January 2022

Happy New Year!

Leaving 2021 behind, we wish to extend our utmost gratitude and thanks to Sheila Long and George Yount for their outstanding leadership through these tumultuous times. We're so happy to have them continue to help guide our new Board in the coming year.

We started 2021 in lockdown - the Grange Hall closed up tight for the first half of the year - and eased into reopening with small vaccinated and masked groups.

Many people continue to inquire about renting the hall, especially since it has an air filtration and recirculating system funded by the Jefferson Community Foundation. Thank you!

As a result, our dear old hall has been getting a lot of use, from children’s acting groups to art classes to line dancers. Sadly though, the original wooden flooring (part of a WW II era barracks) is past refinishing, so we’re looking into options that can withstand the thunder of little feet or the dancing of larger ones. We'll keep you posted on this goal for 2022.

The Grange has hosted a Food Bank Garden on the property for nearly six years. The garden has been the focus of documentary films and many articles and is the only garden in the area that grows produce exclusively for donation to the Jefferson County Food Bank and other entities. In 2021, the Grange Garden alone produced over 2100 pounds of organically grown produce with 1500 volunteer hours! We are proud to sponsor land, water, and electricity for such an important contribution to this community.

Of course, none of this would be possible without you, our Grange members and friends. You attend meetings, dance in the Hall, volunteer on the property, and keep our grounds looking lovely. You are the reason that we can continue to do this.

Looking for a new year's resolution?

- Consider joining us as a new or returning member
- Or volunteer by contacting barbaratusting97@gmail.com
- Prefer to make a donation? Any amount will be gratefully accepted. Just mail a check or money order to: Quimper Grange #720, 1219 Corona St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Looking forward to a brighter, lighter new 2022.
Doug Groenig
Quimper Grange President