The Knox County Pomona Grange met on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Fredericktown Sockman Lake Park with Middlebury Grange our host. There was a covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:30 p.m.
Worthy Master Marie Walker called the meeting to order with 13 officers and members present. Legislative Agent Margaret Ann Ruhl reported that the State Legislature was working on changes to the CAUV formula which if passed, will phase in over six years. It will not go backwards to give any relief to the back tax bills. Margaret Ann also reported on attending the Drug and Criminal Community meeting held at Twin Oaks Elementary. Meetings seem to be helpful and she encouraged members to attend.
Worthy Master Marie Walker reported for Women’s Activities Chairperson, Mary Jewell that inspection will be next month at Harrison Grange Hall. There will be a practice on June 11 starting at 6:30 p.m. for the Rose Drill and 7:00 p.m. for the 5th degree. It will be held at Harrison Grange Hall.
Dee Cole reported on the Percheron Plow Days held at Fredericktown. It was a raining day, but everyone still enjoyed the refreshments. The net proceeds with the net proceeds from the State Dartball tournament will be divided equally between the six granges in Knox County.
Dee Cole reported on the Pop Committee and the upcoming Knox County Fair. There are new hours for the admission to the fair this year with tickets starting at noon and not at 8:30 a.m. The hope is that the vendors will do more business. The grange assignments will be coming out shortly with their number of people to help.
County Deputy Master Lonnie Totten reported on the Deputy’s Conference held on May 6. Mary Jewell, Dee Cole and Lonnie attended. It was reported that there are 4,400 grangers in Ohio in 135 granges. The community project is to help Children’s Hospitals with some of their needs. Lonnie also reported that Ned and Cindy Campbell will be our delegates to the Ohio State Grange in October. Heaven Howard was first in the State baking contest in the Junior division with her chocolate chip cookies.
There was discussion on the trophies to be bought and was asked if we want to present them to the winners. Jaime and Pierce Jordan are on the Knox County Junior Fair Board and it would be nice to have them present the trophies to the winners, representing the granges.
Lecturer Jo Ann Walton was not present for the lecturer’s program, but her daughter Cindy Campbell was. Cindy read a Mother’s Day poem. Cindy also reported that she has a box full of empty C.D. holders. She explained that they are great picture holders.
Two get well cards were signed by the members for Mary Jewell and Brian Wynkoop.
Next meeting will be June 19th at Harrison Grange Hall. A covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting with inspection will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Margaret Ann Ruhl, Reporter