To the Acting Master of the California State Grange,
Article V of The Digest of Laws Order of Patrons of Husbandry (“Digest of Laws”) outlines the process by which suspension or revocation of a Charter can occur. Specifically, section 4.5.7 of the Digest of Laws sets forth the criteria for which a State Grange Charter may be suspended or revoked. The criteria for suspension or revocation of a State Grange Charter are satisfied when “…The State Grange is working in violation of the law and usages of the Order…”
In early August, State Grange Master Bob McFarland was suspended according to Digest of Laws rules which are incorporated by Section I, Article II; Section I, Article IX; Section II, Article XIV (14.13) of the Digest of Laws of the California State Grange. As a result of the suspension, the Overseer was to take over until the Grange Judicial process was completed. Bob McFarland and a majority in interest of the State Grange Executive Committee have failed to acknowledge the suspension of Bob McFarland.
The majority of the California State Grange Executive Committee, acting as the California State Grange, has failed to enforce the rules of the Order requiring the Master of the California State Grange to follow the rules of the Order, i.e. accept his suspension; by failing to acknowledge the authority of the Acting Master of the California State Grange including holding a duly-noticed Executive Committee meeting and conducting business without the presence of the Acting Master with a vote of all Executive Committee members, by refusing to respond to requests of the Acting State Master, National Master, and the National Grange for confirmation of desire to follow the rules of the Order; and for engaging legal representation with the support of the suspended State Grange Master.
Finding that the good of the order requires such a determination, I therefore suspend the Charter of the California State Grange. With the advice and consent of the Executive Committee of the National Grange, the suspension will be for a period of six months or until the California State Grange can be returned to working order and avoid revocation of the State Grange Charter.
Edward L. Luttrell, President