Grange member, Kathy Creed, provided the following news roundup for McIntosh Grange, which shows the Grange at 319 S. First Street, Rockford, Wash., always has a lot going on.
July 22 thru July 25, 2011 members will be at the Shrag rest area, west of Spokane, Wash., serving coffee and cookies to raise money for many of their projects.
July 31 through August 6, 2011 is Camp for children ages 9 to 14. Held at CAMP NEWA (NE Washington Jr. Grange Camp), 2580 Pend Oreille Lake Road Colville, Wash., under the guidance of Carol Evans, Camp Director, it's a week of fun, adventure and some socializing for both the youth and the camp chaperones.
"It's not to late to get your child signed up; just call Carol at 509-535-1165. Some discounts are still available," Kathy said.
McIntosh Grange members also plan Political Forums for the upcoming elections, with the dates to be announced soon. The agenda will be the same as their past forums, and letters of invitation are being sent to candidates for elected positions in Rockford, plus all candidates on the ballot.
August 6, 2011, Grange members will be serving breakfast and lunch from their food booth at the park for the Car Rally in Rockford that the Lions are putting on.
Sunday Breakfast and Tuesday Bingo are on hiatus for the time being, but both will return in October -- after grange members have fulfilled their commitments to camp, and the annual Spokane County Interstate Fair and the Southeast Spokane County Fair in Rockford. McIntosh Grange has display booths at both fairs, and also has a food booth at the SESCF.
There's been a Thursday group of Grangers (plus some non-Grangers) sewing party at McIntosh Grange Hall. They've been making pillows for the TROOPS and blankets and soft footballs for the Foster Children Program. While cutting, organizing and machine stitching the gals have fun and share camaraderie, turning hours of work into 'having a good time.'
"Grangers work diligently to benefit the community, and earlier this year decorated and donated the use of their Hall for the SESCF Queen's Pageant," Kathy said. "October 3 thru the 5th, Grangers will be at the Sprague rest area again serving cookies and coffee for another fund raiser. They'll also be holding their annual Halloween Party October 31st for the wee ones of Rockford and surrounding area. The children play games for candy and prizes. It's great fun for kids, parents, grandparents and anyone with a young spirit."
The Grange has many contests throughout the year, from canning to poetry, which anyone can enter. They also have many scholarships available for students. Contact a local Granger for more information. Grange meets 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:00 p.m. at McIntosh Grange Hall, corner of First and Lake, Rockford, Wash. Contact Susan Hegney, (509) 995-7001 or Carol Evans, (509) 535-1165.
"The members of McIntosh Grange are so proud, also, because their hard work from the last few years has helped them upgrade the front steps and the entryway to the Grange Hall. If you haven't seen the stairs yet, please take a look the next time you drive by.
"Well I think that's it for now folks. That's all I can think of." Granger Kathy.
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