About broadhollowil1806

I am Presiden (Master) of my Grange, Broad Hollow Grange #1806. I grew up through the Junior Grange years, was active as a Youth member, and am active in my Grange. I feel the Grange is a great organization with a variety of activities that meets the needs of all ages and interests. I like that it's a family organization and the whole family can attend and participate together. It's fun, educational, there's a variety of activities, you have leadership opportunities, and you can serve your community through the Grange. Your Grange can choose whatever projects you want to make a better community. The Grange is a grass-roots organization wtih ideas, etc. starting at the local Granges. The Grange has made me a better person and has given me many opportunities I would neverhave dreamed of.


Our members attend a Dinner-Theater production each year at Progressive Grange.  We celebrate Grange Month in April with a display in one of four nearby towns, put articles in local papers  about the Grange, and present a Community Citizen of the Year award at a special meeting with the community invited.  Robert Koch is our “Community Citizen of the Year”recipient and Betty Hart is our “Granger of the Year.”  We had a program on  history of our Grange and Grange in general and invited the three local historical societies.  Monetary donations were made to three food pantries.  During the past year, our Grange collected 18,930 items in the form of soda tabs for Ronald McDonald House, box tops and Campbell Product labels for Education, Best Choice Bar Codes for schools, used eyeglasses for 3rd World Countries, cancelled stamps to purchase land for wildlife, fronts of holiday and all-occasion cards for a nursing home to use for arts and crafts, and coupons for military families to use overseas.  Our Grange helps with the Grange Booth at the St. Clair County Fair.  We participated with the other Granges in the county in a yard sale and bake sale to earn money for Trinity Services who provide activities for the disabled.  We donate items to an area Violence Prevention Center and also to the Humane Society.  Each year we provide dictionaries to third graders in four area schools so each have their own dictionary.  We had a successful 3-day, 2-night trip to Branson, Missouri, that our Grange sponsors each year with 32 people participating this past October.

Broad Hollow Grange meets the first Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The location is 6733 Robinson School Road only ten minutes from New Athens, Freeburg, Hecker, and Smithton and 20 minutes south of Belleville.  The Grange’s next meeting is Friday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. due to the March 1st meeting being cancelled because of bad weather.

The Grange just finished collecting and gave 185 items to the Violence Prevention Center in Belleville.  Later in the year items will be collected for the Humane Society.  Members recently held a Watkins fundraiser which was successful.

The Grange will be celebrating Grange Month in April.  There will be a Grange display in Hecker.  A special night for Grange Month will be held on April 5th at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a special program on Grange history which will include a presentation on Illinois State Grange leaders from 1871 to present.  Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Broad Hollow Grange is sponsoring a trip to Nashville TN, April 17-20.  Two trips are being sponsored by the Grange to Branson MO in Oct and Dec.

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