105th Anniversary Meeting

Three of six generations from one family in the Grange.

Three of six generations from one family in the Grange.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
8:00 pm
First Church of Christ, Congregational
25 The Great Road, Bedford, MA

Bedford Grange was organized on September 13th, 1909.

Come for a meeting of America’s oldest family fraternity. “To all interested in agriculture, who have generous hearts and open hands to help the needy, raise the fallen, and aid in making the labors of this life cheerful, we say, ‘Welcome to the Grange.’” The Grange offers many experiences and you may get as involved as you like.

The Grange truly is a family organization. There is Junior Grange for those ages 5-14. At 14 young women and men are welcome to join the Subordinate or Community Grange. There they are given an equal voice and vote with Grangers of all ages. Confidence and public speaking skills can be gained through holding an office and state contests.

The Grange offers a chance to participate in non-partisan grassroots political action. Members of local Granges present issues and write resolutions. As the resolutions move to higher levels in the Grange, more members get to discuss and vote on them. Depending on the issues involved, they may stop at the state level and if passed, presented to the State Legislature as the voice of the Grange. If they are National in scope, the delegates at National Grange debate and vote on the resolution. If it passes at National Grange, it is presented to Congress as the voice of the Grange.

If you like to organize small skits, stories, jokes, speakers, and fun, we would love to have you try out the position of Lecturer.

The Grange has a ritual that we follow in our meetings. It isn’t scary and doesn’t take long, but it marks our meetings as something different. The opening and closing remind us that we should constantly be about making ourselves and the world a better place.

Join us as we swing wide the doors of friendship to welcome you!

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Bedford Grange Potluck

Sunday, July 27th, 2014
3:00 pm
Lowell, MA

Join us on July 27th for a short meeting and potluckpotluck2 at the home of our Steward, Sister Jo-Ann Spence in Lowell, MA. Contact the Master, Corey Spence, at corey.spence@ymail.com for more information.

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Bedford Grange Installation

installation picture for website

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
8:00 PM
First Church of Christ, Bedford

What does a gavel, a set of keys, an owl, and a shepherd’s crook symbolize to Grange members? Join us for our installation ceremony and find out!

Our Installing Officer is Massachusetts State Grange Chaplain Randy Belseth and his suite.

All are welcome!

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Dinner Out at Cafe Luigi in Bedford

Cafe Luigi

Click on the picture to see the menu.

Monday, August 26th
Cafe Luigi
152 Great Road #2
7:30 pm

Join us for a dutch-treat dinner as we talk about our future and continue making plans for the upcoming year. We have made a great start at growing and we look forward to continuing our journey. Come and join us!

Contact the Master for a count or if you need a ride or directions:
corey.spence@ymail.com
617-680-6684

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Our Master Participated in the Kelley Farm Experience

In period regalia including a pouch embossed with a plow, Brother Corey waits for the first degree ceremony to start.

Our Master, Corey Spence, served as Assistant Steward for the opening and first degree of the Exemplification of the 1873 Degrees, or joining ceremonies, at the Oliver Hudson Kelley Farm in Elk River, MN. He also sang with the chorus in the second and  third degrees and was a marching candidate in the fourth degree.

He says it was an honor and a joy to serve. “The Grange is an incredible organization and it was so much fun to celebrate our founding ceremonies at the farm of a Grange founder.”

Bedford Grange congratulates all the teams that participated and welcomes our newest member Christopher Dean into the ranks of Husbandmen in the Grange.

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Bedford Grange Wishes All a Happy Independence Day!

fireworks“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
~Erma Bombeck

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Summer Potluck, Planning Night, and Game Night

potluck2Monday, June 25th
7:00 pm
Home of the Treasurer
in Lowell, MA

Join us for our planning meeting, potluck, and game night!

Got an idea for a program? Let the Master know ahead of time or bring your idea to the meeting – we are looking for members to share their hobbies, interests, or ideas with Bedford Grange.

Contact the Master for directions or if you need a ride.
corey.spence@ymail.com
617-680-6684

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Bedford Grange Holds Election of Officers

On Monday, July 24th, Bedford Grange held an election and most officers changed positions including Secretary and Treasurer. We also elected our newest obligated member to be Lady Assistant Steward! We also voted in a new member who will see the 1873 degrees in Minnesota in a few weeks. An exciting evening over all.

We look forward to a great Grange year and invite all to join us for a short business meeting, summer potluck, and game night at the home of Sister Jo-Ann in Lowell in July! Check this site and our Facebook page for more information!

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Massachusetts Residents – Don’t Forget to Vote!

Vote!

Click on the picture to find out where your polling station is!

One of the most important rights we all have as Americans is to vote our conscience at the ballot box. As a representational democracy, we elect leaders to head to our State Legislatures and Congress. The Grange has been an advocate for non-partisan voting encouragement since our founding – we even worked to get women the right to vote.

Massachusetts voters have the awesome responsibility to choose a Senator that will represent us in Washington. The members of Bedford Grange hope that all citizens of our great Commonwealth who are registered take some time out of their day tomorrow, June 25th, 2013 and exercise their vote!

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Bedford Grange Memorial Service and Election of Officers

Bedford Grange Memorial Service 2013Join us on Monday,
June 24th at 8:00 pm
at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Bedford, MA

From our Master’s blog post on the Bedford Patch Website:

One of the hardest things to do in life is to say goodbye. It is even more painful when that is the final goodbye brought on when a loved one passes away. It tears at the fabric of our lives and leaves a hole that can never be repaired. Yet we know that when we remember them, they live on in our hearts.

Every year we devote a meeting to remembering those who have gone before us. We remember those who have kept Bedford Grange going for over a century. We call to mind the sacrifices of those who have struggled to keep our country free. We remember those who lost their lives because of evil acts and those who were taken in natural disasters.

We place flowers upon our Bible as we call out the names of those who died over the past year and we place flowers to remember all those who have gone on to the “Great Grange Above” where we each receive that welcome plaudit, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

This year we will also place flowers in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the recent mass shootings, and the tornados in the midwest. We pray for an end to violence everywhere. We pray that our knowledge of weather and changing weather patterns improves to the point where everyone is able to get to safety ahead of a powerful storm. And we pray for a world where each life is valued from the halls of power to the poorest hovel.

This act of remembrance is important and keeps us connected to those who have gone before. We are reminded that we are the holders of their legacy and it is up to us to decide how to honor it.

Join us as we remember those who have gone before and we elect our officers for the coming two years. The legacy is now ours to hold and we invite you to come and join us on our journey. We are always accepting new members!

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