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April 2018

Summary Judgment as to Grange Property GRANTED

On April 17, 2018, Judge Brown granted the California State Grange's motion for summary judgment for declarations that certain property held by the Guild on April 5, 2013, was and is Grange property, and orders that the property be returned to its rightful owner, the California State Grange. In particular, the motion sought the return of:

(1) the California State Grange's headquarters property in Sacramento;
(2) the balance in the Wells Fargo account on April 5, 2013 ($96,026.79);
(3) the return of the balance in the Morgan Stanley restricted account on April 5, 2013 ($328,993.53);
(4) the return of the balance in the Morgan Stanley asset management account on April 5, 2013 ($2,818,367.21); and
(5) the return of receivables on loans made to Subordinate Granges before the revocation of the California State Grange Charter.

The Court granted the motion and all relief sought by the California State Grange.

Here are some highlights from the order:

-- "the California State Grange sets forth thirty undisputed facts that the California Guild possessed and controlled this property on April 5, 2013, and that the property is 'Grange property' and was held in the name of the California State Grange. The Court finds the California State Grange has met its burden ...."

-- "no objections to evidence have been filed. The California Guild does not dispute any of the material facts set forth by the California State Grange, does not dispute or argue that the property sought is Grange property, and does not argue that the property at issue in the Cross-Complaint should not be returned to the California State Grange pursuant to the declaration of rights in the Judgment."

As the Court found, the Guild offered no dispute whatsoever that the California State Grange headquarters property, funds in the Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley accounts, and receivables on loans made to Subordinate Granges are Grange property that must be returned to the California State Grange. Efforts to recover possession and control of all of this property are well underway, and we will keep you updated on the progress.

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Yesterday, (April 17th) Superior Court Judge Brown granted the Grange’s motion for summary judgment on the Guild’s claims against the California State Grange’s holding corporation, Ed Komski, and Lillian Booth (the “CSG Defendants”) in the state court action. The Guild filed that lawsuit in 2014 claiming that the CSG Defendants had defamed the Guild and had wrongfully acquired dues from Subordinate Granges and funds from the Grange Insurance Association (GIA) paid pursuant to its contract with the National Grange. The case was consolidated with the main state court action in front of Judge Brown shortly thereafter. The Court’s order yesterday finds for the CSG Defendants on all counts, and rejects all claims of wrongdoing made by the Guild.

Some highlights: -- p. 2: “In short, the dispute centers on whether the California State Grange defamed the Guild by claiming it was no longer the true ‘California State Grange’ and wrongfully received Grange fees and GIA [Grange Insurance Association] funds, which allegedly should have been paid or delivered to the Guild. The California State Grange now moves for summary judgment or, in the alternative, summary adjudication of each cause of action on the grounds that the alleged statements were true (i.e., the Guild was, in fact, no longer the ‘California State Grange’ entity chartered by the National Grange), Subordinate Granges are obligated under the rules of the Order to pay their Grange dues to the California State Grange (not the Guild), and because certain GIA funds are Grange property to which the Guild has no right or claim.

-- p. 5: “The Guild's argument that the motion fails because it does not address statements about the Guild as a corporation is rejected. The Guild argues the California State Grange's motion never addresses whether the Guild could maintain its corporate form as a corporation registered with the Secretary of State and, if it could, then it would be false for the California State Grange to make statements that the Guild is not the ‘California State Grange.’ This argument is beside the point. The incorporation status of the Guild is irrelevant to its claims. The issue is who was operating as the actively chartered ‘California State Grange,’ not whether the Guild could properly incorporate as a different corporation.

-- pp. 5-6 (defamation claim): The CSG “Defendants have presented undisputed evidence that the alleged statement that the California State Grange had been reorganized was, in fact, true. Following the revocation of its charter, the Guild was no longer a part of the Order. (UMFs 31, 35.) Upon the restoration of its charter in July of 2014, the California State Grange was reorganized as the only legitimate State Grange in California. Therefore, this alleged statement cannot form the basis for a claim of defamation.”

-- p. 6 (interference with contractual relations claim): “The Guild's second cause of action alleges the California State Grange disrupted the Guild's contractual relationships with the Subordinate Granges as set forth in the bylaws. (FAC ¶¶ 23-24.) The bylaws the Guild refers to are the California State Grange bylaws…. [The CSG] Defendants have presented undisputed evidence that the obligation of Subordinate Granges to pay Grange dues is established by the rules of the Order, and those dues are Grange property to be collected and distributed within the Grange. (UMFs 9-11.) Further, if a State Grange has its charter suspended or revoked, as occurred with the Guild, it may not operate as a Grange while its charter has been suspended or revoked and its property must remain within the Grange until a new State Grange is chartered. (UMFs 17, 19-21.) As the Guild's charter was revoked on April 5, 2013, it no longer operated as the California State Grange under the rules of the Order after that date. Based on the foregoing, [the CSG] Defendants have established there was no alleged ‘interference’ with any contractual relationship between Subordinate Granges and the Guild as the bylaws and rules of the Order and California State Grange no longer applied to the Guild following the revocation of its charter.

-- p. 7 (interference with economic advantage claims): The Guild alleges that the CSG “Defendants ‘intentionally and fraudulently’ or ‘negligently’ coerced the payment of Grange dues from Subordinate Granges. (FAC ¶ 31, 38.) As discussed above, Defendants have established the obligation of Subordinate Granges to pay Grange dues is established by the rules of the Order, and those dues are Grange property to be collected and distributed within the Grange. (UMFs 9-11.) The Guild was no longer a part of the Grange following the revocation of its charter and was, therefore, no longer entitled to receive any Grange dues. (UMFs 17, 19-21, 23, 30, 31, 37.) Further, [the CSG] Defendants' communications to Subordinate Granges accurately stated the requirements under the rules of the Order, indicating that if they wished to remain in good standing with the Order, payment of Grange dues to the California State Grange, and not the Guild, was required.

-- p. 7 (unfair competition claim): “The Guild alleges [the CSG] Defendants violated Business and Professions Code section 17200 by coercing Subordinate Granges into pay dues and using GIA funds to fund its complaint in intervention in an attempt to put undue financial pressure on the guild and to exert unlawful competitive leverage over the Guild.... [The CSG] Defendants have presented undisputed evidence that no such anti-competitive activity is present. [The CSG] Defendants have established their communications to Subordinate Granges accurately stated the requirements under the rules of the Order, indicating that if the Subordinate Granges wished to remain in good standing with the Order, payment of Grange dues to the California State Grange, and not the Guild, was required. (UMFs 40, 41.) [The CSG] Defendants have also established their entitlement to the GIA funds.

-- pp. 7-8 (constructive trust claim): The Guild alleges the Grange dues and GIA funds in possession of the California State Grange are subject to a constructive trust because they were misappropriated or acquired by other wrongful act.... As discussed above, [the CSG] Defendants have established through undisputed evidence that they have not acted ‘wrongfully’ in obtaining the Grange dues and GIA fund and the Guild has no right to the property or to impose a constructive trust.”

-- p. 8 (conversion claim): “The Guild alleges [the CSG] Defendants converted GIA funds. Conversion is the wrongful exercise of dominion over the property of another.... As discussed, above, [the CSG] Defendants have established the GIA funds are Grange property and the Guild has no right to these funds. (UMFs 9, 14.)

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Today, April 16th Judge Shubb (Federal Eastern District Court) issued an order to re-open post-judgment proceedings in the original trademark case (“Grange I”) because the Guild used Grange funds to pay the approximately $250,000 in sanctions awarded to the National Grange as a result of the Guild’s deliberate and willful violation of the federal trademark injunction.

After the Guild paid those sanctions in 2017, the Grange learned that the monies had come from a Morgan Stanley account holding the California State Grange’s funds that Judge Brown had ordered could not be used by the Guild, and from an account used to hold charitable funds for the California Grange Foundation. To hide the source of those funds, the Guild first sent the money to its attorneys at the Ellis Law Group, which deposited the funds into its own account and then paid the Grange with checks drawn on the law firm’s account.

The National Grange moved to set aside the judgment in Grange I on the ground that the sanctions award had not been satisfied because the Guild had in fact used funds to which it was not entitled to pay the award. Judge Shubb agreed. In particular, Judge Shubb wrote: “the uncontroverted evidence indicates that [the Guild's] partial payment of [the Grange’s] attorney fee award in the amount of $93,707.78 came from funds that [the Guild] had been prohibited from accessing. On December 27, 2017, [the Grange] discovered, through discovery in a related case, that the three checks for $93,707.78 written on Ellis Law Group’s client trust account were identical to payments paid to the Ellis Law Group from a restricted Morgan Stanley account belonging to The Grange. Relatedly, on March 21, 2018, the Sacramento County Superior Court ruled that [the Guild] had ‘willfully violated this Court’s injunction order, which specifically precluded the Guild from expending funds in an account at Morgan Stanley.’ [Citation] The Superior Court Order further explained that ‘the Guild has expended tens of thousands of dollars on attorneys’ fees in favor of a CSG affiliate in an unrelated case.’ The court recognizes that these ‘tens of thousands of dollars’ refer precisely to the $93,707.78 at issue here. Therefore, with regard to the $93,707.78 payment, it clearly appears that [the Grange] entered its Satisfaction of Judgment by mistake. [The Guild] convinced [the Grange] that the funds it used to pay [the Grange] came from [the Guild], when in reality the money came from a fund that [the Guild] had been enjoined from accessing pursuant to the state court injunction. Had [the Grange] known the true source of the money, it would not have entered an Acknowledgement of Full Satisfaction of Judgment. (Docket No. 224.) Thus, the Satisfaction of Judgment was clearly entered in error. It also appears that the remaining $145,466.82 may have been paid using money that the Guild should not have accessed as well….

[The Grange] requests sanctions against [the Guild] for its attempt to satisfy the Federal court’s judgment with funds fraudulently obtained in violation of a state court injunction…. The court agrees with [the Grange] and concludes that [the Guild] attempted to deceive [the Grange] by paying the judgment using misappropriated funds. [The Guild] offers no plausible explanation for why it used those funds from the Morgan Stanley account. At the hearing on April 16, 2018, [the Guild’s attorney Mark Ellis] attempted to argue that Judge Brown’s Order discussing ‘tens of thousands of dollars on attorneys’ fees’ referred to a different payment. However, upon inspection of the Order, this explanation was disproven.

The evidence indicates that the $93,707.78 was, indisputably, removed from a restricted Morgan Stanley account, with no credible reason for doing so. Accordingly, the court concluded that [the Grange] is entitled to sanctions in the amount of $9,000, which less than 10% of the amount of money which [the Guild] attempted to cheat [the Grange] out of. The sanctions are imposed in part to indemnify [the Grange] for its attorney fees in making this Motion.

IT WAS ORDERED that [the Grange’s] Motion to Re-Open Post-Judgment Proceedings be, and the same hereby is, GRANTED. The Satisfaction of Judgment is hereby partially vacated to the extent of $93,707.78 upon the condition that [the Grange] take the necessary steps to return the $93,707.78 to the account from which it should not have been taken.

The Guild has thirty days from the date this Order is signed to pay [the Grange] the additional sanctions in the amount of $9,000 imposed in the Order.”

View Re-Open and Sanction Order

OFFICIAL NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING The California State Grange Board of Directors Meeting

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Time: Closed Session 9am to 11 am

Open Session 11:15 am to close of business

Location: California State Grange, 3830 U Street, Sacramento, CA

Those members wishing to address the Board of Directors must notify the State Grange Secretary by close of business on Tuesday April 17, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact the State Grange Secretary, Lillian Booth, at or 916-454-5808.

Membership Matters: Targeted

Zoom meetings scheduled

Since January we have been hosting Zoom meetings on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss membership concerns and provide resources and ideas for seeking out new members.

In the coming months, we will begin hosting targeted Zoom meetings with information that can be of specific use to Granges who have answered the Grange Health Surveys. Of course, all Granges are invited to participate, but some may find specific topics more useful than others, so filling out the Grange Health Survey to determine what topics your Grange could most benefit from is recommended.

As before, Zoom meeting will be held on the third Tuesday of each month beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. We may also add a few other dates/times as necessary.

State Masters and Membership Directors should pass on the information to the leaders of Subordinate Granges that have provided their Health Surveys and encourage their attendance at meetings that pertain most to them.

Grange Up!

How Oregon State Grange Shattered a 25-Year Cycle of Losses Tuesday, April 17 @ 8:30 p.m. Eastern Hosted by Susan Noah, Oregon State Grange President

Oregon State Grange President Susan Noah will talk about the Grange Up program that helped them net a gain of more than 200 members in 2017 and their expansion of the program in 2018 that is looking to be similarly successful. She will explain what they did, how local Granges use the materials and concept and take questions. If you have not taken in at least two new members who have remained active int he past few years, this is a great meeting to be a part of.

The Future is Bright with Juniors By Our Side

Tuesday, May 15 @ 8:30 p.m. Eastern Hosted by National Junior Grange Director Samantha Wilkins

National Junior Grange Director Samantha Wilkins will discuss the Junior Grange program and the Junior 1+ program. For Granges struggling to see their own future, but wishing to encourage a new generation of members, this is an important topic. Every Grange member can be a part of growing the Grange from the youngest of members, so please plan to join us for this meeting, especially members from Granges who answered that they do not have Junior members so you can learn more about the program and how to attract Juniors and young families.

Reaping the Reward of Seeds already Sown

Tuesday, June 19 @ 8:30 p.m. Eastern Hosted by National Grange Sales, Programs, Benefits and Membership Recognition Director Loretta Washington

Loretta Washington will talk about how Granges can start or bolster their relationships with local 4-H, FFA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, NJHA chapters and other youth leadership and agricultural groups. These young people are already primed with values and concerns important to Granges and should easily see where their current service can help a Grange and where they could fit into a Grange in their community long after they've "aged out" of their youth organization. For those who answered they have no interaction with such groups, this is an important meeting to put on your calendar.

Know Your Mission

Tuesday, July 17 @ 8:30 p.m. Eastern Hosted by National Grange Lecturer Christine Hamp

National Lecturer Christine Hamp will join us to discuss mission statements for local Granges and how they can help focus a Grange and ignite new fires. This is great for all Granges who have not yet adopted a mission statement or who do not have a fairly defined identity and outreach strategy.

Meeting as a Grange

Tuesday, August 21 @ 8:30 p.m. Eastern Hosted by National Grange President Betsy E. Huber and National Grange Communications & Development Director Amanda Brozana Rios

We will talk about ways to identify public spaces for meetings in your community and other options that may make new members feel welcome and allow you to hold Grange meetings in a fashion more like that in our manual. If you said you currently meet in a restaurant or a members’ home, this is a great meeting to attend.

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March 2018

Motion to Compel and Sanctions awarded to the Grange

This last week, Judge Shubb granted the Grange’s motion to compel production of additional documents in the federal trademark litigation. The court found the Guild’s responses to be deficient and overruled the Guild’s boilerplate objections to producing the requested documents, ordering that responsive documents be produced. Additionally, the court sanctioned the Guild $700 for failing to provide the required discovery.

This order represents another positive development for the Grange as we work to obtain full discovery in the lawsuits. We will continue to keep you posted as to developments in lawsuits against the Guild.

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Congress is on a two-week Easter recess until April 9. Before leaving Washington, the lawmakers managed to pass a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package to fund the government through the September, the end of the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The bill was loaded with extraneous non-appropriations provisions as it became possibly the last legislative train to leave the station before midterm elections. Many of these add-on provisions were considered must-pass legislation by congressional leaders that would have a tough time making it through both houses the remainder of this year in the growing contentious political climate in Washington.

For the past several months, the agriculture community was guardedly optimistic that action on the new farm bill would begin by April in the House followed soon thereafter in the Senate. Agriculture committee leaders and committee staffs in both the House and Senate had been negotiating legislative details and writing a draft bill title-by title and section-by-section for months. Just days before the recess, rumors leaked out that the food assistance title of the House draft contained work requirements for able-bodied men to be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Rank and file Democrats on the House committee, feeling they should have been involved earlier in SNAP discussions, announced they would not vote for the farm bill in its present form. This action brings farm bill progress to a halt for the foreseeable future. Prospects for Hill action on other priority legislative initiatives such as immigration, agriculture labor workforce, infrastructure, healthcare and telecommunications are diming and could get pushed into 2019.

Trade continues to be a contentious economic, political and diplomatic issue in Washington, around the country and among our international trading partners. As the Administration threatens to place tariffs on imports from certain countries, those countries quickly prepare restrictive retaliatory tariffs against American exports. U.S. food and agriculture exports are expected to suffer the most from a trade war.

The Omnibus Package

In addition to appropriating funds to run the federal government through September 30, the omnibus provided a legislative vehicle to pass a plethora of unrelated items deemed must-pass by congressional leadership and by the constituency of those pieces of legislation. Here is a summary of several items that interest Grangers:


• $1 billion in new funding for grants to states and Indian tribes to address the opioid epidemic including rural communities
• Increased funds for special education
• Increased funds for charter schools
• New funds for rural health care
• Restoration of funds for adoption and guardianship initiatives
• $32 million for telemedicine and distance learning grants in rural areas


• $600 million for the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a new rural broadband loan and grant pilot program
• $30 million for a grant program to finance rural broadband transmission in eligible areas

Co-Op Tax Fix

The recent tax bill contained an unintended consequence known as Section 199A. This deduction was designed to give pass-through entities (the way many farms are structured) benefits similar to corporations whose tax rate was slashed to 21 percent. Farmers who sell to co-ops could deduct 20 percent of their gross sales while farmers who sell to other companies can only deduct 20 percent of their net business income. The 199A "fix" states farmers can now deduct 20 percent of net farm income regardless of the entity they sell to.

Manure Reporting Exemption

In April 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the EPA's 2008 exemption for animal operations from reporting emissions under Superfund and other laws were illegal and animal operations should be regulated like toxic Superfund sites. Animal agriculture estimated that up to 200,000 farms and ranches would be required to report ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions from manure. This legislation exempts farms and ranches from those reporting requirements.

Relief for Truckers

A 2012 law required the Department of Transportation to create and enforce an electronic logging device rule for truckers. The rule became effective in February 2016 and required all truckers who were currently required to keep records to install and use an electronic logging device. Federal law limits maximum drive time to 11 consecutive hours followed by 10 consecutive hours of rest. For a great many livestock haulers, this is not enough drive time to move live animals safely to today's markets. This legislation delays the rule one year to allow for animal haulers, animal agriculture and the DOT to attempt a compromise.

Fire Funding Finally

For decades, our 154 national forests have needed attention, repair and funding for fire suppression. This legislation contains $2.25 billion of new budget authority available to the Departments of Agriculture and Interior for fire suppression, forest management and mitigation of the frequency of wildfires. National forests were originally envisioned as working forests with multiple objectives: to improve and protect the forests, to secure favorable watershed conditions, and to furnish a continuous supply of timber. Only 10 percent of the annual growth on national forests is currently being harvested leaving the other 90 percent to accumulate as fuel for forest fires and bug infestation. The legislation is intended to fix these problems.

The omnibus also includes a two year extension of the Secure Rural Schools program to support schools in counties with large areas of federal lands and a low real estate tax base.


"Our character is what we do when no one is looking." H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street." Elbert Hubbard

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Helen Keller

"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." Abraham Lincoln

"Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." Harper Lee

"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please join us in Washington, DC on April 15 - 18, 2018 as we begin our work with the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration on National Grange priorities.


Feedback and questions are welcome. Call Burton Eller, at (202) 628-3507 ext. 114 or email

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Through conversation, knowledge, respect, passion, transparency and understanding, one by one, with the old and the new, we are building our fraternal order and communities, toward a positive future, utilizing the strength within the Grange, proven through a 150 year commitment to our members. American River Grange # 172

Please help us welcome American River Grange #172 in returning to Good Standing in the Order. By paying its dues and completing the required business reporting (available on the California State Grange’s website:, American River Grange #172 is in the process of becoming compliant with the rules set forth in the National Grange’s Digest of Laws and the California State Grange’s Constitution and By-Laws.

The confusion created by all the "spin" and propaganda from the California Guild can be cumbersome, to say the least. The California State Grange has only our Fraternal Order in its heart, and we desire to continue to do business as we have for over 140 years as a Local, State, and National Organization. Thank you to the members of American River Grange for acquiring information and determining that they want to continue being a Grange.

American River Grange 2720 Kilgore Road Rancho Cordova, CA

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Today the Officers and Directors of the California State Grange met at the California State Grange Headquarters for the first time in nearly 5 years. The day was filled with pride, relief, gratitude, bittersweet feelings, and surreal reflections.

We would like thank the following people for their unflagging support. The California State Grange could not have survived and succeeded without them:

• The members of the California State Grange
• The Delegates to the National Grange from 2014 - 2017
• Ed Luttrell, Past National Master
• Betsy Huber, National Grange Master
• The current and past Officers and Directors of the National and State Grange
• Matt Johnson (Massachusetts) First Year Delegate Mentor
• Bro. Chris Heath
• Jeff Skinner, Mark Serlin, Marty Jensen, Tom Riordan, Jim Bikoff, Bruce McDonald, and Holly Lance
• All of the other Attorneys that have done SO much great, professional work in all of the various Grange lawsuits
• Cynthia Komski, First Lady

It has been a long and arduous path, and there is much more still to do to return Grange property to our Order, but we are well on the way to restoring the California State Grange and putting the conflict that has divided our fraternal organization for years behind us. Justice has been served, and the future is bright. Thank you again to all for your support through this trying time.

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Focused and to the point!

March 22nd, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (the federal appellate court with jurisdiction over federal courts in California) issued its decision on the Guild's appeal of the injunction entered by Judge Shubb in the federal trademark litigation that prohibits the Guild from using the "Grange" name. The Guild's appeal also challenged the sanctions awarded by Judge Shubb as a result of the Guild's "willful and deliberate" violation of the injunction. (The sanctions ended up being approximately $250,000, which the Grange recently learned the Guild paid with charitable funds held by the California Grange Foundation and with almost $100,000 in Grange funds taken from the California State Grange's account at Morgan Stanley in violation of a state court order; the Grange is pursuing all available remedies for the Guild's wrongful actions with respect to these funds.)

I am pleased to inform you that the Ninth Circuit affirmed Judge Shubb in all respects, including the permanent injunction and the sanctions award. Although Mr. McFarland told you he was confident the Guild would prevail on this appeal, once again his claims with respect to legal matters were flat wrong. As always, we urge you to read the court documents themselves, and not simply rely on propaganda or "spin" from the Guild.

This decision is only the most recent of numerous orders from the state and federal trial courts granting the Grange relief for the wrongful actions of the Guild. The California State Grange is actively moving to recover control of its property at this very moment -- there will be much more information to come.

View the Court of Appeals Decision

State Grange seeks return of $80,000 paid to McFarland

As we reported earlier, you may recall that in 2016 the Guild paid $80,000 of Grange funds to Mr. McFarland as a "retirement package" or "severance agreement" (the Guild's justification for the payment changed depending on when you asked them). Of course, Mr. McFarland neither retired nor was terminated from his position with the Guild, and continues in that role to this day. Mr. McFarland deposited that $80,000 payment into his personal Morgan Stanley account.

With the appointment of the receiver, the California State Grange's efforts to recover control of Grange property continue full speed ahead.

While nobody wants to sue people individually, when individuals act brazenly to take Grange money, the California State Grange is left with little choice. Accordingly, a complaint has been filed against Mr. McFarland as an individual to recover the $80,000, plus additional damages, alleging that the $80,000 "retirement" or "severance" payment was a fraudulent transfer. We promised to pursue the return of Grange property and we will continue to do so.

View Fraudulent Transfer Motion

Receiver Appointed to Return Grange Property to the California State Grange

Today, March 21st, Judge Brown granted the California State Grange's motion to appoint a receiver to return Grange property to the California State Grange. Due to the Guild's ongoing dissipation of Grange funds in violation of court orders and the trusts placed on those funds, Judge Brown took the unusual step of granting the motion from the bench and issuing the order at the conclusion of the hearing. The receiver will now move to take possession of property held by the Guild so that it can be returned to the California State Grange pursuant to Judge Brown's judgment that was affirmed by the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. More to come ....

View the Receiver Order issued by Judge Brown

California State Grange requests re-opening of Grange TM1 - Yes you read that correctly

Defendants’ alleged fraud on the court, namely, the claimed surreptitious misappropriation of funds from the Morgan Stanley and California Grange Foundation accounts to satisfy the Court’s judgment awarding the National Grange attorney fees. A copy of the Rule 60 Motion, including supporting exhibits and the proposed order, is attached. The Rule 60 Motion to Re-Open Post-Judgment Proceedings will be held on April 16, 2018. The Guild’s response will be due on April 2, 2018

Read the motion to reopen here


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Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Land Acquisitions to Conserve Critical Habitats

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Acres for America Acres for America, a partnership between Walmart Stores and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), was established to provide urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements. Preference will be given to projects that achieve more than one of the following program priorities: conserve critical habitats for birds, fish, plants, and wildlife; connect existing protected lands to unify wild places and protect critical migration routes; provide access for people to enjoy the outdoors; and ensure the future of local economies that depend on forestry, ranching, and recreation. All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, Indian tribes, and educational institutions are eligible to apply. Applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate NFWF regional office to discuss project ideas prior to applying. Pre-proposals are due April 26, 2018; invited full proposals must be submitted by June 28, 2018. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website to review the 2018 Request for Proposals.

Pro Bono Financial Planning Services Funded

Foundation for Financial Planning

The mission of the Foundation for Financial Planning is to help people take control of their financial lives by connecting the financial planning community with people in need. The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide to support the delivery of pro bono financial planning to populations who could not otherwise afford or access financial planning services. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 support programs helping many diverse groups, including active military members and wounded veterans, people with cancer, seniors and family caregivers, domestic violence survivors, general low-income families, etc. Grants are provided to organizations that engage Certified Financial Planner professionals as volunteers, include one-on-one engagements between financial planner volunteers and pro bono clients, and help people in need of financial guidance or in a financial crisis who are underserved by the market and couldn’t ordinarily access quality, ethical advice. Online applications must be submitted by April 30, 2018. Grant guidelines and application information are available on the Foundation’s website.

Grants Enhance Innovative K-12 Projects

Voya Unsung Heroes

The Voya Unsung Heroes program provides grants to K-12 educators nationwide that utilize new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff employed by accredited K-12 public or private schools in the United States are eligible to apply. The 100 finalists each receive an award of $2,000. At least one award will be granted in each of the 50 United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Of the 100 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards of $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system. Applications must be submitted online by April 30, 2018. Visit the Voya Unsung Heroes website to access the application and learn more about the program.

Outdoor Adventure Programs Supported

The North Face Explore Fund

The North Face Explore Fund supports nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that are looking to increase participation in the outdoors and work in innovative ways to protect our environment. Grants are made in the following categories: The Enabling New Explorers category focuses on programs that introduce underrepresented communities to outdoor adventures in potentially new and interesting ways. The Protecting Our Environment category focuses on programs that work to protect our ecosystems and our ability to continue to enjoy them. Across both categories, programs with strong outdoor engagement in activities such as skiing, kayaking, backpacking, etc. are preferred. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $25,000. The application deadline is April 5, 2018. Visit the Fund’s website to submit an online application.

Regional Funding

Opportunities for Specific Areas

Assistance for Grassroots Organizations in Central Appalachia

Appalachian Community Fund: General Fund

The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia (eastern Tennessee, eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia, and all of West Virginia). ACF provides support to community-based organizations working for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice. ACF’s General Fund provides operating support and project grants of up to $3,000 to grassroots organizations that are addressing the underlying causes of poverty and oppression in the region. The focus is on organizations with budgets less than $200,000 that have limited access to traditional funding sources. The proposed work must address change at a systemic level and demonstrate some understanding of forms of oppression, especially racism. The application deadline is April 12, 2018. Visit ACF’s website to download the General Fund guidelines.

Funds for Health Organizations in Utah

Utah Medical Association Foundation

The Utah Medical Association Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that strive to promote the health of the citizens of Utah. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that work to improve or support education of physicians and nurses, improve facilities and treatment options, and support public health projects that serve to mitigate or prevent disease. The upcoming application deadline is April 13, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application form.

Community Organizations in the Upper Midwest Recognized

Bush Foundation: Bush Prize for Community Innovation

The Bush Prize for Community Innovation honors innovative nonprofit organizations and government entities with a track record of making great ideas happen in the regions the Bush Foundation serves: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. The Bush Prize does not prioritize any specific issues and instead is open to community innovations that address all sorts of needs and opportunities. Prize winners will receive promotion and recognition, along with a flexible grant of 25% of the last fiscal year budget, up to a $500,000 grant. At least half of the Bush Prize winners will be organizations that address racial and economic disparities. Applications will be accepted through April 12, 2018. Visit the Bush Foundation’s website to learn more about the Bush Prize application process.

Federal Funding

Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Funds Available for Fire Departments

Department of Homeland Security

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program provides support to fire departments to recruit, hire, and retain firefighters. The application deadline is April 27, 2018.

Urban Forestry Projects Supported

Forest Service

The National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program supports forestry projects on non-federal public land that have a national or multi-state impact and application. The application deadline is April 30, 2018.

The Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Saturday March 24th and 25th has be relocated from the Wyandotte Grange Hall to the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. The hotel is located at 926 J Street in Sacramento.

The meeting will begin with an open session from 9:00 AM till 3:00 PM, and at 3:30 PM the meeting will reopen in Closed (Executive) session.

On Sunday the 25th, the meeting will reconvene at 9:00 AM in open session, closing at 3:00 PM.

Grange to Guild: Provide the information

On Monday the California State Grange filed a motion to compel discovery and for sanctions against the Guild as it relates to the main CA State case. You can read the full motion here.

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In Washington these days, everyone and everything appear to be completely off balance at times. On any given day and on any given issue, there are several competing forces in play. The liberal and conservative media report on the same topic from such differing perspectives that it's hard sometimes to believe they're talking about the same subject. Caucuses within political parties play the spoiler as much as competing parties once were. Every time a bipartisan solution begins to develop, there's a rush to discredit it no matter how good or bad it is. Unsubstantiated reporting seems to be rampant and every blogger tries to be an expert. Social media at times is as important as factual information in forming a large chunk of public opinion.

Heavy political attention and big campaign dollars are already turning toward midterm elections this fall. Primary campaigns are underway in many states for Senators and districts for Representatives. Close to 20 senior House Republicans have announced their retirement, sparking excitement among Democrats about their possibility to recapture the House majority. Democrats may be unlikely to gain control of the Senate since 26 Democrats and just eight Republicans are up for reelection. Most incumbent Republican senators continue to be popular back home. Legislation has been slow to move and will get even slower now. Unfortunately, the legislative window is closing. By Memorial Day, any action on bills will be hard to come by. By Labor Day, campaigning takes over the legislative highway and most legislation goes into neutral.


This is an especially active time for coalitions .The National Grange is an active member of several major coalitions in Washington concerned with health care (Medicare and Medicaid, drug availability, access to care, , telecommunications (broadband, Lifeline, net neutrality), rural schools, farm bill, immigration, infrastructure, tax reform and other coalitions on lesser issues.

Two new coalitions are depending upon the Grange to carry the message of rural and small town citizens to Congress, the media and the public. The Coalition for Paper Options was formed to assure citizens continue to have the option to receive government information, reports and questionnaires via paper if they so choose. The campaign by federal agencies to quietly force the public to go paperless before they're ready ignores the fact that over 23 million rural and small town folks lack broadband access. An op-ed by Burton Eller addressing government agencies forcing citizens to go paperless before they're ready appeared in Washington's The Hill Newsletter.

Connect Americans Now Coalition proposes to use available broadcast spectrum or "TV White Spaces" to deliver broadband to rural areas. Unassigned spectrum below 700 MHz can carry communications over far greater distances and penetrate walls and other obstacles and supposedly can wave across and around hills and mountains. The Federal Communications Commission will have to approve reallocation of this unused spectrum. The only opposition may be the broadcasting industry.

Food and Agriculture

Budget and Farm Bill

The Senate and House Agriculture Committees heaved a huge sigh of relief when the two-year budget deal won approval in Congress. Contained therein were lynchpin "fixes" for dairy and cottonproducers. Funding offsets for these farm policy revisions will not have to be accounted for in the 2018 Farm Bill baseline, thus removing a huge obstacle from upcoming farm bill negotiations. The National Grange supported this action in line with policy adopted in Spokane.

Other Provisions included in the budget deal would: • Include $2.4 billion in aid to producers hurt by last year's hurricanes, fires and other natural disasters • Lift the $125,000 payment cap for producers who sold livestock at a reduced price due to natural disaster • Remove the $20 million cap on the Emergency Assistance Program for livestock, honey bees and farm-raised fish • Double acreage eligible for the Tree Assistance Program from 500 to 1,000 acres • Revive the dollar/gallon tax credit for biodiesel

Ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee Colin Peterson (D-MN) is also gathering support for an additional dairy policy change that would allow dairymen to insure margins (difference between milk prices and feed costs) up to $9.50 from the current $8 limit.

We expect committee actions on the 2018 Farm Bill to move right along once they start. Agriculture is one of the few areas where bipartisanship is still possible. The big unknown will be scheduling Senate and House floor time earlier rather than later in an election year.

Waivers for Agricultural Haulers

Producers continue asking the Department of Transportation to grant agricultural haulers a waiver and limited exemption from the electronic logging device mandate because of commodity perishability. . The exemption excludes the transportation of all agricultural commodities within 150 miles of the source of the commodities. Further, longer-haul livestock truckers need hours of service waivers in order to rapidly and humanely move animals in challenging conditions. The National Grange supports these waivers and exemptions.

Health Care


The National Grange was very active in the permanent repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) in the recent two year congressional budget package. IPAB, authorized in the Affordable Care Act, was to be a board of Presidential appointees charged with recommending cuts to Medicare if spending growth reached an arbitrary level. The HHS Secretary would implement recommendations. Neither the recommendations nor the actions would be subject to administrative or judicial review.

Medicare Part D Costs

Betsy Huber wrote Seema Vera, Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, supporting the Director's Request for Information (RFI) on lowering Medicare Part D costs. A major objective is to drive down patient out-of-pocket costs at pharmacy counters. CMS hopes to identify ways to increase accountability for Pharmacy Benefit Managers and make it harder for them to pocket rebates and discounts intended for patients.

Rural Health Care

Congress' budget deal restored funding for two critical rural health programs. Community Health Centers were allocated $3.8 billion for 2018 and $4 billion for 2019. CHCs care for about 27 million patients nationwide. Congress extended the Children's Health Insurance Program for another ten years. CHIP serves as a safety net for about 8.6 million kids nationwide. The National Grange supported these initiatives.

Opioid Help

Congress is moving to take a second crack at opioid legislation as the crisis grows to more than 42,000 deaths per year. On the House side, Energy and Commerce Chairman Walden (R-OR.) is pushing to have legislation out of the House by Memorial Day. Senators Portman (R-OH) and Whitehouse (D-R.I.) are crafting legislation in the Senate. Opioid recovery professionals stress the need to bolster the opioid addiction treatment system with infrastructure, treatment spots, more facilities and treatment professionals. The National Grange supports these initiatives.

340B Specialty Drugs

National Grange president Betsy joined 23 major patient advocacy groups to thank Senate and House sponsors of legislation to return the 340B specialty drug discount program to its original intent of helping vulnerable patients. Lack of program oversight and lax regulations have caused greater profits for hospitals and fewer discounts for vulnerable and uninsured patients. The legislation would require hospitals to disclose how they reinvest 340B revenue to increase charity care for patients.


False Start

The Senate turned to open-ended immigration debate the week of February 12. Debate ended four days later with no immigration solutions in sight. The core objective was to see if Senators could somehow agree on a "four pillars" strategy that President Trump and a bipartisan group of lawmakers initially agreed to. The four pillars consisted of a fix for: • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA or "Dreamers") • A border security package • Family-based immigration ("Chain Migration") • The diversity lottery (Visas to immigrants from countries with historically low migration levels)

Ag Workers

Agriculture producers are still looking for a fix to the ag workforce crisis. Ag lobbyists (including the Grange) were hoping for an immigration package to pass the Senate so the House could include Goodlatte's (R-VA) Ag Act creating a new and simpler H-2C two year work permit program for agriculture. Frankly, any chance now for an ag worker bill to pass Congress in this election year may be slim. Complications

While most producers support Goodlatte's proposed H-2C ag worker bill, the Western Growers (fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, tree nuts) are now opposing it. The Growers object to the requirement that long-time ag workers must return to their home countries to apply for a new H-2C visa. This split among Agriculture further dooms chances for ag worker legislation for a while.


Debate on the Hill now moves to infrastructure. Rural infrastructure needs are a priority for both the Administration and Congress. President Trump still insists that 25 percent of any infrastructure funding package go to rural areas. The President and Congress say rural broadband expansion is a priority corner post within rural infrastructure as is rural health care. Keeping these two priorities at the forefront of the infrastructure agenda for the President and Congress will be a challenge for the Grange.



Lifeline is a government program, funded by the Universal Service Fund, to provide low income, elderly, disabled and disadvantaged citizens with connectivity to the rest of the world. For most of Lifeline users, service is a nominal landline or wireless monthly plan. The majority of Lifeline customers get services from wireless resellers. A 2017 GAO report found cases of waste, fraud and abuse by some resellers. Subsequently, some members of Congress and the Federal Communications Commission are proposing to remove wireless resellers from the market. Betsy Huber has written the FCC and several legislators on the Hill to say that while the Grange strongly objects to waste, fraud and abuse, there are reputable resellers in the market and let's not "throw the baby out with the bath water."

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is a tough issue, principally because of its name. Net Neutrality defines broadband as a communications service that essentially makes it a public utility. Well, everyone doesn't need the same service at the same price for the same priorities at the same speed. FCC Chairman Pai is proposing to classify broadband as an information service not subject to 1930's telephone monopoly regulations. The Grange has supported Chairman Pai's proposal at the FCC and to several members of Congress. The Grange's mission is to connect rural and small town America's schools, libraries, farms, hospitals, clinics, first -responders and entrepreneurial start-ups. Because of distance and sparse populations, the "pay-for" is not there under the utility -based system like Net Neutrality. New connectivity technology is evolving fast that can get through buildings, around hills and over mountains over longer distances. For rural America, it's all about getting connected, not how fast or how cheaply Snapchat, video games, latest movies or other apps download

Broadband Via "TV White Spaces"?

White spaces refer to unused low frequencies that operate below 700MHz. This is unassigned spectrum that can be used to deliver broadband access, services, and applications. This available spectrum is suited for delivering broadband to rural areas because it can travel over great distances, penetrate buildings and leap over hills. The cost-effectiveness of white space connectivity is appealing. The National Grange is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve the use of unused TV white spaces spectrum for wireless broadband expansion.

Small Cells Are Big for Rural Internet

Small cell wireless transmitters operate 100 times faster than current wireless systems and deliver 5G broadband. Their antenna are about 3 cubic feet in volume, are unobtrusive, and can be placed on existing poles, buildings and other structures. They can be placed in existing rights-of-way without much impact. The National Grange is supporting efforts by the FCC to improve old Federal rules to expedite opening this gateway for rural internet.

Please join us in Washington, DC on April 15 - 18, 2018 as we begin our work with the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration on National Grange priorities.

Please join us in Washington, DC on April 15 - 18, 2018 as we begin our work with the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration on National Grange priorities.


Feedback and questions are welcome. Call Burton Eller, at (202) 628-3507 ext. 114 or email

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National Funding

Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Innovative Public Art in U.S. Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies: Public Art Challenge

The Public Art Challenge, an initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies, will grant at least three cities up to $1 million each over two years to support innovative temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private collaborations, and strengthen local economies. The Challenge encourages mayors to partner with artists, elevating the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues. Submissions are encouraged from all artistic disciplines, including visual and performing arts and multimedia projects. The lead applicant should be a city of at least 30,000 residents. The application deadline is April 19, 2018. Visit the Public Art Challenge website to learn more about the program and to submit an online application. Start-up Funding for Music, Education, and Community Organizing Projects

Sparkplug Foundation

The Sparkplug Foundation primarily provides grants to start-up nonprofit organizations or new projects of established nonprofits that are addressing the fields of music, education, and community organizing. In the Music category, the Foundation supports emerging professional musicians or music-development programs. In Education and Teaching, the Foundation funds projects that deal with "the whole student" and with learning as a community activity. Through Community Organizing, the Foundation encourages activist strategies for addressing institutional injustices and for building a just society. The current focus is on ground-level community organizing at the intersection of utilities and energy infrastructure, housing and community resources, and racial justice. The Foundation also provides limited support for projects in Israel that involve Palestinian communities. The first step in the application process is to complete the online questionnaire by March 28, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to review its mission and funding guidelines, as well as the online application instructions and appropriate deadlines. Fundraising Challenge for Local Nonprofits

A Community Thrives

A Community Thrives (ACT) is a social impact fundraising program, supported by the USA TODAY NETWORK and the Gannett Foundation, that is focused on empowering communities to take on local challenges and share the issues important to them around education, wellness, and culture, on a national platform. During the campaign, nonprofit organizations have the chance to raise funds for their charities through the CrowdRise platform. At the end of the crowdfunding period, the Gannett Foundation will award a total of $600,000 in grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 to selected organizations. Interested organizations must apply for a CrowdRise campaign by March 15, 2018. To learn more about how to participate in the program visit the ACT CrowdRise homepage.

Grants Promote Contemporary Concert Music

The Amphion Foundation

The purpose of the Amphion Foundation is to promote excellence in, and public appreciation of, contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers. Grants are provided to publicly-supported nonprofit performing ensembles, presenters, festivals, and music service organizations that have a history of substantial commitment to contemporary concert music at a high level of excellence. In general, grants range between $1,000 and $7,500, although larger grants may be awarded to major performing organizations with an extraordinary commitment to contemporary concert music or a particularly significant project. Applying organizations must have been in existence for at least two years, and have completed two full seasons of programming prior to the time of application. Applications from performing ensembles will be accepted through April 1, 2018. (The deadline for presenters, festivals, and music service organizations is September 15, 2018.) Visit the Foundation’s website for grant program guidelines.

Regional Funding

Opportunities for Specific Areas

Direct Services for Seniors Supported in Seven States

Retirement Research Foundation: Responsive Grants Program

The Retirement Research Foundation is committed to supporting programs that improve the quality of life for older Americans. Through the Responsive Grants Program, the Foundation awards Direct Service grants to nonprofit organizations located in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, or Wisconsin. The focus is on community programs designed to maintain older persons in their homes, offer supportive services to older persons in residential settings, and improve the quality of care for older persons with chronic conditions. Grants are provided for developing, testing, and implementing direct service programs or expanding existing programs. (Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the U.S.) The remaining proposal deadlines for 2018 are May 1 and August 1. (Applicants are invited to submit optional brief letters of inquiry in advance of proposals.) Visit the Foundation’s Responsive Grants webpage at to learn more about the funding guidelines and application procedure.

Funds for Early Childhood Initiatives in Minnesota

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation: Early Childhood Care and Education: Health Equity in Action The mission of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation is to make a healthy difference in communities throughout the state by advancing health equity and improving conditions where people live, learn, work, and play. The Early Childhood Care and Education: Health Equity in Action funding opportunity is intended to make a healthy difference in people’s lives by advancing health equity through projects in early childhood care and education. To achieve this goal, the Foundation plans to fund work that will increase access to and quality of early childhood care and education for children from birth to five years old. Successful applicants will focus on creating or contributing to systems change in early childhood care and education settings to decrease inequities. Organizations may apply for grants of up to $100,000 per year for one or two years. Applicants must be located in and serving Minnesota. The application deadline is April 10, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the funding guidelines. Grants Increase School Breakfast Programs in Massachusetts Schools

Eos Foundation: After the Bell, Breakfast in the Classroom

The Eos Foundation provides start-up grant funds to Massachusetts schools and districts that seek to increase school breakfast participation to 80% or more via the free, After the Bell, Breakfast in the Classroom (ATB BIC) programming for low-income children in grades pre-K-12. The Foundation provides one-time grant awards up to $10,000 to Massachusetts pre-K-12 schools, school districts, and charter public schools eager to make breakfast part of their school day by launching or expanding ATB BIC programming. The application deadline is May 10, 2018, for programming taking place at the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process. Support for Child Centered Parent-Community Initiatives in Oregon

Northwest Health Foundation: Families Leading for Health and Education: Impact Partnership Fund

The Northwest Health Foundation and its partners are offering grants to nonprofit organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington through the Families Leading for Health and Education: Impact Partnership Fund. The Fund will support community-based organizations working to support parent leadership, voice, and resilience to improve outcomes in education, healthcare and early learning. The Fund seeks to partner with organizations committed to working with parents, families, and community members on efforts that focus on children from prenatal to age eight. Organizations may apply for Capacity Building grants ranging from $20,000 to $30,000 for up to one year or Implementation grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000 for up to two years. Letters of intent are due on April 4, 2018; invited full proposals must be submitted by June 14, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Impact Partnership Fund request for proposals.

Federal Funding

Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Pool Safety Funded Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Pool Safely Grant Program provides state and local governments with assistance to help implement enforcement and education programs, with the goal of preventing drownings and drain entrapments in pools and spas. The application deadline is April 2, 2018.

Program Supports Native Youth Leadership

Administration for Children and Families

The Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) program empowers Native youth to address priorities such as economic and social self-sufficiency for Native Americans, community well-being, tribal government capacity, strong families, and culturally-appropriate strategies to meet the social service needs of Native Americans. The application deadline is April 9, 2018.


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February 2018

Hundreds of Thousands Taken

While we had hoped to have the receiver in place to collect all Grange property from the Guild and return it to the California State Grange this week, Judge Brown was not in court on Friday (2/23) and rescheduled the Motion to appoint the receiver for March 21st. The receiver action is necessary because new discovery was obtained in January that actions were taken by the leadership of both the Guild and the Foundation to transfer hundreds of thousands of dollars of Grange funds in violation of the court orders and charitable trusts applicable to the funds. We look forward to the receiver being appointed when the hearing proceeds in March.

As always, we encourage everybody to read the actual court documents, and not simply rely on the Guild’s spin. We have attached the documents that are before Judge Brown.

Delaration of Jeff Skinner - With exhibits

Declaration of Jim Bikoff - with Exhibits

Notice of Motion


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Preparations are well underway for the 143rd Annual Session of the California State Grange. Click on any of the titles below for more details.

Dates: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Location: Redwood Empire Fairgrounds - Ukiah, CA.

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February 22, 2018

Brothers and Sisters,

As many of you know, on November 30, the California Court of Appeal issued a lengthy, well-reasoned decision affirming the state trial court's judgment declaring that the California Guild must return all Grange property to the California State Grange. The Guild appealed that decision to the California Supreme Court. Its petition for review argued that the Court of Appeal had not properly stated the law applicable to fraternal organizations like the Grange, and erred in enforcing the rules of the National Grange.

On February 14, the Supreme Court denied the Guild's petition for review. In so doing, it confirmed that the Court of Appeal's reasoning and conclusion were correct statements of the facts and California law relevant to the Grange. The Supreme Court's ruling means that the appeal in the state court is now over, and the judgment entered in the trial court is final.

The California State Grange now is moving to recover control of its property, and to seek redress for any Grange property that the Guild has spent since 2013. It has filed a motion to appoint a receiver to immediately take possession of all property held by the Guild and transfer it to the California State Grange; that motion will be heard on February 23. (Editor Note: Motion will be held on March 21st, as Judge Brown will not be available on February 23rd) The California State Grange has also filed a motion for summary judgment to establish the specific amount of Grange property that the Guild should have returned following the Charter revocation in 2013. That motion will be heard on March 5. If successful, the California State Grange will be permitted to collect money from the Guild to repay funds from Grange accounts spent by the Guild since 2013 for its own purposes. Finally, the California State Grange is analyzing its options to pursue individual officers of the Guild and other third parties to recover monies that they have wrongfully taken.

The Supreme Court's ruling represents the culmination of five long years of litigation in the state court. This victory would not have been possible without the perseverance, sacrifice, and resolute faith in our Order displayed by Grangers around the country. I want to thank every one of our brothers and sisters who helped make this victory possible, from those on the front lines in California, to the many Granges in other states whose members donated their time and money to support our efforts, to the countless Grangers who sent kind words and good thoughts that helped sustain us while we waited for the lawsuit to run its course. This great result is a tribute to all of you, and it is a vindication of the fraternal values that bind our Order together.

Now, we can begin the process of bringing the state court litigation against the Guild to an end, and returning to the work of building our Order and serving our communities, as generations of Grangers have done since 1867. Actions on the two trademark cases are still pending in federal court but we hope they will soon be resolved also. I know that, when we all come together to work to advance the ideals of our Order, we can do great things.

Fraternally yours,

Betsy E. Huber
National Grange President

Wednesday Febuary 14th, the California Supreme Court entered its order denying the Guild’s petition for review of the state court judgment that all Grange property held by the Guild belongs to the California State Grange, not the Guild. By denying the petition, the Supreme Court confirmed that the appellate court’s reasoning and conclusion in affirming the judgment were correct statements of the facts and California law relevant to the Grange. You can read the appellate court’s decision here.

The Supreme Court’s ruling means that the appeal in the state court is now over, and the judgment entered by Judge Brown is final. The California State Grange is proceeding with the steps to recover control of its property pursuant to the judgment, and to seek redress for money that the Guild spent that should have been returned to the Grange. We know that many Grangers have been confused by the “spin” put out by the Guild, and were waiting on the outcome of the appeal for clarity as to their obligations and the status of their Grange’s property. The appellate courts have now spoken, and made clear that the rules of the Order have meaning.

If your Grange is not in good standing, we urge you to carefully consider the appellate court’s ruling, including by discussing the matter with an independent attorney, so that you fully understand the ruling’s meaning and import. We sincerely hope that with the conclusion of the appeal, we can continue the process of healing the Grange in California, and bringing all Granges back into good standing. If you have any questions about how your Grange can do that, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail Ed Komski or any other member of the California State Grange’s Executive Committee.

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National Grange Legislative Fly-In 2018

Registration Now Available

Please join us in Washington, D.C. on April 15-18, 2018 as we work with the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration on National Grange policy priorities. Spring is an extremely crowded and busy time in Washington, DC. Tourists and students from around the country and abroad flock to Washington on spring trips making hotel rooms are scare.

Appointments with Representatives and Senators are a challenge to confirm, therefore the National Grange encourages those members who will be attending the 2018 Fly-In to register, reserve hotel rooms, and make Capitol Hill appointments early.

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Sun. April, 15 - Arrival and check-in - Evening mix and mingle dessert social at the hotel Mon. April 16 - Issue briefings and speakers at the National Grange - Agency visits - Congressional Capitol Hill appointments Tues. April, 17 - Congressional Capitol Hill appointments - Late day/evening departures for some Wed. April 18 - Finish Congressional Capitol Hill appointments - Return home

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Our hotel is the Quality Inn, 1587 Spring Hill Road, Vienna, VA 22182. Phone is (703) 448-8020. Our group rate is $109 + 12% sales tax per night. The cut-off date to make a reservation is March 15, 2018.

The Quality Inn is located just northwest of the Capital Beltway (I-495) in Vienna, VA. The hotel provides free parking and is just one block from the Metro's Silver Line for travel to downtown Washington, D.C. The hotel also provides a complimentary full breakfast Monday-Friday 6:30am - 9:30am and 7:00am - 10:00am on Saturday and Sunday.

Please make your reservations directly with the hotel and mention that you would like to book with the National Grange's block of rooms.

NOTE: The National Grange WILL release any un-booked rooms on March 15th and you WILL be on your own for housing.

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Faith, Hope & Perseverance

This has been a defining time for the members of Jacinto Grange #431 in Willows. 57 members stood up and recovered their Hall from 2 individuals who had joined the Guild and locked out the membership.

The aggressive behavior by the Guild started last year when I was invited to Jacinto Grange to speak at their regularly scheduled meeting. Apparently worried that its propaganda would not be able to stand up to facts about what was actually happening in the California State Grange, the Guild was determined to prevent me from meeting with the Jacinto Grange members. Mr. McFarland and his followers proceeded to attempt to cancel the meeting, change the locks to the Hall, and call the sheriff. Nevertheless, the members persisted, and held the meeting in the parking lot, with Mr. McFarland and his followers bunkered down in the Grange Hall. I spoke at the meeting and took questions, and we had a very interactive meeting that left me inspired by the commitment and passion displayed by these dedicated Grangers.

On September 2, Peggy Taresh and Julie Halvik (2 former members of Jacinto Grange who had joined the Guild), with the "aid" of Mr. McFarland, Sylvia Sloan, and Bob Alvarez, took wrongful possession of the Jacinto Grange Hall and bank accounts. They did so by filing a statement of information with the California Secretary of State signed under penalty of perjury falsely stating that they were the authorized representatives of Jacinto Grange, and then filing improper amended articles of incorporation that purported to make Jacinto Grange's corporation part of the Guild. We recently have discovered that these individuals thereafter sent out at least 6 checks to the Guild from Jacinto Grange's bank account without membership knowledge or approval.

Despite the efforts of the Guild to take what had been built by generations of Grangers in Willows, the Jacinto Grange membership refused to give up. Rebecca Reed and Mayford Evans led the charge to get their Grange back. Last week, with leadership and perseverance, the goal that they set out to accomplish has been reached - they have reclaimed the Jacinto Grange Hall. The Grangers in Willows once again have their Hall to serve as their home base while they fulfill their desire to serve their community as a Grange. Please reach out to Rebecca and Mayford and the rest of the members of Jacinto Grange on their Facebook page below and congratulate them and, if you can, commit to attend their Spaghetti Dinner! The courage and commitment of Jacinto Grange in the face of the Guild's aggression speaks volumes about the spirit of the Grange as we all work to restore the California State Grange.

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Dear Grange Member,

Are you interested in doing business or investing in Argentina? National Grange members have been invited to participate in a Trade Mission to La Rioja and San Juan Provinces, Argentina, March 20-28, 2018. This 8-day trip will visit companies and business leaders, meet with province officials, and have time for sightseeing. Led by U.S. Members of Congress, including Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez who attended the National Grange 150th Birthday Gala in December, the tour is open to a limited number of people. Participants are only required to cover their roundtrip airfare and lodging. All internal travel, meals, seminars, and activities are covered by the trade mission.

The provinces of La Rioja and San Juan offer a wide array of distinct growing business and investment opportunities for U.S. business in key industries including agribusiness, mining, renewable energy, travel and tourism, infrastructure development, and technology services. If you have any interest in joining this trip please contact President Betsy Huber right away at, (484) 459-1957.

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Some Good News

The U.S economy is off to a good start this year according to the major professional services and accounting from CliftonLarsonAllen. Here are several factors that will influence the 2018 economy:

• Employment is strong
• Housing market is firm
• Risk of recession appears low
• Consumer and small business confidence is high
• U.S. corporate earnings are positive

• Stocks and bonds 7-10 year returns are expected to be lower than historical averages
• Geopolitical risks (terrorism) are present
• U.S. policy uncertainty (trade, health care, immigration, etc.)

President Trump Speaks to Rural America

In April, 2017, President Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. On January 8, 2018, the President and Secretary Perdue traveled to Nashville where the President delivered his Rebuilding Rural America address, his first major speech targeted toward agriculture and rural areas. The President and Secretary Perdue took this opportunity to unveil the task force recommendations to the annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau. While there, the President also signed two executive orders making rural Broadband connectivity a priority of the Administration. Burton Eller was invited to represent the National Grange as a VIP guest of the White House for the President's speech and signing of the executive orders.

The major Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity recommendations are:
• Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America (fundamental catalyst to transform rural America)
• Improving Quality of Life (education, health services, rural housing, infrastructure, community resiliency)
• Supporting a Rural Workforce (available, reliable, trained, skilled, educated)
• Harnessing Technological Innovation (sound science, biotechnology, research, development, productivity)
• Developing the Rural Economy (access to capital, natural resources, regulatory reform, global market, infrastructure, tax reform)

Farm Bill

Work Officially Begins

The House Agriculture Committee plans to officially begin work February 14 on the 2018 Farm Bill. Unofficial work on the bill has been ongoing for months at the staff and leadership levels at both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. As Grangers know, farm bill legislation covers much more than farms and farmers; it also includes conservation, trade, forestry, energy, credit for beginning farmers, infrastructure, jobs, research, and nutrition. In fact, 80 percent of farm bill spending is for food assistance and feeding programs. The more traditional role of the farm bill protects against farm losses due to natural disasters through disaster assistance and crop insurance. It also provides a cushion for the individual producer who suffers a poor yield or low prices through a series of farm payment programs tied to specific commodities.

Dairy and Cotton "Fixes"

The safety net /loss protection programs for dairy and cotton in the last farm bill have not worked as envisioned. As a result, dairy and cotton producers have suffered disproportionate price loss compared to other commodities. Lawmakers hope to address stronger provisions for dairy and cotton in a disaster relief bill or an omnibus spending bill to get these costly provisions out of the way before the farm bill debate heats up. Should that not happen, dairy and cotton could become stumbling blocks in farm bill negotiations later on.

Food Stamps and Crop Insurance in Play

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, continues to consume the lion's share of farm bill expenditures with 42 million people receiving SNAP benefits. USDA and some Republican members of Congress are looking at work requirements for able-bodied SNAP recipients. Another large farm bill expense item is crop insurance where USDA subsidizes premium costs to the producer. Several groups and some Democratic members of Congress are calling for an annual subsidy cap of $50,000. With calls from constituents to fund new farm bill programs and expand crop insurance for beginning farmers, vegetable growers and organic producers amid tough budget constraints, Congress will be challenged to find savings wherever they can. SNAP and crop insurance will be major hurdles for farm bill negotiations. The $1.5 trillion tax cut passed by Congress last month could make passing a farm bill more difficult by starving programs of funds.

Health Care

ObamaCare Becomes More Acceptable

Congress has steadily been taking the sting out of ObamacCare. In the last two months, they have repealed the law's insurance mandate and delayed a slew of controversial taxes including the so-called Cadillac tax on high-cost private health plans. More popular provisions of the law, including subsidies to help people buy coverage, expansion of Medicaid, and protections for people with pre-existing conditions, remain in place. People who qualify for the subsidies can find affordable coverage but those who do not qualify face much higher premium costs.

CHIP Agreement Passed

With strong bipartisan support, Congress has extended the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2023. The $124 billion federal expenditure will provide six years coverage to nearly 9 million children and 275,000 pregnant women.

Work Requirements for Medicaid?

Guidelines could be released soon by the Trump Administration to require Medicaid recipients to work in order to receive coverage. Work requirements would only take effect if a state chooses to apply for a waiver from the federal government to impose work requirements. Currently nine states are applying to impose work requirements.


Immigration Shutters the Government

While not readily apparent to the public, the three day government shutdown in mid-January was more about immigration than funding the government. The bottom line was that Senate minority Leader Schumer (R-NY) and President Trump reached an impasse on an immigration deal. Schumer wanted to protect 700,000 so-called Dreamer/DACA immigrants from deportation and offered the President a $25 billion border wall. We're not sure what the President's counter offer was, but it caused Schumer to pull back his border wall offer and the federal government closed down for three days.

Congress Looks for Agreement

Behind the scenes, lawmakers from both parties continue to look for common agreement ground. A bipartisan group of Senators, Flake (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), and Graham (R-SC), are working on a deal that includes legal protection for Dreamers, border security, and restrictions on family migration also known as "chain migration." On the House side, a group of 150 representatives are supporting a bill by Goodlatte, (R-VA), Labrador, (R-ID), McSally (R-AZ) and McCaul, (R-TX).

Their package would allow DACA recipients a three-year renewal of legal status, but with no special pathway to citizenship (though they could apply for citizenship through normal legal pathways). It would also reduce legal immigration by 25 percent, add border control agents, and deny certain funding to so-called "sanctuary cities". The big question is whether Congress will attempt major comprehensive immigration reform or settle for a few targeted reforms like Dreamers and border wall.

Ag Workers Included

The House bill also includes the AG Act that was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee in October and strongly supported by the agriculture and food communities. The AG Act creates a new H-2C program that authorizes a 2-year work permit for work in agriculture, establishes an E-Verify system, caps worker numbers at 450,000 and requires health insurance coverage. The National Grange is a member of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition and is working to include the AG Act in any immigration legislation considered by Congress.


Legislation to upgrade our nation's neglected highways, bridges, broadband, locks, dams, water systems and other public assets may have a good chance to garner bipartisan support from Congress. The tax bill is done. Next come the budget (the continuing resolution expires February 8) and immigration battles. Infrastructure brings up the rear of major legislative initiatives for 2018 and is far less partisan than taxes, budgets and immigrants. Every congressional district has serious infrastructure concerns.

President Trump pushed his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan in his State of The Union address. His plan calls for 25 percent of infrastructure funding to be devoted to rural areas defined as areas with less than 50,000 population. A key question is how much funding would come from the federal government and how much would need to be funded by public-private partnerships. The National Grange is a member of the Rebuild Rural Coalition which is pushing for several rural infrastructure priorities including rural Broadband deployment.

A Touch of Common Sense

"Common sense is not so common" - Voltaire

"It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor." - Max Eastman

"Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings." - Publilius Syrus

"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are hard work, stick-to-itiveness and common sense." - Thomas Edison

"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people." - W.C. Fields

Please join us in Washington, DC on April 15 - 18, 2018 as we begin our work with the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration on National Grange priorities.


Feedback and questions are welcome. Call Burton Eller, at (202) 628-3507 ext. 114 or email

January 2018

Dear Grange Member,

Now that you've had time to build excitement for our 2018 Grange Month theme, "That's the Grange Way," it's time to place your orders for supplies and share your Grange pride with everyone! Order online now at The New Grange Store at Monroe Classic or download the order form and submit by MARCH 1.



This year, instead of a Grange Month Participation Form, we have created a Grange Health Survey and encourage every Grange to complete and return the survey as soon as possible. You will receive direct tips and suggestions based on your responses.


We'd also love to hear from each and every one of our members, and help us define the Grange in our 150th year! What is "The Grange Way?"


Finally, don't forget to get a few copies of Good Day! magazine to share with potential members at your Grange Month event!


The revised National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry Digest of Laws, 2018 Edition, that applies to all Granges of the Order, including Junior, Subordinate, State and Pomona's, is available for free download on the National Grange website. Click below to save or print the PDF.

You may also order a printed copy of the Digest through the Grange Supply Store for $20 plus shipping. It includes all 112 pages with cover hole punched and bound in a three-ring binder that allows you to quickly slip in updated pages as they become available each year.

There were few changes in 2018, mainly regarding language about trusts, now referred to as custodial accounts. Please do take time to familiarize yourself with the Digest.

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• Get ready to share 'Grange Way' in 2018
• Get ready for Grange Month!
• Have you missed us? Special double issue to arrive in mail soon
• Youth Focus: Community Service Award
• Make plans to attend a region conference • Trump, Purdue make rural broadband a priority
• Program possibilities abound from Lecturer
• Legislative Fly-In 2018
• Grange Month Community Citizen and Public Service Awards
• 2018 Subordinate Grange Survey
• Proclaim Grange's great Legacy in 2018!
• Fundraiser: Grange Foundation challenge coins
• 2018 Quilt Block Contest
• 2018 National Grange Photography Showcase
• 2018 Evening of Excellence participants guidelines
• National Grange Building Fund pledge form
• 1 in 1,000 Club of the Grange Foundation

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Looking Back and Looking Ahead

The nation's capital has been an interesting place throughout 2017 to say the least. Donald Trump shocked a large portion of the American public to become our 45th President. After his inauguration, it took the FBI an inordinate amount of time to run background checks on his cabinet and subcabinet appointees because of heightened security concerns. Some appointees still have not been confirmed.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue emerged as a popular and respected spokesman for agriculture and rural residents. The farmer, businessman and former governor now serving as Secretary appears to have the President's ear on USDA matters and he's very popular in the countryside. The President and Secretary are keeping campaign promises to reduce burdensome regulations and rein-in government overreach for producers and landowners.

President Trump has the most exercised thumbs in the history of the Presidency. His tweets have set a new precedent for social media, public policy, diplomacy and the presidency. He continues to keep Washington and the media off guard.

The Republicans controlled both the Senate and the House of Representatives during 2017. Yet healthcare reform went down in flames. The legislative process moved at a snail's pace all year. Tax reform eventually passed both houses along party lines and was signed by the President. The final tax package will require considerable time and expertise to analyze. The jury is still out on the new law's benefits. Several pieces of "must-do" legislation were kicked into January, including the FY'18 budget, debt ceiling and fate of the young immigrant "Dreamers" who were brought to the United States as children without documentation.

The National Grange had fun early in the year observing Washingtonians learn how to spell R-U-R-A-L again. The rural vote that pushed President Trump to victory suddenly captured the attention of writers, broadcasters, political pundits, public policy wonks and so-called "coastal elites". Farmers, ranchers, small businesses, rural residents and small town Americans suddenly were rediscovered.

It's interesting to note that numerous individuals and organizations claim to speak about rural America, speak into rural America, speak from rural America and supposedly speak for rural America. Yet the Grange is the primary organization speaking as rural America's farmer, rancher, rural resident and small town citizen.

Moving into 2018, Washington's political climate could deteriorate further as politicians focus on mid-term elections. Democrats believe they can recapture the House and are keeping their eyes on the Senate. Bipartisan compromise on the budget, federal deficit, welfare reform, infrastructure, immigration, healthcare and a farm bill could be illusive.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) will remain part of the farm bill under Agriculture Committee jurisdiction. SNAP reforms will be keenly bipartisan and are expected to be relatively modest such as preventing duplicative SNAP benefits and taking a look at able-bodied adults without dependents on SNAP benefit rolls.

Senate Republicans now have only a one vote 51-49 majority after Democrat Doug Jones prevailed in the recent Alabama election. Not all senators of either party agree on every issue. Therefore, major pieces of legislation moving through the Senate in 2018 may require bipartisan negotiation to pass.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) will remain part of the farm bill under Agriculture Committee jurisdiction. SNAP reforms will be keenly bipartisan and are expected to be relatively modest such as preventing duplicative SNAP benefits and taking a look at able-bodied adults without dependents on SNAP benefit rolls.

Government Funding, Budget, Shutdown Deadline and Disaster Aid

Congress ran home for Christmas without resolving spending battles and deadlines. That means lawmakers have to work diligently to avoid a government shutdown by January 19 when the short term continuing resolution expires. Democrats may not agree to a funding deal to keep the government running without a deal to protect young immigrants, the "Dreamers", from being exported beginning in March.

Lawmakers of both parties are also under pressure to increase the budget caps and prevent automatic across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration. A deal will be difficult to negotiate with both sides battling over defense vs. nondefense spending increases. If a deal can be reached, congressional appropriators can work on a package to fund the government through next September.

The Senate failed to take up a House-passed disaster relief bill for hurricane, flood and wildfire victims before Christmas. Battles between states for funding levels will have to be resolved by home-state Senators before aid can be approved.

Health Care

A surprisingly high number of people signed up under ObamaCare during the recent enrollment period. Health care professionals suggest that a core group of people wants health insurance even though it is a smaller and less functional program than originally hoped for. The zeal for repealing the law appears to be fading somewhat in Congress. Congress might actually take bipartisan steps to mend the law in 2018 starting with efforts to stabilize insurance markets.

Legislation authored by Senator John Thune (R-SD) and signed into law by president Trump will add skilled nursing facilities to the Rural Health Care Program. Skilled nursing facilities provide the same services that are traditionally housed at hospitals but are often remote from doctors and sophisticated laboratory and testing facilities. This new program addition will provide vital health care services in remote areas with little or no access to many types of doctors and specialists through high-capacity broadband connectivity.

Our nation's opioid epidemic shows no signs of abatement in the drug crisis facing Americans according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The age-adjusted rate of overdose deaths in 2016 was 21 percent higher than 2015. The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (drugs such as fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and tramadol) doubled from 2015 to 2016.

As we reported last month, a Morning Consult study sponsored by the American Farm Bureau and the National Farmers Union found that, • 74% of farmers and farm workers say they have been directly impacted by the opioid epidemic • 3 in 4 farmers say it is easy to access large amounts of opioids without a prescription • Only 1 in 3 rural adults say it would be easy to access drug addiction treatment

The AFBF and NFU have now launched a campaign to provide access to information and resources that can help struggling farm families and rural communities; see the website,

National Grange president Betsy Huber released a statement in December commending the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on their proposed Medicare Part D rule aimed at driving down out-of-pocket costs at pharmacies. The rule will make it harder for Pharmacy Benefit Managers to pocket rebates and discounts intended for consumers and help ensure these savings actually get to patients.


The National Grange is intrigued by a new possibility to close the rural broadband gap by using TV "white spaces" spectrum. These are vacant channels that use TV frequencies that are generally cheaper than fiber optic cable. Using unlicensed low band spectrum below 700 Mhz, signals can travel over hills and through buildings to deliver broadband connectivity. Of the 34 million Americans that lack a broadband connection, over 23 million live in rural areas.

Early in December, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal a set of two-year-old regulations patterned after 1930's telephone utility anti-monopoly statutes. Known as "net neutrality", these rules required internet providers to treat web content equally. Under the FCC's new plan, broadband providers can tier internet speeds for websites based on user-traffic and charge extra for access to content such as Netflix and Facebook.

One of the National Grange's major policy priorities is to expand high speed connectivity to homes, schools, libraries, farms ranches, businesses, hospitals, clinics and first responders in rural and small town America. The reason rural residents don't have broadband now is because of the ole "pay for" rule; there just aren't enough of us to pay the capitol expense of getting us connected under a utility-based system like net neutrality. We may have to pay a little more for the broadband investment in rural areas that weren't financially viable before. For rural and small town America, the argument is all about getting connected, not how fast Snapchat or the latest games and music apps download.

Tax Reform

Legislation to reform the tax code is now history and becomes part of the law of the land. For tax payers, there appears to be some winners, some losers and a draw for others. The majority of new tax provisions will sunset (expire) at some point over the next ten years. If the economy stalls, the sunset provisions will likely kick in. If the economy improves, certain tax code provisions can be extended by Congress.

The agriculture community is generally pleased with the net results of the tax bill. Of course, not all agricultural producers and small business owners are affected the same way by tax law changes. The best advice is to consult your accountants and tax advisors.

Here are some key provisions of the new tax law for Grangers:

• Individual tax rates - Seven brackets, lower rates for most taxpayers (10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, 37%)
• Personal standard deduction - Doubled to $12,000 for single and $24,000 for married joint filers
• "Pass-through" business income tax treatment for farms, self-employed workers and small businesses - Deduction allowed for 20% of "pass-through income, up from 15% deduction for most tax payers, which will likely lower farmers' effective tax rate
• Estate or "death" taxes - Exemption doubled from $5.1 million to $11.2 million for individuals and $22.4 million for qualifying couples
• Child tax credit - Doubled to $2,000 credit for each child.
• Mortgage interest deduction - Threshold lowered from $1,000,000 to $750,000 for new mortgages
• State and local tax deduction - Deduction capped at $10,000
• Corporate tax rate - Lowered to 21% from 35%
• Cash accounting - Cash accounting is preserved for agriculture and small business
• Section 179 expense - Deduction raised from $500,000 to $1,000,000 indexed for inflation; allows a producer to expense rather than depreciate capital purchases of machinery, property (except structures) and software
• Net operating losses (NOL) - Allows two years carryback for farms
• Capital gains - Unchanged (up to 23.8%)

The National Grange neither supported nor opposed the tax bill as it moved through Congress. The priority for the Grange was to assure the best tax advantage possible for Grange members.

Feedback and questions are welcome. Call Burton Eller, at (202) 628-3507 ext. 114 or email

December 2017

Disqualification and Substantial Relationship

On December 26, Judge Ottenweller of the California Superior Court for Sonoma County granted the motion filed by the National Grange, California State Grange, and Bennett Valley Grange No.16 to disqualify the Ellis Law Group as counsel for Bennett Valley Guild in the Bennett Valley Grange lawsuit. As you will recall, in 2016, the Ellis Law Group hired an attorney who had previously represented the National Grange and California State Grange in the main state court lawsuit in Sacramento, and failed to put any effective "ethical screen" in place to prevent that lawyer from disclosing the Grange's confidential information to the Ellis Law Group. In this motion, the Court made short work of Bennett Valley Guild's arguments, concluding that the access to the Grange's confidential information and the fact that there is a "substantial relationship" between the Bennett Valley Grange lawsuit and the main state court action in Sacramento required disqualification. Indeed, with respect to the substantial similarity of the two cases, the court held that "[b]oth are essentially identical, being a dispute over the Grange identity, rights to the same property, name, etc. The only difference is that this case involves a dispute over the specific local branch and its property. Otherwise, the issues, law and facts appear necessarily almost the same." We agree: the law and facts underlying Judge Brown's judgment in the main state court action, and the appellate court's opinion affirming that judgment, apply equally to Bennett Valley Grange and its property.

You can view the Sonoma Superior Court's order here. As always, we urge you to read the court documents and not simply rely on the "spin" that will come from the Guild.

This order marks the third California State trial court (Judge Brown in main state court action; Judge Cadei in the Foundation lawsuit; and now Judge Ottenweller in the Bennett Valley Grange lawsuit) to have disqualified the Ellis Law Group. The Third District Court of Appeal has also disqualified the Ellis Law Group from representing the Guild in any appeal. The lesson from these cases is clear: the Ellis Law Group is ethically prohibited from representing the Guild in any way against the Grange. If the Ellis Law Group attempts to represent in the Guild in any future lawsuits, the Grange will move promptly to disqualify that firm. If your Grange has relied on advice from the Ellis Law Group, we hope that you will consider these rulings (as well as the appellate court's opinion in the main state court case) and ask yourself whether relying on the Ellis Law Group is a prudent course of action.

$12, 379 - Funds Raised Funds Delivered and accounted for ....

Redwood Valley Grange members, Tim Easterbrook, Nori Dolal & Cathy Monroe and Gary Daley Wyndotte Grange Member. They all tragically experienced total losses. - Granted: $1,000 to each family to support their needs.

Redwood Valley Grange received a check for $2,500 specifically designated to them via the fund-raising efforts of Whitesboro Grange #766 - Granted: $2,500 to utilize for the specific purposes of victims, first responders and unusual expenses Redwood Valley Grange Member Sara Nielsen - Complete loss of winter Feed - Granted: $250 for replacement - Livestock Feed Assistance -

Bodega Bay Grange - provided their Grange for emergency relief. Granted: $500 to help support increased expenses.

North Fork Grange - A central staging and evacuation location for its community. Granted: $1,000 To aide in unusual expenses and to be used to benefit those effected by the fire and first thank first responders.

Bennett Valley Grange - Our historic Hall saved by the heroic efforts of local fire fighters - Granted $1,000 - First responders recognition and thank you event - (spring 2018) $1,000

Wyndotte Grange - Provided Grange Hall as a central command center. Granted - $500.00 for unusual business expenses

Set aside pending verification - Member $1,000 -

Community Service Program - to support ongoing community disaster awareness program Granted: $250

All request and ideas were brought before the board and unanimously approved for disbursement. As any trailing fees come in we will report their disposition. Below is a report prepared by the California State Grange CFO - Gary Abreim and affirmed by the Board.

Thank you -

The California State Grange would like to sincerely thank the staff of the National Grange for facilitating this project on a spur of the moment reaction, specific shout out to Stepanie Wilkins (NG - IT) and Stewart Hughes (NG - Controller). Without their support we would have never pulled this very important work supporting members and our communities, off. We would also like to thank the Board of Directors of the National Grange Foundation for their support in this endeavor and allowing the California State Grange to utilize the foundation in the spur of the moment.


Thank you - GRANGE MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE GRANGE FROM ACROSS THESE UNITED STATES for you charitable donations. The charity and caring values of our fraternity shined brightly and proudly. With Faith, Hope, Charity and Fidelity - Again thank you!
$12, 379 - Funds Raised Funds Delivered and accounted for ....

Redwood Valley Grange members, Tim Easterbrook, Nori Dolal & Cathy Monroe and Gary Daly Wyndotte Grange Member. They all tragically experienced total losses. - Granted: $1,000 to each family to support their needs.

Redwood Valley Grange received a check for $2,500 specifically designated to them via the fund-raising efforts of Whitesboro Grange #766 - Granted: $2,500 to utilize for the specific purposes of victims, first responders and unusual expenses Redwood Valley Grange Member Sara Nielsen - Complete loss of winter Feed - Granted: $250 for replacement - Livestock Feed Assistance -

Bodega Bay Grange - provided their Grange for emergency relief. Granted: $500 to help support increased expenses.

North Fork Grange - A central staging and evacuation location for its community. Granted: $1,000 To aide in unusual expenses and to be used to benefit those effected by the fire and first thank first responders.

Bennett Valley Grange - Our historic Hall saved by the heroic efforts of local fire fighters - Granted $1,000 - First responders recognition and thank you event - (spring 2018) $1,000

Wyndotte Grange - Provided Grange Hall as a central command center. Granted - $500.00 for unusual business expenses

Set aside pending verification - Member $1,000 -

Community Service Program - to support ongoing community disaster awareness program Granted: $250

All request and ideas were brought before the board and unanimously approved for disbursement. As any trailing fees come in we will report their disposition. Below is a report prepared by the California State Grange CFO - Gary Abreim and affirmed by the Board.

Thank you -

The California State Grange would like to sincerely thank the staff of the National Grange for facilitating this project on a spur of the moment reaction, specific shout out to Stepanie Wilkins (NG - IT) and Stewart Hughes (NG - Controller). Without their support we would have never pulled this very important work supporting members and our communities, off. We would also like to thank the Board of Directors of the National Grange Foundation for their support in this endeavor and allowing the California State Grange to utilize the foundation in the spur of the moment.


Thank you - GRANGE MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE GRANGE FROM ACROSS THESE UNITED STATES for you charitable donations. The charity and caring values of our fraternity shined brightly and proudly. With Faith, Hope, Charity and Fidelity - Again thank you!

On December 15, the Guild filed a petition for re-hearing with the Third District Court of Appeal, arguing that its opinion affirming Judge Brown’s judgment was erroneous for a number of reasons. You can read the Guild’s petition here. On December 19 (2 business days after the petition was filed), the Court of Appeal summarily denied the petition. That order is here. The Court of Appeal’s quick and emphatic rejection of the Guild’s arguments underscores the Court’s confidence in the legal and factual bases for its opinion. California law and the Grange’s rules are clear, as the Court of Appeal recognized. See the Third District Court Opinion Here 11/30/17.


• During season of giving, don't forget the Grange
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• Junior Pen Pal program unveiled
• December merit badge spotlight
• Long-standing partner gets makeover
• Like people, Granges can benefit from 'preventative health screenings,' too
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• Lecturer's round up and preview
• Guidelines for Grange Leaders, a new Supply Store item
• 2018 Quilt Block Contest
• Legislative Fly-In 2018
• Proclaim Grange's great Legacy in 2018
• Celebration of the National Grange Sesquicentennial Anniversary
• National Grange building fund pledge form

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150 National Grange Gala

An impressive evening put together by the hard working staff of the National Grange. Our reputation and results continue to provide platforms and opportunities for us to "make a difference and effect change". Its up to us to capitalize on those opportunities to do something meaningful for our communities, state and nation.

Our reputation and results continue to provide platforms and opportunities for us to "make a difference and effect change". Its up to us to capitalize on those opportunities to do something meaningful for our communities, state and nation.

We had the opportunity to meet with Senator Loretta Sanchez 47th district and she introduced us to Dr. Unac Governor of San Juan Argentina and Mr. Ejarque the Head of Economic Development. The 2 commented about the similarities of climates of Argentina and California’s agricultural environment and invited us to a meeting in March. A very special and unexpected opportunity for us to explore international partnerships.

Have a Good Day!

Chris Hamp, National Lecturer

I know that each and every one of us is busy busy. It is fair season, for most of you it is getting ready for State Convention time, and of course, it is that glorious time of the year when seemingly everything in our gardens is ready to be canned, frozen or dried!

I am asking you to encourage your Granges and Granges to subscribe to our new National Grange magazine, Good Day!

This is a quarterly publication of the highest quality! In my opinion, Good Day! Is a beautiful, glossy, substantive magazine with a breath of content and information that can keep any reader interested and absorbed. I’m positive that you will also find a plethora of ideas for Lecturer’s programs (bonus!).

Please use this link to order a subscription. You can pay online, or you can mail subscription form to the National Grange, using this link to print a pdf order form.

Be Awesome! Be a Doer!

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Today, December 4th, as we celebrate the first 150 years of service by Grange members across the nation, we unveil a new initiative that will propel us into our next century and a half: The 1 in 1,000 Club through the Grange Foundation.

The Foundation is our affiliated 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit that supports initiatives of the Grange including training and activities for Juniors and Youth, leadership development and outreach opportunities for all members, deaf activities, the Kelley Farm and many other causes close to the heart of the Grange Family.

The 1 in 1,000 Club, introduced during the 151st Annual National Grange Convention in November and officially launched today, allows you to invest in the future of the Grange while taking your place at the table of an exclusive support club with a limited 1,000 spaces available.

To join, fill out the attached form to reserve your place in the 1 in 1,000 Club and choose to be invoiced or make a payment in full or payment plan to contribute $1,000 to the charitable Grange Foundation - a contribution that may be tax-deductible; contact your financial or tax advisor. Club members will enjoy some exclusive benefits including invitations to special dinners and events, detailed correspondence about the Foundation's activities and more. Club members will also receive a pin and certificate to honor their status in the philanthropic circle.

There will only be 1,000 members of this group in perpetuity. When the member passes away, the membership may be first made available to an individual designated by the late Club member but will require a "renewal" payment of $1,000 in order to keep the membership number. Should the designated individual wish not to renew the membership, it will be offered to the person at the top of the waiting list (or general membership if 1,000 are not already assigned). Groups (Granges, other Foundations, other organizations) who wish to become a member of the Club will require renewal every 10 years of $1,000 in order to keep their number.

Click to download Grange Foundation 1 in 1,000 Club Form!

Grange Policy Devloped for 2018

The National Grange 151st annual convention was held November 7-11, 2017 in Spokane, Washington. As has been the tradition of the Grange for 150 years, policy development was the centerpiece of the national meeting. State Grange delegates from around the country served on seven committees that considered resolutions passed by state Grange conventions and forwarded to the national committees. Resolutions passed by the national committees were forwarded to the delegate body business sessions as recommended new or amended policy positions for 2018. The delegate body adopted 34 public policy resolutions and eight internal policy resolutions from the seven committees. The adopted resolutions now become official National Grange policy. Grange policy development is truly a grassroots bottom-up process that must pass scrutiny at local, state and national levels.

December in Washington

Congress returned to Washington following their Thanksgiving recess to face a daunting December agenda. The House of Representatives passed its version of tax reform earlier in November, but the Senate just began its floor debate on tax reform after Thanksgiving. The final tax package will be a compromise between Senate and House-passed versions hashed out by a Senate-House conference committee and sent back to each body for approval. Their target of is to have tax reform wrapped up and to the President’s desk by Christmas. That could be a challenge since Congress will be in session roughly 15 days before leaving town until January. Meanwhile the continuing resolution that funded the federal government since the fiscal year began October 1 expires December 8. A budget agreement to fund the government for the next ten months is a top priority but it could face a fight from House Democrats if it fails to include legalization of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or immigrant “Dreamers” recipients.

Tax Reform

Reforming the tax code under any circumstance is extremely difficult but this time around there are so many interlocking issues that cannot be ignored. Several Republican senators are concerned about the impact the tax plan could have on the deficit by adding up to $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the next decade. The Senate plan would repeal ObamaCare’s individual mandate which requires most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, but not all Republican senators are sold on the idea; neither are the Democrats. The Senate will attempt to pass its tax package before attempting a budget deal to fund the government past December 8.

The National Grange is advocating for its adopted tax policies as tax reform moves through Congress. Some of the key provisions are:

• Simplify the entire code and close corporate loopholes, complexities and unfair practices so everyone pays fair share
• Lower the personal income tax rates to allow individuals and families to keep more of their hard earned pay
• Preserve cash accounting for small and mid-sized farms and family businesses so they are taxed only on what they produce and bring to market, not on their production inventory.
• Allow interest deductions for land purchases and production inputs
• Reduce capital gains tax rates so aging landowners have an incentive to sell to young and beginning farmers
• Repeal the death tax so families who have built businesses over several generations of hard work are not forced to sell to developers and others just to pay estate taxes
• Reduce the corporate business tax rate so American companies can compete in a globalized world and have the incentive to bring off-shore taxes back home
• Preserve the Section 199 deduction to allow farmer cooperatives to continue to reinvest in agriculture and rural communities

Tax reform has passed the House and is pending in the Senate. The Senate is debating tax reform and will attempt to pass its bill by December 1. The two bills have several major tax policy differences. A House-Senate conference committee will hash out these differences behind closed doors and will try to present a compromise package to both the House and Senate before Christmas for a final vote.

Health Care

ACA/ObamaCare Signup

Initial signup surged during the first weeks of open enrollment, more than the same period in past enrollments. However, open enrollment ends December 15, much earlier than the past. With such a shortened period, signup numbers could actually drop behind past years. The Children’s Health Insurance Program expired September 30 leaving nine million in limbo. Congress has yet to come to a bipartisan agreement to reauthorize it so this will be another year-end scramble on Capitol Hill.

Opioids in Farm Country

A just-released survey by Morning Consult sponsored by the American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union indicates the opioid crisis has struck farm and ranch families much harder than the rest of rural America. In the survey, 74 percent of farmers and farm workers say they have been directly impacted by opioid abuse. Three in four farmers and those who work around agriculture say it would be easy to access large amounts of prescription drugs or pain killers without a prescription. Rural adults overwhelmingly understand that abuse can begin accidentally by using what are deemed to be safe drugs.


Restoring Internet Freedom

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing to repeal a set of regulations that have slowed broadband deployment in recent years. Known as “net neutrality”, these regulations moved from a market-based approach to a regulatory framework two years ago that was designed in the 1930’s to combat telephone wire-line monopolies. Repealing the net neutrality rules as proposed by the FCC should stimulate investment in building and expanding broadband networks in rural and low-income areas. With this proposal, the FCC should move to require increased transparency from internet service providers to allow start-ups, small businesses and consumers to make informed decisions. The National Grange will continue to follow these proposed regulatory changes closely.


The National Grange has long supported the Lifeline program that makes wireless, landline and broadband services available at affordable discounted prices to qualified low-income households. Now the FCC is proposing to eliminate funding to telcom companies which reach about 75 percent of Lifeline subscribers. A GAO report found examples of waste, fraud and abuse in some Lifeline service locations but there was no evidence in the GAO report that rural America was part of the problem. Some in the telcom industry suggest the money could be better utilized for broadband expansion. However, broadband expansion in rural areas is slow and in the meantime, isolated, elderly, disabled and low- income citizens still need a Lifeline connectivity to the rest of the world. Unfortunately, rural America was not adequately considered as this proposal was being drafted. The National Grange will continue to advocate for fixing the problems but keeping Lifeline as an essential service.


Legislation to rebuild America’s ailing infrastructure could become a casualty of tax reform legislation moving through Congress. Many of the available options for funding infrastructure repair may be used instead to pay for tax reform. As an example, it appears Congress is poised to eliminate the deduction on tax-exempt private activity bonds which are used by public-private partnerships to build roads, highways, airports and other such projects.


Last summer, Senate and House agriculture committee members were hoping to begin the farm bill legislative process before Christmas. That didn’t happen of course. Everything in Washington, especially on Capitol Hill, is backlogged and bogged down. But the agriculture committees have been quietly negotiating and drafting farm bill language behind the scenes and in a bipartisan manner. Leadership of both committees say they’ll be ready jump-start the farm bill process in January.

The committees will have limited budgets and increased demands from new players in the farm bill arena. Groups representing organic, natural, local, fresh, sustainable, specialty crops, young and beginning farmers, veteran farmers and more are clamoring for a piece of the farm bill pie. Crop insurance and SNAP (food stamps) will be targeted for reductions to pay for new programs. Oregon Democrat Representative Blumenauer and several colleagues have already introduced an alternative farm bill that trims the more traditional farm programs and highlights numerous small and new programs.

Alternative TV

When a major carrier dropped family-owned RFD-TV from its lineup last year, the response from rural and small town America was immediate. RFD-TV headquarters in Nashville were swamped with hundreds of thousands of letters, emails and notes from fans. Most major TV channels are based on the coasts. By inauguration time, networks were wondering if voters who felt forgotten by politicians also felt forgotten by television networks. Advertisers began to notice RFD-TV’s programming that includes Ag Day, Market Day Report, the Cowboy Channel, FarmHer, Dude Ranch Roundup, Opry Encore, Home Improvement, classic reruns (Gunsmoke, The Virginian, Hee Haw, Larry’s Country Diner, etc,) and more. Another major carrier has now picked up RFD-TV and the network continues to expand. RFD-TV will soon be available in U.S. House of Representatives offices.

Perspective on Values

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make a man a more clever devil. C.S Lewis

Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values. Dalai Lama

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Gas Tax Repeal Petition Instructions


Thank you for helping to repeal the Car and Gas Tax in California by signing the attached petition. Many petitions are thrown out because voters did not fill theirs out properly – so to ensure your petition counts, please read and follow these instructions carefully.

STEP 1 - PRINT Print out the petition (see next page). Do not change the size of the form or adjust margins. Just print as is. You must fill out the petition with a PEN – preferably black or blue pen.

You may have signed up to pledge to sign the petition online – but the ONLY signature that really counts is a signature with a pen on paper of the form you are printing off in this packet. The attached petition (see next page) is the only official form for you to sign.

STEP 2 – SIGN IN TWO PLACES You will need to sign in TWO PLACES on this petition. Why? Because you are technically both signing the petition and circulating the petition.

To sign the petition, go to block one. Print your first and last name, print your street address where you are legally registered to vote, and include your zip code. Then SIGN your name in this block. Please do NOT write in the column that says “This Column for official use only.”

You must also sign the portion for the CIRCULATOR – since you are downloading this form you are considered a “circulator” as well as a “signer.” In the Declaration of Circulator box, print your name, and put today’s date in all date fields. Sign this Circulator block again and write the county you live in.


Mail your signed petitions by January 10, 2018 to Reform California PO Box 27227 San Diego CA 92198

OPTIONAL STEP: ASK OTHERS TO SIGN As a circulator on this form, you may ask others in your household or in your circle of friends to sign the other remaining block on this form today as well.

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We'd like to Thank ..........

and recognize the following generous members, Granges, family & friends from across the country for contributing to the 2017 CA Fires Support Fund:

▪ Abreim - California
▪ Adams - California
▪ Anderson Grange - California
▪ Aromas Grange - California
▪ Bailey - California
▪ Barber - Kansas
▪ Barrell - California
▪ Bennett Valley Grange - California
▪ Bevans - California
▪ Bikoff - Wahington D.C.
▪ Booth - California
▪ Boring - Damascus Grange - Oregon
▪ Calfasso - New Jersey
▪ Charbonneau - Conn
▪ Chernoff - California
▪ B Clouse - California
▪ M Clouse - California
▪ Croucher - New York
▪ Danville Grange - California
▪ Dows Prairie Grange - California
▪ Elsnab - California
▪ Felmer - California
▪ Ferguson - Washington
▪ Founds - California
▪ Fuller - California
▪ George - California
▪ Geiger - California
▪ Gularte - California
▪ Hamp - Washington
▪ Hansen - Caliofornia
▪ Harper - California
▪ Haversat - California
▪ Hill - California
▪ Hite
▪ Hoel - California
▪ Huber - Pennsylvania
▪ Keiser
▪ Kennedy
▪ Komski - California
▪ Kotula - New Jersey
▪ Lamb
▪ Lerman - California
▪ Luttrell - Oregon
▪ Mad River Grange - California
▪ Manning - New Jersey
▪ Marina Grange - California
▪ McKern - Washington
▪ McCord
▪ Mears
▪ Merritt - Oklahoma
▪ Milburn - California
▪ L Moramarco - California
▪ S Moramarco - California
▪ N Moramarco - California
▪ Muchowski - California
▪ New Deal Grange - Maryland
▪ Noah - Oregon
▪ Old Growth Timbers - California
▪ Open Farm Tours
▪ Oregon State Grange Foundation - Oregon
▪ Osterback - California
▪ Pompper - South Carolina
▪ Plank - Indiana
▪ Potomac Grange - Washington D.C.
▪ Ray
▪ Schirle - California
▪ Skinner - Washington D.C.
▪ Stefenoni - California
▪ Taylor Proctor - California
▪ Warner - California
▪ West County Fiber Arts Weist
▪ Wertin
▪ Wilkins - Washington D.C.
▪ Winegar -California
▪ Whitesboro Grange - California

Funds Delivered....

2017 CA Fires Support fund disbursements

3 Redwood Valley Grange members, Tim Easterbrook, Nori Dolal & Cathy Monroe each receiving $1,000 delivered by Jeff Box, President Redwood Valley Grange to assist them in rebuilding after losing everything.

Redwood Valley Grange also received a check for $2,500 specifically designated to them through the fund raising efforts of Whitesboro Grange #766.

Full Accounting

We anticipate having a full accounting by Dec 7th and Complete Disbursement by the Dec 15th. We will send out the complete reconciliation to all that receive these emails shortly.

Thank you

FUNDS are Still Available
Members and Grange's that have needs are the priority. Please send a request to the State Grange via your Master / President to

2017 CA Fires Support Fund


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Every donation of $25.00 or more will receive this T-Shirt in appreciation of the generosity - "California Granges - Moving Together" The California State Grange, utilizing the National Grange 501(c)(3) Foundation has established the “2017 CA Fires Support Fund” to receive tax deductible charitable donations. This Grange Charitable Fund will be used to provide support to those effected Members and Community/Pomona Granges having needs created by the wildfires.