July 10, 2013
To all California Community and Pomona Granges,
Jon Luvaas had a complaint with five (5) charges filed against him by certain members of the California State Grange. An Arbitration Panel was appointed as per the Digest of Laws Chapter 12 and they voted that the charges had merit. A Grange Trial Court was then appointed and held a Grange trial. The second item of the first charge was dismissed and Mr. Luvaas was found guilty of the remainder of the first charge and the four remaining charges by a unanimous vote. The appeal period expired on June 25, 2013 with no appeal filed by any of the parties.
Therefore it is my duty to notify you of the findings of the Grange Trial Court that:
- In accordance with Article 12.2.13 (A) (2) of the National Grange Code of Judicial Law, Jon Luvaas shall be suspended from Grange membership for a period of two (2) years; and in accordance with Article 12.2.13 (A) (3) shall be removed from all offices held in any division of the Grange for the remainder of his term of office and prohibited from holding any office in the Grange for a period of four (4) years.
- In accordance with Article 12.2.13 (B) that Jon Luvaas shall be responsible for reimbursing the National Grange for all trial costs prior to applying for reinstatement as a member.
Ed Luttrell, Master
The National Grange
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The 8,300 members of 182 Community Granges of California have served 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 34 State Grange Masters with the longest serving being George Sehlmeyer who filled the office for 31 years, beginning in 1929.
On February 15, 2014 nearly 40 Granges came together to discuss the possibility of reorganizing the California State Grange, that was previously revoked. After months of work …. On July 12, 2014, the California State Grange was reorganized under the Digest of Laws of the National Grange, and by request of the Community and Pomona Granges in California who were in compliance with the Grange rules. As the conclusion of that reorganization, the National Grange restored the charter of the California State Grange. All Grange authority in California rests with the Master and Executive Committee of the chartered California State Grange, as provided for in the Digest. Ed Komski is the Master, Lillian Booth is the Secretary, and Bob Clouse, Johnny Squire, and Inger Bevins are the Executive Committee members. We were elected by our fellow California Patrons pursuant to the Digest and the By-Laws of the reorganized State Grange. We are committed to the principles of the Grange, and are recognized by the National Grange as the proper leaders of the State Grange.