2009 Annual Report
North Star Grange #10
The North Star Grange projects for the year included:
|Maintaining clean up of Aldridge Park. The park with a playground, picnic area, and ball fields continues to be a wonderful place to spend a summer day in Fairbanks.|
|Crocheting by member Alice McKee has provided 48 afghans and lap robes to local charities such as Interior Center for Non-Violent Living, Veterans in Fairbanks, land also cancer patients in Yuma, Arizona. All were contributed in the name of the grange.|
|Placement of a framed copy of the Bill of Rights is on display for the public in the Borough building. The grange plans to expand this project to have copies hung in Fairbanks schools. Thanks are due member Frank Turney for heading up this effort.|
|North Star Grange #10's web page continues to be updated by Ann Roberts. The site contains not only information on this grange, but also other local granges and the state grange as well.|
The following projects are on-going and will be worked on in 2009.
|Working with local businesses and schools to create a training program whereby high school students would be able to get on-the-job training for school credits. This program would teach basic job skills and work ethics to the youth of our community.|
|Environmental issues are a growing concern in our communities and the grange hopes to help the community in its effort to recycle and work toward achieving sustainable life styles.|
|Developing a park in downtown Fairbanks is in the beginning stages. At this time, we are awaiting word from the Alaska Housing Authority on the status o the property. The borough's Department of Parks & Recreation has shown an interest in helping us make this project a reality if the land becomes available. Our vision for the park is to have the usual playground equipment, chess/checker tables, a picnic area, and hopefully, a community garden.|
In closing, North Star Grange #10 was happy to have added two new members in 2008. Our hope for the year is that the State Grange continues to grow in numbers and in service to our communities.