The Grange is a “sounding board” for people concerned about their community, state and nation. It is “grassroots” in the truest sense of the word. Policy adopted by the National Grange comes from one of the many subordinate (local) Granges across the country. In Pennsylvania there are approximately 300 local Granges, like Elizabethtown Grange, where citizens meet to discuss the issues of the day.
Any member can come to a meeting with an idea for change. Ideas are crafted into the form of a resolution. Grange members vote on the drafted resolution. If passed, it will go to a countywide gathering of Grange members called “Pomona”, which happens 4 times per year. If passed there, it will go on to the State Grange, where it will be voted upon by delegates from the Granges across Pennsylvania during State Session, held in October. If adopted by the State Grange, it will become part of Grange policy, and we will work towards making it a reality. Some measures may also be sent to National Grange for adoption. Several years ago, an Elizabethtown Grange resolution concerning eminent domain abuse was part of a resolution adopted by the National Grange. Each resolution goes as far as is pertinent to the issue.
THE GRANGE IS JUST FOR FARMERS… RIGHT?
There is a misconception that Grange is just a “farmer’s organization”. That is not entirely true. The Grange has always been meant to be a reflection of its members. When the Grange was founded in the 1860’s, 80% of the population was farmers. Naturally, many of the issues discussed dealt with situations that affected their livelihoods. But as the times changed, so has the Grange. Today, less than 2% of America’s population is involved in production agriculture. While the Grange still holds on to its agricultural roots, its work covers issues important to all of us, such as affordable health care, immigration, property tax reform, farmland preservation, and so much more.