The 8,300 members of 182 Community Granges of California have serve communities across the state since 1873. Major James W.A. Wright was the first Master (President) of the California State Grange in 1873 and the primary author of the National Grange Declaration of Purposes which was adopted in 1874.
There have been 33 State Grange Masters with the longest serving being George Sehlmeyer who filled the office for 31 years, beginning in 1929.
Grange officers are elected to carry out the business of the organization between meetings. Currently, all Granges in California report to the National Grange after the State Grange charter was revoked on April 5, 2013, due to their actions outside the rules of the Order.
Deputies are working across the state to maintain communication between the Granges and the national office and provide service to the members. If you are interested in joining the Grange, find one in your area by visiting www.nationalgrange.org and using the Find a Grange locator on the right hand side of the homepage, and attend one of their meetings or contact a member for more information.