What is the Grange? The Grange is a family fraternal organization dedicated to the betterment of rural America through community service, education, legislation, and fellowship.
The Hamburg Grange #2103 was chartered on November 5, 2005, with 20 members. We currently have 35 members. We meet twice a month – 2nd Saturday of the month at 5PM and the 4th Thursday of the month at 7PM in the Hamburg Municipal Center, located at 61 North Third Street, Hamburg, PA. We meet in the Blue Mountain Senior Center room.
We are part of 12 other Granges within Berks County, the Pennsylvania State Grange, and the National Grange. We participate with the Berks County Grange by attending the quarterly meetings, Berks Heim visitations, Tri-County visitation, the annual Consignment Sale, and County Junior camp. We participate at State Grange functions by attending the annual State Convention, Young Married/Young Adult Weekend, and State Junior Camp.
We participate in the Hamburg Community by participating in the Jaycee King Frost Festival, the Sidewalk Sale, and the Reading Fair, and we have held Spaghetti and Chicken Pot Pie Dinners. We donate to various activities in the Hamburg area, such as the King Frost Parade, fire victims in the Hamburg borough, and Berks Enduring Freedom. Some of our community service projects have included painting the flag pole at the Hamburg Public Library, building and maintaining the flower beds at the Our Town Foundation Welcome to Historic Hamburg signs, and sponsoring a free movie in January at the Hamburg Strand Movie Theater.
We currently hold 2 homemade chicken pot pie dinners at the Hamburg High School – the third Saturday in November and February.
Our biggest fundraiser so far was donating $3500 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in memory of Roy Heffner in February 2009. He was a very active member of the Hamburg Community and he was our charter vice president. In 2010, we provided a meal to all of the soldiers and families from the Hamburg Armory at our February pot pie dinner. At our 2011 February pot pie dinner, we donated 25% of our proceeds to the Hamburg Food Pantry and 25 % to the Public Library. At the 2012 February pot pie dinner we donated $1000 to Berks County Crime Alert. At the 2013 February pot pie dinner we will be donating to “One Wish Foundation”, an organizaion that makes a wish for an outdoor event for children with disabilities.
We are the newest civic organization to the Hamburg Community and we are the only organization that includes all members of the family in our activities. As you can see, we are a small group with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Our members range in age from 12-77, with most of us between 30 and 50. If you are looking for an organization to join contact us or join us at a meeting and see what we are all about. We are always looking for new members of any age, gender, or race, plus we are looking for new ideas and suggestions to make Hamburg a better place to live.