What is the Charter?
What does suspension of the Charter mean?
What does the refusal of the California State Grange Executive Committee to follow the Digest mean?
Who makes up the California State Grange Executive Committee?
- All Charters are issued by the National Grange: to State, Pomona, Subordinate/Community, and Junior Granges.
- A Charter is a binding agreement that establishes governance between the National Grange and the people desiring to form a new Grange.
- As a requirement of receiving a Charter, the new members, and those who will join in the future, agree to abide by and uphold all rules of the Grange organization.
- Once issued, the Charter may be suspended or revoked for cause by the Master of the National Grange (State Granges and other Granges in a state without a State Grange) or by the Master of the State Grange (Pomona or Community Granges within that state.)
- Suspension is a temporary action to correct systemic problems. Revocation is a permanent action which would require that the State Grange Charter be revoked and later be reorganized based on approval by the National Grange.
- Given the suspension the State Grange is not authorized to conduct Grange business. National Grange, as outlined in the Digest of Laws, assumes responsibility for management of the State Grange until the Charter is either reinstated or revoked.
- The suspension of the State Grange Charter does not affect the Community or Pomona Granges. Normal operation, projects, and activities of the Grange continue. National Grange, as outlined in the Digest of Laws, assumes responsibility for management and actions normally provided by the State Grange.
- It forced the National Grange to take legal action against certain members of the California State Grange Executive committee and the California State Grange.
- The CSG Executive Committee believes that California law prevents a National organization from enforcing the adopted rules. Such a proposition would jeopardize the governance structure of the entire Grange.
- Court intervention is needed to preserve the integrity of the governance structure of the National Grange.
- The Executive Committee is made up of 7 members: 5 elected members and the Master and Overseer by virtue of their position. Robert McFarland is the suspended Master/President. Martha Stefenoni is the Overseer/Vice President and acting Master/President. The elected members of the Executive Committee are Jon Luvaas, Gerald Chernoff, Damian Parr, Shirley Baker, and Inger Bevins. The Executive Committee could not take legal or formal action without the presence of the Master or in this case, the acting Master prior to the suspension of the Charter.
- Stefenoni, Baker, and Bevins have on several occasions stated their desire to follow the rules of the Grange.