The Knox County Pomona Grange met on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Berlin Township Hall with Berlin Grange as the host. There was a covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. and then the meeting starting at 7:30 p.m.
County Deputy Master Lonnie Totten started the meeting with the installation of officers. All officers were present and were sworn into office for the following grange year. After the installation of officer, Master Marie Walker called the meeting to order.
Legislative Agent, Margaret Ann Ruhl, reported on Issue 1, which is on the ballot in November as a statewide change to the Ohio Constitution of the notification to the victim of a criminal offense, that they must be notified of any change of status. If the person is released from prison or is up for parole, so there is no surprise siting or the convicted person arriving at your house. It is called Marcy’s Law. Issue 2 is how the State of Ohio purchases the prescription drugs and the change of getting the same price as the Department of Veterans Affairs. The argument again it is that there is not guarantee that there will be a savings, if the necessary drugs are even available and if it passes and there is a law suit, we the taxpayers will pay the attorney fees and court costs.
Family Activities Chair, Mary Jewell reported that the new September/October grange magazine has been sent or is available online. All the baking, sewing and craft contests are listed in it. On the back page, is the form to return to the Ohio State Grange if you want to continue receiving the magazine in the mail. Jewell also requested volunteers to help bake cookies and breads for the reception at the Ohio State Grange convention next month. Several members volunteered to make the cookies and breads, but can use more help. You can bring the cookies to the next meeting. Jewell announced that the Dictionary Project for the Mount Vernon Pleasant Street 3rd grade classes, have been received and will be presented on September 19th. A letter was received for a donation to the Youth Program at the Ohio State Grange.
Diane Cole reported on the pop sales at the Knox County Fair. All bills have been received and we made about $3,500, which is down $1,500 from last year. The Fair Board elections were held and Curt Bechtel was elected President for next year and Dustin Beheler is the Vice President.
A request was made by the American Red Cross for a donation. Janet White moved to send a donation of $35 to the Knox County Red Cross, to help with the hurricane victims. Shirley Hughes second the motion and motion passed.
County Deputy Master Lonnie Totten reported that the new officers report is due October 5 at the Ohio State Grange and to him. Some granges don’t remember to give the officers to the County Deputy. On October 9, will be the Knox County Master’s Association meeting at Monroe-Dan Emmett Grange Hall with a covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be to set the inspections for each grange next year and make any other changes to the grange calendar. We will be finishing up the county grange challenge and the winners will be announced at the November meeting. It was requested suggestions for the December meeting. It is usually at a restaurant in Mount Vernon. Any suggestion should be to Totten by the next meeting.
Lecturer JoAnn Walton presented the reading of verses 1 & 2 from the song book, which was written by former State Master’s wife, Mrs. Frederick. Walton asked how many people had their grange applications with them. Only people had them and everyone should be carrying them.
Shirley Hughes thanked the group for the Thinking of You card.
Next meeting will be at Wayne Grange Hall on Monday, October 16, 2017. It will be a covered dish dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Margaret Ann Ruhl, Reporter