow, appropriately named Winona, built her nest and raised her babies on our front porch.
Wecome, New Members
Four new members have joined us.
Jonathan Crane is publisher of Tualatin Life, a monthly newspaper featuring articles by and about Tualatin residents.
Dale and Marianne Potts are longtime Tualatin residnets. Dale had a career in the financial services. Marianne is involved in housing for low-income people.
Kim Batholomew lives with her husband and young son in Tualatin near Ibach Park.
Happy Birthday, Pearl
Pearl Christensen, who joined Winona Grange in 1947 and is a Life Member, celebrated her 100th birthday recently. We send Pearl our best wishes.
Meeting dates for your calendar:
Saturday, October 9
Saturday, November 13,
Saturday, December 11
Summer 2010 Newsletter
Winona Grange #271
Established in Tualatin in 1895
Summer 2010 Newsletter
Tualatin Farmers Market
Winona Grange has a stand at the new Tualatin Farmers Market, which will be open every Friday evening from 4-8 pm until September 25th. The mission of the market is to make Tualatin an example community of active, healthy people by providing affordable access to local fresh produce and farm products directly from local farms. Winona Grange is one of 26 vendors that have agreed to participate on a regular basis.
Sam Keator, Anne Doherty, Carol Cummings, and Suzanne Weldon work the 4-6 pm shift on July 3. They sold lettuce and onions from the Garden and plants - despite the rain. Not e the Winona Grange Garden sign in the background! The small print at the bottom says "Profits to Food Pantry."
Staffing the stand every Friday is a big commitment. Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts, 4-6 or 6-8 pm, for Fridays in July, August,and September. Sign up at the meeting or call Rochelle Smith. Suzanne Weldon worked July 3 and signed up for July 10 saying, “I had so much fun I just can't stay away!”
Planting the Garden
The weather on May 14 was perfect for planting.
Rochelle Smith marks a row for tomato plants. On the left in the background, Carol Cummings and Anne Doherty plant seeds. On the right Sam Keator assembles the bean pole, while Loyce Martinazzi measures row spacing.
Tom Marr ,makes sure his row spacing is exact.
Hannah Olson Awarded 2010 Dolores Crossway Scholarship
This year's recipient of Winona Grange's scholarship named in honor of Past Master Dolores Crossway is Hannah Olson, a June graduate of Tigard High School.
Hannah plans to study Environmental Science at Lewis and Clark College.
Marilyn Reiher and Sam Keator presented the $2500 scholarship to Hannah Olson at Tigard High School's Senior Awards Night.
FFA at Sherwood High School
Dara Abell, Ag teacher and FFA advisor, spoke and answered questions as the Lecturer's Program at out May meeting. Dara outlined the breadth of courses available to students, from animal science and horticulture to welding. Interest is so high that another teacher would have been added next year had it not been for severe budget cuts. Dara announced a plant sale at the school's greenhouse. Dara just completed her 5th year at Sherwood HS. She is proud of the FFA chapter, which now has approximately 75 members. Last year's public speaking winner was from Sherwood. The Oregon State Grange sponsors the state FFA public speaking contest.
Dara brought Steven, a Sophomore FFA member with her. Seniors were not available because their graduation party was the previous night. Steven related his experience raising a pig. This lead to several members sharing their pig stories.
Crawfish Festival Parade Entry
This year's Crawfish Festival Parade is August 10 at 10 am., which conflicts with the brunch that precedes our meeting. Our entry will have our oldest members riding in Rochelle's vintage vehicle while the rest walk along side it. Of course, our historic crawfish will be included. The theme is Fiesta. Assemble in the K-Mart parking lot, dressed appropriately.
Loyce named Oregon State Grange Volunteer of the Year
Loyce Martinazzi was named 2010 Community Service Volunteer of the Year at the State Grange convention in Roseburg.
The nomination was a short narrative that emphasized “a unique and successful type of community service.” Our's began “Our nominee's unique service is to record and share our community's history.” This included producing a play, coloring book, newspaper column, and monthly speakers at the Heritage Center. The nomination also mentioned Loyce's passions for music and organic gardening, and her efforts to make our Grange hall a community center.
Where do we stand?
The Grange stands as its members stand, today, and in 1957 and other years, too. Cleaning out behind the stage, I came across a pamphlet from the late 1950s, recounting the things we stood for, and against, as determined by the delegates to the National Session in Colorado Springs, Colorado in November of 1957.
Titled “ON THIS WE STAND”, it was obvious there were a multitude of “hot topics” that year, as we were then approaching the 1958 election year. A summary of the major points determined by the delegates enumerated 44 topics the Grange favored, and an additional 20 topics the Grange opposed.
Among others, the Grange favored the elimination of various excise taxes affecting farmers, the orderly withdrawal of government as a competitor of business, a more realistic Civil Defense program, uniform motor vehicle laws in all states, the continuation of the School Lunch program, and stiffer penalties for dope peddling.
Topics the grange opposed included further encroachment of wage and labor laws into agriculture, increases in first-class postage until third-class pays its way, the destruction of traditional States Rights by court decision, trade barriers between states, federal aid to school construction, labor union “spread-the-work” practices, Daylight Savings Time, and a Federal Sales Tax.
Reading the pamphlet made me think that history does indeed repeat itself. We are re-hashing many of the same topics today that were at the forefront of peoples’ conversations and debates 53 years ago. For those of us who are relatively new to the Grange, it is an affirmation that the Grange takes the welfare of the community to heart, taking a stand on topics that matter. This was true in 1957, and it’s still true today.
I have added a page titled “What We Stand For” to our website, for this little pamphlet, and have transcribed it there in its entirety. I hope you will take the time and effort to look at it; I welcome your feedback.
Visit our website: www.winonagrange271.org
We have substantially completed our latest round of capital improvements at the hall. Main hall lighting has been converted to compact fluorescents, insulation has been laid down on the attic floor above the main hall and the stage areas, and we have working fans for the attic space and the main hall. Special thanks to Tom Marr, Rochelle Smith and Norm Parker for their help with the nasty job of installing the insulation. As it is forecast to be hot and hotter later this week, by the time you read this, we will undoubtedly have some feedback on the effectiveness of our insulation and ventilation efforts.
Summer seems to be, at long last, almost upon us. This is a busy time of year: Grange Garden, Farmers Market, the usual meetings, family events, vacation travel, and more. We appreciate your efforts on behalf of the Grange all the more this time of year because we know they often take a bigger effort to keep them in your schedule in spite of all the extra demands on your time.
Thanks for your continued support of Winona Grange.
The new paint job and light green color spruced up the exterior of our historic building.
Thanks to Norm Parker and Monte McCutcheon for preparing the entrance ground for sod. Anticipating his trip to Canada, Norm purchased hoses and sprinklers, and assembled a watering team. But Mother Nature did an excellent job!
Dick Naven installed exterior lighting on an automatic timer. Expect the new lights to come on at 8 pm and go off at 2:30 am.
Anne Doherty and Carol Cummings consulted Margie Larson, our textiles expert, on replacement window coverings for upstairs. The committee will recommend new drapes at our July meeting. It's time to replace the lace.
Dick Naven, Tom Marr, Rochelle Smith, and Norm Parker installed insulation. The Executive Committee felt that this insulation will help deal with the hall's overheating in the summer as well as reduce our winter heating costs.
The Queen Elizabeth rose by the porch is in full bloom. It was planted in memory of Elizabeth Royal, Winona's marvelous pianist. Stop and smell the roses!
Winter 2009-2010 Newsletter
Winona Grange #271
Established in 1895
Winter 2009-2010 Newsletter
In January and February Winona Grange will have a potluck brunch at 10 am before our business meeting at 11 am.
The Grange voted to continue meeting on the Second Saturday to accommodate our working members. So we will meet on:
Our attendance at Saturday meetings from September through November held steady. December attendance was down probably due to the dire weather prediction. Our working members have attended. However, we miss some of our long-time members. Some felt that 9:30 am is too early.
Most agreed that having the potluck after the meeting has not been successful. Many don't stay. Bringing a hot dish is challenging. Preparing a dish the morning of the meeting requires getting up with the chickens.
Those present voted to start with a potluck. The 10 o'clock hour means brunch. Tom Marr volunteered to fix pancakes on January 9. The Grange kitchen committee will supply butter and syrup. Bring whatever you'd like to eat with your pancakes.
We agreed that we enjoy visiting while eating our meal. However, we will try having our Lecturer's program downstairs while eating. (Note: Sam, our new Lecturer, was not present, so he may have a different plan.)
We will go upstairs for the meeting at 11 am.
This experiment is limited to two meetings. We will assess the success at the February 13 meeting. So mark your calendars for January 9 and February 13, see how you like this new schedule, and be prepared to cast your vote.
Officers Elected and Installed
At the November meeting those present elected these officers:
Master Dick Naven
Overseer Norm Parker
Lecturer Sam Keator
Chaplain Monte McCutcheon
Treasurer Rosa Lee Dickson
Secretary Loyce Martinazzi
Executive Committee Members:
Rochelle Smith, Tom Marr and Monte McCutcheon
At the December meeting, Marilyn Reiher installed the officers who were present using the new Alternative Installation Ceremony that she helped write. National Master Ed Luttrell appointed Marilyn chair of a committee to write a shorter ceremony. The committee also used more modern language and focused on the duties of each office. The Alternative Installation Ceremony was approved by the delegates at the National Grange Convention in Grand Rapids, MI in November. Winona is probably the first Grange in the country to use the new ceremony.
Sam and Monte will be installed at the January meeting.
2010 Garden Seed Project
We received four large boxes of unsold and returned seed packets from Lake Valley Seeds of Boulder, Colorado. In addition to the expected beans, peas, and corn, the boxes contained lots of vegetables that were new to us. Also this year 25% of the packets are flower seeds.
After our December meeting, Ken and Rosa Lee Dickson, Norm Parker, Marilyn Reiher, and Suzanne and Dick Naven began the sorting process. When we had enough seeds sorted, Dick started creating assortments that we can send out after the first of the year.
We plan to contact the Granges that ordered from us last year. We make these assortments available to them at no cost except for shipping via the U.S. Postal Service.
This seed distribution project is something we can do to encourage others to plant community gardens and help address the problem of hunger close to home.
Tualatin School House Pantry
Winona Grange donated more than 1,200 pounds of fresh produce from our community garden last summer and early fall. But the need continues!
These items are most needed:
Canned tuna, fruit, and corn
Hearty soups with protein
Hot or cold cereal
Hygiene items such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, and laundry detergent
If you see these items on sale, buy up and bring them to the donation boxes at the Grange hall.
Cash donations are used to keep the Pantry's freezers running and to provide fresh milk for families.
That was the question most often asked by the eleven musicians who came to play bluegrass, old-time, and country tunes at the Music Jam on December 20. They couldn't help adding a few songs of the season. So they jumped from the Beverly Hillbillies theme song to Little Liza Jane to Frosty the Snowman.
More Music Jams
Music jams are proving to be popular with all ages and levels of musical experience.
January 3, and the first Sunday of each month thereafter, features Irish music. Send questions to Irishjams@winonagrange271.org.
January 17, and the third Sunday thereafter, features bluegrass, old-time, and country. If you have questions about this jam, send them to Bluegrassjams@winonagrange271.org.
Bring your acoustic instrument or your voice and join in the fun. Closet musicians are welcome. Both jams will be from 3 to 6 pm. A $1 donation is suggested.
As the year now draws to a close, and we reflect back on the happenings at Winona, how will we remember 2009?
There were both gains and losses in membership; and for a time, the sadness and sorrow of each loss overshadowed the gains.
We put on a few community events, and while we may have expected larger turnouts, the people that attended had a good time. We even had a good time.
The distribution of Garden Seeds in 2009 was very successful, and the batch we have received for next year is in processing now.
The Grange Garden, thanks to all of your efforts, was again bountiful, in a slightly different way than the previous year.
What stands out to you in 2009 at Winona Grange?
To me, it was the teamwork – many different persons, many different talents and skill sets, all working together towards common goals, Grange goals. We accomplished many more things than are listed in the few short sentences above, yet very much less would have been accomplished without your teamwork.
All of your contributions to the teamwork at Winona Grange were, and are, appreciated.
Thanks for all your support in 2009; may 2010 bring more and different opportunities for us to benefit the Tualatin community and strengthen Winona’s role in it.
Women Who Shaped Tualatin
Winona Grange and the Tualatin Historical Society will co-sponsor a drama that features Tualatin's strong women on Sunday February 14 at 2 pm.
These women were not ordinary housewives:
Maria Sweek, whose mansion still stands as Tualatin's jewel
Lizzie Robinson, who built and maintained the brick store, now Robinson's Crossing
Jessie Byrom, who raised funds to build the little Methodist Church, now the Heritage Center
Rosie Casteel, who delivered more babies than the doctor, and who led the Ladies' Aid for 25 years
Orpha Sagert, who managed the Sagert custom farm business and started the school lunch program
Nellie Wesch Elwert, who caddied at the golf course and became a Tigard teacher
Bea Cole Hinderman, first woman school principal
Ethel Pennington, who led the community in building our Winona Grange hall
Nami Sasaki, who taught the work ethic to youths in her strawberry fields
Ann Martinazzi, who researched and wrote the first history of Tualatin in 1959
Peggy Gensman, whose Real Estate company helped develop Tualatin
Lois Dalton, whose work on behalf of the Tualatin park re-established the Crawfish Festival
Evie Andrews, who was named Oregon Teacher of the year
Yvonne Addington, first city manager, who developed Tualatin's infrastructure
Althea Pratt Broome, who established Willowbrook School for the Arts and the Wetlands Conservancy
Sherilyn Lombos, current city manager
Linda Moholt,who instigated the Tualatin Food Pantry, and is currently Tualatin's Chamber of Commerce manager
The women's stories were written by Loyce Martinazzi and Karen Lafky Nygaard. A descendant or Tualatin women will read each. The Sweet Adelines will sing songs appropriate to each woman's era.
The suggested donation is $5. Refreshments will be served after the performance.
This is a Valentine's Day treat at Winona Grange--not history, but "Herstory."
Fall 2009 Newsletter
Winona Grange #271
Established in 1895
Fall 2009 Newsletter
Fall Harvest Festival
Our next community potluck will be October 31. This Fall Harvest Festival will be followed by square dancing to live music.
The Grange will provide the main dish, so bring your favorite salad, dessert, or side dish. And bring a friend or neighbor – or two!
We will be collecting donations for Bill Martin (aka King Bubba), who has multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Thanks to a stem cell transplant, Bill is alive and home from the hospital although he probably won't be able to join us because his immune system can't handle our germs. King Bubba lost his health insurance and needs our help to pay his medical bills.
King Bubba has made a major contribution to old time music in the Portland area. For more information, see www.bubbaguitar.com.
Square dancing will be the entertainment. But we'll do some two-stepping and other dances when the caller takes a break.
Saturday Meeting Experiment
The Grange voted to try meeting on the Second Saturday of each month to accommodate our working members. This trial is from September to December. In September four members (all ladies) joined us who would not have been able to come on Monday afternoons.
If you want to see Saturday meetings continue, you need to be there on October 10, November 14, and December 12.
Meetings start at 9:30 am. Our usual delectable potluck lunch follows the meeting.
Crawfish Festival Parade
Winona Grange had an attractive and theme-appropriate entry in this year's parade, even if the judges didn't recognize us. Ken Dickson drove his John Deere tractor and pulled a hay wagon supplied by Lee Farms. Members gathered the day before to decorate the wagon with old pots, pans, lanterns, and farm implements that early settlers of the “wild wild west” used.
We think the judges missed our music. Loyce Martinazzi on her guitar and non-member Bob Soper on his fiddle accompanied those who sang period songs.
Everyone riding on the float was suitably dressed for the theme: Sam Keator, Rosa Lee Dickson,
Norm Parker and his granddaughter Cora McKay (who celebrated her 7th birthday that day), Tom Marr, Rochelle Smith, Tammy Rudy, Megan Rudy, Taylor Rudy, and Marilyn Reiher.
Carol Cummings and Anne Doherty walked along side, providing armed protection for our entry.
On August 22 Winona Grange members met to spruce up our hall. Dick Naven, Norman Parker, Tom Marr, and Dick's assistant, Joe Wells, replaced more window panes, scraped, and primed the frames.
Inside, Carol Cummings, Suzanne Naven, and Marilyn Reiher scrubbed the cabinets while Rochelle Smith, Loyce Martinazzi, and Marilyn Reiher mopped the floor. After lunch workers were treated to wonderful fiddle music provided by Joe Wells.
Welcome, New Members
Tom Marr joined at the July meeting. Tom has worked in the garden, rode on the Crawfish Festival float, and help with the work party.
Marilyn Reiher became an affiliate member at the July meeting. Marilyn is a 50-year and life member of North Bayside Grange, which is a 4-hour drive from here. She joined to be part of the Winona Grange community.
In June 2010 the National Grange will observe the 50th anniversary of its building in Washington, DC. As part of the celebration, 100 Grange youth, young adults, and Juniors from across the country will be selected to tour Washington and learn how our government works during the week of June 24-27, 2010.
The Grange hall will again be filled with the sounds of music. On the first and third Sunday afternoons musicians of all ages and all levels of experience will gather to jam. Closet musicians are welcome. Both jams will be from 3 to 6 pm.
October 4, and the first Sunday of each month thereafter, features Irish music. If you have questions, send them to Irishjams@winonagrange271.org.
October 18, and the third Sunday thereafter, features bluegrass, old-time, and country music. If you have questions about this jam, send them to Bluegrassjams@winonagrange271.org.
Bring your acoustic instrument or your voice and join in the fun. A $1 donation at the door will cover utility costs.
Music has been important to Winona Grange throughout its history. In the late 1890s into the 1900s the Grange had an orchestra that played for 4th of July and community events. In the 1940s and 50s, the youth group had boys' and girls' quartets and an orchestra.
Grange Garden Project
The community garden provided lots of corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, beans, and greens for the Tualatin Food Pantry.
On September 19 Rochelle Smith and Loyce Martinazzi gathered remaining produce and set up an attractive booth at the Historical Society. Marilyn Reiher, Vicci Martinazzi, and Margie Larsen came to buy. Proceeds were donated to the Tualatin Food Pantry.
Winona Hosted Pomona
Washington-Yamhill Pomona Grange met at our hall July 25. Rochelle Smith, Loyce Martinazzi, Rosa Lee Dickson, and Marilyn Reiher served lunch to 16 members from other Granges in the two counties.
Yes or No?
(Winona's President, Dick Naven, is out-of-town, so we found a substitute.)
Yes, No, these two words can be the most powerful tools you as a Grange member have. They will affect your Community Grange by having an impact on the relationships between members, and determining how your Grange interacts with the community.
Consider the power of your answer when a member presents a new idea. Do you look at all the problems that could be associated with that idea? Or do you look at all the opportunities that may present themselves if you go with that idea? Do you think of the reaction of the member if their idea is shot down? More importantly, do you think of the other members who are watching what happens to someone else’s proposal?
If you want to empower your fellow members, yes is the answer that you need to be searching for. Find ways to avoid no and find a yes. Members will become vested owners when their ideas are incorporated into the Grange. We don’t always have to do exactly what they suggest, we just need to find ways to make their ideas part of what we are doing.
When we say yes, it empowers both the ones we say yes to and ourselves by saying yes. We aid others to grow as members, we expand their horizons, we open doors to the future when we say yes. Saying yes also helps us by developing others who can aid us, take our place, and if we are lucky, exceed our potential. The bigger and better our team becomes, the more success our Grange will have.
When we say “yes” to others who wish to learn and grow, it pays us back in so many positive ways. Each person that we assist in becoming a leader helps to build a stronger Grange. Why else be a Grange leader than to bring members into the leadership circle and build something that will outlast each of us?
Outside the Grange, people are watching what your Grange does in their community. When your Grange says “yes” to a project, what is the reaction of the people affected? What happens when the Grange says “no” to a project? We need people to see that the Grange is relevant to them and to their community; otherwise they will not be inclined to think about joining.
Think about why people would want to join your Grange. Is it because you say “yes” or is it because you say “no” to them? No should only be used when members go outside the broad framework of our rules.
When you can’t say “yes”, there is one word that can take its place: Maybe. Maybe later, maybe some other way, maybe we can get someone to help us. Try to avoid no and find an answer that gives hope for that idea.
Think about how you answer the ideas, comments, and questions of your fellow members. Yes is the most powerful team building word you can use. The challenge is finding ways to use “yes” when “no” is the easiest answer to give.
Summer 2009 Newsletter
Winona Grange #271
Established in 1895
Summer 2009 Newsletter
Lions Club Breakfast at the Grange Hall
Our next community event: a joint-venture with the Tualatin Lions Club, a pancake breakfast on July 18. Proceeds to benefit the Tualatin Lions Club Youth programs. 7:30-11:00 am.
Lions will provide all food and service, Grange will provide use of dishes, silverware, coffee pots.
Please come to support this worthy cause. Cost is $5, and $15 for a family.
Dolores Crossway Scholarship
Sam Keator and Rochelle Martinazzi Smith stand on either side of Tigard High School senior Keri Jenson, winner of Winona Grange's $2,500 Dolores Crossway Scholarship. Keri plans to study veterinary medicine at Gonzaga University.
Welcome, new members
ChristineTunstall, member of the long time Tualatin Nyberg family, joined at the April potluck.
Mona Knapp, member of the Irish dance group, joined in May.
Winona Grange hosts Chamber of Commerce
Friday, July 17 at 7:30 am
Come help show the businesses in Tualatin that the Grange is still a viable organization in the community.
Members of the Chamber meet weekly at various business locations for networking and promotion. July 17 is the Grange's turn.
Pastries, coffee, juice and fruit will be served in the downstairs area, after which chamber members will gather in the upstairs main room for introductions. Our president Dick Naven will begin with a brief explanation of the Grange's activities. We will be donating a basket of local produce and preserves as a door prize. All Grange members are urged to attend if possible.
Grange garden project
Dick Naven tilled the garden plot at Rochelle Smith's Century Farm, and Ken Dickson donated an abundance of organic fertilizer. Radishes, lettuce, beets, zucchini, chard and cilantro have been delivered to the Tualatin School House Food pantry. Corn is knee high, beans are blooming, and squash and carrots growing. To help with weeding and watering, call Rochelle at 503-692-3243.
Tool shed Project
Garage sales are good outlets for old but usable garden tools, which are being gathered to donate to the gleaners. Bring them to the Grange hall on meeting days, or deliver to Rochelle's farm.
Crawfish Festival Parade Saturday August 8
Ken and Rosa Lee Dickson will provide a truck, trailer or boat for our parade entry. Our participation in the parade will prove we are still active. Did you know that our Grange was helpful in organizing the first festival in 1951? More info at the July meeting.
Winona to host Pomona in July
On Saturday, July 25, at 10:00am Washington - Yamhill County Pomona Grange meets at our hall.
Rochelle Smith and Loyce Martinazzi will serve lunch. All Winona members are invited to attend.
Katherine Luttrell, Pomona master, will chair the meeting.
On June 13 Winona Grange members met to spruce up our hall. Dick Naven, Sam Keator, and Monte McCutcheon worked on the upper story windows, replacing panes, and scraping and priming the frames. They were assisted by some of Sam's friends in the Irish Dance community.
Inside, Dawn McCutcheon, Carol Cummings, Suzanne Weldon, Rochelle Smith , Carin Lyons, Marilyn Reiher and Loyce Martinazzi cleaned behind benches, wiped down the walls upstairs, dusted , scrubbed , and washed drapes. Another work day will be scheduled to finish the window project.
New shades have been installed in the downstairs, and the valances have been washed and re-hung.
Monte McCutcheon, pastor of the Abundant Life Family Church, which rents our hall, has installed new paper towel dispensers in both rest rooms.
Dick Naven is preparing to add new hand railings to the front porch. Lookin' good!
Senior Center Service
Our Grange helps serve and clean up lunch at the Juanita Pohl Senior Center the second Friday of each month. If you would like to help, contact president Dick Naven. Juanita and her husband Leonard were active members of both Winona Grange and the Tualatin-Durham Senior Center until their deaths.
Remembering the old days:
Dishy David Reichel sits on his can. His bean can. Grangers Leo and Ann Reichel and their children Gaynell, David and "Butchie" raised bush beans at their farm off Herman Road. Many of the Youth Group picked there. Photo courtesy of the late Dolores Crossway.
Winona Grange Community Potluck
On April 25th, over 75 friends of the community , including members of the the weekly Irish dance class, and the Tualatin Historic Society met for a community pot luck at our Grange hall. We collected 170 pounds of food items for the Tualatin Food Bank, which our Overseer Norm Parker delivered to the Tualatin School House Food Pantry.
Doing our part to save the ecology, tables were set with the Grange's real linen cloths, real plates, silverware and glasses. Only paper napkins went into the garbage. Grange members supplied several delicious homemade deserts, bread ,butter and beverages, and the community brought the remainder of a scrumptious meal. Spring flowers and candles graced the tables.
Ken Dickson and daughter Darla
After the meal, everyone pitched in to help clean up. Upstairs we enjoyed live music. Ken Dickson and daughter Darla sang harmony to “Red River Valley”, and Sam Keater led an Irish Round Dance.
Goodbye, dear friends
In June our charter was draped in loving memory of
Husband of June, father of Wendy, Vicki, Peggy and Doug. Larry joined Winona in 1949 and was part of the youth group.
Mother of Lenore and Ken. She was preceded in death by husband Edward and son Wayne. Lillian and Edward joined the Grange in 1948.
Has anyone recently asked you, “Isn’t the Grange old-fashioned?”
I am frequently asked if the Grange isn’t old-fashioned, with the implication being the person already thinks so. I usually answer by way of stating “if we are old-fashioned because we open our meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, then I guess we are old-fashioned. But what is it about the Grange that you think is old-fashioned?”
This usually elicits a thoughtful response, rather than coming across as my being overly defensive. It also allows people to address whatever they think is an issue, from their perspective.
Typical issues raised in this manner might include our historically exclusive agricultural focus, children and families, and our community service projects.
I like to point out that the Grange has always given equal, voting status to women, from the Grange’s earliest beginnings in 1867. Women finally gained the right to vote in 1912 in Oregon, by the initiative process, and by Constitutional Amendment nation-wide, in 1920. Women may hold any office in the Grange. If that is old-fashioned, then we must be old-fashioned.
Isn’t membership in the Grange limited to farmers? And, aren’t the Grange programs just for the benefit of farmers? Not today. The Grange is keeping up with the changing times by drawing membership from the whole community, and aiming their programs at the whole community, because today’s community includes many who aren’t farmers. This is an area where we definitely aren’t old-fashioned.
The Grange is inherently family-oriented; any young person 14 years old or older can become a full member, and has every membership privilege, including that of voting. The Grange takes all members’ ideas seriously; if a young person has a proposal for a community service program, everyone will listen and thoughtfully consider what is said. This is wonderfully old-fashioned.
Be sure and take advantage of the next opportunity you have to tell someone how old-fashioned we are, or aren’t.
-- Dick Naven
In honor of Memorial Day, at the May meeting Mary Ann Hulquist read a speech telling how the Buddy Poppy project began. She also read it at the Memorial Day ceremony at Winona Cemetery.
"In Flanders Field the poppies grow...."
60 year Grange
will be awarded to
at the July 27 meeting
Well done, good and faithful servants
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