NORTH POLE, AK — HO! HO! HO! Merry… April? On April 24th, North Pole Grange #6, in North Pole, Alaska, welcomed a new member into its halls; Santa Claus. Mr. Claus (and yes that’s his real name) is a resident of North Pole and serves as the President of the North Pole Chamber of Commerce.
John Poirrier, President of the Alaska State Grange and chair of North Pole Grange’s Executive Committee, was on hand to welcome Mr. Claus into the Grange during the annual Grange Month open house.
“Santa is very busy year round so we we’re happy he was able to take time out of his busy schedule to become a part of the Grange,” said Poirrier.
Michael Martin, National Grange Membership Director, was also present and expressed joy in having Santa Claus joining the Grange.
“I’m honored that I was able to present Mr. Claus his very own membership card, welcoming him into this great organization.”
The North Pole Grange conducts many events each year that are designed to provide activity for the public and serve as fundraisers. The First Friday art shows are extremely popular. Each month a different local artist displays original paintings for public viewing. Each show has averaged over 100 visitors per show. Other events include pancake breakfasts, community yard sales, Easter egg hunts and a haunted house.
Mr. Claus himself said that, “he was excited to be Grange member,” and that “the North Pole Grange is a valuable asset to the community.”
The Grange in Alaska has played a significant role in helping to establish food, power and telephone cooperatives prior to statehood. It was also directly involved in forming state fairs and the Division of Agriculture.
Established in 1867, The National Grange, a nonpartisan, nonprofit fraternal organization, is the oldest agricultural and rural community service organization. With more than 2,100 local chapters, the Grange has evolved into the nation’s leading rural advocacy organization and a major benefactor to local communities. There are more than 160,000 members across the United States.