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  • President Joan Smith called the meeting at 9:30 a.m.  Present for the meeting was Master, Joan Smith, Lecturer, Samantha Johnson; Lady Assistant Steward, Jessie Cope; Steward, Amanda Brozana; Treasurer, Andy […]

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  • 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.

    Treasurer’s Report

    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.

    Old Business

    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.

    New Business

    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.

     

    Respectfully submitted,

    Richard B. Weiss, Secretary
    Potomac Grange #1

  • The PA State Grange has new Royalty:
    Junior Princess and Prince: Anna Benzio (Beaver Co) & Isaac Mengel (Berks Co)
    Youth Ambassadors: Lindsay Schroeder and Noah Gesford (both from Berks Co)
    Young Couple: Jennifer & Robert Beamon (Berks Co)

  • The PA State Grange has new Royalty:
    Junior Princess and Prince: Anna Benzio (Beaver Co) & Isaac Mengel (Berks Co)
    Youth Ambassadors: Lindsay Schroeder and Noah Gesford (both from Berks Co)
    Young Couple: Jennifer & Robert Beamon (Berks Co)

  • Secretary Richard Weiss called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. in the 10th floor Saunders Library of the National Grange building in Washington, DC. Also present were Flora Stephanie Wilkins, Lecturer Samantha Johnson, Steward Amanda Brozana, Assistant Steward Austin Miller, National Grange Controller Andrew Sampson and new member Allison Archambault. President Joan Smith joined the meeting at 9:15 a.m.

    The minutes of the June 17, 2014 meeting were approved as read.

    Treasurers Report

    Lecturer Johnson presented the following financials.

    Kile Fund – As of June 30, 2014 the Kile Fund balance at PNC Bank was $41,664.93. A transfer of $2,229.71 was made during June and several checks written in June have yet to clear.

    Potomac Grange still owes National Grange $477.02 for costs relate to the World War ll Patriot Program. Kile Fund check number 1750 was cut at the end of the meeting.

    There was no report on the Operating Account as the electronic data was not accessible at the time due to password problems.

    Old Business

    Lecturer Johnson received a response from the National Arboretum regarding construction status of a Solar Demonstration Kiosk towards which Potomac Grange contributed $3,500.00 in 2012. Apparently because any extra energy would not be returned to the grid due to the fact that the garden does not have electrical access, the US National Arboretum Partnership changed its mind on assisting in the installation of the solar panels.

    Charla Wanta of the Arboretum asked if Potomac Grange would consider contributing the $3,500.00 towards youth programs. Lecturer Johnson will ask for more details on the youth programs and a decision will be made at the next meeting in September.

    Andrew Sampson reported that he has received approval for extension of Potomac Grange’s 2013 form 990.

    Lady Assistant Steward Jessie Cope has the estimate for upgrading the National Grange kitchen. She was absent due to illness in her family and the matter will be taken up at the next meeting.

    Amanda Brozana presented two designs for the Youth Program T-shirts in honor of Wib Justi. Consensus was for a voice bubble containing Wib’s famous “I’d be delighted.” quote. It was decided that Potomac Grange will purchase an initial 20 T-shirts so that the supplier can go into full production. Thus shirts will be available for sale at the November convention. The 20 shirts will be given to the youth drill team by June and Mary Justi. The purchase will be made from the Kile Fund.

    New Business

    Allison Archambault suggested Potomac Grange consider planting a garden on the National Grange building roof or painting the roof white to save energy. We will look into that with building engineer Sandor Szima.

    There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 10:05 a.m.

    The next meeting will be September 16, 2014.

     

    Respectfully submitted,

    Richard B. Weiss, Secretary
    Potomac Grange #1

     

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    Yesterday was the PA State Grange annual Royalty Trip where our Junior and Youth Royalty visit the State Grange office, then go to the capitol, where they met with their legislators before being personally introduced from the floor of the PA Senate. They then headed to Hershey Park to finish out the day.

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    Yesterday was the PA State Grange annual Royalty Trip where our Junior and Youth Royalty visit the State Grange office, then go to the capitol, where they met with their legislators before being personally introduced from the floor of the PA Senate. They then headed to Hershey Park to finish out the day.

  • Meeting start time: 9:36 a.m.

    Present on the phone: Leroy Watson, Cherie Watson, Amanda Brozana

    Present in the Saunders Library: Joan Smith, Austin Miller, Stephanie Wilkins, Bobbi Rencevicz, Jessie Cope

    Minutes read and approved as corrected

    Treasurers Report:

    Kile Fund Feb. 28 Bal $37,003.67

    Kile trust 12/31/13 bal $315,075.65

    Operating account 3/18 $969.62

    We need to pay 4th quarter dues of $72. And bonding for $136.

    We have a $50 gift certificate to the Grange Store to spend.

    Expenditures made from Kile Fund: $100 Ford’s Theater, $5 Soles for Souls, $150 Grange Foundation for scanner

    Old Business:

    A question came up about the gazebo at the Arboretum. The Lecturer will check on the project.

    Youth Conference

    Jr. Ambassador Patrick Lanstrum will make a presentation during the conference.

    Funds collected for the conference should offset costs.

    Jessie will call all state youth directors to determine participation and encourage registrations.

    It was decided the $50 Grange Store gift certificate should be used for door prizes for the conference.

    Jessie will file for the permit to use the park for the drill competition and practice.

    The menus were decided for the conference.

    Jr. Grange:

    Fox Valley Good Earth had 6 peole at the March meeting.

    April 11-13 Wisconsin Great Lakes Leaders Conference will be attended by the Watsons. Jr. Grange bratwurst fundraiser is in development stages.

    New Business:

    Discussion about fundraising options held. It was decided not to pursue any new fundraisers until after the youth conference. It was decided to ask the youth to bring used books to the conference to contribute to our next used book sale.

  • Present for the meeting was Master, Joan Smith, Lecturer, Samantha Johnson; Lady Assistant Steward, Jessie Cope; Steward, Amanda Brozana; Treasurer, Bobbi Rencevicz; Assistant Steward, Austin Miller; Flora, Stephanie Wilkins; and Chaplain Grace Boatright. On the phone we were joined by Overseer Leroy Watson; and Executive Board Member Cheryl Watson.

    Old Business:

    A motion was made and approved to change minutes from January 28th meeting. The correct amount paid to the National Grange for the Potomac Grange Holiday dinner was $942.30. Also, it should be 9 PM Friday, April 4th for the Sign a Song and Public Speaking Contests for the Eastern Regional Youth Conference.

    Treasurer Report:

    Kyle Fund as of January 31, 2013 has $37,395.55

    We had no update on our operating account.

    Also, Treasure Rencevicz has not spoken to Eric our accountant about our IRS Filings for the 2013.

    We did receive 3 dues checks, totaling $180 which will be deposited in our operating account at BB&T.

    Junior Grange Committee Report:

    Cheryl and Leroy Watson said they had 5 Juniors come to the Fox Valley Good Earth Grange #776 meeting in January. They are looking to bring several Granges together in WI to brainstorm about them bringing together their juniors. Rachel Watson will be added to Grange Radio as a speaker.

    The meeting was temporarily suspended for 5 minutes for the National Grange Staff Meeting. We reopened at 10:07am.

    New Business:

    Confirming details for the Eastern Regional Conference that Potomac Grange will be sponsoring, also the National Grange Fly-In will be incorporated into this event.

    Jessie Cope was able to get 2 hotels to block rooms for us: The Hilton Arlington for $149.00 plus tax. These rooms can be single/double/quadruple. Breakfast is not included but it is 1 block from the Metro. The room block at the Hilton: 15 rooms for Friday, 15 for Saturday, 10 for Sunday, and 8 for Monday. The Hilton will create a personalized webpage.

    The Comfort Inn at Ballston will also give us a block rooms for $99/night + 13% tax for single to quad occupancy. This hotel includes breakfast and free parking but is a bit further from the metro.

    All meals, Ford’s Theater entrance price, and $15 Smart Trip Cards will be provided to attendees. The registration price is $30 for 14 and up and $15 for 14 and under.

    We are on waiting list for Martha’s Table as a Community Service Project. It has been suggested we look at working with the Humane Society to do a pet adoption as the community service project. President Smith will continue to look for a Community Service Project.

    Jessie Cope and Amanda Brozana worked on getting the information and the forms ready for the Registration process. Lecturer Johnson will process registration information. Deadline for Registration has been set for March 28, 2014. Registration will be e-mailed to State Masters and State Youth Directors immediately and put on the National Grange Youth website.

    Lecturer Johnson has made the reservations for Ford’s Theater on April 5th at 2pm.

    It was suggested that we use Fran Vitt as one of our judges for the Public Speaking Contest, Lecturer Johnson will contact him. Also, we are trying to confirm one to two judges from Gallaudet University for the Sign a Song Contest.

    We are encouraging attendees to bring gently used shoes for the Soles to Souls donation Box.

    Grange Advocacy has offered to donate $1,000 worth of Grange Store items to Potomac Grange for sales at the Youth Conference.

    Meeting concluded at 11:00 am.

    Next meeting scheduled for March 18, 2014.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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