Overview of National Grange vs California State Grange (Revoked)*


“The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount…If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State.”

                  • - Harry S. Truman (1884 - 1953)

We are a nation of Laws, there are Federal Laws, State Laws, County Laws, Municipal Laws, and as members of the Grange, we are subject to Grange Laws. If we don't want to abide by Grange Laws, we can work internally to change them, or not subject ourselves to them by withdrawing from membership. The same applies to State Laws, don't like them, then move to another State where you'll trade one set of laws for another.

So, how did all these legal problems arise between the California State Grange (revoked) and the National Grange. The simple answer is that the National Grange said that California State Grange (revoked) as a chartered subdivision of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, the Grange, is subject to Grange Laws. The Master and Executive Committee of the California State Grange (revoked) choose to ignore more than a 140 years of Grange history, and refused to acknowledge the authority of the National Grange.

Multiple lawsuits have been filed and court hearings held and after several years, we may be approaching the resolution in the courts.

This website contains several pages that attempt to provide a unbiased view of the legal issues behind the National Grange v California State Grange. As a member, it will be up to you to separate the "Chaff from the Wheat" and decide for yourself.

* In order to distinguish between the two State Granges; California State Grange (revoked) shall refer to the California State Grange that was first organized in 1873 and who's charter was revoked in 2011.

While California State Grange (reorganized), shall refer to the State Grange that the National reorganized in 2014.