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(J.R.H. 172)

Offered by: Representative Nelson of Ryegate.

Whereas, as stated in the charter of the Blue Mt. Grange No. 263, "on the 28th of April in 1898, a dispensation was granted to certain parties therein to organize and hold a Subordinate Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry in the town of Ryegate, County of Caledonia and State of Vermont under the name of Blue Mt. Grange No. 263," and

Whereas, these parties were, "empowered to confer degrees of a Subordinate Grange agreeably to the Constitution of the National Grange of Patrons of Husbandry and the Ritual of the Order," and

Whereas, the strength of the Grange lies in its belief that people can achieve happiness, satisfaction and prosperity through unity of action, and

Whereas, the Blue Mt. Grange has over the last several years received numerous certificates of achievement for membership development, and

Whereas, the Master of the Blue Mt. Grange was awarded the National Certificate of Achievement as the 1997 National Grange's Most Valuable Recruiter, and

Whereas, the Blue Mt. Grange No. 263 was named the 1997 All-Star Grange at both the state and national levels, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate the Blue Mt. Grange No. 263 as it proudly celebrates its centennial anniversary of outstanding service to the farm families of Ryegate, Vermont and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Masters of the National, Vermont State and Blue Mt. Granges.