PROPOSALS FOR MEMBERSHIP – Troy Bayless welcome
Hall Report –
Hall Projects (in priority order):
Camera system installation (in progress)
Rear water faucet (in progress)
Front ramp needing paint again.
Some grading and additional gravel needed on parking areas.
Repainting under eves of hall – Contract project?
Northeast side roof needs additional screws
Kitchen needs exhaust hood and fan
Kitchen and dining hall floors need refinished
Two party rentals on the books, several cancellations. Chaps, Zumba, Gamers and Scouts still have long term contracts. Donation rental on Dec 9 went well – Read text.
Portion of Oregonian Interview with Tina Kotek:
As governor, will you mandate any specific changes to how K-12 schools handle gender and sexual orientation issues, in lessons or protections for LGBTQ students? Will you set any statewide policy on how educators address racism, for example through rules on anti-bias training or what elements of U.S. history educators are allowed to teach?
Kotek: “As governor and the superintendent of public instruction, my No. 1 goal will be to make sure every single child in Oregon has an opportunity to thrive at school and into adulthood.
“Oregon already has plans in place to specifically support LGBTQ+ kids, who are at significantly higher risk for bullying and harassment, chronic absenteeism, and suicidal ideation, as well as statewide plans to address the historic and persistent opportunity gaps for Black, Indigenous and students of color.
“As governor, I will strongly support the protections and plans already in place and speak out when extremists try to divide us and hurt children.”
Oregonian article reporting on college education in Oregon:
Oregon has made progress toward reaching a state goal that 80% of young people attain some kind of postsecondary credential, according to a new report from the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission. But a pandemic setback in college-going and college-completion rates could hamper that progress if they continue long-term.
Despite overall gains, detailed data through 2021 shows that progress varied across racial and ethnic groups, and that some disparities have actually grown wider over time. Gaps in earnings after college, for example, have widened between some demographic groups in the last several years.
“That’s an important finding,” Amy Cox, research and data director for the commission, said about earnings data at a commission meeting Thursday. “What it says is that the benefits of postsecondary education and training continued to not be evenly or equitably experienced across all groups.”
Cox’s report to the commission covered several measures the state agency tracks across the K-12 and higher education spectrum, including the college-going rate, postsecondary completion rate and post-college earnings. The measures are an indication of the state’s progress toward its so-called 40-40-20 goal for 40% of students to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, 40% to obtain a college certificate or associate degree and 20% to obtain at least a high school diploma.
After several years of somewhat stagnant outcomes, the 2021 data show a slight improvement in bachelor’s degree attainment. Some 38% of 25- to 34 -year-olds in Oregon had earned a bachelor’s degree in 2021, Cox’s data showed, compared to 36% the year before.
“I think there is some good news in the story here,” Cox said.
With the midterm elections having been completed, Congress returns to Washington for a final month of legislative action before the conclusion of this term. Must-pass legislation including government funding and the National Defense Authorization Act are dominating the congressional agenda and headlines, but many other important pieces of legislation must be acted on before the end of the year or else fizzle without passing this term. Some pieces of legislation of interest to the National Grange which still require Congressional action include the Growing Climate Solutions Act, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, the Freight Rail Shipping Fair Market Act, multiple bills dealing with issues in cattle markets, bills to do with Medicare coverage of vaccines and cancer screening and promotion of telehealth.
If you want to get involved and fight to pass these important bills before they expire, one useful action you can take is to reach out to your member of Congress (if you are not sure who that is, use this website: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative).
Also, Here is the Zoom link for National Grange staff member Amanda’s “Membership Matters” for December 13 at 5:30. An open session geared toward answering any questions and sharing what works.
Join Zoom Meeting
Community Service –
COMMUNICATIONS – Betty
TREASURERS REPORT - Vicki
Bills – Dan – Paper products 49.75
Misc. Supplies 9.00
Furnace repair and Misc. 29.77
Camera System Matl. 21.12
Furnace filter 6.99
TABLED BUSINESS - Bike rodeo idea – scouts troop not available.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS - Hosting Pomona meeting Feb 25
Operation of Video system
MEMBERS SICK OR IN DISTRESS:
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