About Hessel Grange
The Grange is a community organization. It's a place to meet your neighbors and to have community events. It can also be a place to discuss issues that affect our rural community. We welcome all of our neighbors and friends. We don't have any weird rituals or secret meetings and we're not an exclusive club*. More than anything else, the grange is what we make it. For these past two years, we've had interesting speakers, a growers' exchange, and we've had fun events like dances and potlucks and our summer barbeque. Please come by and attend a meeting if you are interested. Check the front page of this website in the news box to see what is scheduled.
We've had speakers at our meetings on a wide range of topics, including:
- The Laguna Foundation
- Gold Ridge Fire ( about fire and emergency preparedness )
- Canine Companions
- CARRQ ( about the Roblar Rock Quarry )
- John King ( candidate for County Supervisor )
- History of Sonoma County
- Mosquito control
- Edible Landscaping
The Grange Hall is also used by the Canfield 4-H club, has been used as the polling place for elections, and is available to rent for private parties. There are yoga classes at the Grange every week, as well as lots of dog training classes. As of December 2010, we have 65 members from all around the local area.
* Once a year we do have a traditional meeting with all of it's trappings and sashs and formality. This is interesting and it keeps us connected to the history of the Grange and to our parent organization, but it is not required to attend this meeting to be a member of Hessel Grange.
How to Join
The membership fee is $30 per year per person, or $60 for a family membership. Send the form to Hessel Grange, 5400 Blank Rd., Sebastopol, CA 95472.
About the Grange
The Purpose of the Grange is to build a program of fellowship, service and member activities within a framework of fraternalism embracing all members through meetings and activities.
Across America, communities, farms, schools, hospitals and families are udergoing tremendous changes. The Grange, which has chapters in more than 4,000 communities, is the center of a grassroots effort to improve the quality of life in rural areas and across the nation. Grange members share ideas, organize themselves for action in their communities, and initiate programs that will address their concerns and improve their lives.
The Grange emblem has a lot of history behind it. The Seven sided emblem represents the seven degrees of the Grange and the seven founders. "Pof H" stands for,"Patrons of Husbandry". The name "Grange" was chosen because old English farm estates, each a complete community, were called granges. The sheaf of wheat represents our roots in agriculture.
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