Submitted to Easton Patch:
Ryan T Cook was recently inducted as the new Grange Master (President) of Easton Grange #196. Cook has been actively involved as a Mason since 1995, is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Easton Lions Club, and is a member of the Easton Zoning Board of Appeals.
For the last three years the old Grange Hall at 192 Washington Street in North Easton has been the site of the Easton Lions Club Thrift Store which has turned into an unquestioned success. 100% of all funds received are put directly back into community programs.
The National Grange movement was originally started around the time of the Civil War to support farm families and their social and legislative needs. There has been a recent revival in the organization built around support for local produce, Community Gardens and Farmers' Markets. With an emphasis on appreciating the value of locally grown vegetables and proteins and country living the Easton Grange has been busy with several activities. Last year the Grange oversaw the children's games at the NRT's Fun and Farm Day and judged veggies at the NRT Harvest Fair. Additional activities are planned for 2013.
The Easton Grange was recently recognized at its State Session for membership growth and tied for 1st Place among Granges in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Easton's membership has risen from 12 members to its current 46 in the past three years. Its goal is to be at 100 members by the end of 2014.
Besides Cook, the officers of Easton Grange #196 are: Secretary, Patricia Thomas; Treasurer, Lynne Martin; Steward, Edmund Hands; Assistant Steward, William Thompson; Lady Assistant Steward; Melanie Deware; Lecturer, Sandra Bemis; Chaplain, Carolyn Kenyon; Gate Keeper, Lawrence Dahlgren; Flora, Kimberly Carvalho: Ceres, Althea Thornton; Pomona, Hazel Varella. The Executive Committee consists of: Melanie Deware, Williams Ames and Joan Lundgren.
Those interested in learning more about the Grange organization, the Easton Grange in particular, or what plans your Grange has in store for 2013 are asked to contact Lee Williams at 508 238 4260.