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Luttrell Re-Elected National Grange President

By Jennifer Dugent, National Grange Press Release

  NOVEMBER 20, 2009 --

Ed Luttrell, Oregon businessman has been elected to a second term as National Grange President. Originally elected President in November 2007, during his first term, Luttrell has concentrated on new Grange formation and strengthening ties between State and National levels of the organization in order to aid Community Granges in achieving their goals. Several new Granges have been formed during his tenure. The Grange is meeting this week in Grand Rapids, Michigan for its 143rd annual convention.

Mr. Luttrell has extensive Grange experience including Oregon State Master from 1996-2000, when he also served as a lobbyist for the Grange. His Grange accomplishments started in 1978 when he was named Oregon's Outstanding Young Granger. He served on the Oregon State Grange Membership Committee from 1986 to 1988 and was Oregon State Gatekeeper from 1988 to 1992. He and his wife Celia were Oregon State Grange Outstanding Young Couple in 1989. Ed served as State Youth Director from 1990 to 1992 and as Editor of the Oregon Grange Bulletin from 1992 to 1996. In the past, he has served on the boards of the Oregon Lands Coalition, Grange Mutual Insurance Company, and Timberland States Insurance Company.

Ed grew up on a small farm outside of Portland and has worked in agriculture, automotive services, and publishing. He and Celia, his wife of 29 years, have three grown children: Ben, Jacob, and Charlotte, as well has one grandson. They are members of the Boring-Damascus Grange #260 and Clackamas Pomona Grange.

Reelected to the post of Grange Vice-President is Jimmy Gentry of Statesville, North Carolina. Gentry is current President of the North Carolina State Grange and a member of the National Grange Executive Board. He and his wife, Anita, are members of North Carolina's Troutman Grange. The Gentrys, who have two grown daughters, are also active in the Troutman Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Reflecting satisfaction with the current Grange direction, delegates from the 40 Grange states reelected many current officers.

The full slate of Grange officers is as follows:

Lecturer - Pete Pompper, President, New Jersey State Grange

Steward - William "Chip" Narvel, President, Delaware State Grange

Assistant Steward - reelected, Roger Boswick, President Kansas State Grange

Lady Assistant Steward - reelected, Beth Merrill, President, New Hampshire State Grange

Chaplain - reelected, Phyllis Wilson, President, Oregon State Grange

Treasurer - Dwight Baldwin, President, Iowa State Grange

Secretary - Judy Sherrod, President, Tennessee State Grange

Gatekeeper - Scott Sherman, President, Rhode Island State Grange

Ceres - Linda Chase, First Lady, Massachusetts State Grange

Pomona - reelected, Linda Lewis, Past First Lady, California State Grange

Flora - Patti Lee, First Lady, Illinois State Grange

Executive Committee - reelected, Phil Prelli, Past President, Connecticut State Grange

Executive Committee - Joe Fryman, President, Nebraska State Grange

High Priest of Demeter - Thomas Severance of Massachusetts

Priest Archon - reelected, Daniel Bascom of New Hampshire

Priest Annalist - reelected, Bruce Croucher of New York


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