Nancy Eck of Forest Grange was presented with a watch for obtaining seven new members for her Grange at the recent meeting of Warren-Forest Pomona Grange by master Kelly Van Ord who presided over the meeting. Van Ord also serves as the state grange director of the deaf and community service department. With the efforts of her committee and donations from various granges and members, she was able to present box tops and labels to Matt Irons for the Tidioute Charter School, as well as a box of hats to Val Van Dyke for Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh and a check for $1,545 for Alex's Lemonade Stand which is a crusade for the study and cure of child hood cancer. The Van Dyke family, John, Val and 5-year-old twins, Avery and Everett from Oil City were present. Everett recently finished his treatments for cancer which was diagnosed three years ago and is now in remission.
Delegates Miranda Irons and Deanna Hollabaugh reported on the state session held in State College. Resolutions were reviewed. Faye Snyder of York County was selected as Granger of the Year. Matt Espenshade from Lancaster County was named Friend of the Youth. Local members who won awards were Miranda Irons, first for her Start with a Cake Mix; Matt Irons, first for his Building Block Creation; Wendy Winkels, first for her My Favorite Anything (crocheted vest); Kelly Van Ord, third for her Funny Kid photo; and Jean Hollabaugh, first for her Peach Pie.
Members voted to continue auction sales for another year and made donations to the American Cancer Society, Hospice, M.S., Toys for Tots and Pittsfield Supervisors.
Upcoming events include: Auctions at Pomona Grange on Nov. 16, Dec. 7 and 14 (all at 1 p.m.); Harvest Dinner at Watson Grange on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 1:30 p.m.; Harvest Dinner at Forest Grange on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 4:30 p.m.; and the next regular meeting of Warren-Forest Pomona Grange on Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m. with Forest Grange preparing lunch.