Today was a long day.
Marcy attended the Family Living Celebration Breakfast. Awards were presented to Subordinates and Pomonas (sorry to report we didn’t get anything).
The morning session was filled with more committee reports and voting on resolutions. Today had some hot topics in Grange Law & State Legislative. Oh, there were new attendees – each of the State Officers had a critter at their station. By noon, one was kidnapped and held for ransom by the Youth Department. In the afternoon, another one was kidnapped. Haven’t heard if a ransom note has been issued or not.
Lots of laughter, especially over the the critters.
Back to the meeting . . . we had a Guest Speaker in the morning – Jack Field, Executive Director of Washington Cattlemen Assoc. He talked about EPA, Clean Water Act, WOTUS and encourages everyone to check out the website http://www.BeefUSA.org for more information. This is critical for our agricultural community that uses ditches (non-navigable waters).
Granger of the Year was awarded during our morning session – Congrats goes to David Howard, former editor of the Grange News.
We were supposed to have our Group Photo today but the weather was not cooperative so it has been postponed to tomorrow.
The afternoon included approving yesterday’s minutes, more committee reports, entertainment and another speaker. George Caan, WPUDA Executive Director. Did you know that the Grange was very instrumental in the creation of PUDs?.
We finished off the evening with the Celebration Banquet and live auction. Our Grange received a Certificate of Appreciation from the State Membership Director for signing up 2 new members in the last year.
We also took some time out to check out the Lecturer’s and Family Living Displays. Contest entries were checked out and we have several blue ribbons, a First Place and 3rd Place Ribbons in sewing (congrats to Joyce Kludt).
A day late but that’s okay. It was a very long day. Opening ceremonies included the Master’s address, approving lots of minutes, and adopting lots of things pertaining to the session.
Some committee reports were finalized and we voted on them and any resolutions they had.
Then we broke for a picnic lunch at Vancouver Landing (next to the hotel). At least the weather was cooperative.
The afternoon was filled with Degree work. The First Degree was done in the tradition of 1889. Wow, it was really different.
We came back in time for the evening Degree work. The Rose Drill was beautiful.
Tie Dye is something that has come in and out of style through the decades. Just when I think its out, it comes back again. The first time I completed a tie dye project was in art class in middle school. The teacher had multiple vats of dye for the students to dip their rubber-banned shirts into. Same again in 4-H.
Today, there are kits and multiple ideas on how to tie dye shirts. It’s actually a great activity for Grange youth and juniors. First, the kits give plenty of ideas on how to dye shirts. And, many use spray bottles or squeeze bottles to apply the dye. The benefit is you can leave the shirts absorb more of the dye to make more vibrant colors.
You can pick up a kit at Wal-Mart or a local craft store. Many offer larger kits for groups. Or go old school and purchase Rit dye, fill containers with the needed tye and water mixture. Go wild.
Need pattern ideas- check out ideas on Pintrest, Youtube, or through a Google search. It also can go beyond a basic t-shirt. Or for a twist, instead of plain white shirts, make Grange shirts that can be dyed.
Check out ideas and share your tie-dye creations on our Facebook page.