|We continue to maintain a good relationship with the faculty and student body of North Pole High School. |
|The watercolor club formed 2½ years ago has become a huge success. This provides weekly activity for the community as well as a very popular art show on the third Friday of each month. The monthly show rivals the larger galleries in Fairbanks in terms of number of attendees and is known among local artists as the best private gallery in the interior. This is our largest revenue source.|
|We established low raised planting beds on our front lawn last year. The local Master Gardening Club is assisting with this project. Last year two beds were dedicated to flowers and one bed to a potato crop. The potato yield, approximately 30 pounds, was served at Friday fund raising dinners and was part of a turkey dinner at the November art show. These dinners have become monthly events.|
|We partnered with the Interior Rabbit and Cavy Club to host their first annual show at the grange. We may also do an animal show later this summer. The rabbit show was attended by over one hundred visitors with entries from all over the State.|
|The North Pole Grange was instrumental in establishing the 2008 "Christmas in Ice" event for the City of North Pole. The event saw over five thousand visitors and enjoyed substantial contributions from BP, Flint Hills, Conoco Phillips, and the City of North Pole. "Christmas in Ice" for 2009 promises to be an even bigger event.|
Throughout the past several years we have tried numerous schemes to involve more people in the Grange itself. North Pole is a small community with a lot of competing activities. The movers and shakers in the community are already heavily involved in a myriad of other community activities. The Watercolor club and the "Christmas in Ice" events bring hundreds of regular participants to our Hall each month along with a few new faces every week. This has resulted in a sparked interest in the Grange. Rather than assimilate the smaller clubs into the Grange itself, the current strategy is to enable their success by helping them organize and feel at home with the Grange. They focus on their organization and help the Grange when called upon to participate in Grange activities. This strategy is gradually bringing a more dynamic and more affluent group of people to the Grange and at the moment appears to be the light at the end of the tunnel for recruiting new members.
Our membership remains small, but is steady.
Respectfully submitted this 2nd day in May 2009 by
John E. Poirrier
President, North Pole Grange #6.