Visitation: (none) Guest: (none) Members acting Pro-Temp: (none)
ROLL CALL (Secretary): Dan Keeley, JoAnn Keeley, Betty Chipps, Roberta Elders, and Mindy Ferris. Members present: 5, Mandatory – Quorum “ 7 ”
PROPOSALS for MEMBERSHIP (Dan Keeley) – None
MINUTES (Secretary): The MAY 28, 2023 Grange Meeting Minutes were emailed May 27, 2023.
With no quorum present, approval is pending for the next meeting.
COMMUNICATIONS (Secretary, Betty Chipps)
- Charlie Bowser Memorial Scholarship is offered to Grange members and their children/grandchildren. Send to Sandi Ludi, Clackamas Pomona before JULY 1st.
- Boring/Damascus serves Mother’s Day Strawberry-Waffle Breakfast, JUNE 11, 8am–1pm.
SECRETARY REPORT (Betty Chipps) – None
HALL (Dan Keeley) – Four party rentals on the books. Chaps, Gamers and Zumba still have long term contracts. Mower has been serviced and returned to the Grange.
HALL PROJECTS - in priority order (Dan Keeley):
Some grading and additional gravel needed on parking areas - complete.
Front ramp needing paint again - Dan removed railings - to be painted at home.
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 counters need refinished (paint or formica).
Kitchen (on ramp side) walls and under ramp - has been washed, await touch-up paint.
AGRICULTURE (Dan Keeley) – no report.
COMMUNITY SERVICE (Dan Keeley) – Our Goodie Basket tickets did NOT win 😐. The kids sold a lot of tickets - put them in a 33 gallon trash can and drew tickets from there. I heard there were over 4000 tickets sold.
EDUCATION (Dan Keeley) – no report.
LEGISLATIVE (Dan Keeley) – As you know the Legislature is back in session. Bills backed up by the walkout are being passed in rapid succession.
MEMBERSHIP REPORT (Betty Chipps) – Ken Fessler mailed check for $50, his 2023 dues.
Mindy Ferris gave $45 cash in payment of 2023 dues - requests new Grange Membership Card.
POMONA REPORT (Dan Keeley) – next meeting July 22nd at Harding Grange.
- Pomona will do a display booth at the county fair. Theme is “The place to Bee in 2023.”
- Pomona Grange-Canby Fair Cookie Booth preparations are proceeding, to sign-up:
email Pam Furlan firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 320-2245.
- Pomona 5th Degree at Maplewood, Saturday, September 23rd, Dinner provided by Youth Grange (their fundraiser) at 6:00pm, Lecturer program at 7:00pm, 5th Degree starts 7:30pm. Please plan to attend and show support.
Troy Bayliss asked about the 5th Degree. Dan expressed the 1st-4th degrees are subordinate grange and represent each season. A member initiated into the 4th degree can receive the 5th degree, which is Pomona (i.e. county) level. Sixth degree is conferred at State level.
STATE SESSION REPORT (Dan Keeley) – State Session went fairly well. Our resolution concerning Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) went down but so did several others (including the one promoting a study of moving Oregon’s borders. I talked with several folks about the RCV issue and was surprised that the “conservatives” and the “liberals” agreed on one thing: they did not like RCV because neither the far left nor the far right wings of politics would likely get elected under that system of counting votes. Jay Sexton did a pretty good job moderating, at least until we had an amendment - to an amendment - to an amendment of a resolution.
YOUTH REPORT (Mindy Ferriss) – None
TABLED BUSINESS – Bike rodeo idea
TREASURER’S REPORT (Vicki Pounds) – The June Treasurer’s Report (emailed 6/22/2023) had an opening balance of $10,463.38 on May 21 and on June 22 reflected an ending balance of$10,844.74. The report can be ‘filed for Audit.’
UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Dan Keeley)
- Bayless Family Fellowship fundraiser (Troy Bayless) – what, if anything, is needed?
We discussed how to get some better attendance. Advertising the old way doesn't seem to have much impact. Social media may be better but I’m not very adept at that. Word of mouth is best but often takes years to yield results. Combining our dinner with Troy’s carnival might do both some good as we have both done a previous event that should be generating some word of mouth. Troy’s carnival is scheduled for October 28.
Idea: Invite POMONA Junior Grangers
- 2024 Community Dinner proposal – 150th Year Anniversary of Oregon State Grange is in September - location: Should dinner be then?
The State Grange’s 150th birthday is September 27, 2023 and the folks at the convention would like to have some sort of celebration at all the community granges. We discussed the possibility of moving the community dinner (we decided, at the May meeting, to have in 2024) to this year. Maybe have something fairly simple such as spaghetti, chili or stew and cornbread or french bread with salads and dessert. Make it a donation option for a good cause.
- Advertising (both) at the Clackamas County Fair would be a good opportunity, if we decide to set up a display booth. Theme: The Place to “Bee” in 2023.
So, conclusion of those present was: Grange should have our dinner/open house this year in combination with Troy’s carnival, set up a display for Maplewood at the county fair in August and advertise our event as a 150th Grange birthday party with charitable benefit in that display. Troy’s intention is to benefit the lunch program at ‘91 School by paying off overdue bills. We could stick with that or pick something else for the dinner proceeds,(if any).
- PA (Public Address) System in the dance hall – in progress.
- Parking lot rock: Buche Rock Quarry, cost $381 – a bit larger rock than I would have liked but will work.
- Foster children birthday parties – The Keeley’s reached out to the state organization. They said “fantastic idea” and they will get back to me. No response thus far.
- First Responder dinners at Christmas and/or Thanksgiving? Troy is in - loves to prepare food!
- JoAnn will call First Responders and offer the hall for 2023 Christmas dinner and inquire of help
needed for deliveries.
- To present to Treasurer:
Mindy Ferris gave $45 cash for 2023 Dues.
- BILLS presented:
Reimbursement to Dan Keeley:
Cleaning Supplies $ 19.27
(rear) Door threshold 120.00
Paper products 92.30
Keeley TOTAL: $231.57
With no quorum present, bills will be presented for reimbursement at the next meeting.
- STATE FAIR LOG CABIN in need of staff:
MEMBERS SICK or IN DISTRESS (Dan Keeley) – Note received from Ken Fessler, he writes:
We are slowing up a little. Marie (his wife) had gallbladder surgery, then a triple (heart) by-pass and COVID on top of that. Now we are doing pretty good.
GOOD OF THE ORDER (Dan Keeley) Our children are the messages we send to a future we will never see. (Elijah Cummings, US Representative).
HEIRLOOM PROGRAM – (picture: budding and flowering trees)
LET US REMEMBER THAT NO TREES BEAR FRUIT IN AUTUMN WHICH DO NOT BLOSSOM IN THE EARLY SUMMERTIME. THAT LIFE MAY BE PROFITABLE, LADEN WITH GOOD FRUITS, LET ALL ENDEAVOR THAT YOUTH BE STUDIOUS AND VIRTUOUS , REPLETE WITH THE BLOSSOMS OF OBSERVATION AND STUDY – THE PROMISE OF FUTURE WISDOM AND USEFULNESS. (Second Degree; Pomona)
NEXT MEETING – Sunday, JULY 23 at 4:30 PM
CLOSING – Meeting was adjourned, by Dan Keeley, at 2:20 PM (downstairs).
INFO: Members noted the following vacations / trips planned:
- Mindy Ferris: JULY 17-23, San Diego
- Elders: SEPT 14-21, 2023 Niagara Falls