What’s Happening with the Grange Hall

In light of the Covid-19 virus situation, San Juan Island Grange #966 has decided to close its Hall through the end of April and concentrate on two improvement projects, the replacement of the First Street foundation and the Community Kitchen Upgrade.  We will reopen the hall once Governor Inslee lifts the shelter in place order.  Renters who have reserved the Hall for events in April are encouraged to contact Roger Ellison, Hall Rental Agent, at sanjuangrange@gmail.com or (360) 378-6632, to review the status of their rentals.  We are in touch with Brendan Cowan, San Juan County Department of Emergency Management, as to how the Grange may assist the community.
Boyd Pratt, 2020 President, San Juan Island Grange #966

What’s Happening with Grange Events

Roger Ellison hosts a weekly 8-9am Growers Circle sharing coffee and a discussion of all things home gardening, horticultural and agricultural. To join the circle remotely via Zoom, please email sanjuangrange@gmail.com and ask for directions.

All other events have been canceled until the shelter in place order is lifted.

Community Kitchen Upgrade Project

Grange #966 is partnering with the San Juan Community Foundation to provide tax deduction information for donors to our Community Kitchen Upgrade.

The kitchen project is currently on hold in order to protect our contractors and volunteers. Once contractors are able to resume work, the upgrade will resume. We are still accepting donations, and thank you for your generous support of this vital community improvement project.

Click the link below to go to the Community Foundation donation site. Enter your gift amount, and in the Note section type Grange Kitchen Project; click Add to Cart, then click Checkout and enter your name (or check ‘anonymous’), address, and payment info. You will automatically receive an email receipt as well as a thank you letter containing tax deduction information.

Community Foundation donation site.

First Street Foundation Project

The old vestibule has been removed in preparation for installing a proper concrete foundation under the Grange Hall along First Street. That wall is sitting on a 130-year old hand-hewn cedar beam which is, understandably, showing its age. The project is on hold to protect our contractor, but will resume when conditions make that possible.

When finished, we will have new doors where the vestibule was, and a level entry at the front door, much better for those with mobility issues.

Background on San Juan Island Grange #966

“The Grange” is a 501c8 fraternal/sororal membership organization with local,  regional, state and national levels. There are local Granges on Orcas and Lopez, as well as a Friday Harbor Grange. Our mission for San Juan Island Grange #966 is To support a resilient community of growers, makers and keepers, to foster social and political engagement, and to maintain our Hall as a home for celebrations and programs.” You don’t have to be a farmer to belong, though many are. Our elected officers volunteer, and our ‘work’ occurs through various committees. We are a grass-roots, non-partisan advocacy group, and because we are a 501c8, we can participate in crafting legislation at all levels. Member discounts are offered at several local businesses. Our monthly member business meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at 7 pm and are preceded by a lively and tasty 6 pm potluck at our Hall, 152 First Street North in Friday Harbor. All are welcome!

To become a “Fellow Granger,” click HERE for more information.

Contact information: 360.378.6632    sanjuangrange@gmail.com