Wahoo! Eleven new Spencer Creek Grangers joined in April. We are happy to announce that efforts during Grange Month, April 2016, resulted in folks deciding to give the Grange a try. Some had been "recruited" for quite some time, others had recently come across Grange activities and decided to join. We are pretty sure this is a record of new members for Spencer Creek Grange in one month. It is a great way to celebrate our 80th year. (Spencer Creek Grange was started in 1936.)
Grange Month being in April is perfect for an agriculture-connected organization. The year of growing things is at its beginning. It is a great time for new members.
Spencer Creek activities during Grange Month provided venues for announcing the opportunity for new members to join at half price. The "old" membership voted to offer this at the March business meeting, so beginning with the wildly popular Barn Dance April 1st, the announcement of the half off membership opportunity was launched. Then during refreshments and social time at intermission, old members provided more information and encouragement. Later, on April 26th, during the Open House and quarterly Pot Luck dinner, the Grange Master/President talked about Grange fellowship, structure of the Grange, the different levels of the Grange (local, county, state and national) and what it means to be a Granger. Some other members spoke about their experience as members. Finally, when Spencer Creek hosted the Play Festival (the Granges in the county each perform a one-act, 20-minute play and host 3 plays) on April 30th, the time between plays was used to share the history of the Play Festival in Lane County and to advise the packed house about the half-price new member opportunity. Again, during refreshment-time visiting, audience members got to hear one-on-one what the Grange offers.
We are very pleased to invite you to a special Welcoming Ceremony for our newest members and our Grange 80th birthday party. We will celebrate on July 26 at 7 PM following the pot luck. Bring a dish to share at 6 PM. Great food, great folks, great conversation.
See you at the Grange!
Drop by the Spencer Creek Growers Market on any Saturday between now and October 8th where you’ll find friends and neighbors clustered around a collection of colorful canopies beneath the conifers. We’ve been busy lining up live music performances for each upcoming market day. While you’re enjoying the music you’ll no doubt want to sample some of the scrumptious homestyle cooking prepared in our Café and browse the wide array of crafts, an ever-growing selection of produce, plenty of plant starts and much, much more. You’ll find us behind the Spencer Creek Grange, whose stately building rests unobtrusively on the corner of Lorane Highway and McBeth Road, just outside Eugene. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here is our current list of market vendors along with a description of what they’ll have available.
The Grange is a grassroots, non-partisan, non-sectarian, fraternal organization with its roots in agriculture. Although the Grange was originally an organization of farmers, it has evolved to include people from all walks of life who have a common goal to make our world a better place to live.
The members of the Spencer Creek Grange are your neighbors, and include families who have lived here for generations as well as newcomers to the area. A shared love of agriculture, the natural world, and rural society unites us. Attend one of our events or join us at one of our monthly meetings… a friendly welcome awaits you!
Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. You’re also invited to attend one of our Community Potlucks, an informal gathering during which you’ll have an opportunity to eat scrumptious food, hear informative presentations by guest speakers and catch up with what’s new in your community. The potlucks take place once every three months and begin at 6:00 p.m.
The Grange has become the venue for a growing number of fun and informative events. These include the Spencer Creek Community Growers’ Market, our annual Very Berry Pancake Breakfast, our popular Barn Dance series and the spookiest Haunted House you’ll ever experience.
We can be reached by email or you can write to:
Spencer Creek Grange No. 855
PO Box 25425
Eugene, OR 97402
The Spencer Creek Grange Hall is located at 86013 Lorane Highway at the corner of McBeth Road in Eugene. To learn how to get to the Grange, you can use this Google Maps link.