June 28, 2013
Brothers and Sisters,
If your Grange had anyone present at one of the three meetings I invited members to, on May 28, 29, & 30, I thank you and them for attending.
On April 5, 2013, the Charter of the California State Grange was revoked. Under Grange law that means that they no longer exist. Under California State law, parent organizations do have a right to revoke Charters and while the California State Grange leadership is disputing our right and ability to do so, that is a matter that will ultimately be settled in court unless we can find a way to settle this matter sooner.
Meanwhile, the National Grange Digest of Laws and the California State Grange By-Laws are in agreement with what is supposed to happen. The funds collected by the National Grange on behalf of the CSG are being held in trust for the eventual reorganization of the State Grange.
Beginning with your second Quarter Report (ends June 30, 2013) I ask that each Grange follow the Digest and By-Laws and report their membership on the attached quarterly report and pay their dues to the National Grange. As you can see, there are no State dues owed as there is no State Chartered entity at this time.
Contrary to a previous communication which implied that there would be possible consequences from the CSG, The National Grange has taken steps to ensure that you will not lose your tax-exempt status by reporting to The National Grange per our rules.
Specifically, The National Grange has pending with the IRS an application for a Group Exemption. National Grange can add your Grange as a subordinate entity under its Group Exemption application even while the application is pending. Brother McFarland stated at the meetings in May that he would not punish any Grange for following the rules.
I ask that each Grange review the Digest and the By-Laws and if you have questions, to ask for clarification. You may contact me directly or Bob Clouse, the State Grange Deputy at 916-988-3457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am planning on being in Southern California on the 5th and 6th of July to give more members the chance to come out and discuss the situation in your state.
Edward L. Luttrell, Master
The National Grange