Greetings Grangers! I hope everyone has had a great weekend and is looking ahead to a positive week. For those who donâ€™t know who I am, I am the Grange Herd representative assigned to help grow the National Grange Youth Department.
I have been settled in at my new home in Pennsylvania with National Grange Youth Director, Charlene Shupp Espenshade. I have not been to as many meetings as some of my fellow herd mates, but Charlene has kept me busy working on ideas for the National Grange Youth Department.
Looking around Charleneâ€™s house mixed in with all of her Grange items are things from a fraternity she belonged to in college. Actually there were two, one was Kappa Alpha Theta, a member of the Panhellenic Council, the second was Alpha Zeta, an honorary, agricultural fraternity. It was interesting to learn about both of these organizations.
One item I found interesting is how often she wore her letters for the two organizations. Charlene said that especially with Kappa Alpha Theta, on Fridays, they would have either â€“ â€œdress to pinâ€ or letter day. On dress to pin days, she said members would dress up, usually in business casual and wear their fraternity pin. On letter day, the members would wear a shirt with their fraternity letters on them. The idea was to promote awareness of the chapter on campus.
I, of course, was fascinated. It also got me thinking. Why couldnâ€™t Grange youth have their own version of this? Proper attire for attending a Grange meeting requires members wear a Grange emblem, tie tack or pin. Why could that not work amongst the public?
I have asked Charlene about the idea of establishing a â€œGrange dress dayâ€ where Grange youth and young adults would be encouraged to show their Grange pride one day a month. She says itâ€™s a good idea, but she needs more feedback as to what others think. I think selecting the third Friday of the month might be a good idea for a National date, plus local and state Granges encourage â€œGrange dress daysâ€ the day of a Grange event or the day before if heading off to a state Grange event. Thoughts? Leave a comment here.
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