Bedford Grange sends thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma and the midwest.
From the American Red Cross:
“This has been a major disaster, and the Red Cross will be there for the people in this state and this community. People who wish to make a donation can support American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas as well as disasters big and small throughout the United States by visiting redcross.org, dialing 1-800-REDCROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.”
Click here to read the full Red Cross press release.
Click on the picture to read the full press release at the National Grange website.
From the National Grange press release:
““The Grange has long been an opponent of the estate tax. It does nothing but prevent the American dream from becoming a reality,” National Grange President Edward Luttrell said. “Farmers and ranchers all over the country have worked their entire lives in order to leave their children something substantial that could be passed on to future generations and the inheritance tax does nothing but work to destroy that legacy.”
“So many multi-generational farms and ranches have been lost because of the inheritor’s inability to pay the estate tax on the property. The original owners already worked to pay off this land so their children would be land owners able to support continued operations or realize the investment of ownership,” National Grange Legislative Director Grace Boatright said.”
Click on the logo to read more at the “View from the Hill” site.
A Guest Blogger on the National Grange’s View From the Hill blog writes:
“While there is still work to be done to ensure that all Americans in rural communities have access to mobile broadband, the outlook is positive. Broadband providers are stepping up with creative ways to serve unserved communities, and those communities are utilizing that service to adopt new, innovative applications tailored to their lives. It’s no wonder the issue has drawn the attention of Congress.”
Join us on Monday,
June 24th at 8:00 pm
at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Bedford, MA
We will remember our members who have died over the last year and have a moment of silence to honor those whose lives were ended or changed forever by the tragic events of April 15th.
Come and join us in our yearly remembrance of those who have passed on to the Great Grange above.
We have had to postpone the meeting since three of our members have been called out of state unexpectedly and two other members have gotten really bad colds.
Click the Grange Logo to read the blog post on the Bedford Patch site
Monday, April 22nd at 8:00 pm
First Church of Christ, Congregational
25 The Great Road
Our Master (President) writes on his blog at Bedford Patch:
Grange members consider themselves a part of a big, interconnected family. We care about each other and check in when things happen in each other’s lives. I live in Roslindale and work at Old South Church in Copley Square, and I haven’t been able to go to work this week and have spent this Friday morning in lock down mode per request of the city.
Yet there in my Facebook Feed, in my e-mail, and text messages are the loving and tender messages from Grange friends all over the country asking about my health and the city I love. There is a connection deeper than friendship shown among Grange members and that is why we call ourselves brothers and sisters.
As a family, the Grange has its own traditions and ceremonies. We have a ceremonial opening and closing to our Grange meetings. We welcome new members through an obligation ceremony that introduces them to the Grange and its aims and objectives. We have ceremonies called “Degrees” that even more fully explain the symbolism of the Grange and introduce members to different levels of the Grange organization.
These ceremonies may seem to be outdated and antiquated, but I feel that they are an indispensible part of what the Grange is. They are a link to our storied past and a great introduction to our organization for new members. I like the idea that I can travel the country and with some regional variations, know that I am at a Grange meeting and connected through ritual to great people across the country.
Come and find out more about the amazing nature of our great organization and perhaps take the Obligation Ceremony and join. We swing wide the doors of friendship and bid you welcome!
Bedford Grange sends out its prayers and thoughts for the victims of the bombings in the city of Boston today.
We agree with President Obama:
“Today is a holiday in Massachusetts, Patriot’s Day. It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation, and it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition, Boston is a tough and resilient town, so are its people. I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city and as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.”
May God be with the victims, the city of Boston, and our country in the days ahead.
Corey Spence, Master (President) of Bedford Grange and State Grange Assistant Steward, spoke about youth in the Grange at Norfolk Pomona’s State Officers Day, April 13th, 2013.
Here is the text of his speech:
Thank you Worthy Master, Associates of the State Grange and brothers and sisters all. Think back ten or twelve years when all of you in this room were teenagers. Remember how the most important things you wanted were to feel that you had a voice, adults trusted you, and that you could meet and go to fun events with lots of amazing people all over the country. Continue reading
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This month’s edition of the Massachusetts State Grange News is online! Found out all the exciting events going on in Granges across the state! Click the picture to read it!
Click on the Grange logo to read more from the National Grange “View From the Hill” blog
Grace Boatwright, the National Grange Legislative Director, writes:
“In the past few weeks, I’ve received a few calls here at the office regarding what many are calling the “Monsanto Protection Act.” There seems to be some confusion about what it is and what it does, so I’m going to try and clear things up.
To begin, its formal name is not the “Monsanto Protection Act.” That’s the name that critics have assigned to Section 735 of the continuing resolution signed by President Obama in March. As a provision of the continuing resolution, Section 735 grants the USDA the authority to TEMPORARILY grant permits or deregulation of a crop whose use is being debated in court. That sounds bad but is really nothing new. In fact, this has been the USDA’s practice for quite sometime, but now it’s on paper and “official.””
“For the past 146 years the Grange has been helping citizens in thousands of communities strengthen their hometowns. We believe in American Values and the power of people coming together. We believe that each of us can reach their full potential and lead rich and rewarding lives. We also believe that our organization gives our members the power to affect great change to improve our communities, our states, and our nation.”