BY CINDY HUDSON | OREGONLIVE
The new Junior Grange members of Washington-Yamhill Pomona Grange #2 are off to a productive start after forming as a group last fall. Rosalea Peters, who chairs the program, said the group recently held a fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank, raising more than $200 by selling home-baked treats.
“These kids are interested in helping their community and having a good time,” said Peters. With the youngest member of the group just 5 years old and the oldest 13, Peters said meetings are a “great opportunity for all ages to work together” planning activities that work for everyone. She said a typical meeting involves an activity like a game or craft for the first hour, with the second hour dedicated to running the meeting and deciding on community service events.
Nationally, the Grange is known for advocating for rural America and agriculture and for its emphasis on grassroots activism, family values and community service.
The Washington-Yamhill Pomona Junior Grange meets from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Leedy Grange, 835 N.W. Saltzman Road. Peters said the group needs several more members to officially become part of the Oregon state Junior Grange. Being part of the larger program means members can participate in Grange activities statewide.
Junior Grange is open to children ages 5 to 14. Contact Peters at [email protected] or 503-593-0110 for more information.