April has been declared "Grange Month" by the National Grange, and Community Granges across Connecticut are taking the opportunity to showcase the organization and its purpose, programs and activities.
The theme for Grange Month 2012 is "American Values, Hometown Roots" and is reflective of the efforts and accomplishments of Granges in Connecticut as well as nationwide. The Connecticut State Grange, along with the nearly 60 Granges across Connecticut, will be opening doors to their communities throughout the month of April to celebrate. Many of these Granges will celebrate Grange Month with open houses, lectures and programs, citizens' and membership awards, service projects, community displays, traditional pot-luck suppers and more.
Connecticut State Grange President Jody Cameron explains. "Grange month is an excellent opportunity for Granges and Grangers to introduce the public to the positive influence and impact it has on the community in which it serves."
The Connecticut State Grange will also be hosting a number of events in April, including a State-wide Charitable Tag Sale Event being held simultaneously at 5 locations across the state - Meriden, Woodstock, Litchfield, Wallingford, Oxford - on April 28th with the proceeds benefitting the American Liver Foundation, a town hall style meeting with special guest speaker National Grange President Ed Luttrell on April 30th at Good Will Grange Hall in Glastonbury, a "Bowl Across America" Fundraiser on April 21st at AMF Lanes in East Hartford, and a Grange Online Chat on April 11th.
The Connecticut State Grange is an integral part of communities across the state, with currently nearly 60 local Grange chapters committed to bettering their communities through service projects and family orientated activities. Events will be open to the public and those interested are encouraged to attend and participate.
Founded in 1867, the National Grange is the oldest US rural community-service, family-oriented organization with a special interest in agriculture. Over the years, the Grange has evolved to incorporate the interests of rural, suburban and urban communities. Agricultural and legislative initiatives, education and communications access are just a few of the Grange's current areas of involvement. The organization has approximately 160,000 members in more than 2,100 local and state chapters nationwide.
For a complete list of Grange Month events in Connecticut, or to locate a Community Grange, please visit the Connecticut State Grange website at www.CTStateGrange.org. Information on the National Grange can be found at www.NationalGrange.org.