July 18, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Secretary Richard Weiss called the meeting to order via telephone at 12:05 p.m. On the line from New Hampshire was Executive Committee member Sheri Watson.  Gathered in the National Grange Building in Washington, DC were Treasurer Amanda Brozana Rios, Lady Assistant Steward Jessie Cope, Flora Stephanie Wilkins, National Grange Program Director Loretta Washington, National Grange Convention and Operations Director Stephanie Tiller, and interns Ferderica Cobb, Mandy Bostwick, Benjamin McCovy, and Kennedy Gwin.

Minutes from the July 11, 2017 Ag in the Classroom meeting were approved as read.

Financial Report

Jessie Cope reported depositing $185.00 in recent dues payments.  She will make out a check to the National Grange for $38.50 to cover second quarter 2017 dues.  Richard Weiss has sent out reminders to those who have not paid 2017 dues yet due to the very late delivery of the original dues notice.

Old Business

It appears President Smith did not have a chance to check on DC’s Back to School Week program before leaving on vacation.  Loretta Washington volunteered to follow up and report back if there is still an opportunity for Potomac Grange to participate with the Ag in the Classroom program, and, if so, what are the requirements.

There was discussion on Potomac’s delegate to the 2017 National Convention in June.  It is not clear at this point if Joan will represent Potomac or New Jersey. It was pointed out that others, such as Pete Pomper, may be able to represent New Jersey.  It was decided to carry this issue over to the next meeting when we have more information on who can represent New Jersey.

New Business

Amanda pointed out that if Potomac wants to have a Youth Ambassador to the National Convention, we need to do it soon.  Apparently, Grace Boatright would be the only Potomac Grange member eligible to be Youth Ambassador.

Amanda also noted that Potomac Grange #1 has sponsorship opportunities at the $100.00 and $250.00 levels for the December 4 150th Anniversary Gala.

It was decided that both these issues be agenda items for the next meeting.

There were no Grangers in need and no further business. Meeting adjourned at 12:35 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Richard Weiss
Secretary, Potomac Grange #1