Timeline

July 10, 2013: Notification letter sent to California local granges regarding Grange Trial Court findings.

June 28, 2013: Letter from National Grange President Ed Luttrell to Bob McFarland.

June 28, 2013: Letter to California local granges regarding quarterly dues reports.

April 19, 2013: Notice sent to California State members announcing the ruling of California Superior Court judge prohibiting an internal Grange trial again suspended State Grange President, Bob McFarland until after the case between the National Grange and California State Grange, whose charter has been revoked.

April 15, 2013: Letter to California State members expounding on why the National Grange would have conflict with any state grange.

April 5, 2013: National Grange issued a letter to the Executive Committee of the California State Grange requesting the return of the California State Grange charter to Bob Clouse.

April 5, 2013: National Grange issued a letter to the officers of the the suspended State Grange of California, revoking its charter.

April 1, 2013: The National Grange learned that it will be about two weeks before a California judge will rule on a petition for an injunction postponing internal proceedings against the suspended California State Grange President Bob McFarland.

March 1, 2013: Letter sent to all Community and Pomona Granges in California correcting statements made in a letter submitted by suspended State Grange President Bob McFarland.

November 28, 2012: National Grange receives notice that the Executive Committee of the suspended California State Grange has filed a countersuit against National Grange and the National Master.

October 1, 2012:  National Grange filed a lawsuit against the CSG, suspended Master Robert McFarland,  Jon Luvaas, Gerald Chernoff, and Damian Parr to enforce the suspension of the CSG Charter.

September 25, 2012:  A meeting of the CSG Executive Committee was held. Attendees included the suspended Master McFarland, Jon Luvaas, Gerald Chernoff and Damian Parr. At the meeting a motion unanimously passed claiming that the National Grange has no authority over the California State Grange.

About September 25, 2012: The three officers of the CSG who were notified that there were charges filed against them are notified that they are also suspended from office.

About September 24, 2012: Charges were found posted on line against the National Master.

About September 23, 2012: Shirley Baker, Executive Committee Member; Martha Stefenoni, Overseer; and Leslie Parker, Secretary; all notify the National Master that they have received notice that charges have been filed against them.

September 20, 2012: A letter was sent to all Community and Pomona Granges in California notifying them of the actions of the National Grange.

September 19, 2012: A letter to Stefenoni (as acting Master) and Luvaas (as chair of the EC) was sent requesting access to the CSG so that the National Grange could manage the operation of the State Grange during the suspension.

September 17, 2012: After receiving the advice and consent of the National Grange Executive Committee, the National Master suspended the Charter of the California State Grange.

August 30, 2012: A second complaint was filed by the National Master against the suspended Master.

August 29, 2012: Through legal counsel, members of the CSG Executive Committee were contacted requesting confirmation that they would abide by the rules of the Grange and recognize the suspension order. Martha Stefenoni, Shirley Baker, and Inger Bevins confirmed that they would abide by the suspension order and Grange rules. The remainder of the Executive Committee did not.

August 21, 2012: Due to a lack of communication and cooperation from the CSG Grange the National Grange was forced to engage California counsel.

August 19, 2012: The suspended Master, wrote to the members of the CSG Executive Committee confirming that he refused to follow the suspension order.

August 6, 2012: As provided in the Digest, The National Grange Master suspended the Master of the California State Grange (CSG). He was served with a letter to that effect at that time.

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