Thirteen is the magic number.
That is the number of paid members that are needed in order for the Scott Valley Grange Hall No. 386, located in Greenview, to be reorganized and reopened.
So far, six people have already signed up to be members. For official reorganization, there needs to be 13 paid members, and three of those have to be sworn in as officers. Once there are 13 committed members and three officers, an application for a charter can be filed and the hall can get re-registered with the state of California.
The Grange Association, founded in 1867 and officially named The Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, is a national organization in the United States that encourages families to band together to promote the economic and political well-being of the community and agriculture. Grange halls throughout the nation are used for community events, markets, meals, forums, polling places and more.
According to Johnny “Appleking” Pomeroy, commissioned field representative for the California State Grange:
“In these trying times when so many things are in flux, there has never been a more important time to come together as a community. People who care about how their food is grown/produced and who are likely frustrated with the costs of doing business in today’s markets would likely be interested in sharing resources with likeminded folks in their community to make everyone’s jobs easier. All of us as individuals can do anything we set our minds to, but none of us can do it all. Only through community can we guarantee our resilience.”
The Scott Valley Grange No. 386 was originally organized on June 4, 1918, by California State Grange organizer Granville Libby. The Scott Valley Grange was last filed for use in 2018. The hall itself is in good shape, only needing a few repairs. Once the required members are acquired, the water and heating can be turned back on and the hall can be put back in action. If the reorganization of the Grange fails, the state will put the building up for sale.
The hall is located at 7246 Quartz Valley Rd; it shares a parking lot with the Valley Oaks Center, where Grange meetings have temporarily been taking place.
According to Pomeroy, a future meeting will take place in July, date and time still to be determined. For anyone interested in becoming a member, an officer or for further information, contact Pomeroy at (530) 420 – 7554 or by email at [email protected].
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