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NO. R-167. JOINT RESOLUTION congratulating Center Grange 290 of Hubbardton on the occasion of the Grange’s centennial anniversary.

(J.R.H. 125)

Offered by: Representative Young of Orwell.

Whereas, the Grange has a long and distinguished history on the Vermont rural landscape, and

Whereas, local granges across Vermont are vital community centers where individuals can gather for celebratory and public service activities, and

Whereas, on February 21, 1901, in the midst of Vermont’s wintry snow and cold, Mr. R. R. Galusha convened distinguished representatives of Hubbardton’s citizenry at the Redfield Hall, and

Whereas, these individuals jointly established a new local grange with 42 charter members that became known as Center Grange 290, and

Whereas, on Center Grange 290’s first anniversary, the membership had grown to 75, and

Whereas, during the course of World War I, the membership committed itself to producing the "largest possible production of foodstuff" as the local contribution to the war effort, and

Whereas, in 1919, with peace secured, Center Grange 290 purchased its own meeting hall on Jasper Road for the magnificent sum of $655.00, and

Whereas, on July 8, 1941, the members celebrated the full payment of the building’s mortgage, and

Whereas, in 1964, Center Grange 290 embarked on a new endeavor for youth by establishing the Center Junior Grange #79, and

Whereas, beyond the many holiday parties, picnics, venison suppers and other festive celebrations, Center Grange 290 has participated in many public service activities, such as fundraising drives to assist in the financing of the Castleton Medical Center and the Fair Haven Rescue Squad, and

Whereas, on August 2, 1972, a new Grange hall was financed through a Grange Share Sale Plan, and

Whereas, the Grange Hall, which is now owned by the town of Hubbardton, and is newly renovated, thanks in large part to the financial success of a Center Grange-sponsored town carnival and chicken barbecue, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the members of Center Grange 290 in Hubbardton on the illustrious occasion of the organization’s centennial anniversary, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jean Henske, secretary of Center Grange 290 in Castleton.