As you may have seen the Grange is celebrating its 150 years of service. We at Beach Community Grange have been doing it in style this month during Grange Month. We have had a Fools Raffle, to a health fair, to teaching our Juniors about nature/bats and lastly our Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. This month has been a fantastic month for our Juniors and our Members. If you have not RSVP’ed with Melinda for the Membership Recognition Dinner please do so, the dinner is April 25th at 6pm. We want to thank everyone that has come out to help with set up for our events, those who enjoyed each event, and those who continue to serve our community. Remember, we still have some Grange Month activities still to come that are carrying over into May. Take the time to browse this website for details or our Beach Community Grange Facebook page. If you are not yet a member or a parent of a Junior make sure to check us out and our upcoming events to see what we do for our community.
Sunshine- 9 cards were sent out, and Gladys’ Son passed away please keep them in your prayers.
Juniors- Met on the 4th for their craft night, not many juniors at this meeting but we made Bunny Mobile’s. Twinkies, cookies, Bunny peeps, and chocolate covered pretzels. Everyone had a good time.
Building/Grounds- Pest control came out and was able to spray the outside of the building, inside will be scheduled at another time. We have planned to get new mulch down in the flower beds before Breakfast with the Bunny on the 15th.
Communications- Pamphlet from Camp Baker, updating us on their progress and requesting donations. The DEED to the Land is here!!
Ashley Williams was obligated in our meeting this evening, even though she was voted in as a member in September.
July 4th is coming up and we are running out booth at the Chesterfield County Fair Grounds for the Firework Event. We will be working with a minimal menu. If you can help with this, parking for vendors will be in the parking lots at the baseball fields behind Bird High School with a shuttle running to bring you to the gate. The parking by the trailers in front of Bird High School will be for Handicap ONLY. Prep starts at 12-1pm and if you are coming to work please be there no later than 4pm.
Gladys’ Son Ricky passed away while at work Tuesday the 4th at 2pm. At this time our prayers are with Gladys and plans for a small get together will be announced soon.
Basket Bingo was a success, we did not have much in attendance but similar to past Basket Bingos. Thank you to all who helped, all the proceeds went to our Education Fund at the Grange.
Reverse Raffle was a great time. Thank you to everyone that was involved. Thank you to Becky and Sandra for selling the most tickets, Janet with everything and calling. Ernie won the big prize, way to go Ernie!! We had great feed back from members and non-member’s. We sold 162 out of 300 tickets, and the proceeds went to help our Juniors. If you think you won a prize please see Melinda.
A motion was made and seconded to continue to have the Raffle as an annual fund raiser. Along with any issues or rules to be adjusted, and was passed.
Grange Month is this month and to kick it off we have our first event the Health and Wellness Fair from 10am to 2pm. Light healthy snacks will be provided, many vendors offering services and information to get you going and keep you going. Breakfast with the Bunny is next on the calendar, April 15th. Yard Sale forms are available with Jen or Stephanie, please complete the form and payment turned in ASAP, space is limited. $10 for outside spaces $20 for inside spaces to be held April 22nd.
Farmer’s Market has been very enjoyable. You should volunteer to come out and just speak with people about the Grange. Kim met one lady who was a Grange member back in the 80’s who received a donation of a Seeing Eye Dog and still is grateful to this day for everything the Grange has done for her. This is just one of the many great stories you will hear at the Farmers Market in Colonial Heights. The Farmers Market is soon to go under committee ownership, Melinda looked into what it would take for the Grange to continue to maintain a booth all year long.
A motion was made and seconded to pay of the yearly membership to continue to have a booth at the Colonial Heights Farmers Market. It was passed.
Larry would like to get assistants with an idea of painting our Kitchen at the Chesterfield County Fair Grounds. There will be two paintings on either sides of our building that look like farm scenes. A motion was made and seconded that we donate materials for whatever Larry needs to make this possible. It was passed!
Pam has been in contact with Matt DiNardo with WRIC Weather Team and he would like to come speak to the Juniors and any adults about the weather and weather preparedness on a Wednesday or Thursday evening. Lets get that scheduled!
Lately we have had more inquires about WiFi at the Grange Building, especially with our Vendor events. It has been looked into on how much it would cost us to get WiFi, it will be a minimal increase from our current phone provider. A motion was made and seconded that the Grange Building to get WiFi, and was passed.
Members Sick or in Distress
Crystal’s Father in Law passed just this morning, family in Colorado are handling things right now. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Gladys’ Son Ricky passed this week keep her in your prayers
John Walters was supposed to have surgery but has been postponed keep him and his family in your prayers.
Sandra’s brother and sisters are having major health issues please keep them in your prayers.
Kim’s mom has a leaking hernia and a spot on her breast. She is a breast cancer survivor so please keep her in your prayers that this is not coming back.
John Paskel having surgery on his colon, please pray for him.
Julia Williams is having health issues and the passing of her dog Candy, please keep her in your prayers.
Dillon’s Mom is doing good since her procedure, thank you for you thoughts and prayers.
Cheryl’s Mom is doing bad please keep her in your prayers.
Nick’s Grandma is slowing becoming blind, please keep her in your prayers.
Excuse the lateness of these notes!
We had a guest speaker from the Chesterfield County Parks and Recs, who spoke to us about upcoming events at the Chesterfield County Fair Grounds. There are some great opportunities coming up for the Grange to assist in the festivities at the Fair Grounds. The Grange will be hosting a food vendor booth at the July 4th Fireworks Display at the Fair Grounds. We are guaranteed to be busy since we will not be near the other food vendors, so volunteers to prep and sever would be fantastic. More info to come!
Sunshine- sent out 19 birthday cards and will be mailing birthday cards at the beginning of the month so as to not leave anyone out.
Juniors- Feb.7th was their formal meeting, we are getting better but not perfect yet. Also was Valentine’s Day Craft Night, Stephanie assisted in showing how to decorate cupcakes. We had a best cupcake contest, the winners got to go home with special designed cupcakes from Stephanie. Feb 21st was also a craft night where the Juniors made dream catchers out of paper plates and yarn.
Buildings and Grounds- THE CHAIN IS DOWN! More explanation later.
Membership- We want to welcome our newest member Cheryl Wells, we love getting new members and new volunteers.
Communications- Pam Wade sent several thank you cards for all the support and donations that the Grange family provided during her families difficult time. We also received the application process to become a food vendor at the July 4th Chesterfield County Fair Fireworks event.
THE CHAIN IS DOWN!- We now have the land behind and next to the Grange. There are plans to double the parking lot, a possible pavilion and an educational nature trail.
We will be a food vendor at the Chesterfield Fair Grounds for the July 4th Fireworks event. We will use our building that is on the Chesterfield Fair Grounds, but we will not do as much as we do for the Fair. Basics like, hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, and drinks. The expectation is that we will be the only food booth on that side of the Fair Grounds, so we will need volunteers to assist as much as possible.
So far there are no changes or new regulations on Bingo, per Nick, but he will keep an ear out in case anything comes down the line.
Fool’s Gold Raffle is right around the corner, we are at 60 tickets sold (as of this meeting) and we need to sell 150 to hold the raffle. All proceeds go to help the Juniors, so get out there and sell those tickets.
Farmer’s Market- Grange will rent a booth at the Colonial Heights Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 8am to noon on March 11th, 18th, and 25th. We are drumming up awareness about the Grange, Grange Events and selling raffle tickets. Anyone that would like to help assist at the booth or wants to come out to see what we are about, you’re welcome to come.
Basket Bingo- we are ready to go and hope for a good turn out, proceeds are going to help with the Buildings and Grounds fund for the Grange.
Grange Month- April is National Grange Month #150yearsofgrange. Make sure to check out the Grange Month page here on the website. Our next big event with Grange Month other than the Fool’s Gold Raffle will be our Health Fair.
Chesterfield County Fair is coming soon, so be ready!
Members Sick or in Distress
Pam Wade lost her Father-in-law
Susan’s Mom having a procedure
Mel had procedure on his finger and his Mom is doing okay
Dillon’s Mom had her tests and they found pre-cancer but doing better
Rick had to have emergency lancing of his shoulder and is doing much better.
Walt still having Bells Palsy will have to do a procedure to correct vision from complications.
Melinda is starting to come back from her Bells Palsy
Meeting Notes for February
New Members/Correspondence: We had one new member to vote in and she will be notified to come to our next meeting.
Sunshine Committee: has been late with card…Very Sorry about that, and suggests that she will be sending birthday greetings at the beginning of each month to for all of those with birthdays in that month. This will be better so that no one gets left out.
Juniors: We had a great time at our last meeting. Everyone did Pine Cone Bird Feeders, made out of peanut butter and bird seed. Thank you to everyone that came and that was involved. The kids had a great time and Becky had more peanut butter on her than on the pine cone while assisting some of the children. PS: Becky doesn’t like peanut butter. Next meeting is a formal meeting and a special holiday craft.
Rentals: Chesterfield Sportsman Fellowship will start meeting in the building February 20th, any male is welcome to attend, it is $5.00 to cover the cost of your dinner. It starts at 6pm and then there is a speaker at 7pm. We have been having more interest in rentals, so please keep the building looking nice.
Buildings and Grounds: There is a light out in the front, this will get replaced. Spence’s came out and did a pest check, we are up to date and looking good.
Dictionary program was a great success, we still have one school that has not gotten back to us about delivery. If we can not get a day and time locked down, we will make a motion to find another school that is in need. April is Grange Month and we are celebrating our #150yearsofGrange. We have plans in the works for activities that will be open to the public all month long. We are creating a page for the website so you can stay up to date on those activities and also on our public facebook page. Please see Melinda if you have any questions or would like to help. RAFFLE!!! Sell those tickets, Buy those tickets!!! The proceeds are going to our Junior Grangers to help them continue to thrive and grow, their future means everything. Reminder that the rules are listed on the website under the tab “Fool’s Gold Reverse Raffle” and purchasing places are listed there as well. Dues!!! Dues are Due! Please get them to Becky ASAP, we do not want to have to spend extra cost on mailing reminders.
Mid Atlantic Lecturers Conference is April 28th – 30th in Pennsylvania. For more information if you would like to attend, please speak with Ernie or Melinda. Youth Conference is at the end of July in Florida (location still to be determined). Our Reverse Raffle is going to help our Juniors get to FL, it is a great opportunity to help our youth continue to grow and learn. Virginia has past new bills concerning Bingo regulations, if you would like to read about those you can go to the Vriginia.gov page or speak with Nick.
Members Sick or in Distress
Pam and Family, have been displaced due to their house needing major repairs. Please pray for them and Pam’s Father-in-law who has been very sick and in the hospital.
Melinda, has been dealing with a bout of Bells Paulsey, taking major doses of Vitamin C and slowly getting better.
Mel is having thumb surgery, please pray all goes well.
Robert, came home from the hospital and is doing good.
Betty, has not been doing good, sleeping mostly, please pray for her.
Misty, has some serious family issues, please pray that everything works out.
Dillon’s Mom is having a biopsy done soon, please pray that everything comes back okay.
Rick, had shoulder surgery, is doing good and starting therapy.
Notes: If you are not a member but would like to become one please come by the building or speak with a member. We always love to have new members to help grow our volunteer organization. When we do good for others, it makes us feel good in return.
Last night we had the first committee meeting for the up and coming Grange Month in April. If you could not attend and have some ideas please see Melinda for more information. We want to make this Grange Month big, loud and proud because it is our #150yearsofGrange anniversary!!! We currently have a great start with some events planned, but we need your help in advertising. Once we have more concrete dates and times, we will need your help to get the information out to the public. This is our chance to really answer the question, “What will happen when the Do-ers stop Doing?” Keep posted to this website and our Facebook Page for more details. (Thanks for all that came to the meeting, it was a great turnout.)
Good Morning Everyone,
Saturday, September 24th was the quarterly meeting of the Pomona Tri-County Meeting. During this meeting Grange Members that did not currently have their 5th Degree, would have been able to receive their 5th Degree. Becky Bach and Stephanie Hawkins received their 5th Degree and became Pomona Members. Reminder, if you have your 5th Degree but want your 6th and 7th, the National Grange is in Washington D.C this year. It would be the best opportunity for local Grangers, please speak with Melina or Rob Hankins about registration.
The Pomona Tri-County Grange is a group of fellow Grange members from several different Granges, that come together in a formal setting to discuss the interests and help find solutions for the Granges involved. Our Pomona consists of Beach Community Grange, Belafonte Community Grange, and Terrapin Neck Community Grange. If you would like more information on the Pomona you can contact Melinda Hankins. Their next meeting will be January 21st at Terrapin Neck Grange starting at 6:30 for a potluck dinner. Terrapin Neck Grange is located at 4141 Richmond Rd. Amelia Courthouse, VA 23002 If you would like to become a member come to a meeting!!
Hope everyone has a great week and hope to see your faces at either Friday Night Bingo (September 30th) or Octobers Grange Meeting (October 6th).
Hey folks, guess what’s back tonight?! That’s right BINGO!!! Make sure you check us out at the Beach Grange location off of Bundle Rd. for the first Friday night Bingo. We hold Bingo’s every Friday night once school has started for Chesterfield County and will have Bingo every Friday night till school is over, (unless there is bad weather or a holiday). We look forward to seeing your faces again and wish everyone luck at Bingo!
If you have not heard, the Beach Grange has lost a wonderful member today. Virginia “Babytaz” Williams past away due to a car accident last night. She was know by all as “VA” and was our Easter Bunny in years passed. She was always wonderful with the kids! She has not been around the Grange much recently, but was doing well and always kept in touch. VA was especially close with Bill and Cathy, so prayers are needed for them as well as VA’s family. She will be greatly missed. She was only 33 years old and leaves behind two beautiful girls. There will be a vigil at the Grange Building and a Potluck dinner at 6:30pm. If you wish to come please post what you are bringing to the Grange Facebook Page or call Kim. More updates will come as soon as they are available.
RIP VA Williams
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Sunday was the memorial of 15 years since the 9-11 attacks, I hope everyone took a minute to have a silent prayer or hugged someone you cared about. The Grange would like to remind Members that your dues are needed before January’s meeting. $24 per person or $48 per family and if you are a Junior Grange Member your dues are $5.00 per junior due on September 20th meeting. If you have any questions or need further information please contact a Grange Officer. Make sure to check out the Upcoming Service Events page to stay in the know of things coming up at the Grange. Your service and hard work are always appreciated not just by the Grange but by the people you touch. Have a great week and see your shining faces soon!
As most of you know our Beach Community Grange conducts our monthly meetings the first Thursday of the month. Last night was our first meeting since the Chesterfield County Fair and boy oh boy do we have some updates for you!
Buildings and Grounds informed us of the new Waxed Floor Program for the floors and our next cleaning will be September 17th at 9am. Big Thank you to James Ruiz for cutting the grass at the Grange while everyone was working hard at the fair.
Juniors did not meet this past Tuesday since school started that day, but will start back on September 20th at 7pm. Due’s are due for Juniors at this meeting, any questions speak with Pam.
The Fair!!! Big THANK YOU’s to all that volunteered, we couldn’t have made it without you. Also, HUGE THANK YOU’s to Rob and Bill who put in more than 16 hours a day doing the shopping, prepping, cooking, etc. We sold 24 Beach Grange cookbooks at the Fair, so we have covered our cost. ($10 per book, we have more to sell) A second book is in the works.
New Information: Upcoming events and projects are coming, we need volunteers for those. Please see the Upcoming Projects Page for details. Also, Bingo starts back September 16th, make sure to bring canned goods for our food bank donation, every can donated gets an extra 1 game sheet. Word’s for Thirds preparations have started, and we discussed about adding two more schools to the list for a total of 10 schools. More information to come as we get closer.
Those are some of the big topics from our meeting last night, if you have any questions or would like more information about our meeting or the Grange or becoming a member, check out our Facebook Page or attend a meeting (first Thursday of the month).