The annual meeting of the Nebraska State Grange will be held at the Ramada Rivers Edge Inn on the South side of Columbus, Nebraska, just north of the bridge, September 9-10-11, 2016.
On Friday, Grangers will meet for lunch and then take a tour of the headquarters of the Behlen Manufacturing company or make something fun at Craft Village, followed by a stop at the Higgins Memorial. Convention registration will begin at 7:30 PM, followed by a preliminary look at incoming resolutions to be considered for National or State Grange policy, and ending the day with an evening Ice Cream Social.
The convention will begin Saturday, at 8:30 AM with a welcome from the city of Columbus. followed by the formal opening of the Grangemeeting. The National Grange President, Betsy Huber will be introduced and will deliver her Annual Report, which will be followed by the State President’s report from Kevin Cooklsey, of Weissert, Ne. Resolutions for changes-additions in Grange Policy, will be introduced.
The emcee for the noon luncheon will be State Steward, Joe Fryman of Blair, NE.
Betsy Huber, National Grange President, will be the speaker. She was the first women president of the Pennsylvania State Grange, and is the first woman to serve as president of the National Grange. Women have held offices in the Grange since it’s beginning and four of the offices must be held by women. Women had the right to vote in the Grange long before they could vote anywhere else. Mrs. Huber has an impressive history of service to rural America. She served on boards including Department of Environmental Protection, Ag Advisory committee, the Pennsylvania Alliance for Livestock Care and Well-being, and the Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations where she served as President for two years. She will also do a workshop in the afternoon.
Scholarships to students and Community Service Awards will be presented to local Granges for their projects to improve the area where they are.
The annual banquet will be at 6:30 PM. Kevin Cooksley, President, from Weissert, NE, will be the emcee. The speaker will be Johnnt Johnson, a local musician who grew up in the back of a music store and started playing stringed instruments at the age of five. He plays country music and popular numbers from the 50’s and 60’s.
The program will be followed by an auction of the baked goods chosen as winners by the judges of the Baking Contest. Other miscellaneous items will be auctioned also.
On Sunday morning there will be a memorial service for Grange members who have passed on this year and a brief worship service, planned by State Grange Chaplin, Ricki Wulf, of Blair. State Grange Lecturer, Darlene Janing of Geneva Ne, will have some entertainment following the service.
Emcee for the Sunday Brunch will be State Grange Overseer, Russell Tooker of David City.
Following the Sunday brunch, Phyllis Tooker, from Ralston, Family Activities Committee Chairman, will present awards for the Baking, and Needlework Contests and give her report on other projects, stuffed “Toys for Loving”, and lbs. of pop tabs collected for Ronald McDonald House etc, for the year.
The afternoon will be spent finishing up Resolution Committee Reports. The State Grange Session will adjourn when resolutions are finished. Following adjournment, the Executive Committee will meet to make plans for the next convention.