In honor of “Grange Month” this April, Mt. Vernon Grange No. 659 is extending an invitation to all Grant County residents to consider joining this community service organization.

Mt. Vernon Grange began in 1925 in Mt. Vernon. In 1949 the building burned to the ground – when it burned, it was the first fire responded to by the new Mt. Vernon fire truck.

In 1953, the Grange was rebuilt at its present location, across Highway 26 from Clyde Holliday State Park. The land was donated by the Holland family and the building was built by donated labor of Grange members.

In October of 2014, members discovered that the septic tank had failed. After many months of getting the permits to replace it, the new septic is finished. The Grange offers its appreciation to all of the members and local businesses that helped with everything it took to get this done.

The Mt. Vernon Grange is a very casual group, not as structured as some larger Granges.

The Grange meets on the second Friday of each month, beginning with a potluck at 6:30 p.m. and the general meeting at 7:30 p.m. It’s guaranteed to be a great meal every month.

Anyone who would like to check out the Grange before joining can come to a meeting as our guest. For information call Grange master Ron Dowse, at 541-575-4268, or secretary Jean Sagert, at 541-575-1007.

Among the activities the Mt. Vernon Grange is involved in are two yearly fundraisers: a pancake feed in January and the Christmas Bazaar on the second Saturday in November. The Grange also sponsors a candidate night during election years.

The Grange Hall has donated to 4-H for their achievement awards dinner, to families for funeral dinners, and to local ditch companies for annual meetings.

The Grange also donates money to fundraisers for cancer patients, victims of fires (including the Lostine Grange), renovations at the Grant County Fairgrounds, Glenn and Rose Ann Palmer’s annual community Christmas dinner, and the Grant County Food Bank, and gives fresh fruit to the Blue Mountain Care Center.

The Grange also is involved in supplying the dictionaries for third-graders in Long Creek, Monument and Dayville and helps the Ellis Tracy Legion Auxiliary in giving to Humbolt and Seneca students. These dictionaries are given to the students to keep.

The Grange also rents its hall for $55 a day. Renters include two churches, and it also is available for parties – retirements, birthdays, anniversaries – and groups that need a meeting place.

We invite people to come check out the Mt. Vernon Grange!

– Submitted by Jean Sagert, Grange secretary

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