May 7, 2009
To the editor:
Grangers from Anchorage, Palmer, North Pole, Two Rivers and Fairbanks met at the North Pole Grange Hall for their annual meeting on May 2, 2009. Ed Luttrell, president of the National Grange, was the speaker.
He challenged the Alaska granges to bring the number of community granges in the state to 15 by the year 2015. A new grange was organized on the Kenai Peninsula in 2008, but was not represented at the annual meeting.
Resolutions passed included the support of the Alaska State Grange for the establishment of an Alaska Farmland Preservation Fund to be used to match federal, borough and city contributions to the same cause.
Another resolution supports the establishment of an Agricultural, Forestry, and Environmental Conference Center at the Matanuska Experiment Farm.
Another resolution encourages the creation of emergency identity and information cards to be carried by people to make such information available in the case of accidents, strokes, heart attacks, and any other emergency. Such cards are now available in the Fairbanks-North Pole area.
Ann Roberts spoke about the Web site she has created for the Alaska granges. This can be found at www.alaskagrange.org.
The next annual meeting will be hosted at the Two Rivers Grange Hall on May 1, 2010. The meeting will coincide with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Two Rivers Grange. More information will be available from time to time.