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Annual Session - Honored Guests/Speakers
Christine & Duane Hamp

Christine is National Grange Vice President and Duane is on the Executive Committee of the Washington State Grange.

The Connecticut State Grange is pleased to welcome Christine and Duane Hamp as the National Representatives to the 139th Annual Session of the Connecticut State Grange to be held October 19-21 at the Holiday Inn - Norwich.

Christine E. (Chris) Hamp, a fourth-generation Granger, was raised on a dairy farm homesteaded in the 1880s by her great-grandfather in Monroe, Washington. Chris joined Tualco Junior Grange #341 at the age of 5 and then Tualco Grange #284. Today, Chris serves as Secretary at Five Mile Prairie Grange #905 in Spokane County, where she is an affiliate member.

In 2021, Chris was elected Vice President of the National Grange, having previously served as National Lecturer from 2016-21, National Lady Assistant Steward from 2013-16 and National Pomona from 2011-13. Earlier in her Grange life, Chris was named the Washington State Outstanding Junior Granger in 1981, the Washington State Outstanding Young Granger in 1986, National Youth Ambassador in 1986 and President of the National Youth Officer Team in 1996. Chris also served as the Washington State Grange Lady Assistant Steward from 1990-95 and as a Washington State Grange Special Deputy from 1999-2011.

Chris served as a member of the National Grange’s Strategic Planning Task Force initiated in 1999 and led the most recent review of the National Grange mission statement as well as the development and revision of the Washington State Grange mission statement. Currently, Chris is the chair of the National Convention Advisory Work Group tasked with identifying how to make our national convention the most important Grange event of the year.

Chris retired in early 2023 as a chief officer in the fire service after more than 30 years in state and local government.

Currently, Chris is proud to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, a position she has held since 2022.

Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington; a Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC; and an associate degree of technical arts in Fire Command Administration from Edmonds Community College in Edmonds, Washington.

Chris and her husband Duane, a past President of the Washington State Grange, live outside Spokane, Washington.

 

 

 
     
     
       
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