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President's Message
President's Message: Stay Home, Stay Well

By George Russell, CT State Grange President

  May 1, 2020 --

As May approaches, let’s hope we can see the light at the end of the tunnel of this Covid-19 pandemic. As I am writing this report in the middle of April, Sharon and I have been confined at home for the last month and a half. Sharon has been working from home either on the computer or calling her students to see if they need help with their assignments. Sharon is a Special Education teacher at a small school in the Northwest corner of Connecticut. We have been doing our best to keep isolated so we can stay well and get back to normal.

Governor Lamont has extended the closing of schools and non- essential businesses until May 20.  I have canceled the Pomona Grange inspections for this year and there will be no Honor Pomona Grange for this year. I have asked the Pomona Masters if they have candidates to confer the Fifth Degree in the fall so they will be elgible for the Sixth Degree at State Session in October and the Seventh Degree at National Grange in November.

I have suggested that all Grange meetings and activities be canceled through the month of April and we should extend it to May 20 and follow the Governor’s request.  Our Granges have the ability to meet using Zoom and I know several of them are doing this. The Connecticut State Grange has an account if your Grange would like to meet this way. To set up your Zoom meeting, contact Faith Quinlan at 518-698-2785 or via email at membership@ctstategrange.org. Hopefully we will be able to meet face-to-face in June… let’s keep our fingers crossed.

We have not made a decision regarding Let’s Celebrate on the weekend of June 13 and 14 with the CWA and the Lecturer, Church Service and the Youth Luncheon that is scheduled. We will have to wait to see what the Governor’s decision is at the end of May.

While we are confined in our homes, let’s work on our knitting, needlework, crafts and pictures so we have plenty to judge on Let’s Celebrate Day whenever it is scheduled.

I know this will put a financial strain on some of our Grangers. There were so many fundraisers planned for April and May. Let’s hope by June we can still have the plant sales, tag sales, and Grange suppers. The community will be looking to get out and support the Grangers.

Until next time let’s do what our Governor says, stay home and stay well: we will get through this together as Grangers. 



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