Family is one of the cornerstones on which the Grange was built. This is evident just by the way we refer to one another as Brothers and Sisters. Family values in farm, rural and suburban communities are promoted, taught, and woven into Grange activities and events. We serve as a safe environment for every member of the family, from newborns to great-grandparents, to spend time. Unlike many other social organizations, there is a place for everyone at the Grange.
Many of our Grangers have attended meetings and events since birth and looked forward to the time when they turned 5 and could become a part of the Junior Grange. The Junior Grange allows children to have fun, participate in activities, learn leadership roles and responsibility, and make a difference in their community. At 14, young adults become members in the Subordinate Grange, with full voting rights and the ability to hold any office at any level of the organization.
If you and your family are looking for some an organization that you can join together, or if you’re looking to make friends and find an extended family in a new town, the Grange is the place for you. We understand the meaning of family and at the end of the day, we welcome all of the Brothers and Sisters who join us.
“My earliest memories are at Grange functions, so it only seemed natural that when I became old enough I would join. However, I did not really know how much it would change my life. The friendships I have made and the experiences I have had in Grange helped me to be a more confident and outgoing person. Through the Youth Program I have made lasting friendships with people from around the country, but more importantly having the opportunity to be a leader in Grange has allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and become more confident in public speaking and my ability to lead.”
“When I was a junior in high school, my parents literally forced me into a car avan and drove me to Washington D.C. for a youth experience. I wanted nothing to do with the trip. I just wanted to stay home for a week and a half all by myself. When we got to D.C., I met some of the best friends I currently have from all parts of the country. I have been a part of three weddings with people I met that summer. The following summer at the Midwest Youth Conference, I met my best Grange friend to date. I stood up with him at his wedding a couple months ago and even though, through our jobs, I technically should call him Sir and salute him, we are just the same friends we have been since that summer.”