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Grange Youth Camp Ideas

Youth Camp is one of the most popular events for our youth members. And, it’s a challenge to come up with new ideas for activities for these schedules. There are some tried and true events, friendship circles, campfires and s’mores. … Continue reading

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The $50 Scholarship That Changed My Life

Matt Espenshade Elizabethtown Area Grange Master Fifty dollars. Most of us don’t think twice about spending that much money for a new pair of blue jeans or a nice dinner date. However, I can honestly say that a mere $50 … Continue reading

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Freeda Findings: Counting down to Grange Month

If you have not noticed, we are two weeks from the kickoff of Grange month. Charlene and I have been brainstorming about what makes people want to join Grange. Looking at our own experiences with the organization, we think it’s … Continue reading

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Finding what you love, and using your voice

I had the unique experience to meet Greg Peterson from the Peterson Bros. this past weekend. In case you are wondering who is Greg Peterson, he’s one of the trio of brothers who produced a viral video called, “I’m Farming … Continue reading

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FFA and the Grange

This week, FFA chapters are celebrating National FFA Week. The Grange continues to have a strong commitment to this ag education youth organization. Subordinate Granges provide ag education scholarships and outstanding students in agriculture awards. State Granges connect with state … Continue reading

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Motivational Monday: You have to do the hard things

I do enjoy reading the thoughts of great business leaders, agriculture bloggers or an inspirational book. One of my favorite bloggers is Lee Cockerell. Cockerell is the former executive vice president of operations for Walt Disney World Resorts. He runs … Continue reading

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Freeda Findings: Promoting Grange Youth

Charlene and I have spent plenty of time talking about how do we raise awareness to Grange youth and young adult opportunities in the community or subordinate Grange. Because, it’s the local Grange, that has the greatest impact on encouraging … Continue reading

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Freeda Findings: Ponderings from the National Grange Youth Mascot

Greetings Grangers! I hope everyone has had a great weekend and is looking ahead to a positive week. For those who don’t know who I am, I am the Grange Herd representative assigned to help grow the National Grange Youth … Continue reading

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Can You Make a Difference in a Life?

Paying it forward. Random acts of kindness. Making a difference. This past Saturday, Jan. 18 one small gesture went viral online. Sgt. Ariel Soltura wrapped up a routine traffic stop in Rosenberg, Texas. He saw a boy standing alone, tossing … Continue reading

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Seahawks Player Provides Inspiration, Deaf Awareness

Seattle Seahawks player Derrick Coleman is a one-of-a-kind NFL player. He’s made national news this week, not as a member of a Super Bowl Bound team, but because he is legally deaf. The national stir began with the release of … Continue reading

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