National Lady Asst Steward
National Grange of the Order
Of Patrons of Husbandry
Beth Merrill is a past Master of the New Hampshire State Grange as well as the Lady Assistant Steward for the National Grange. Her parents dragged her away from the television to her first Jr. Grange meeting in 1969 and she was hooked on Grange from that point on. She joined Walpole Grange #125 upon graduation from Surry Jr. Grange #109, and joined Pomona soon after. She was a marching candidate in the Sixth Degree in 1977 and took the Seventh Degree in Denver, CO in 1978, where she was also represented New Hampshire in the talent contest.
Beth has held many offices in Grange starting as Jr. Grange Chaplain. She was the NH Jr. Grange Master of the Year in 1975. First office in Walpole Grange #125 was Lecturer at age 14, followed by Master a couple years later, and was the NH Youth Master in 1986. She has held offices in three different Pomonas and now belongs to Hillsborough County Pomona #1. She was first appointed to serve officially on a state committee in 1980 and has been serving the state Grange in many roles ever since. State Offices held: Executive Committee – 1993, 2010-current; Lady Assistant Steward – 1994-1998; Lecturer – 1998-2002; Overseer – 2002-2006; Master – 2006-2010.
Outside of the Grange, Beth is also very active in her community. She was a 4-H leader for 15+ years, past President of Antrim Woman’s Club, and is a member of the NH Trustees to Eastern States Exposition, currently serving on the board of directors. More recently, she organized the Monadnock Savvy Club, a support group for fellow horse lovers who are participating in Parelli Natural Horsemanship program. She recently auditioned and received a Level 2 Online rating from the Parelli program with her horse, Hoovie. She is employed part-time as a production assistant at Thomas Meyers Studio in Hancock, NH and part-time as a self-employed natural horsemanship instructor. Beth and her husband Arthur (also a long-time and greatly accomplished Granger) have two horses, Gem and Jewel, and a cat, Lola.