- Last Updated on 21 September 2013
National Public Radio's All Things Considered featured a very interesting article on the Grange on June 14, 2013. You can read or listen to the story here.
"A Gift for the Grangers" was a recruitment poster for the National Grange printed in 1873. Grange membership around this period was estimated by some to be as high as 2 million. Today it's less than 200,000.
- Last Updated on 18 September 2012
What a difference a year makes! Last year’s unseasonable rains made our annual picnic more difficult, but that was not so this year. The weather was perfect for the event on Sunday, June 3. Over 230 people came out to enjoy the activities, and there might have been more, but by 2:40 pm, we had to put out a sign saying, “Sold Out”. No more food! Next year we expect to be better prepared for the crowds coming to this annual event.
There were over 65 participants in the Cherry Pit Spitting contest. The longest distance was 50 feet (Really 50 feet!). Brett Farris and Debbie Abrams from KZST were the official judges. Other activities included a silent auction, wine auction, Emergency Preparedness booth, animals from our 4H group and face painting for the youngest attendees. We had a great display of memorabilia representing the Bennett Valley Grange over the 140 years since its inception in 1873, along with old farming equipment courtesy of Joe Judge.
The Bennett Valley fire crew showed off their fire engine for the children. The band was a great draw as well. Evelyn McClure was present to sell the newly published book on Bennett Valley, Beneath the Mountain of the Burning Bird: Bennett Valley History and Memories, which she will discuss at the Grange on July 19th and will have it available for purchase.
Thank you to all who helped with the event and those that came to enjoy it. Proceeds for this event will go to the Grange building fund; you'll be able to see new windows on the building in the near future. Also, some of the funds will help with stocking our Emergency Preparedness container at the BV Grange with additional first aid supplies; both worthwhile causes!
-Picnic/BBQ Report, By Karen Sommer
- Last Updated on 12 October 2013
The Grange has been a essential part of Bennett Valley for 140 years. Most people know that the Bennett Valley Grange Hall is an historical building built in 1873. What people may not know is that this Grange is an active organization that continues to hold monthly meetings. Even though the Grange is an organization that operates under the auspices of the California State Grange, the members and officers can decide what programs and activities they would like to do.
We always welcome new members and new ideas. If you would like to become a member of the Bennett Valley Grange, we would welcome both you and your input. Currently, dues are just $30.00 a year, pro-rated per quarter if you join after the beginning of the year.
To join the Bennett Valley Grange, fillin the membership form under the "Join the BV Grange" tab above, then a member of the Membership Committee will contact you to take you through the process. You may pay your dues at your initiation meeting or here on our website.
The last couple of years the Bennett Valley Grange has partnered with the Bennett Valley Community Association (BVCA), offering the hall for meetings and informative speakers. We have also co-sponsored the Grange's annual June barbecue with the BVCA, raising funds for the Grange Hall’s upkeep and maintenance, especially important for an older building. At the same time, we are also raising funds for the Bennett Valley Emergency Preparedness (BVEP) funds and the BVEP emergency shelter now located at the Grange.
by Patty Allen
- Last Updated on 08 September 2012
Welcome to the Bennett Valley Grange #16, Website.
We're located at 4145 Grange Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (707) 545-4436.
Our site is still under construction and we're adding content all the time - so come back soon!