September 8, 2017 – September 10, 2017 all-day

The annual meeting of the Nebraska State Grange will be held at the Ramada Rivers Edge Inn on the South Side of Columbus, Nebraska, just north of the Bridge, September 8-9-10. 2017.

Friday, at noon, Grangers will meet at Barcel Mill and Lumber Company. Bring your own lunch and a Lawn Chair, and gather under the trees to eat, then have a tour and conversation with B.J. Barcel, about his lumber business.

Convention registration will begin at 7:30 PM, followed by a preliminary look at incoming resolutions to be cinsidered for National or State Grange policy, and ending the day with an evening Ice Cream Social.

Some of the resolutions to be considered are: 1, To keep commodity checkoffs subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); 2, To require that all Counties in Nebraska enforce noxious weed laws: 3. To make members of Congress and their staff participate in the same healthcare insurance as the general public; 4, To give each public school $1500 per year for each student enrolled K-12, and that each district is to offset their property tax by the same amount they receive in Foundation Aid; 5. To limit Congressional terms to 12 years, and that the current pension plan be discontinued; 6. Require voters to show personal identification to vote.

The Convention will begin Saturday, at 8:30 AM, with a welcome from the city of Columbus, followed by the formal opeining of the Grange, which will be followed by the State President’s report from Kevin Cooksley, of Weissert NE. Resolutions for changes-additions in Grange Policy, will be introduced.

The National Representative this year will be Amanda Brozana Rios, Director of Communications and Development. She lives in Greenbelt Md. with her husband, Victor. She has previously taught journalism, public relations, and speech communications at several universities. She will be the speaker for the noon lunch. Joe Fryman, of Blair Ne. will be the MC.

The Deaf Education Awarness Scholarship will go to Evangelina Ortiz, who has been hearing imapired since early childhood. Community Servicce Awards will be presented to local Granges for their projects to improve the area where they live. The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline.

The Annual Banquet will be at 6:30 PM. Kevin Cooksley, President, from Weissert, NE, will be the MC. Dan Holtz will be providing the entertainment. His program is entitled, Nebraska Through Song and Story. He interweaves songs accompanied on guitar and harmonica with excerps from works by Willa Cather, John Neihardt, Mari Sandoz and Bess Streeter Aldirch, in narratives from 1850 to 1904. The program will be followed by an auction of the baked goods chosen as winners, by the judges of the Baking Contest. Other miscellanious items will be auctioned also.

On Sunday morning there will be a memorial service for Grange members who have passed on this year and a brief worship service, planned by State Grange Chaplin, Ricki Wulf, of Blair. State Grange Lecturer (Program Director), Darlene Janing, of Geneva Ne., has asked Jeanne K. Schieffer, from NPPD, to speak to the group, following the service.

Following the Sunday Brunch, Phyllis Tooker, from Ralston, Ne., Family Activities Committee Chairman, will present awards for the Baking and Needlework Contests and give her report on other projects, Stuffed “Toys for Loving”, and the number of Lbs. of pop tabs collected for Ronald McDonald Houses for this year.