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: Troy Bayless
Member: Laura Ellis: * Executive Committee
Member: Ken Fessler * #1 Vicki Pounds
Members: Jack and Priscilla Weaver (Canby) ** #2 JoAnn Keeley
Member: Stacie Bernert (OR City) ** #3 Sandy Shew
Member: Joyce (Olivier) Urnaut (Sandy) **
***** Members present: 10, Guests: 0, Youth: 0 ***** (Mandatory – Quorum “7 ” _____________________________________________________________________________________________
PROPOSALS for MEMBERSHIP (Dan Keeley) – None
MINUTES (Secretary): The February 26, 2023 Grange Meeting Minutes - not yet available.
COMMUNICATIONS (Secretary, Betty Chipps) – Anything Goes Sale (April 1-2, 2023) at Boring-Damascus Grange (flyer circulated).
Goodie Basket raffle, an OSG Youth Fundraiser, tickets will be sold next meeting (50 available at $1 ea.). .
>>>MAPLEWOOD MAILBOX<<< – only advertising and solicitations.
NOTE: Dan put in an address change at the Post Office, for Maplewood Grange. So as not to miss any property notices, parcel ‘Land Use’ applications, Site reviews and rental Additional Insured notices, the Grange address was changed from the street/building mailbox to the Keeley’s St. Paul address.
SECRETARY REPORT (Betty Chipps) – 1st Quarter 2023 Report deadline is April 30th.
AUDIT Committee Report (Betty Chipps and Kathie Femrite) – The Committee met three partial days (March 16, 21 and 24) to review the Grange accounting records for the year 2022. One uncashed check #2286 (issued 8/7/22 to Diana Romero in the amount of $100) for a booking cancellation of 8/27/22 was noted as still uncashed. Dan will look for the contract and inquire.
The Audit Committee noted Maplewood Grange holds an exemplary set of books which could serve as a model to other Granges. We commend the Treasurer, Vicki Pounds, and Rental Chair, Master Dan Keeley for their attention to details and service offered to the community.
Regarding next year’s Audit: Dan noted he will prepare a ‘Summary of Rental’ contracts and tie to the funds received.
HALL (Dan Keeley) – Five party rentals on the books. Chaps, Gamers and Zumba still have long term contracts. Lawn was mowed today. Mower will be returned to the Keeley’s for now until next mowing (in April).
Wood business’s NW property line – No further news, at present, on the property line issue.
HALL PROJECTS - in priority order (Dan Keeley):
Interior ramp resurfacing – completed (by Dan/JoAnn).
Some grading and additional gravel needed on parking areas.
Rear water Faucet (in progress)
Front ramp needing paint again - needs sanded, primed and paint applied.
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.
Kitchen (on ramp side) walls and under ramp - could use touch-up of paint.
In a creative moment, Vicki had placed color swatches (of green paint) downstairs - a nice suggestion for brightening the downstairs walls. Perhaps a future project to consider. Troy Bayless suggested colored can be displayed, via table covers, as well.
AGRICULTURE (Dan Keeley) – A proposed off-road equipment tax,intended to pay for Portland-area diesel truck upgrades, has died in committee, to the relief of Oregon farm advocates.
The House Climate, Energy and Environment Committee didn’t schedule a vote on House Bill 3158 by the March 17 deadline, killing the tax hikes that critics said disproportionately targeted agriculture.
Also, a suitcase of African giant snails was intercepted last week in Detroil Ill.. If traveling please be careful not to import another pest farmers have to put up with. Once a bug or even a snail gets loose it is almost impossible to eliminate them short of using a so-called gene drive, a genetically engineered poison gene that destroys all members of a species and maybe related species. Problem here is that there is currently no way to guarantee the destruction is restricted to one area and no way to predict the consequences of destroying an entire species world wide.
Don Sether noted Rye grasses have died in the frost - also true for Orchard grasses too.
COMMUNITY SERVICE (JoAnn Keeley)
Ag Fest volunteers needed April 29 and 30. Maplewood shift (3 hours long)?
Donations of clothing and toiletry items for Veterans Village will be collected end of May. At June Oregon State Convention winter items will be collected.
Come better weather, volunteers will be needed for the Meridian IOOF Cemetery maintenance. Betty, Roberta and Troy shared their availability with JoAnn.
EDUCATION (Dan Keeley)
Starting the week of March 6, the Oregonian/OregonLive will publish stories from high school reporters writing about education and teen life. The segment, which the paper is calling Youth Voices, is an outgrowth of the annual High School Journalism Institute, an eight-day summer camp during which reporters mentor students through writing stories, taking photos and putting together a newspaper.
Several 2022 program graduates were interested in continuing their professional reporting — and Youth Voices was born.
Requests have come into the Beaverton School District from around the country. to see and use Beaverton’s nationally recognized, free-for-the-taking fentanyl poisoning prevention curriculum, which includes informational slides and videos, online quizzes, suggested discussion questions and primary source reading. The Louisiana Department of Health was interested, too. Oregon’s third-largest district has also fielded requests from school districts in Kansas, California and Washington. This project has gained interest world-wide.
Don Sether reported Molalla County Health and Molalla Grange are wanting to coordinate an education event as well and possibly include Suicide Prevention education, as well. Maplewood would like to coordinate such an event with North Marion and Canby High Schools.
MEMBERSHIP REPORT (Betty Chipps) – 2023 means time to renew your Annual Membership, dues are payable to Maplewood Grange in the amount of $45/each. Dan urges… please bring your treasure chest to the meeting!
LEGISLATIVE (Dan Keeley) – Gov. Tina Kotek urged lawmakers Monday to support her $80 million plan to expand the state’s behavioral healthcare system. The state has a higher rate of mental health and addiction care needs than other states yet less care to access, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
Her plan, contained in Senate Bill 1044, aims to bolster the behavioral health care workforce while making care more accessible to all, including some of the state’s most vulnerable individuals such as those at risk of experiencing homelessness, youth and Medicaid members.
Oregon is closer to easing a seven-decade ban on pumping your own gas. The Oregon house voted 47-10 on March 20 (HB 2426) to allow station owners to designate half their gasoline pumps for self-fueling. This will come up in the Senate soon.
To follow, go to OLIS (OR Legislative Information System), enter Bill# - can also give ‘comments.’
POMONA REPORT (Dan Keeley) – The upcoming meeting (April 22 at Sandy) will be the last opportunity to submit resolutions for this year. Have not been many so far. Cookie booth preparations are proceeding. Sign ups available in a couple months.
Next visitation will be to Beavercreek on April 1. Lunch at noon, meeting at 1 PM. Carpooling available if you want to attend.
The POMONA Degree day at Maplewood was moved to September 23. 2023
YOUTH REPORT (Mindy Ferriss) – absent
TABLED BUSINESS – Bike rodeo idea (re-visit come spring).
TREASURER’S REPORT (Vicki Pounds) – Dan asked Vicki:
Do we want to have a second person with ready (but unused) access to the account?
Two people, Vicki and Dan, are current signers. Columbia Bank is transitioning to Umpqua Bank; no change is best at this time.
The MARCH Treasurer’s Report (emailed 3/23/2023) had an opening balance of $11,323.57 on February 27 and on March 26 reflected an ending balance of $11,940.77. Dan asked for questions/comments regarding the report? Hearing none, the report was ‘filed for Audit.’
UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Dan Keeley)
Wood business’s NW property line – No further news, at present, on the property line issue.
NOTE: Dan put in an address change at the Post Office, for Maplewood Grange. So as not to miss any property notices, parcel ‘Land Use’ applications, County site reviews and/or rental Additional Insured notices, the Grange address was changed from the street/building mailbox to the Keeley’s St. Paul address.
- Presented to Treasurer:
- BILLS presented:
Reimbursement to Dan Keeley:
Fire Extinguisher Servicing $ 32.00
Grit-paint etc. for ramp 54.93 (corrected: orig. amt $55.38 had transpo-error)
Mower Diesel fill-up
- 5.3 gallons @$5.41/gal = $ 28.67 (Dan to provide farm-invoice)
Keeley Total: $115.60
Don Sether moved to pay the bills, JoAnn Keeley seconded, motion carries, VSO.
- Liability Insurance renewal (Countrywide) for the Grange (approximately $2,800) needs to be approved.
- Spring Cleaning (Dan Keeley) – June 25, meet 10:00 AM at the Grange.
Grange will provide Pizza/Salad and Dessert? Sandy will be our "gopher”’& pick-up the food.
- PA (Public Address) System falling apart in dance hall – cost estimates needed.
Discussion: guesstimate to replace - approximately $200 each.
Sandy moved to budget and investigate (by next meeting) the Speaker Price to replace, Don Sether seconded, motion passed.
- Bayless Family Fundraiser (Troy Bayless) – Family Business is a 501C3 organization that targets a need then pulls together family/church and friends to organize/host a fundraising event to fund the need. Last year’s funds went to the Aurora Community Preparedness Project.
MEMBERS SICK or IN DISTRESS (Dan Keeley) – None reported.
GOOD OF THE ORDER (Dan Keeley)
“If you are not consciously building your habits they are unconsciously building you.” (Anika J. Green, American Author)
HEIRLOOM PROGRAM – THE FIRST AND HIGHEST OBJECT OF OUR ORDER IS – TO DEVELOP A BETTER AND HIGHER MANHOOD AND WOMANHOOD. (First Degree; Lecturer)
Children's thought-habits begin at home and grow through one's Junior years; it would be wonderful for youth to be active in Grange and sprout up, blossom into adulthood.
When one enters the Grange, they are welcomed as a member at the 4th Degree level - symbolizes: 1st Degree - Spring, 2nd - Summer, 3rd - Fall and 4th Degree is Winter. Welcome all four seasons.
NEXT MEETING – Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 4:30 PM.
CLOSING – Meeting was adjourned, by Dan Keeley, at 5:35 PM.