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August 2018

We just got word today, that the Buckeye Grange Hall did not burn in the Carr Fire. The Buckeye Grange Hall is located north and east of Redding.

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Guild NEVER Solvent!

On August 1st, the court-appointed receiver, Robert Greeley, filed his Second Interim Inventory and Tracing Report in the main state court action pending before Judge Brown. In this report, Receiver Greeley provided his conclusions to the Judge regarding the disposition of Grange property by the Guild. Based on his thorough review of all records he could obtain, Receiver Greeley found that Mr. McFarland and the other individuals controlling the Guild owe the California State Grange $5,073,776.

You can read the full report HERE.

The California State Grange continues to take steps to recover all Grange property wrongfully taken by the Guild. The court rulings—from trial and appellate courts in both the California and Federal systems—have uniformly held that Grange rules apply in California and Grange property must remain in the Order. The California State Grange intends to enforce its rights, including (if necessary) by holding individuals accountable that acted improperly in diverting Grange property. We understand that the “spin” from Mr. McFarland and the Guild has caused great confusion. If you have any doubt in your mind about what the right thing to do is, we urge you to review the various court rulings; your Subordinate Grange’s Charter, constitution, by-laws, corporate documents (articles of incorporation, SI-100s) and financial records (checks, loan documents, etc.); the California State Grange’s Constitution and By-Laws; and the National Grange’s Digest of Laws. If you still have any doubts, get advice from competent and non-conflicted legal counsel. Finally, if you think it would be helpful to speak to the California State Grange about these issue, please feel free to call or e-mail us any time. The California State Grange continues to work out amicable solutions to bring individuals and Granges back into good standing in our Order, and we are always happy to have a conversation.

Table Summarizing Grange Property Spent by Guild (Click image to view larger format)



Main Topics in the Report:
1. TRACING 2018 GUILD DUES
2. INSOLVENCY FROM ORIGIN
3. CONTINUED INSOLVENCY – USE OF GRANGE REVENUES AND ASSETS
4. OFF- BALANCE SHEET TRANSACTIONS
5. GRANGE NOTE RECEIVABLE PAYMENTS RECEIVED BY THE GUILD
6. UNACCOUNTED FOR FUNDS 4/5/13 through 12/31/14
7. GUILD DEBT INCURRED –THEN REDUCED USING GRANGE ASSETS
8. GRANGE RECORDS, GUILD ORIGIN AND ADDITIONAL ACCOUNTING ISSUES

CONCLUSION


1. No Guild funds were turned over to the Receivership Estate.
2. The Guild was never solvent.
a. The Guild incurred liability for Guild legal expenses as early as 2012.
b. The Guild wrote off Grange Loan Receivable Assets in March of 2013.
c. Guild expenditures exceed Guild revenues in each year from 2013 through 2018.

The Receiver concludes the Guild owes the Receivership Estate $5,073,776. The amount due is based on the records and his analysis of the Guild accounting and activities, the Grange assets at 4/5/13, the derivative revenues from those assets, the conversions of those 4/5/13 assets, trust funds, and property—which were expended in the Guild’s operation of the Grange assets. That amount is due to the Receivership Estate and RSG. For the time between 4/5/13 and 3/31/18 (“The Period”), the Guild initially operated by expending Grange assets, it then collected Grange revenues (and subsequently Guild revenues) and expended ALL of the revenues collected. Additionally the Guild expended Grange assets during The Period for the operation of the Guild. The Guild owes the Receivership Estate the amounts of the expenditures and the $1,876,006 which is the amount of the Grange assets expended which were not included in the Income Statements of the Guild for The Period.

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

Date: Sunday, August 12, 2018

Open Session 11:00 am to Close of Business (Closed session will be 9:00 am to 11:00 am)

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 August 7, 2018.

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




July 2018

POLICY UPDATES AND ISSUE NEWS
JULY 2018 WRAP-UP

Overview


The House of Representatives is on traditional August Recess until September 4. In an unusual move, the Senate will stay in session during August. The Senate is expected to complete the fiscal 2019 appropriations bills to fund USDA, EPA, FDA, and Interior during this timeframe. Hill work on the farm bill will continue behind the scenes. Agriculture anticipated a House vote on a specific ag worker bill during July and sponsors of the legislation had assurance from House leadership for floor time. Opposition by California interests caused the ag worker bill to be pulled from the calendar. Fake milk and lab grown meat are on FDA's agenda. The National Grange and several state Granges are helping with the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) to fight the nation's opioid crisis. Drug prices and pharmacy benefit manager mergers are targets of a House Committee. Trade wars have farmers and ranchers nervous. President Trump announced a $12 billion agriculture relief package July 24

Agriculture and Food

The 2018 Farm Bill


Both the Senate and House have passed their version of the new farm bill. The House voted to go to conference with the Senate to iron out statutory language differences and come up with a compromise farm bill that will go back to Senate and House floors for final action. The Senate is expected to name their conferees and vote soon to go to conference with the House. Staff and committee leadership will work through the August congressional recess to resolve as many differences as possible and the conference committee should convene in early September. The goal is to complete the farm bill by September 30 when many programs in the 2014 farm bill will expire. Both bill commodity titles and crop insurance titles are similar and largely consistent with the 2014 farm bill. The bills differ in overall conservation funding and their approach to working lands conservation. The most difficult issue to reconcile between the House and Senate will be food assistance known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP). The House bill would require able-bodied persons 18 through 59 without dependent children to work or do job training for at least 20 hours per week. The Senate version does not seek additional work requirements. The legislation is still called the farm bill but 79% of farm bill spending goes toward food programs. The remainder of farm bill spending is for crop insurance 8%, commodity programs 6%, conservation 6% and miscellaneous 1%.

Proposed Relief for Livestock Haulers

Eleven Senators have introduced bipartisan legislation to provide common sense to the Department of Transportation's new hours of service and Electronic Logging Device regulations. The livestock industry is concerned about the health, safety, and welfare of animals in transit especially during weather extremes and feels this flexibility will add practical guidelines to the DOT's new rules.

The Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act provides that:
   • These regulations do not apply until a driver travels more than 300 miles from their source
   • Extends the hours of service on-duty maximum time from 11 hours to a minimum of 15 hours and maximum of 18 hours for on-duty time.
   • Loading, unloading and waiting times are exempt from hours of service
   • Grants flexibility for drivers to rest at any point during their trip without counting against hours of service
   • Allows drivers to complete their trip regardless of hours if they are within 150 air miles from the delivery point
   • After delivery, the driver must take a break for a period that is 5 hours less than the maximum on-duty time

Whole Milk, Cheese and Butter Vindicated?

A new study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is yet another addition to the ongoing vindication of dairy products. Evidence continues to mount that perceived health risks of dairy fats are less clear than previously believed. An analysis of 2,907 adults found that people with higher and lower levels of dairy fats in their blood had the same rate of death during a 22-year period. This implies that whole vs. skim vs. 2-percent milk didn't matter, nor did butter vs. margarine.

Fake Milk

The dairy industry has been struggling for years over use of the term "milk" during the market expansion of plant-based almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk and more. Even though the federal government has formal standards of identity definitions for food items that include the term "milk" as the product of a lactating animal, the FDA has not enforced the definition. That may change. FDA Commissioner Gottlieb indicates his agency will crack down on non-dairy products labeled as milk and yogurt. FDA will solicit public comment before taking further steps to redefine the labeling rules.

Lab-Grown Meat

Now the meat industry faces not only labeling challenges but jurisdictional hurdles as well. Several start-up companies have successfully produced cell-cultured meat and sea food from cells grown in the lab outside of the animal. Several of these companies are pushing for commercial market opportunities. What will be the oversight for these new unusual food products to enter the consumer food chain?

FDA Commissioner Gottlieb points to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act language that FDA has "jurisdiction over food which includes articles used for food and articles used for components of any such articles." USDA Secretary Perdue has jurisdiction over the Federal Meat Inspection Act that defines "meat" as the muscle of any cattle, sheep, swine or goats, and "meat food product" as any article capable of use as human food which is made wholly or in part from any meat or other portion of the carcass thereof. These statutory definitions appear to give USDA jurisdiction. However, determining who will regulate cell-cultured meat promises to be a heated interagency turf battle.

Are Homegrown Foods Safer?

Food safety is often cited as a primary reason why people grow their own produce. Fact is, food-borne illnesses are almost as likely to be caused by homegrown produce as by fresh foods acquired elsewhere. Disease-causing bacteria can contaminate produce from the soil, compost, manure, and water. Almost half of all food-borne illness outbreaks are caused by fresh produce eaten raw. Thorough washing of produce, hands, utensils and cutlery is imperative.

Environment

Emissions Reporting


The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it is implementing legislation passed in March that exempts farmers from having to report emissions from animal manure and other wastes.

Current statutory reporting requirements were initially intended for superfund sites many years ago.

Brown Gold?

U.S. dairy producers in growing numbers are making money from what they are calling "brown gold." These dairymen are using digesters to turn manure into biogas which is later compressed into compressed gas. The leftover liquids and solids are made into fertilizer, plastic, biodegradable flower pots, animal bedding, peat moss substitute and more.

Health Care

Meeting the Opioid Crisis


The National Grange is helping coordinate the roll out of the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI), a new coalition to fight the nation's opioid crisis. State Granges in Maryland, New Hampshire, Indiana and Nevada are already part of the coalition in their states. Granges in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont will host RALI coalition activities at the New England Grange House during the Eastern States Exposition in late September.

Lowering Drug Prices and Out-of-Pocket Costs

The National Grange has worked with several patient groups and medical provider organizations in July to provide feedback to the Department of Health and Human Services on their request for information on their HHS Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs. Suggestions included taking a close look at prices and rebates along the drug supply chain, putting the patient first in line to receive discounts and rebates, and protecting current Medicare D and Part B programs with the patient in mind.

Spotlight on Pharmacy Benefit Managers

The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on July 27 asking for a retrospective review of mergers of pharmacy benefit managers and how these mergers have affected drug prices for patients. Pharmacy benefit managers oversee drug plans for employer and union-sponsored health plans. PBMs negotiate with drug makers to get rebates for putting their drugs on a health plan's formulary. The three largest merged PBMs account for over 50 percent of market revenues. The concern is that pharmacy benefit managers are getting paid by both sides of a transaction: the insurance companies who pay PBMs a fee as their customer and the drug makers who PBMs are supposed to be negotiating against.

Rural Hospitals Continue to Close

Medical care continues to become an issue of distance for those living in rural America. For many, the doctors who were in the old hospital that was just around the corner are now 100 miles away. Since 2010, at least 85 rural hospitals have closed. Contributing to the closings are lack of personal insurance, cuts to public health insurance programs, struggles with debt, cost of technology upgrades, and sharply worsening finances in states that do not expand Medicaid.

Air Ambulances on the Rise

As rural hospitals continue to shutter their doors, the medical helicopter, or air ambulance, has attempted to fill the gap in many areas. The number of ambulance helicopters has steadily grown from around 100 in the early 1980's to 1,045 in 2016. The main problem with air ambulances is cost, so they are only used in extreme emergencies. According to the Government Accountability Office, the average cost of a medical flight was about $30,000 in 2016. That same year Medicare paid an average of $6,502 per call. Under Medicare rules, whatever Medicare pays, that's all the provider will get. Those without insurance or Medicare are liable for the entire bill.

Immigration/Ag Workforce

Any hope of major comprehensive immigration has stalled out for this congressional cycle. Immigration, likeso many otherissues has becomea politicalfootball without an end game. On the other hand, the need for ag labor encompasses the whole country and transcends political parties. The National Grange has been part of a large agriculture coalition working to get specific ag worker legislation through Congress separate from comprehensive immigration legislation. Sponsors of the bipartisan Agriculture Guestworker and Legal Workforce Act had commitments from House leadership to address ag labor the week of July 23. But unfortunately, opposition developed from California that caused the legislation to be pulled from the floor. The August recess lasts until September 4. A floor vote in September hinges on bringing the California interests to the table. In the meantime, numerous crops are well into harvest and needing ag labor.

Telecommunications

Farm Bill Directs Broadband to Unserved First


The Senate version of the farm bill places new restrictions on the USDA's Rural Utilities Service Broadband Loan Program. The Senate broadband provision gives priority to loan applications that propose to provide broadband service to rural communities that do not have any residential broadband service.

Telemedicine More Important Than Ever

As rural hospitals close or consolidate, residents have the option to drive an hour or two or three to reach expert medical care. Another option the National Grange is continually focusing on is telemedicine. New telemedicine programs leverage the internet with a local clinic to provide patients with diagnosis and monitoring that previously were only possible at a hospital. A virtual clinic is a third great option. Nurses, doctors and technicians are available to patients online using high speed internet service and two-way cameras. Patients measure vital signs with medical tools that plug into iPads and data is relayed directly to the doctor for diagnosis.

Trade

Producers on Edge


America's current trade wars have farmers and ranchers on edge. Our NAFTA agreement could not be finalized with Canada and Mexico before trade disputes erupted with several more countries. As American commodities lose market share because of retaliatory tariffs, other countries jump in to expand their market share. As the President tries to realign America's trade balance with the rest of the world in items like cars, parts, intellectual property, steel, aluminum, and many more products, retaliation from abroad on U.S. food and agriculture products jumps to the forefront. Agriculture may take more than its share of body blows as the trade war escalates.

Short Term Relief

On July 24, President Trump and Secretary Perdue announced a $12 billion relief package aimed at insulating agriculture producers in the short term to give the President time to work through longer term trade deals. The reaction from most farmers and ranchers was, "We would rather have trade than aid." But most producers acknowledge short term infusion could help.

How USDA will implement the aid package:
   • The Commodity Credit Corporation (created in 1933 to provide price support for farmers during the Depression and Dust Bowl) will provide incremental payments through the Farm Service Agency. Still to be determined is how and to whom will these payments be made and in what amounts.
   • Additional food program purchases and distribution
   • Trade promotion to new markets

Perspective

"The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with fruitful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations."
Pope John Paul II

"A leader must be a good listener. He must be willing to take counsel. He must show a genuine concern and love for those under his stewardship."
James Faust

"If more politicians in this country were thinking about the next generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United States and the world."
Claude Pepper

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

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Thank you Frederick County, Maryland Granges - Fire Support funds available

This past week the California State Grange received an unsolicited donation from Brothers and Sisters of Frederick County, Maryland, Pomona and Junior Granges. They send their thoughts and prayers to the members of California that have faced and are facing tragedy due to the wildfires in our state. Those funds are available NOW to provide support to members and subordinate Granges that need financial support. Please contact me for further details.

Thank you Maryland Granges! Your act of concern and kindness represents the best of our fraternity.

Any Interest - We Can Help.

National Funding

Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Coalition Building to Encourage Youth Volunteer Activities Youth Service America: Lead Agency Program

Youth Service America (YSA) supports a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. YSA’s Lead Agency Program is intended to activate youth volunteers on September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, MLK Day of Service weekend, and Global Youth Service Day. The program provides grants of up to $6,000 to nonprofit organizations who bring together coalitions of youth development and community-based organizations, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, national service programs, and faith-based organizations. Through their partner coalitions, Lead Agency grantees will be required to activate a minimum of 1,000 youth for each of the three days of service. Applicants should focus on engaging middle and high school aged youth, especially those from underserved communities. Applications will be reviewed and grantees selected on a rolling basis through August 10, 2018. Visit the YSA website to learn more about the program.

Initiatives to Assist Low-Income Seniors Funded

AARP Foundation


The AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. The Foundation has issued the following Requests for Applications (RFAs): The Increasing Social Connectedness for Older Adults RFA will support nonprofit organizations with innovative solutions to bring to scale proven approaches that increase social support and connectedness among low-income older adults. The Tackling Senior Food Insecurity RFA will support nonprofit organizations with innovative solutions to bring to scale proven approaches that increase food security for low-income older adults. The application deadline for both RFAs is September 28, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about each grant opportunity.

Grants Promote No-Kill Animal Shelters

Maddie’s Fund: Innovation Grants


The mission of Maddie’s Fund is to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. Maddie's Fund grants help build and sustain a no-kill nation so shelter dogs and cats can be guaranteed a loving home. The Fund’s Innovation Grants of up to $5,000 are intended to help implement new programs or expand existing programs at local shelters and rescue organizations that will address specific lifesaving categories. U.S. nonprofit organizations and government animal welfare organizations focused on dogs and/or cats are eligible to apply. Based on the lifesaving category, applications will be accepted from July 30 through August 6, or October 22 through 29, 2018. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the

Innovation Grants program.

Efforts to Address Punitive Immigration Policies Supported Borealis Philanthropy: Immigration Litigation Fund

The goal of the Immigration Litigation Fund, administered by Borealis Philanthropy, is to ensure that the nation’s immigration enforcement system is fair, humane, and prioritizes the civil and human rights of those vulnerable to deportation. The Fund supports impact litigation efforts that challenge discriminatory, unlawful, and overly punitive immigration enforcement policies and practices at any stage of the enforcement trajectory from identification and apprehension, to detention and removal, as well as efforts to exclude certain immigrants from entering the country. Project support is provided for impact litigation costs and strategic convenings meant to advance coordination on an issue related to enforcement and impact litigation efforts. Public interest legal groups, advocates, and community-based organizations are eligible to apply. The Fund will be accepting applications through December 1, 2018. Visit the Borealis Philanthropy website to learn more about the Immigration Litigation Fund.

Federal Funding

Opportunities from the U.S. Government Program Supports Pollution Prevention Environmental Protection Agency

The Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program supports pollution prevention approaches that reduce or eliminate pollutants from entering any waste stream or being otherwise released into the environment. The application deadline is August 23, 2018. Funding Available to Address Gangs Department of Justice The Gang Suppression Planning Grants Program is designed to reduce violent crime, gangs, and victimization and promote public safety in communities. Funding supports strategic planning and capacity building work through multidisciplinary and community partnerships. The application deadline is August 27, 2018.

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Thoughts and prayers are needed for numerous Grange members in Shasta County that are actively evacuating. According to reports, 60-70 mile an hour winds are making the fire very to fight and moving very rapidly.

Buckeye Grange is most definitely in the path.

If any members are in need of assistance, please call the California State Grange 916-454-5805, we have resources to help!

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Last Friday July 20th, the Sacramento Superior Court continued the quasi-criminal trial of Robert McFarland and former Guild attorney Mark Ellis for their contempt of Judge Brown’s court orders due to Mr. McFarland’s health.

The contempt trial will now take place on August 10. McFarland’s and Ellis’s request for a jury trial was denied. We will keep you informed as to what happens.

You can read the declaration that Mr. McFarland filed here.



IN THIS ISSUE:

• Grange booth/display at fair still an important tool for Order
• Youth deadline day is coming!
• Does your healthcare provider know about your military service?
• Grange Supply Store clearance
• Lecturer's round-up and preview
• Legacy Families sought; applications due by Aug. 6
• Pre-order your "That's the Grange Way" 2019 calendar
• Youth snowflake fundraiser planned for 152nd Annual Grange convention
• Save, support using Monroe Classic partnership
• Exclusive Member Benefits
• Save the Date: Grange Revival July 23 - 28, 2019
• August 1 deadline fast approaching for fellows applications
• American handicraft raffle
• 2018 Quilt Block Contest
• 152nd Annual National Grange Convention
• Ensure the Grange future in 4 easy steps

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Just a reminder that applications for the 2018 Fellows Program is August 1st.

You are invite you to apply to become a 2018 Communications Fellow at the 152nd Annual National Grange Convention in Stowe, Vermont. This opportunity is made possible thanks to generous funding provided by TracFone but there are VERY limited spots available and those who become fellows are expected to make time for training prior to the start of National Convention.

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OFFICIAL NOTICE

OF THE 143RD ANNUAL SESSION OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE GRANGE

REDWOOD EMPIRE FAIRGROUNDS, UKIAH, CALIFORNIA

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 THROUGH TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2018


OFFICIAL NOTICE; Per the California State Grange By-Laws, Article V, Section 5.3.3 (a), this is the official notice of the 143rd Annual Session of the California State Grange.

Per Article V, Section 5.1, Granges are entitled to send two delegates to the State Grange Session if the Grange meets the following:

5.1.1 Delegate Body – The State Grange is a Delegate body. Each Subordinate/ Community and Pomona Grange in California that is not more than one quarter in arrears for dues to the State Grange is entitled to representation at all State Grange meetings.

All Quarterly Reports and dues need to be current in order to meet the above requirements in the by-laws.

DEADLINE FOR RESOLUTIONS REGARDING BY-LAWS

Per Section 21.1.3, all resolutions to adopt, amend, or repeal any provisions of the By-Laws of the California State Grange must be RECEIVED by the State Grange Secretary no later than July 22, 2018

Resolutions may be submitted by mail with the signatures of the Master and Secretary with the seal of the Grange. Resolutions may also be submitted online using the verification process established at this link:

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Convention Tidbits

Resolutions and Committee’s - a little information:


• The State Master does not lobby for or against any resolutions.
• The State Master does assign the Chairperson and committee members.
• The Chairperson is ideally someone who has knowledge of the committee scope through previous committee participation and/or work in either Grange, Government or Private Sector practices and understands the procedures and responsibilities of the job and can lead a “herd of cats” – lol.
• The committee chair runs their committee in an orderly fashion.
• Committees are formed with an attempt to balance a mix of individuals that have either expressed interest in a particular committee or that have personal interest and/or knowledge of a committee subject matter.
• Members of a committee are free to interact within the committee within the scope and management set out by the committee chair.
• ANYONE can attend any committee meeting as a guest BUT they cannot participate in any way unless the chair permits and that participation is limited to Questions and Answers.
• An author of a resolution is not permitted to actively lobby a committee. That work is saved for the delegate floor.
• If an author happens to be within a committee they must remove themselves (temporarily) from the committee member role and must be treated as a guest, only to speak when acknowledged.
• The Community Grange Master / Secretary (with passage of selected resolution by their membership) of each individual Grange, submit their own resolutions without interference from anyone outside their own Grange.
• No one can get involved with selection or culling of any Granges resolutions (unless found to be out of Order by the State Master). This is the work and purpose of committees.
• IF, two resolutions are written exactly identical to each other, the authors (or Sponsor) will be combined on the “Submitted by” when formatting for the State Session.
• Per the National Grange Digest, the State Grange Master does not vote in session unless as a delegate representative of his or her Subordinate or Pomona Grange. However, the State Master may vote in case of a tie vote. (Section 4.7.3 National Digest).
• As State Master, I do see the titles & authors of resolutions prior to delegate distribution to review committee assignments and assess the amount of work assigned to any committees.
• As State Master, I do not read the resolutions until they are distributed to the delegate body. Unless informed by the Secretary of a circumstance that needs the State Master’s attention.
• The State Master’s role is to provide order utilizing Roberts Rules of Order and to ensure that Grange law is followed in session.
• The State Master can contribute to a committee, as a guest.

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Fire Strikes - Hornbrook Grange 391

It has been reported that the Hornbrook Grange Hall (Siskiyou County) was destroyed in the K

The Klamathon Fire started Thursday afternoon, July 5, and quickly spread. Interstate 5 between Yreka and Ashland, Ore., was closed during the night but reopened Friday morning.

CAL FIRE reported Friday morning that the fire had grown to more than 21,800 acres and one civilian fatality had been confirmed. Identity of the deceased was pending further

CalFire has reported 15 structures destroyed. Governor Brown declared a state of emergency in Siskiyou County Thursday night, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency states in a press release that it has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of California to combat the fire.

According to FEMA, the fire was also threatening other buildings, Interstate 5, BNSF Railroad, infrastructure, utilities and watershed.

FEMA also reported that Fire Management Assistance Grants provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides funding for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause major disasters. Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.

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Be Fire Safe - Be Ready!

As we can see and hear once again fires are in our communities. You cant help others unless you yourself are safe and sound. Attached is a list originated by the American Red Cross, we highly suggest you read it and act. It could be one of the most beneficial hours that you every spent.




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Western Yolo Grange is an evacuation center for the Guinda Fire

16787 Forrest Ave.
Guinda, CA

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Contact - Paul Muller - 1-530-796-3464

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