about the safety of... our food and we also do community service projects.
Great job by one of our Juniors!
"I have thought about this new tagline since it was introduced at last year’s National Grange session in Spokane. To me, there is no one way to describe what “That is the Grange Way” means because it means so much to me on so many levels.
"I harken back to when I started in the Grange and my Junior Grange leaders Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Carll showed patience and determination to teach us early the Grange Way in not only ritual how to speak in public. But also the importanc...e of helping our communities and why that was and is important. When asked why do we do this we were told “That is the Grange Way” if someone needs help you just help them. Not ask why or pass judgment but to help those who need it is just what we do not for the accolades but because it needs to be done.
"When I joined the 'big' Grange I was given opportunities not only to learn from the “older” members how to be a leader but to be a leader. I was given encouragement when needed but also talked to when necessary when a lesson in how to be a Granger was needed because 'That is the Grange Way.' Supportive but firm, funny but serious, teaching but willing to learn and it did not matter if it was Fenwick, Elmer, Salem, Mannington or Friesburg Granges as these were the Granges in my Pomona it was always the same. Now we might not agree on everything but I was taught as Granger that we can argue with the best of them but when the gavel falls we are still friends because 'That is the Grange Way.'
"When I became State Master in NJ and was later given the honor of being elected to National Grange Offices, no matter where I went in the country every Granger and Grange I went to was opening, friendly and I felt like I had been a member there for years. “That is the Grange Way” we know no strangers and after a few minutes over cake, pie and ice cream (That IS the Grange Way), I knew I had more friends across this country.
"One of the biggest lessons I have learned as National Grange Community Service Director is how much Granges do in their communities. They do such an amazing job giving back with such a mind-boggling variety of programs/projects that there is not space enough here to list them all. When I was speaking to different non-Grangers at the Gala last year and of course bragged about all you do they were taken aback at the scope and wondered why they had not heard of all that is done. I explained to them “That is the Grange Way” it is who we are as people and an Organization. That it goes back to Grangers living our core value of Faith, Hope, Charity and Fidelity.
'That is the Grange Way.'"
Pete Pompper, National Grange Community Service Director