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Group seeking to jump-start local Grange

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 4:19 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, March 22, 2013 5:22 p.m. CST

Anyone interested in reorganizing the Ney Grange is invited to an open meeting at 7 p.m. March 26 at the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society, 622 Park Ave. in Genoa.

The Ney Grange was founded in 1929 and will observe its 85th anniversary next year. The National Grange was founded in 1867 as a grassroots, nonpartisan fraternal organization advocating for rural America and agriculture. The new Grange nationally has expanded its focus to attract not only people interested in agriculture, but anyone interested in community service and the values of family life. More information can be found at the state Grange website, www.illinoisgrange.org.

Illinois State Grange president Lyle Lee of Belvidere will preside at the reorganization meeting in Genoa. Several Grangers from Boone County will demonstrate the procedures used to conduct local Grange meetings and seek new members to bolster Ney Grange, the only remaining subordinate Grange in DeKalb County. Anyone in the county is welcome to participate. Adult membership begins at age 14 and includes both men and women.

Anyone with questions about the meeting or membership can contact Barry or Kay Schrader at 815-758-5424.

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