Potomac Grange #1 assists Grangers throughout the country in many ways each year both from our Kile Fund, a trust left by past members of Potomac to support educational efforts of the Grange and through our Potomac Grange treasury.
This year, through the Kile Fund, we sponsored three Grange Youth, allowing them to attend the National Grange Fly-In by providing money for their transportation and lodging. Potomac Grange has sponsored numerous young members in such capacity in recent decades and looks forward to continuing this tradition long into the future.
Potomac Grange also brought forward a resolution at last year’s National Session to honor veterans and those who have supported American war efforts, starting this year with WWII veterans and supporters. Potomac Grange has taken on the cost of certificates and CDs produced as part of the program, as well as shipping, for anyone interested in having a lecturer’s program about WWII or a program honoring WWII veterans and those who contributed to the war effort. We look forward to producing certificates and CDs for Korean War veterans and those who contributed to the war effort in 2014, Vietnam vets in 2015, Gulf War vets in 2016 and Afghanistan/Iraqi Freedom War vets in 2017.
We are the only Grange representing the nation’s capital and we support many agriculture education and hunger programs and projects in the city. We contributed $5000 to the National Arborietum recently that will be used to build a pavilion on site where students can gather to learn about gardening/agriculture. We are working with a local elementary school in a disadvantaged neighborhood to teach American handicrafts and healthy living with the hopes of forming a Junior Grange. We also send an honorary delegate to National Convention each year who participates in committees and floor discussions.
Potomac Grange also collects donations for other Granges frequently, including the Maryland State Grange’s Bras for the Cause drive in 2012.