Once more our fraternal circle is broken by the death of our Worthy Sister Edith Ayers on September 17th. She was a member of Bedford Grange for over 50 years and served as our Lady Assistant Steward for many years.
The members of Bedford Grange pray that, “when she was called to lay down her implements on earth, she received that welcome plaudit, well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
President Joan Smith called the meeting to order via telephone at 9:10 a.m. Also present via telephone were Steward Amanda Brozana and Assistant Steward Austin Miller. Present in the 10th floor Saunders Library of the National Grange Building in Washington, DC were Lady Assistant Steward Jessie Cope, Flora Stephanie Wilkins, Chaplain Grace Boatright, Secretary Richard Weiss, National Grange Controller Andrew Sampson and National Grange Legislative Director Burton Eller.
The minutes from the July 17, 2014 meeting were read and approved as corrected to reflect that T-shirts for the Youth Drill Team will be given by June and Mary Justi, not to them.
While the current operating account balance is not available at this time, Andrew Sampson did report the following:
$85.00 in new member dues has been deposited to the Operating Account.
$87.00 for 2nd quarter dues has been paid to the National Grange.
$10.25 is owed to the National Grange store and will be paid the week of September 22.
As of 8/31/2014 the Kile Fund balance at PNC Bank was $40,388.91.
There seems to be some confusion regarding the Kile Fund 2013 990 as we have two letters from the IRS, the first stating that a filing extension has been granted and a later one denying it. Andrew will meet with our new CPA on September 24 to straighten things out.
The National Arboretum has notified Samantha Johnson that an alternative naming opportunity exists for the $3,500.00 Potomac Grange contributed in 2012 for a “Solar Demonstration Kiosk” that the Arboretum later decided not to build. Potomac Grange has asked for suitable alternatives or the money back. This issue will be taken up at the next meeting when Samantha is back.
There still is no formal estimate for the Grange Building kitchen renovation. It was decided to defer this issue to February, as the status of the Grange Building is uncertain at this time.
Before moving to old business, there was discussion regarding Potomac Grange representation at the National Convention. There was consensus that Dick Weiss be the Potomac representative with Grace Boatright as a possible co-representative. Weiss expressed some concern about being cast into the role of 2016 convention coordinator. After some discussion, it was decided that Dick, Joan and Jessie will work together on the coordination task. Accordingly the following will take place:
Jessie will figure out a time and place at the convention to hold the 2016 convention committee meeting.
Weiss will notify the State Masters of the sponsoring states of the meeting and ask that they have representatives present.
The three of us will meet to determine what tasks need to be performed and what each state might do.
We will check with Leroy to determine if the Potomac Grange Operating Account or the Kile Fund pays representatives expenses.
It was decided that Potomac Grange’s convention holiday gift would be a candy bar with a Potomac Grange message labeled on it, perhaps something about the 2016 convention. Amanda Brozana will be asked to work up a design.
Other New Business
There was consensus to hold the Potomac Grange holiday event on Tuesday, January 13, 2013 and have it catered in the Grange Building. President Smith will arrange an educational presentation by One Country Connected, an organization supporting the extension of broad band communication throughout rural America.
Jessie Cope informed us that the Maryland State Grange invited Potomac Grange members to join them on a tour of Gettysburg on Saturday, September 19.
The National Grange sent a letter to all Granges asking members to contribute $10.00 each to National to defray legal costs arising from trade mark issues and the California situation.
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 10:40 a.m.
The next meeting will be October 21, 2014.
Richard B. Weiss, Secretary
Potomac Grange #1
Wow . . . this summer has been busy.
Our fair booth was another winner – First Place Contemporary, First Place Fair Theme, and People’s Choice in Contemporary. What are we going to do next year? We have a […]
July 9, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange
Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall Program Awarding of 2014 Ellen Elaine Crooke Scholarships and presentations by 4H Beef Club members with leader Annette Crooke
No Meeting in August – Please volunteer at the Middletown Grange Fair!
September 10, 2014 – Plumsteadville Grange
Monthly Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall Program – to be announced
Farm Market upcoming events
July 5 – Lou Pompillio Jazz Musician
July 12 – George Thompson and friends Guitar / songs
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THANK YOU TO THE 4-H TEEN COUNCIL
Members of the
Bucks County 4-H teen council
recently weeded and planted flowers to beautify the grounds around our our hall – Thank you!!
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY 4TH OF JULY !!
FROM THE MASTERS DESK
JAMES E. DIAMOND, MASTER, PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE #1738
Raymond Gross Bequest. I am pleased to inform the members of Plumsteadville Grange #1738 that a letter was received from Luray A. Gross, Executor for the Estate of Raymond C. Gross
announcing the estate of Raymond Gross bequeathed a generous donation to the Grange. Per
the Executor Luray Gross, “We trust this bequest will, in a small way, further the work of Plumsteadville Grange as it supports the community and enriches the lives of its members.” Involvement in the Subordinate, Pomona, State and National Grange was a significant part of the Raymond Gross Family lifestyle. I personally have a myriad of fond memories of late Rachael and Raymond Gross at the various Grange events and meetings. I also had the privilege of observing their five wonderful daughters unfold into respectable and successful adults. On the whole, Raymond Gross has left a legacy at Plumsteadville Grange that is an inspiration to the future growth of the Grange and surrounding community.
Thank you. In October 2014 Plumsteadville Grange will accept new leadership. It has been truly an honor and privilege to serve as Master of Plumsteadville Grange #1738 during the past four years. I am quite confident that the Plumsteadville Grange will continue being a community center and provide local leadership that benefits residents in Plumsteadville, Plumstead Township and surrounding municipalities. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Master. I look forward to continued membership and participation in Grange endeavors and will certainly support the new leadership team when they are elected in September. Plumsteadville Grange members are the greatest!
FROM THE DESK OF MARGUERITE QUINN
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 143RD LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Bucks County Medication Disposal Permanent Collection Boxes
Pennsylvania recently launched a permanent statewide drug take-back program that will provide up to 250 secure medicine return boxes throughout the Commonwealth. The new MedReturn boxes, installed in Bucks and 28 other counties, allow individuals to dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication safely and anonymously.
This is an important step in addressing Pennsylvania’s public health and safety concerns regarding prescription drug abuse and misuse, especially among young people who don’t have to look further than their own family’s medicine cabinet. Additionally, proper disposal of these products is the best practice for our environment. Flushing unwanted medications puts chemicals and potentially dangerous materials into our ground water, even if your home is serviced by sewer. Eventually the water is recycled back into our creeks, streams and waterways.
Medications accepted in the MedReturn boxes include prescription medications, patches and ointments, as well as over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples and pet medications. Medications not accepted include needles, inhalers, aerosol cans and thermometers. Under the program, all pharmaceutical drugs being disposed of need to be in a sealed container, such as the original bottle or a zip-lock bag. They may not be disposed of loosely.
It’s up to all of us to keep our communities safe. Making the most of the MedReturn program is just one small part of making that possible. For more information on the Bucks County Medication Disposal Program, or any state-related topic, please contact my district office in Doylestown at 215-489- 2126. I also encourage you to visit RepQuinn.net or Facebook.com/RepQuinn.
MedReturn Box Locations in my Legislative District:
Buckingham Township Police Department
613 Hughesian Drive Lower Level, Buckingham
Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court Street, Doylestown
Doylestown Township Police Department 425 Wells Road Doylestown
Plumstead Township Building 5186 Stump Road Plumsteadville 215-766-8741
PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE MINUTES –
The minutes for the June 2014 meeting of the
Plumsteadville Grange as recorded by Karen Moss,
secretary, are included in their entirety. Plumsteadville Grange #1738 met Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Present Men – 5 Women –
8 , Youth – 3 Total – 16
OPENING: The Grange opening ceremony was led by Master Jim Diamond, followed by the roll call of officers and committee members. Minutes of the previous meeting of May 2014 were mailed/emailed with the monthly newsletter.
ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS: Present Master James Diamond, Overseer Donald Steeley, Assistant Steward Don Moss, Treasurer Jim Lomax, Secretary Karen Moss, Greeter Katie Graham, Ceres Ruth Steeley, Flora Jane Birk, Musician Betty Diamond.
GUESTS: Dave Horne, neighbor of the Diamonds, Linda Ochoco and her daughters, Madison, Gabrielle and Sydney.
PROGRAM: Madison Ochoco spoke about her experience as Middletown Grange Fair Queen for 2013 and the books she has written and illustrated for children about the fair experience. Sydney Ochoco presented a timely, excellent and informative program on strawberries. Following the program, Linda Ochoco presented to Plumsteadville Grange member, Don Moss, the Bucks County 4H Community Assistance Award for 2013.
REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES:
Deaf Activities/Fish Fry: A check for $1,000 has been sent to the Bucks County Intermediate Unit. We have not heard back from them about how it will be used.
Farm Market: Meg Lomax reported that we had a good opening of the Market. A tree planting demonstration was given by the Bedminster Land Conservancy. The tree was planted with a ceremony in the memory of Ellen Crooke.
Building and Maintenance & Grounds: Steve Byrne and his son Brandon (who has a landscaping business) have leveled and seeded the grassy area between the Grange building and the barn. Steve is mowing the lawn for us and has done beautiful work on the plantings around the apartment building. The 4H Teen Council has weeded and replanted the beds around the Grange building.
Agriculture Committee: Reporting that the corn is doing well this year but that it is a poor year for strawberries.
Legislative Report: Reporting that there is no agreement on the PA Ag budget. Jim Diamond reported that Tom Corbett is speaking at colleges about his Ready to Succeed Scholarship Program, which will provide an additional $25 million for middle income students who want to enrich their learning experience with a two or four year degree. These grants would award up to $2,000 dollars and would go directly to academically achieving students who otherwise may not be able to attain enough financial aid.
Grange Fair Snack Booth: The agreement for this year’s snack bar has been signed with Middletown Grange. The menu will remain the same.
REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES:
Ellen Elaine Crooke Scholarship: This year there will be two recipients; more information at next month’s meeting.
COMMUNICATIONS: We received a note from the Brownies who meet at the Grange building thanking
us for allowing them to use the building and asking what they can do to help us.
TREASURER REPORTS: Jim Lomax reported expenditures of $5,872.35 and income of $5,560.07 during the month of May. Our major expenses were the donation of $1,000 to the Intermediate Unit and
$932 for quarterly dues payment to the State
NEW BUSINESS: The Farm Market Banners are wearing out. There was a motion made, seconded and passed to buy a new banner. Don Moss is making the arrangements.
The August meeting will be cancelled because the Middletown Grange Fair is that week. Jane Birk reminded us that we need to choose who we are sending to the State Grange meeting in Reading at the July Meeting.
MEMBERS SICK OR IN DISTRESS: Lillian Shull has returned home and is recovering.
Respectfully submitted, Karen Moss, Secretary.
DID YOU KNOW?
Each year, millions of people enjoy Pennsylvania’s nearly
9,500 registered amusement
rides and attractions inspected by more than 1,400 certified professional private industry inspectors.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, PA is ranked fourth in the nation for nurseries, greenhouses, floriculture and sod production with more than 944,000 operations providing products across the globe.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture more than 1.5 million pounds of strawberries are harvested in PA each year which brings in more than $11.3 million to PA’s economy. Ounce for ounce, strawberries have more Vitamin C than citrus fruit and are excellent source of dietary fiber, potassium, and
Vitamin A. One cup of fresh, sliced strawberries contains only 50 calories.
SCAM ALERT: PHONE SCAM ALLEGING ASSOCIATION WITH USDA FARM SERVICE AGENCY
It has been brought to the attention of USDA’s Farm
Service Agency (FSA) that a phone scam is being perpetrated on FSA customers.
The caller, who identifies themselves as a Farm Loan Services representative out of Washington, D.C. states that FSA “owes” you disaster assistance funds and proceeds to request your checking account information or requests a credit card number alleging that funds will be credited to these accounts.
SHOULD YOU RECEIVE A SIMILAR CALL, DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, PROVIDE PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO THE CALLER.
DANBORO 4-H NEWS
Members participated in District Fashion Revue held
at the Montgomery Extension Office. Danboro Junior
Winners were: Logan Sudholz, Isabelle Congdon, and Sydney Ochoco. Danboro Seniors were Angela Williams, Madison
Ochoco. Senior Alternates include Elizabeth Wilshire and Christina Williams.
Don Moss was presented with Danboro 4-H’s Community Assistance Award at the June 2014 Grange Meeting –
Pictured with Don
are Linda Ochoco,
Danboro $-H leader and daughter Madison,4-H alum and 2013 Middletown Grange Fair Queen.
Have something to share? Want to get the newsletter
via email? Contact Jane Birk at 610-657-7668 or
USE OF THE GRANGE HALL:
If you know of a group needing a meeting place, or
to inquire about hall rental for an event, contact Meg Lomax at Meg Lomax at 215-766-9801 or [email protected]
2014 QUILT RAFFLE
Quilt raffle tickets are available at all Grange events –
$2 each or three for $5 – who wouldn’t want to win a beautiful work of art!
Sales have been brisk so far – let’s keep the momentum going.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK – We welcome members, friends and market vendors to post your comments. Search for “Plumsteadville Grange” or “Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market”
TO ALL PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE MEMBERS WHO
HAVE A BIRTHDAY IN JULY 2014. George Burns once
said, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”
BUCKS COUNTY POMONA GRANGE FUNDS SCHOLARSHIP – AND MORE!
At a luncheon meeting held on June 28, 2014 at Plumsteadville Grange, Bucks County Pomona Grange made the final payment to fund an endowed scholarship at Delaware Valley College. Funds were raised by pizza booth sales at the Middletown Grange Fair as well as additional contributions by individual donors and accumulated interest.
Additionally, donations were made to the following service organizations: Bucks County 4-H, PA State Grange Deaf Activities, A Woman’s Place, Habitat for Humanity, Chandler Hall, Discovery Projects, Meals on Wheels – Woodside. Meals on Wheels – Central Bucks, Meals on Wheels – Riegelsville. And Peace Valley Nature Center.
Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Buy LOCAL and FRESH
Vegetables – Fruit – Eggs – Honey – Preserves – Jams – Pickles Baked Goods- Cheese -Flowers – Crafts – Art Pottery -Alpaca Products
Dog Biscuits – Woodwork – Tea Room – Knitting Workshop
Try your hand at pottery with Gloria Kosco Continues every Saturday till Oct 25th – 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE # 1738
BOX 335, 5901 EASTON RD.
PLUMSTEADVILLE, PA 18949
PLUMSTEADVILLE GRANGE #1738
MISSION: The Plumsteadville Grange is a local non-profit, non-partisan and non-sectarian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in local communities through educational, social and legislative activities; promoting community activities; advancing the cause of agriculture in rural and suburban communities; developing rural and suburban leadership; and acting as presenters in public affairs.
“JOB WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANTS”
The members of Plumsteadville Grange #1738 are to be highly commended for developing, adopting and implementing a plan of work that includes the following components: Mission, Goals and Activities. The following describes the achievements of Plumst4eadville Grange members beginning 1 October 2010 to 30 September 2014. PATRONS, CONGRATULATIONS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!
James E. Diamond, Master
GOALS and Activities — (1 October 2010 – 30 September 2014)
GOAL 1 – Sponsored Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market
Open from 9:00-12:30 p.m. every Saturday beginning the last Saturday of May to the last Saturday of October.
Employed a person to open and close the Farm Market
throughout the 20-week season. Each vendor is assessed
$1.00 per week to offset the $20.00 per week cost.
GOAL 2 – Sponsored a Food Booth at Middletown Grange Fair
a. Major fund raising activity. All laborers are volunteers.
GOAL 3- Support Community Service Programs
Created and displayed heritage quilt block on front of Grange Hall
Published monthly Plumsteadville Grange Newsletter
Planted a maple tree in memory of Ellen Elaine Crooke
Improved awareness of the Grange to community members
Promoted the Plumsteadville Grange Armed Services Project
Sponsored four annual Christmas dinners and plays
Provided financial support to all State and Subordinate Grange appeals.
Rent the Grange to a local church for Sunday morning services.
Sponsored weekly quilting bee. Yearly tickets are sold to raffle off a quilt.
Supported the Pomona Grange Pizza Booth at Middletown
Sponsored several fish fries to raise funds for the hearing impaired
Served several dinners to various groups in Bucks County
Rented the Grange Hall to groups fore meetings and family celebrations.
GOAL 5 – Established Grange Administrative Policies
Established a Plumsteadville Grange web site
Acquired a power point projector for the Grange Hall.
Changed monthly meeting nights from second Friday to second Wednesdays
The Executive Committee reviewed the documents prepared
by Jerry Krone followed by a brief discussion. The Committee recommended that Jerry Krone be commended for the time and effort he dedicated to preparing these detailed documents.
GOAL 6 – Maintained Buildings and Grounds
Installed new heater into apartment house
Purchased new stove for upstairs apartment
Employed janitorial services for Grange Hall
Refinanced the Berger Mortgage with Team Capital Bank for apartment house
Acquired a weed whacker donated by Donl Moss
Installed outdoor motion sensitive lights on the two back ends of the Grange Farm Market Barn
Installed water in Farm Market Barn
Installed concrete slab on side of Farm Market Barn.
GOAL 7 – Promote Youth Programs
Helped to establish the Bucks County Pomona Grange Endowed Scholarship in memory of Harold Steeley
at Delaware Valley College
Established the annual Ellen Elaine Crooke Scholarship Program
Raised funds to support deaf children in Bucks County public schools via Bucks County Intermediate Unit.
Supported Danboro 4-H Club by allowing them to use the Grange Hall for their meetings free of charge.
Bucks County 4-H leadership team maintained ornamental
gardening on sides and front of Grange Hall
GOAL 8 – Organize and Implement Membership Endeavors
Welcome six new members of all ages to the Grange annually.
GOAL 9 – Organize and Implement Membership Endeavors
a Plumsteadville sponsored Meg .Lomax as a strong candidate for recognition as Granger of the Year in the State of Pennsylvania.
Master Jim Diamond published in the Grange Advocate a “VIEWPOINT: Young Married Couples Are the Lifeblood of a
%JAMES E. DIAMOND, PRESIDENT
35 Tabor Road
Ottsville, PA 18942
Telephone: (610) 847-0867 E-mail: [email protected]
15 June 2014
Dear Patrons of Husbandry:
I am pleased to inform you that the Plumsteadville Grange #1738 Executive Committee has nominated the following individuals to serve the designated office for a two year term beginning in October 2014 and ending in September 2016. I am confident that each of the nominees is capable of carrying out the duties and responsibilities of their respective office as described herein.
Being a part of the Plumsteadville Grange Officer team is both a privilege and honor. It’s an opportunity to serve the membership and community. The following slate of nominees have the potential to make a difference and move Plumsteadville Grange forward with a program of activities that will serve members, community and county.
Please note there are no nominees for the offices of Steward and Gatekeeper (Greeter). The Executive Committee discussed the purpose and role of both the Gate Keeper and Steward. It was decided that due to changes taking place in the State Grange, it would be best to eliminate these two Grange positions.
Each officer should make every effort to attend the twelve (12) regularly scheduled monthly meetings and an occasional (as needed only) officers meeting. For whatever reason a nominee not able to serve the office nominated, please inform the President as soon as possible. Good luck to each nominee during the
officer elections in July 2014. Other nominations may be made from the floor before the election.
Table 1. Plumsteadville Grange slate of officers by offices, nominees and job description
All connected with Plumsteadville Grange and those outside the
Grange will diligently scrutinize each act of the President. The
President must keep an open mind among the members and encourage improvement. Maintain order in the Grange, and enforce obedience to the Constitution and Laws of the Order. Decide all questions with calmness and firmness, grant the right of appeal courteously, and abide decisions against you cheerfully.
See that the orders of the President are faithfully transmitted to
the Laborers as described in the Grange Manual. In the absence
of the President to take his/her place.
The Lecturer is assigned the important duty of leading in the
literary program and the educational work of the Grange. To this
end the Lecturer should be prepared at all regular meetings, as time will permit, with a program of activities.
The Assistant Steward opens and closes the bible on the alter,
participate in draping the Charter, presenting and retiring the
American flag and presents special guests to the Presidents station
The Lady Assistant Steward is to assists in keeping the sashes and
decorations of the Grange, open and close the bible on the alter,
participate in draping the Charter, presenting and retiring the
American flag and presents special guests to the Presidents station.
The Chaplain offers the opening and closings prayer at each
Grange meeting and brings to the Presidents attention a
notification to drape the Charter upon the death of a fellow
Grange member as directed in the Grange Manual.
The treasurer has Grange member’s confidence in his/her honesty
and integrity to keep the Grange accounts in order, deposits
promptly recorded and funds safely secured and ready for needed
The secretary has the most arduous duty of all, requiring
judgment, promptness and efficiency. She/he becomes the organ
of the Grange through communications and keeping accurate
records of the Grange. The secretary records meeting minutes,
reports Grange communications, processes membership applications, submits Pomona and State Grange reports and other
The ancients worshipped Ceres as a Goddess presiding over
cereals. A female always presides in this position to show respect
for her and regard for Agriculture. Ceres plays an important role
in draping of the Charter as described in the Grange Manual.
The ancients worshipped Pomona as a Goddess presiding over
fruits as a reminder that fruits are to receive special attention
and care. A female always presides in this position and is
urged to encourage women to engage in cultivation and
improvement of fruits where practicable and proper. Placing
fruits in Pomona’s care is a reminder that no tree bears fruit in
autumn, which do not blossom in the spring.
The ancients worshipped Flora as a Goddess presiding over
flowers. A female always presides in this position and she is
urged to cultivate the most beautiful expressions of the Creator’s
goodness to prompt her associates to adorn their homes with
Executive Committee members carry important duties and
responsibilities. They are responsible for the custody of the
invested funds of the Granges and are expected to offer advice
and counsel. The Committee in conjunction with the President is
authorized, between meetings of the Grange, in time of
emergency or need, to act for and in the name of the Grange
The Musician has the opportunity to share musical talents with
the members of the Grange. It is his/her duty to select appropriate
marches and aid the Lecturer in presenting musical portions of the
programs. Music touches the mood of people