Visitation: (none) Guest: (none) Members acting Pro-Temp: JoAnn Keeley, Gatekeeper.
ROLL CALL(Secretary): * indicates NOT in attendance. ** Absentee Members
Master: Dan Keeley Steward: JoAnn Keeley
Overseer: Don Sether Asst. Steward: Mike Ellis *
Lecturer: Roberta Elders Lady Asst. Steward (LAS): Mindy Ferriss
Chaplain: Kathie Femrite Gatekeeper: Sandy Shew *
Secretary: Betty Chipps Pomona: (vacant)
Treasurer: Vicki Pounds Ceres: Judi Aus *
Member: Doug Femrite Flora: (vacant)
Member: Laura Ellis: *
Member: Ken Fessler * Executive Committee
Members: Jack and Priscilla Weaver (Canby) ** #1 Vicki Pounds
Member: Stacie Bernert (OR City) ** #2 JoAnn Keeley
Member: Joyce (Olivier) Urnaut (Sandy) ** #3 Sandy Shew
***** Members present: 9, Guests: 0, Youth: 0 ***** (Mandatory – Quorum “7 ”)
PROPOSALS for MEMBERSHIP (Dan Keeley)
The Certificate of Membership will be presented to Troy Bayless at the February meeting. The
Welcome Ceremony was rehearsed (at stations) and the salutation (hand motion) was explained.
MINUTES (Secretary): The December 18, 2022 Grange Meeting Minutes were emailed today.
COMMUNICATIONS (Secretary, Betty Chipps) – Molalla Grange hosted Officer Installation, SAT, January 14, 2023 at 2pm, conducted by Ed Luttrell, former Master of National Grange and Pomona. Four Maplewood members attended:: Don Sether, Dan Keeley, Mindy Ferriss and Betty Chipps.
>>>MAPLEWOOD MAILBOX<<< – only advertising and solicitations.
SECRETARY REPORT (Betty Chipps)
The 2022 4th Quarterly (financial) Report ended 12/31/2022: payable to OSG of $213.75.
The Q4-2022 Quarterly report Dues - status below:
- Dues for 19 total members for a payable of $213.75
FYI: Grange remits quarterly to OSG an amount of $11.25/per member.
- Three (2) Regular meetings were held in the 4th Quarter,2022
- Date Report approved: January 22, 2023
- Answered one question:
Has your Grange conducted an annual Safety Inspection on your Hall? 2022=YES
- Reminder: Be Sure to Set a date for your annual Audit.
Maplewood subordinate Grange Seal was affixed, Q4-2022 report was signed by Secretary and Master/President, Dan Keeley.
Don Sether motioned to approve the 4th Quarter 2022 Report and cut a check to OSG for $213.75, JoAnn Keeley seconded, motion carried, VSO.
HALL (Dan Keeley) – Three party rentals on the books. Chaps and Zumba still have long term contracts.
Wood business’s NW property line – contact with the owner of lumber business established. Owner of the land is an LLC called WalnutHome owned by lumber business owner’s family.
HALL PROJECTS - in priority order (Dan Keeley):
Camera system is now operational … thanks to Sean Ferriss for his assistance.
Rear water Faucet (in progress)
Front ramp needing paint again - needs sanded, primed and paint applied.
Some grading and additional gravel needed on parking areas.
Repainting under eaves of hall – Contract project?
Northeast side roof needs additional screws
Kitchen needs exhaust hood and fan
Kitchen and dining hall floors need refinished.
AGRICULTURE (Don Sether) – John Deere is running out of tractors with remote controls. Manufacturers are to provide manuals to fix the software and electronics.
COMMUNITY SERVICE (JoAnn Keeley) – Clothing was taken to Portland Rescue Mission.
Waiting for warmer weather to schedule future project(s).
EDUCATION (Dan Keeley)
Should Oregon school districts restore “resource officers”
Portland Public Schools and the David Douglas and Parkrose school districts decided to remove police officers from schools in 2020 amid demonstrations over the murder of George Floyd and calls for reforms in the criminal justice system. But Portland police have stepped up patrols at one high school after two nearby shootings and Police Chief Chuck Lovell says the department is in talks with the district about whether to bring resource officers back. Is an armed police presence in schools appropriate? Is it necessary or an admission of failure?
Should Oregon school districts be forced to drop discredited reading curriculum (again)?
Many Oregon elementary and middle schools students aren’t fully proficient readers, according to the state’s most recent tests, and research suggests that failure to teach children to read using scientifically based methods is a key reason. But the state allows districts in Oregon to use discredited literacy curriculum (whole language and sight reading based).
Against that backdrop — and driven by decades of data-driven research — 29 states have moved to overhaul how children are taught to read. The new techniques focus squarely on phonics – how sounds look in writing – and its cousin, phonemics -- the series of sounds that make up a word. Essentially, those states mandate strategies aimed at helping children understand how letters and sounds fit together and how to use that knowledge to decode words as a step toward knowing words on sight.
MEMBERSHIP REPORT (Betty Chipps) – January 2023 is Annual Membership renewal month, dues are payable to Maplewood Grange in the amount of $45/each.
LEGISLATIVE (Dan Keeley) – The legislature started this year's long session January 17, our Lobbyist, John DeHaas is there.. Unlike last year the Capitol building is open, at least in part. Legislator’s offices are accessible as are the hearing rooms on the first floor. The rotunda and second floor rooms are still under construction.
Governor-elect Tina Kotek became governor on January 18 and spoke for about 15 minutes after the swearing in. In addition to her longstanding promise to declare a state of emergency to combat homelessness — which she will sign Tuesday — Kotek also proposes to set an annual target of 36,000 new housing units and to seek $130 million immediately to deal with those issues. Among Kotek’s other priorities are to hold the leaders of state agencies accountable for performance and customer service — “we have to put our house in order” as she put it — and also for the entire government to “focus on the problems at hand”.
In other news, the House gave Democratic Rep. Dan Rayfield of Corvallis a full two-year term as its speaker. Rayfield became speaker a year ago, after Kotek resigned following a record nine years with the gavel, to make her successful bid for governor.
The Senate chose Democrat Rob Wagner of Lake Oswego as its president, succeeding Peter Courtney of Salem, who held the job for a record 20 years.
Both Rayfield and Wagner echoed Kotek’s key priorities of housing and homelessness, mental health services and substance abuse treatment, and better schools. As is traditional on the first day, they also extended offers of cooperation to their colleagues.
POMONA REPORT (Dan Keeley) – Cookie booth preparations are underway for Clackamas County Fair. The Pomona meeting is this weekend. Website is back up with some useful information and more to come. Any suggestions on what is needed are welcome. Some parts of the website are password protected – Use the Pomona word as the password. Pomona trailer now resides at Dan Keeley residence.
The POMONA Degree day at Maplewood has been rescheduled (no longer February 25) moved to September 23. 2023
YOUTH REPORT (Mindy Ferriss) – no report.
TABLED BUSINESS – Bike rodeo idea (revisit come spring).
TREASURER’S REPORT (Vicki Pounds):
After reconciling with the bank, a corrected December Treasurer Report reflected an ending balance of $10,916.11 (increased PGE expense by $.50 - corrected from $194.85 to 195.35).
The JANUARY Treasurer’s Report (emailed 1/20/2023) had an opening balance of $10,916.11 on December 19 and on January 22 reflected an ending balance of $10,401.58. Dan asked for questions/comments regarding the report? Hearing none, the report was ‘filed for Audit.’
UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Dan Keeley)
- Plumbing: PVC water lines have been run and faucet (in progress).
- Camera System - key can be found hanging on the back of the door in Regalia closet.
- Treasurer - BILLS presented, RECEIPTS (none):
Cleaning supplies $ 33.01
Camera System material, 12/18: 4.00
Camera System & o/s faucet, 01/02 17.58
Faucet project, 01/05/2023 _ 81.53
Keeley Total: $136.12
Don Sether moved to pay the bills, Betty Chipps seconded, motion carries, VSO.
- Audit Committee (Dan Keeley):
- Wood business property line: Dan sent email & talked with owner today.
Lumber mill warehouse building survey shows their property line 15-feet on our yard. This industrial use site butts up against EFU (exclusive farm use) property.
Options were discussed on how to proceed:
- Let them build,
- Ask for Plan Review to have business set back,
- Buy out (surveyed strip on grange side),
- We could move Mower Shed and ask lumber mill to rent us the parking strip,
- Mindy knows John Ludlow, Realtor - could talk with him about options,
- Kalthe and Mindy recommend contact Attorney,
- Don Sether suggests look to plot map,
- Vicki suggests perhaps there is an existing easement,
(Mill would have tax obligation)
A lot line adjustment would solve the tax issue!
- “Open and notorious possession” could apply as the Grange has used the property ‘openly’ for more than 10-years … the county can charge back taxes for five years.
- File ‘adverse possession’ as Grange use established for more than 20 yrs.
Dan talked with the County, we will get Site Review in the mail.
Dan will contact the Oregon State Grange (OSG) Attorney.
Vicki will research for easement rights.
HEIRLOOM PROGRAM – IF WE DESIRE TO ENCOURAGE (CHILDREN) TO LOVE RURAL LIFE, WE MUST MAKE ITS LABORS CHEERFUL. WHAT A CHILD SEES MAKES THE MOST LASTING IMPRESSION. WE MAY TELL THEM OF THE PLEASURES AND INDEPENDENCE OF (RURAL LIFE); BUT IF THEIR DAILY INTERCOURSE WITH US SHOWS IT TO BE TEDIOUS, IRKSOME, LABORIOUS, WITHOUT ANY RECREATION OF BODY OR MIND, THEY WILL SOON LOSE ALL INTEREST IN IT AND SEEK ENJOYMENT ELSEWHERE.
MEMBERS SICK or IN DISTRESS (Dan Keeley) – None reported.
GOOD OF THE ORDER (Dan Keeley) – Nobody drowns in sweat. (Lou Holtz, college coach)
“God gave us two ears to listen and one mouth to talk for a reason. Try to listen twice as much as you talk, be attentive with your whole body, refrain from interrupting, and respond only after reflecting fully on what you heard.” (Jayne Sebright, PA center for Dairy Excellence)
NEXT Meeting: February 26, 2023 (per Dan’s FEB 10 email, time is 4:30 PM).
CLOSED: Meeting was adjourned, by Dan Keeley, at 4:37 PM with the “Closing of the Grange” ritual - implements secured.