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October 2018

At the 143rd Annual Session of the California State Grange, we were presented with 27 resolutions, 22 were adopted, 2 were withdrawn, 2 were rejected and 1 was postponed to the 2019 Session.

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POLICY UPDATES AND ISSUE NEWS SEPTEMBER 2018 WRAP-UP

Overview

The House has recessed for a month until after the midterm elections. The Senate is consumed with the Supreme Court nominee. The farm bill is still in limbo on the Hill. "Milk" is milk? National and state Granges step up on opioids and other health care priorities. Grange has concerns for local TV programming. U.S.-Mexico -Canada and Korean trade deals come to agreement. Japan commits to negotiate a trade pact. Meanwhile, the U.S. has slapped China with new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and China is expected to retaliate with tariffs against U. S. agriculture products.

Agriculture and Food:

Farm Bill

There'll be no farm bill now until after the November 6 elections. Although the Senate is still in session for much of October, the House has adjourned until November 13. However, leaders of both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees have committed to continue their dialogue toward farm bill compromises on the bill's 12 titles during this down time. We hear lots of talk around Washington that if Democrats gain control of the House, they may not vote on a farm bill until next year when they have more control. Colin Peterson (D-7, MN), ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee insists he is not interested in delaying the farm bill past the November-December lame-duck session.

The House GOP's insistence on tightening work requirements for food stamp recipients isn't gaining traction with Senate negotiators. A tough battle has developed between House Chairman Conaway and Senate Chairman Roberts over a provision in the House bill that would end payments on base acres that have not been planted to program crop for the past 10 years. There are also major differences over the conservation title. The House bill eliminates the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and uses the savings to fund the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other House priorities both within and outside the conservation title.

Even though the current farm bill expired on September 30, most major farm bill provisions enjoy permanent authorization which allows them to be funded under the recent continuing resolution (CR). The CR passed by congress and signed by the President will fund most programs of the federal government until December 7. However , many of the more recent minor farm bill programs are not covered by permanent funding authority and will not have funding until a new farm bill or current farm bill extension is passed in December. These include value-added producer grants, assistance to disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers, farmers market and local food promotion, organic certification cost-share, foreign market development, and several more.

Industries Battle Over "Milk" Label

The dairy industry has long sought to restrict the use of the term "milk", "yogurt" and "cheese" to the product of lactating animals. Recent comments by FDA Commissioner Gottlieb indicate his agency may be listening. Gottlieb says implementing clear and transparent food labels and claims are a high priority for him. The rising demand for plant-based products has created a growing number of new food choices in supermarket aisles. The FDA has concerns that the labeling of some plant-based products may lead consumers to believe these have the same nutritional attributes as dairy products even though these products can vary widely in nutritional content. The FDA has opened a Request for Information (RFI) to receive new data submissions as it seeks to modernize its Standards of Identity which define characteristics, ingredients and quality of specific foods.

Additional SNAP Options for Hurricane Victims

USDA will allow food stamp participants to buy hot food with their benefits through October 31. Normally, hot foods and foods ready for immediate consumption cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits. The waiver is meant to support those Florence victims evacuated to shelters and those lacking access to cooking facilities.

Health Care:

The Opioid Battle


Grassroots Grangers in several states began working with the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) coalition at its inception several months ago. As the initiative expands, more state Granges are invited to jump on board. RALI involves local community-based efforts by Granges, first responders, civic groups, businesses, prevention and recovery support groups, policy makers, educators, law enforcement, and many more. The coalition is present at local and state-wide events to raise awareness, distribute information, provide guidance for treatment and recovery, and distribute quick and easy drug disposal bags.

$1 Billion to Fight Opioid Epidemic

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $1 billion to states, communities and organizations to provide prevention and treatment services, support substance abuse and mental health needs, ramp up response activities, and support communities and families on the front lines. These are funds appropriated by Congress earlier this year.

Congress Takes Addiction Action

A massive bipartisan multi-pronged package of 70 bills aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic cleared the Senate 99-1. While the package focuses on prevention and treatment, it cracks down on the shipment of deadly synthetic opioids into the U.S. from other countries. It temporarily lifts the ban on Medicaid funds for institutional treatment of all substance use disorder, not just opioids and cocaine. This is hugely critical because of the re-emergence of cheap methamphetamine or meth that is mass produced by cartel super labs in Mexico. A renewed drug crisis affects other areas of health care and the economy. Drug users are unable to pass drug tests for jobs and the spread of HIV and hepatitis C has increased where needle use is common. The House passed a similar bipartisan measure earlier and the combined package, called the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities, was sent to the White House to be signed with President Trump's support.

Not Just Opioids

Thousands of foster children may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without appropriate safeguards according to a new report from Health and Human Services. It found that about 1 in 3 foster kids from a sample of states were prescribed psychiatric drugs without treatment plans or follow-up standard steps in sound medical care. Conversely, investigators found that many foster children who need medication to help them function at school may be going untreated. The HHS Administration for Children and Families is expected to develop a strategy to help states meet requirements for prescribing psychiatric drugs to foster children and raise standards for case-by-case oversight.

More Health Care Actions

The National Grange has been engaged on several additional health care fronts this past month. These actions included:

• The National Grange sent a statement to the Hill urging members of Congress to take action on the looming Medicare Part D cliff. By 2020, an out-of-pocket "cliff" or "donut hole" will increase the catastrophic threshold by $1,250 and require already vulnerable patients to spend more money for prescription drugs before reaching catastrophic coverage.
• The National Grange joined a large number of health professionals and patient advocacy groups to encourage the HHS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to withdraw their plans to require step therapy to manage Part B specialty drugs in circumstances that do not require step therapy. This "fail first" policy requires patients to fail on one treatment preferred by the insurance companies before being approved to receive the first choice treatment by their doctor.
The National Grange joined the medical community and patient advocacy groups to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Medicare Part D comprehensive prescription drug benefit program. Over 80% of seniors say their plan is a good value and their plan works well and without hassle.
• The National Grange wrote FCC Commissioner Carr to reiterate support for the FCC's Connected Care Pilot Program. The pilot program will use Universal Service Funds to support technologies that connect rural patients with medical providers using broadband. The Grange urged Commissioner Carr to give non-facilities based wireless carriers such as wireless resellers the opportunity to participate in the pilot program.

Telecommunications:

Comcast-NBCU Merger Concerns


The National Grange and 21 state Granges cosigned a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee and Assistant Attorney General in preparation for an October 3 committee hearing on antitrust issues. The Granges asked that the expiring 2011 Comcast-NBC-Universal merger conditions be extended. Specifically, a binding arbitration agreement must be continued and safeguards must be put in place to protect rural consumers from high prices, inaccessibility to programming and blocking competition.

USDA e-Connectivity Pilot Projects

The National Grange submitted comments to Secretary Perdue encouraging him to include the use of TV white spaces spectrum in the USDA's rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program. TVWS work by utilizing vacant spectrum in the UHF television band to deliver broadband to underserved rural areas. The rural broadband pilot program was made possible by a $600 million appropriation by Congress. The USDA invited comments on implementation of the pilot program. In addition, the National Grange supported the Federal Communications Commission decision to provide $4.5 billion from its Mobility Fund over the next decade to deploy 4G LTE broadband primarily to rural areas that would not be served in absence of government support.

5G Faces Policy Battles

Lightning fast 5G or fifth generation connectivity is a reality but getting it to customers will be a challenge. Building out 5G networks depend on both large cell towers and a profusion of small local cells that reach a few hundred feet and require a large number of sites. These sites can be utility poles, buildings or other existing locations. Challenges include municipality permitting and fees, rights of way, zoning, fees for pole and building attachment, and more. National Grange president Betsy Huber serves on the FCC subcommittee that is looking for ways to break down these barriers.

Trade:

NAFTA

The trade news of the month of course was the announcement of a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade pact. The deal will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Overall, the agriculture community is pleased with what they know of the agreement at the moment. The dairy industry is particularly pleased because:
• The Canadian class 7 pricing system is eliminated
• Canada agreed to phased-in increases for U.S. access for milk, cheese, cream, skim milk, powder, butter, ice cream, whey and other dairy products.
• American dairymen now have access to an additional 3.6 percent of Canada's total dairy market.

Wheat growers also won a big concession. Canada will cease to grade all U.S. wheat at the lowest feed grade possible regardless of quality. The poultry industry also won concessions for additional chicken, eggs and turkey sales to Canada. Most other U.S. agriculture commodities have already been able export to Canada more freely.

The agreement reportedly has stronger labor provisions, intellectual property protections, protections for certain pharmaceutical patents, environmental rules and rules of origin for cars. It will be reviewed every six years. Even with the U.S.-México-Canada agreement, the U.S. has not removed the steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico while talks continue on a deal to eliminate tariffs. The agreement now faces the challenge of congressional approval under scrutiny by both Republicans and Democrats.

U.S. - Korea Free Trade Agreement

President Trump and South Korea President Moon-Jae-in have successfully renegotiated the expiring KORUS agreement that has spurred agriculture exports of beef, pork, wheat, sorghum and other commodities. Cars and car parts were a sticking point. In the end, South Korea agreed to lift its cap on U.S. trucks, continue the U.S. 25 percent tariff on Korean trucks, and allow 50,000 U.S. cars per year into Korea, up from 25,000.

Japan Trade Agreement Next

In late September, President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced they had agreed to enter into talks aimed at establishing a bilateral free trade agreement between the two countries.

Miscellaneous:

Food Insecurity Down Slightly

Food insecurity in the United States as a whole has dropped from 12.3 percent of the population to 11.8 percent, the sixth straight year of decline since the recession according to the USDA. The South has the highest insecurity rate at 13.4 percent followed by the Midwest at 11.7 Percent, the West at 10.7 percent and the Northeast at 9.9 percent.

Squirrels Chomp on New England

A squirrel population explosion in New England is more than a nuisance. The bushy tailed rodents are eating apples, peaches, pumpkins, berries, gourds and raiding corn fields. A bumper crop of acorns last year is believed to have contributed to the squirrel explosion.

Perspective

"Human vanity can best be served by a reminder that, whatever his accomplishments, his sophistication, his artistic pretention, man owes his very existence to a six-inch layer of top soil - and the fact that it rains." ~ Richard L. Evans

"Culture is the intersection of people and life itself. It's how we deal with life, love, death, birth, disappointment...all of that is expressed in culture." ~ Wendell Pierce

"Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first, they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions." ~ Paulo Coelho

Note: Last month, apparently the quote from former Florida congressman Claude Pepper was conflated with a quote from Marcus Garvey by the email monster. We would like to correct that one and add one for good measure:

"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

"The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they've been appointed and thinking they've been anointed." ~ 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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At the recently concluded 2018 Annual Session of the California State Grange, the following Officers were elected.


• Master: Ed Komski, San Diego Co.
• Overseer: Kent Westwood, Mendocino Co.*
• Lecturer: Katie Squire, Fresno Co.
• Steward: Vince Scholten, Sonoma Co.*
• Assistant Steward: Brandon Nebbits, Kern Co.
• Lady Assistant Steward: Suzi Laskowski, Kern Co.
• Chaplain: Barbara Geiger, Monterey Co.
• Treasurer: Christina Webster, Sacramento Co.*
• Secretary: Lillian Booth, Butte Co.
• Gatekeeper: Jini Reynolds, Mendocino Co.*
• Ceres: Ellie Bruce, Mendocino Co.*
• Pomona: Lauren Linkemyer, Santa Cruz Co.*
• Flora: Emily Casterson, Santa Cruz Co.*
• Executive Committee: Martha Stefenoni, Somona Co.*
• Musican: Wendy DeWitt, Mendocino Co.*

The following position were not up for election.
• Executive Committee: Bob Clouse, Sacramento Co.
• Executive Committee: Erica Bruce, Mendocino Co.

With the exception of the Musican, the above officers were installed by our National Grange guest, Roger Bostwick, Priest Archon from Kansas. Installing Master, Bob Clouse; Marshall, Joseph Stefenoni; Chaplain Linda Macklin; Reglia Bearer, Melody Bostwick; Emblem Bearer, Bettyann Biringer-Rehm;Musicians, Martha Stefenoni and Lillian Booth.

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Grangers,

North Carolina farmers have suffered billions of dollars of damage to their crops from Hurricane Florence, just two years after huge losses from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Florence struck when harvests were just getting underway, so corn, cotton, peanuts, tobacco, and sweet potatoes have all been damaged or lost. Several Granges have asked about donations to assist with this disaster.

The NC Governor has set up a North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund to benefit farmers with losses. Checks should be made payable to: NC Disaster Relief Fund, 20312 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-0312.

Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse are also receiving contributions. Thank you for your generosity to fellow Grangers in need.

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September 2018


These essays by Walter Boomsma unpack the teachings of the Grange and relate them to today’s world and our everyday lives,” writes Betsy Huber, National Master (President) of the Grange. Many people, including Grange members themselves seem to be wondering about the relevance of this 150 year old organization in modern society.

They may find some answers in Exploring Traditions—Celebrating the Grange Way of Life, a series of essays encouraging readers to understand the basis of Grange ritual and tradition. This is not a “guide to the Grange,” it truly is an exploration of some of the words and actions found in the Grange ritual and tradition. Included are the Grange Mission Statement and Declaration of purposes, allowing readers to take away from the book a new and deeper understanding of the Grange—not merely as an historical organization, but also an organization that teaches a way of life that aligns us with nature and creates community.

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IN THIS ISSUE:


• 'Like it or not, if you're not changing, you're dead!'
• Maine member releases easy-to-read book 'Exploring Traditions' of the Grange
• Dispelling myths about suicide may be key component for prevention
• New Grange Benefit: No-contract cellular service
• Exclusive member pricing on select Keurig K-Cup flavors and brands
• Lecturer's round-up and preview
• Grange Supply Store: Get your clearance items.
• 2018 Quit Block Contest
• American Handicraft raffle
• Grange Foundation 2018 Mercantile
• 152nd Annual National Grange Convention
• Junior/Juvenile Grange BINGO
• Grange Revival 2019
• It's in your power. Help reduce food waste.
• 1 in 1,000 Club of the Grange Foundation
• Survey of Grange Attitudes, Outreach and Programming Activities related to Food Security and Food Literacy

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State President, Ed Komski has released his list of 2018 Convention Committee assignments. Click link below to view list.

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Please help us welcome Hilmar Grange #537 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: www.castategrange.org), Hilmar Grange #537 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 Hilmar Grange #537 for acquiring information and determining that they want to continue being a Grange.

Hilmar Grange #537
8188 Lander Ave.
Hilmar, CA 95324

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National Grange Convention Deadlines Are Approaching Fast

The 152nd Annual National Grange Convention is approaching fast. Please be sure to join us this year, Nov. 13 - 17, as an attendee or a volunteer. Make your room reservations with the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, VT and register online, by mail or by contacting the National Grange directly.

We can't wait to see you!

Early Bird Registration
September 12th

Register for the 152nd Annual National Grange Convention by September 12th and save $5 off the cost of registration.  Registration must be received by 5 PM EST. Click on the link below.



Hotel Cut-Off (Grange rates)
October 5th 

Rooms are booking up fast. Make your hotel accommodation directly with Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa. Call (800) 253-2232 or click below to make an online reservation.



Online Registration Cut-Off
October 12th

Online registration for the 152nd Annual National Grange convention is available until October 12th at 5 PM EST. Register and purchase meal/tour tickets online today. Click on the link below.




Questions:

Please contact the National Grange Convention Director, Stephanie Tiller, for questions regarding registration and hotel accommodations.

Stephanie Tiller

(202) 628-3507 ext. 113

stiller@nationalgrange.org



Join us for “Growing Through Inspiration” ...
at the 143rd Annual Session in Ukiah, September 22-25, 2018.


National Grange representatives for the Convention will be Roger & Melanie Bostwick from Kansas. Roger is a third generation Grange Member, currently serving as the Master of Kansas State Grange. He served as the Assistant Steward for the National Grange from 2007 to 2013. One of Roger’s favorite things about the Grange is the ritualistic work and the beauty and lessons contained in the degrees. He works for the Deluxe Corporation in Lenexa, Kansas and working the family farm he and Melanie own, naming it “Happy Hollow Farm”. They help raise Simmental cattle with Melanie’s parents as well as pigs, goats, and chickens. Roger also likes to spend his time restoring his 1942 Allis-Chalmers “C” tractor and other antique farm equipment. Melanie Steffey-Bostwick is a 5th Generation Grange member. She works for the Jefferson County Extension office as the Office Professional. Grange has always been an important part of Melanie’s life. She grew up in the Grange completing school projects at Grange meetings and traveling throughout Kansas to visit Granges. Melanie and Roger are passionate about the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Melanie has served as the County Chairperson for 13 of the 14 years they have been involved.

Roger and Melanie served on the National Grange Youth Team in 1993 and enjoyed meeting the many youth and Grange members across the nation. They are looking forward to meeting more of the California Grange members on this visit.


Committee work will begin!

Committees will be assigned in the next 10 days and work will begin in 17 please let us know about your interests and get those resolutions into the Lillian Booth, CSG Secretary

As we begin the preparation for what we can all be assured will be an exciting and constructive September 22-25 in Redwood Empire Fairgrounds, Ukiah.

Please go to our website CaStateGrange.org to see the complete schedule and usefull tools like:
– Session Schedule
– Who Can Attend
– Registration for Session
– Meals at Annual Session
– Fair Grounds
– Talent Show Applications
– Grange Expo Information
– Lodging
– Restaurants in the Area
– Things To Do in Ukiah Area
– Chamber / Hospital
– Committee Assignment Request
– Annual Session Volunteers
– Submitting Resolutions
– Memorial Service Submissions

We are currently taking names of interested members in good standing to be involved with the following committees:
– Agricultural
– Audit & Budget
– Citizenship
– Conservation
– Grange Law
– Growth & Development
– Health & Education
– Labor & Judiciary Brothers and Sisters -

More to come.

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August 2018

POLICY UPDATES AND ISSUE NEWS

AUGUST 2018 WRAP-UP

Overview


The Senate finally took a recess the last week of August instead of their traditional full month. House members recessed the full month. The Senate and House conference committee whose charge is to resolve farm bill differences between the Senate and House versions will convene September 5 as Congress returns to Washington. Chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Agriculture committees and their staffs have been engaged in negotiations behind the scenes throughout August. Lab grown meat has become a high profile issue creating a regulatory battle pitting traditional animal agriculture against alternative protein products. The opioid and drug addiction crisis is on the front burner at the National Grange as we and numerous state Granges engage with state and local coalitions to raise awareness and advocate recovery steps. Support for rural broadband expansion continues to build almost everywhere around Washington. The challenge will be funding and breaking down federal, state and local barriers to efficient and cost-effective methods. Waters of the U.S. raises its ugly head again in a court decision. The U.S. and Mexico have reached agreement in NAFTA trade negotiations and attention now turns to Canada. The USDA unveiled its $12 billion Market Facilitation Program trade aid package for agriculture.

Agriculture and Food

The 2018 Farm Bill


We may just get a farm bill through Congress by the end of September which has not been accomplished with several recent farm bills. The joint Senate- House conference committee plans to begin work September 5 to resolve differences between the two versions. Unlike recent farm bills, crop insurance, many conservation provisions, commodity payments, disaster protection, organics, credit, trade promotion, specialty crops, horticulture, forestry, research and more are largely noncontroversial this time around. Reconciling the conservation title around combining the popular Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) with Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) will be a challenge. The huge stumbling block between the Senate and House farm bill versions will be whether or not to increase work requirements to be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other food support programs.

The National Grange joined over 150 farm, commodity, food, wildlife, conservation, equipment manufacturer, energy and rural groups on a letter to Senate and House agriculture committees leadership urging them to quickly resolve the bills' differences and pass a conference report so a five-year farm bill can be enacted into law by September 30 when much of the current law expires. The National Grange also asked the conferees to continue funding the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research at $200 million per year. This is a public-private partnership that leverages the funding to $400 million for Agriculture research, a high priority for the National Grange.

Lab-Cultured Meat

Several start-up ventures have been successful in growing a meat product in the laboratory from a single animal cell. The Good Food Institute, one of leading organizations promoting lab-grown meat says, "Just as modern automobiles replaced the horse and buggy, better alternatives will replace conventional animal agriculture." The Institute refers to their lab product as "clean meat" which raises the hackles of farmers and ranchers.

Both FDA and USDA claim regulatory jurisdiction over the new lab food. Both agencies have statutory authority to regulate different aspects of a meat product. The North American Meat Institute which represents meat processors teamed up with California's Memphis Meats, a major cultured protein developer, on a letter to the White House suggesting both FDA and USDA should regulate cell-based meat and poultry. The two organizations requested a meeting between the White House, USDA, FDA, and both conventional and cell-based meat and poultry industry stakeholders.

Dairy Revenue Insurance

USDA's Risk Management Agency has approved the first revenue protection insurance policy for dairy producers. The Dairy Revenue Protection Policy, developed by the American Farm Bureau Insurance Services, will provide indemnities to dairymen when milk prices fall and actual revenue is below a revenue guarantee. Premiums will be subsidized similar to existing crop insurance products for corn, soybeans and other commodities. Signup will start on October 9.

The Government Buys Fluid Milk

USDA will purchase up to $50 million worth of fluid milk in an effort to bring financial relief to the dairy industry. USDA will use its authority under Section 32 of the Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1935 to make the purchases for food distribution and feeding programs such as School Lunch. Section 32 funds come from customs duties for disaster payments and the purchase of surplus commodities.

Environment

Waters of the United States is back from the dead for landowners in 26 states not covered by stays issued by two other judges. In mid-August, a South Carolina judge, acting on a motion from environmental groups, struck down the Trump Administration's suspension of the rule until 2020 so the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers could finish drafting a replacement. The South Carolina ruling will almost certainly be appealed.

Health Care

The Opioid Crisis


In 2016, more than 64,000 Americans died of drug overdose. A significant majority were the result of the misuse of opioids. How do we address user stigma, treatment, recovery and cure? Evidence so far indicates that individual connection with community is a key to prevention as well as treatment and recovery. The National Grange and 10 state Granges have joined with the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) to form state and local coalitions to bring information on addiction, help, treatment, recovery, drug disposal and prevention to local communities. Johns Hopkins University found that 90% of surgery patients with unused opioids do not properly dispose of them. RALI coalition members hand out safe drug disposal kits which have proven to be an extremely popular item at the local level. Drugs can safely be disposed in the trash with the kit to prevent flushing down the toilet and the stigma of appearing at a drug collection point.

Telehealth

The Federal Communications Commission is working on a "Connected Care Pilot Program" to promote connecting telehealth services to low income citizens and veterans, particularly those in rural areas. Broadband-enabled healthcare services such as remote patient monitoring and mobile treatment facilities will be delivered outside the scope of traditional medical locations. The FCC proposal will provide $100 million to approximately 20 pilot projects. The National Grange's Betsy Huber urged the FCC to proceed with the projects and was quoted in the FCC press release.

Protect Medicare Advantage

The National Grange joined patient groups and doctors on a letter to Senate and House leadership expressing concern about a new policy at the Department of Health and Human Services which allows Medicare Advantage to implement step therapy to manage Part B drugs. Step therapy dictates that older cheaper drugs be prescribed first for a condition; if they don't work then a newer more effective drug may be prescribed. That decision should be the made by the doctor, not the insurance company.

Immigration/Ag Workforce

Agriculture producers continue to be hampered by the lack of a dependable legal ag workforce everywhere in the country. Efforts to get a House vote on an agriculture-specific immigration bill in July before the August recess were not successful. Another attempt may be possible in September. An op-ed "What Agriculture Needs Now is Labor" by the Grange's Burton Eller was featured in Washington's The Hill in support of bringing the ag worker bill to the floor.

Telecommunications

Facebook Posts


The Connect Americans Now Coalition recently produced a colorful four part Facebook post featuring the National Grange in support of rural broadband access and closing the digital divide.

Breaking Down Barriers

National Grange President Betsy Huber wrote Representative John Curtis (R-UT) in support of his bill H.R. 4824, the Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act and encouraged the Committee on Natural Resources to adopt his bill. H.R. 4824 gives states permitting authority, rights-of-way categorical exclusion and federal permitting coordination in order to expedite the build-out of rural broadband.

Threat to Local Cable Providers

The Daily Caller published an op-ed by National Grange President Betsy Huber highlighting the need for merged Comcast/NBC to continue providing reasonably priced service to local cable providers who service rural and small town customers. The binding arbitration provisions following the Comcast/NBC merger have expired and local broadband providers face the possibility of higher costs for both programming and distribution.

Latest Broadband Expansion

The Federal Communications Commission just completed an auction that will allow up to 700,000 rural and underserved homes and small businesses to receive broadband. The bidders commit to deliver the best service for the lowest amount of FCC subsidies to qualify to serve that particular region. Approximately $1.5 billion in federal subsidy funds will be provided over the next 10 years.

Trade

NAFTA


A breakthrough on North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations with Mexico was announced by the President and Secretary Perdue August 27. The agriculture community welcomed the announcement with relief. The U.S. exported around $35 million worth of corn to Mexico in 1993, the year before NAFTA went into effect. In 2016, the U.S. sold Mexico corn worth $2.6 billion. Soybeans, beef, pork and dairy have similar histories. In an effort to bring more car production back to the U.S. from Mexico, the revised deal also makes significant revisions in automobile manufacturing along with the requirement to use more local steel, aluminum and auto parts. This agreement between Mexico and the U.S. could clear the way for Canada to return to the negotiating table for a new three-way agreement.

Trade Aid for Agriculture

Also on August 27, the USDA announced details of its long-awaited $12 billion Market Facilitation Program trade aid package to agriculture producers hurt by trade disputes with China, Mexico, the E.U., Turkey and others. Initially, USDA will distribute about $4.7 billion to producers of soybeans, corn, wheat, cotton, sorghum, dairy and pork. Another roughly $1.2 billion will go to purchase apples, pears, apricots, blueberries, beef and other commodities for public food assistance and child nutrition programs. Included as well is $200 million to help expand and create new foreign markets for U.S. commodities. The Farm Service Agency will administer the Market Facilitation Program. Payments begin September 4 based upon production. While generally appreciative, producers say they would much prefer trade to aid. Allocation of the remainder of the $12 billion will be announced at a later date.

Perspective

"It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag. "

Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, United States Marine Corps.

"A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. "

Mahatma Gandhi

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots." generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United States and the world."

Marcus Garvey

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Committee work will begin!

Committees will be assigned in the next 10 days and work will begin in 17 days, please let us know about your interests and get those resolutions into the Lillian Booth, CSG Secretary

As we begin the preparation for what we can all be assured will be an exciting and constructive September 22-25 in Redwood Empire Fairgrounds, Ukiah. Please go to our website CaStateGrange.org to see the complete schedule and usefull tools like:

– Session Schedule
– Who Can Attend
– Registration for Session
– Meals at Annual Session
– Fair Grounds
– Talent Show Applications
– Grange Expo Information
– Lodging
– Restaurants in the Area
– Things To Do in Ukiah Area
– Chamber / Hospital
– Committee Assignment Request
– Annual Session Volunteers
– Submitting Resolutions
– Memorial Service Submissions

We are currently taking names of interested members in good standing to be involved with the following committees:

• Agricultural
• Audit & Budget
• Citizenship
• Conservation
• Grange Law
• Growth & Development
• Health & Education
• Labor & Judiciary Brothers and Sisters -

Click here to submit online request for committee assignment.

Court Order Prohibits Guild Interference With Granges

It has come to the California State Grange’s attention that Robert McFarland and other Guild members have contacted Grange members to attempt to prevent their Subordinate Granges from returning to good standing in the Order. The courts have unequivocally ruled that the Guild’s intimidation of, interference with, and attempts to confuse Grange members, AND LOCAL GRANGES, see highlighted order below, MUST stop immediately.

In his order issued on August 13, Judge Shubb ordered the Guild and “all other persons acting in concert with” the Guild to STOP “making any false representations to the California Granges about [the National Grange and California State Grange or encouraging members to ‘disaffiliate’ from” the Grange, and also STOP “interfering in the contractual relations between the California Granges and the California State Grange or the National Grange.” This order is crystal clear. If ANY Grange is interfered with or any Grange member is in any way confronted by ANY Guild representative about any Subordinate or Pomona Grange, please document the incident and notify us immediately. The California State Grange is here to help. We will do everything in our power to make sure that the Guild cannot continue to defy court orders by attempting to undermine the efforts of Granges to return to good standing.

The constant misinformation and “spin” emanating from the Guild these past several years have created great confusion amongst Grange members and the public at large. The courts have ordered that this must stop. The California State Grange will continue to hold ALL individuals accountable for their bad acts (defiance/contempt of court orders, perjury, theft, fraud, etc.). We urge all individuals to carefully consider their obligations and the legal ramifications of their actions before attempting to interfere with Granges, and if they have any questions about what those obligations and ramifications are, to consult with competent, non-disqualified counsel.

Read Judge Shubb's Order - with local references highlighted

This year, Grangers from across the nation are encouraged to bring to the National Annual convention personal care items for donation. The items will be distributed among the seven Northeast states - Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts - and donated to male and female veterans of all ages in need.

Please consider gathering a donation to send with your State Delegate or other members who are attending convention or mail donations to Jody Cameron, 31 Blueberry Lane, Brooklyn, CT 06234

Items include (but are not limited to)


• Bar Soap
• Body Wash
• Deodorant
• Shampoo/Conditioner
• Toothbrushs & Toothpaste
• Floss
• Mouthwash
• Lotion
• Shaving Cream & Razors
• Combs
• Denture tablets
• Feminine hygiene products and napkins
• Wet wipes
• Incontinence pads/items
• Tissues
• Lip Balm

Travel sized products are encouraged, but any size would be appreciated.

McFarland To Face Debtor’s Examination

Robert McFarland has been served with a subpoena to appear in front of a Magistrate Judge in the federal court for a Debtor’s Examination to identify all assets held or controlled by the California Guild. This examination is scheduled to be heard on August 31, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. As you will recall, the federal court re-opened the first trademark lawsuit to permit the Grange to recover over $93,000.00 in Grange funds that the Guild had used to pay the sanctions awarded for its “willful and deliberate” violation of the federal court injunction against using the “Grange” name. The debtor’s examination will explore what funds the Guild has available to satisfy its liability.

View Subpoena Here

Help is Needed!

Donald and Linda Lauenroth, Whitesboro Grange members (22 year members) have lost their home at 6696 Hwy 20, Ukiah due to the Mendocino Complex, Ranch Fire.

Don and his Wife Linda have moved in with Linda's mom in Ukiah for the time being. They were able to save some things when told to evacuate.

Whitesboro Grange, Master Marie Koskela stated that Whitesboro Grange will be having fund raising events during September and October to help Don and Linda.

The California State Grange has funds and in conjunction with funds donated from both New York State Grange members and Maryland State Grange members for fire assistance, we do have funds that will be used to assist our brother and sister. Would you or your Grange like to help?

The trial of Robert McFarland and disqualified attorney Mark Ellis for contempt of Judge Brown's court order was scheduled for August 10. Just as the trial was about to begin, however, Mr. McFarland and Mr. Ellis presented the trial judge with a number of last-minute filings. The judge decided he needed time to review everything, and continued the trial to September 21.

Despite the frantic efforts of Mr. McFarland and Mr. Ellis to push off the trial, the fundamental facts remain unchanged: in order to pay sanctions awarded against the California Guild for its "willful and deliberate" violation of the injunction entered by the federal court, the Guild, under Mr. McFarland's direction and apparently upon the advice of Mr. Ellis, withdrew over $93,000.00 in Grange funds from a Morgan Stanley investment account that Judge Brown had ordered that the Guild could not use. This was a flagrant violation of Judge Brown's order, and the documents (court orders, bank records, etc.) proving it are undisputed. Although Mr. McFarland and Mr. Ellis managed to delay justice, justice for the Grange will not be denied. It will be delivered on September 21.

View Contempt - Continued Order

View Contempt - Trial Detail

View Contemt - Trial Brief - CSG


Please help us welcome Humboldt Grange #501 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: www.castategrange.org), Humboldt Grange #501 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 Humboldt Grange for acquiring information and determining that they want to continue being a Grange.

Humboldt Grange #501
5845 Humboldt Hill Rd
Eureka CA 95503

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Please help us welcome Golden Empire Grange #806 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: www.castategrange.org), Golden Empire Grange #806 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 Golden Empire and their Master David Craigen for acquiring information and determining that they want to continue being a Grange.

Golden Empire Grange #806
11363 Grange Ct.
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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Another Order Granting Summary Judgment to the Grange

On Monday, August 13, Judge Shubb issued an order granting the National Grange’s motion for summary judgment and denying the Guild’s motion for summary judgment in the trademark lawsuit pending in federal court. The Court’s order awarded the National Grange significant damages (in an amount to proven shortly at trial) for the Guild’s wrongful actions, and also awarded the Grange wide-ranging injunctive relief.

The National Grange prevailed on its claims for false designation of origin, federal and state law false advertising, trademark and service mark infringement, and copyright infringement. The Court denied two claims (trespass and conversion) that had been mooted by the California State Grange’s success in recovering its property in the state court litigation pending before Judge Brown, and also held that the California State Grange lacked standing to pursue the trademark claims asserted in the case; the denial of those claims had no material effect on the scope of the Grange’s victory. With respect to damages, Judge Shubb held as a matter of law that the National Grange is entitled to recovery of the Guild’s “total gross revenue from dues and loan payments from September 30, 2015, the date [the Guild was] permanently enjoined from further use of the term ‘Grange,’ to the present…. Given that local chapters pay dues on an annual basis, [the National Grange is] entitled to those revenues they would have received but for [the Guild’s] wrongful actions.” These damages are well into the six figures (at least), and the specific amount will be proven at trial.

In addition to its actual damages, Judge Shubb also held as a matter of law that the National Grange is entitled to recover several special categories of damages due to the egregious and wrongful nature of the Guild’s conduct. Thus, because “[t]he court concludes that this case can certainly be considered ‘exceptional’ given the intentional nature of [the Guild’s] use of California State Grange property,” it also awarded the National Grange treble damages (i.e., triple the amount of the actual damages proven at trial) and its attorneys’ fees in pursuing the federal trademark lawsuit. Moreover, because the Guild’s “unlawful conduct was ‘done willfully, intentionally and in reckless disregard of its possible injurious consequences,’” the Court awarded the National Grange punitive damages to punish the Guild for its conduct.

All told, we expect that the National Grange will be awarded millions of dollars pursuant to this order following the damages trial. In addition to the significant damages awarded to the National Grange, the Court also issued numerous injunctions prohibiting a range of actions by the Guild. Among many other things, the ruling prohibits the Guild and its “officers, shareholders, partners, principals, agents, assignees, beneficiaries, successors, licensees, distributors, attorneys, proxies, alter egos, aliases, and all other persons acting in concert with [the Guild] collectively or individually” from:

-- “representing or asserting that they are affiliated or connected with, the successors to, or the authorized representatives of, the California State Grange, or the local California Granges in any advertising, promotion, and commercial or official communications;”
-- “referencing the history and goodwill of the California State Grange or their past association with the California State Grange in any advertising, promotion and commercial or official communications;”
-- “appropriating, disposing or dissipating assets and accounts held in the name of, or belonging to, the California State Grange, or the local California Granges;”
-- “making any false representations to the California Granges about plaintiffs’ services or encouraging members to ‘disaffiliate’ from plaintiffs’ organization;” and
-- “interfering in the contractual relations between the California Granges and the California State Grange or the National Grange.”

The Court also entered “[a]n order directing the California Secretary of State to recognize [the Grange] as the exclusive representatives of the California State Grange for all purposes relevant to the registration, ownership, and responsibility of such corporate entities,” including the California State Grange’s corporation originally formed in 1946.

Simply put, this order represents a monumental victory in the litigation to protect the California State Grange’s rights, structure, and fraternal organization, and lays the groundwork for a significant monetary recovery to the National Grange after the specific amount of damages are proven at trial. (The Court ordered the parties to appear for a status conference on September 10 to set a schedule for the trial.) While it is not the end of the litigation, this order is a dramatic vindication of the Grange’s hard work and dedication to restoring our Order in California during the past several years of litigation.

Judge Shubb’s full order is available at the link below. This is a must-read. Pour yourself a big cup of coffee and dig in. If you or your Grange has been operating on the belief that what the Guild has been doing is justified or permissible, I urge you to carefully consider this order (and the various orders and receiver’s reports issued in the state court case this year), the National Grange’s Digest of Laws, the California State Grange’s Constitution and By-Laws, and your Grange’s Charter, constitution, and by-laws, and to seek the advice of competent, non-disqualified counsel if you

View Order - Moion for Summary Judgement II

CDFA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS FOR CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS SACRAMENTO, August 15, 2018

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) began accepting grant applications today from organizations that can provide technical assistance to applicants for the state’s Climate Smart Agriculture programs, which aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural operations. Eligible organizations, including non-profit groups, academic institutions and resource conservation districts, can apply to assist applicants of three Climate Smart Agriculture programs, the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), the Healthy Soils Program (HSP), and the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). The programs aim to boost climate resiliency through water conservation, soil health improvement and water quality protection.

“These partner organizations provide farmers with technical expertise they need to reach their climate goals, whether it’s conserving water, improving soil health or boosting water quality,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross.

CDFA will award grant funds starting at $5,000, with additional funding allocated based on the number of applicants served. Each organization can receive up to $60,000.

More information about eligibility and program requirements is available at http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi. Applications must be submitted by email to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov no later than September 14, 2018 5:00 p.m. PT. Grants will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. Climate Smart Agriculture technical assistance funding is provided by California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap and Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.

Additional funding is provided by Proposition 68 (SB 5, De León), The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018. Proposition 68 was passed by voters in June 2018. More information can be found at: http://bondaccountability.resources.ca.gov/p68.aspx

Follow CDFA News on Twitter and Facebook California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Public Affairs 1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814 916-654-0462, www.cdfa.ca.gov

Save on Auto Rentals at Hertz Rental Car

The California State Grange membership is a eligible to participate in the Hertz Membership Program.

As a result, our members will experience savings available through Hertz Member Benefits programs as follows:

• 10% Discount on Hertz Daily Member Benefit Rates (car classes A through F Compact 2 Door through Full-size 4 Door).
• 10% Discount on Hertz Standard Daily, Weekend, Weekly and Monthly Rates (all car classes).
• 5% or greater Discount on Hertz Leisure Daily, Weekend, Weekly and Monthly Rates (all car classes).

Please use the following CDP ID# (2161239) when making your reservation details. You can use this number when inputting your reservation information at www.hertz.com, over the phone, through a travel agent, or with walk-up reservations.


August 2018

MAKE IT A GOOD DAY!

IN THIS ISSUE:

• Grange membership may indeed be fountain of youth
• National Grange unveils new public service announcement (PSA) series
• Is your family sick because of where you were stationed?
• New Junior Passport available, more coming
• Members can cash in on back to school savings!
• G.R.O.W. Club Appeal
• Lecturer's round-up and preview
• 2018 Quilt Block Contest
• Pre-order "That's the Grange Way" calendar
• Grange Revival 2019 registration
• 152nd Annual National Grange Convention - Register Now!
• 1 in 1,000 Club of the Grange Foundation
• Membership Matters Monthly Zoom Meetings
• Survey of Grange attitudes, outreach and programming activities related to food security and food literacy

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Grange"Keeper of the Stuff" and our Librarian"

Please help me welcome Linda MacCracken, 22 year Grange member as "Keeper of the Stuff", and her mom 92 years young, Marian Sales as "Marian the Librarian". Their roles are organizing and inventorying all the state Grange "stuff", from regalia, books, records to charters and historic documents. They are indexing every item they can locate, not a small task and doing an amazing job. This task is generating an outstanding historical archive and library room, right off the lobby at HQ's.

We have numerous items that we would like to make available to our members that "collect". Please review the below and attached and contact us if you would like any of these items - this is a first come first served list, so don't delay. We will package each individual request as available and bring it to convention for pick up, saving $$.

Extra Historic Pieces available for Granges:


16 My Juvenile Grange Book
1 Juvenile Manual 19th Edition
3 Manual Junior Grange 23rd Edition
1 Fifth Edition Pomona Manual
1 Seventh Edition Pomona Manual
3 Eleventh Edition Pomona Manuals
21 Twelfth Edition Pomona Manuals
1 Thirteenth Edition Pomona Manuals
118 Subordinate/Community Grange Alternative Manual 2004
2 Subordinate Manual, 1999
16 Subordinate Manual 1995
11 Subordinate Manual 1991
Subordinate Manual, 12th Edition, 1929
Subordinate Manual, 24th Edition, 1945
Subordinate Manual, 32nd Edition, 1959
9 Subordinate Manual, 36th Edition, 1969
5 Subordinate Manual, 37th Edition, 1972
4 Subordinate Manual, 38th Edition, 1975
7 Subordinate Manual, 39th Edition, 1978
Subordinate Manual, 41st Edition, 1984
National Grange Constitution and By Laws Digest 1982
2 National Grange Journal of Proceedings 88th Session, Spokane, WA 1952
National Grange Journal of Proceedings 98th Session, Atlantic City, NJ 1964
National Grange Journal of Proceedings 99th Session, Topeka, KS 1965
Roster of California State Grange, 1912/13
Roster of California State Grange, 1915
Roster of California State Grange, 1917
2 Roster of California State Grange, 1918
Roster of California State Grange, 1920
4 Roster of California State Grange, 1921
6 Roster of California State Grange, 1922
4 Roster of California State Grange, 1924
5 Roster of California State Grange, 1925
6 Roster of California State Grange, 1926
6 Roster of California State Grange, 1927
7 Roster of California State Grange, 1928
4 Roster of California State Grange, 1929
Roster of California State Grange, 1930
Roster of California State Grange, 1931
4 Roster of California State Grange, 1935
2 Roster of California State Grange, 1936
2 Roster of California State Grange 1937
2 Roster of California State Grange 1938
Roster of California State Grange: 1940
Roster of CSG, 1941
Roster of CSG, 1942
Roster of CSG, 1943
Roster of CSG, 1944
Roster of CSG, 1945
Roster of CSG, 1946
Roster of CSG, 1947
Roster of CSG, 1949
Roster of California State Grange, 1950
2 Roster of California State Grange, 1951
2 Roster of California State Grange, 1952
Roster of California State Grange, 1953
2 Roster of CSG, 1954
3 Roster of CSG, 1955
2 Roster of CSG, 1956
Roster of CSG, 1957
Roster of CSG, 1958
Roster of CSG, 1960
2 Roster of CSG, 1961
2 Roster of CSG, 1962
Roster of CSG, 1963
Roster of CSG, 1965
Roster of CSG, 1966
Roster of CSG, 1967
Roster of CSG, 1969
Roster of CSG, 1970
Roster of CSG, 1971
Roster of CSG, 1972
Roster of CSG, 1973
Roster of CSG, 1974
Roster of CSG, 1975
Roster of CSG, 1976
Roster of CSG, 1977
Roster of CSG, 1978
Roster of CSG, 1979
2 Roster of CSG, 1980
Roster of CSG, 1981
Constitution & By Laws of CSG, 1936
Constitution & By Laws of CSG, 1942
Constitution & By Laws of CSG, 1960
4 Constitution & By Laws of CSG, 1961
8 Constitution & By Laws of CSG, 1966
4 Constitution & By Laws of CSG, 1974
2 Constitution & By Laws of CSG, 1980
3 Constitution & By Laws of CSG, 1983
3 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1906
1 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1907
2 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1914
3 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1915
1 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1916
3 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1923
1 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1926
1 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1927
1 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1939
1 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1941
1 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1942
2 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1943
3 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1944
1 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1948
3 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1951
CSG Journal of Proceedings , 1987
3 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1988
CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1989
CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1990
CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1991
CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1992
CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1992
CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1994
CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1995
2 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1996
CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1997
CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1998
2 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 1999
4 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 2000
2 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 2001
CSG Journal of Proceedings, 2002
CSG Journal of Proceedings, 2004
6 CSG Journal of Proceedings, 2007
3 Grange Melodies (Old)

If you will be attending the Annual Session of the California State Grange (Sept 22nd-25th) in Ukiah CA. you can get the registration form and session meal form by using the links below. Click here for information for the CSG Annual Session.

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If you will be attending the upcomming State Session and would like to volunteer to help in some way, please click the link below. Thank you.

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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.

Click to read the full report to the Court.

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!

Link To Calfire Incident Info

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Redding Grange Chamber of Commerce Link

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:

Submit 2018 Resolutions On Line
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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