For nearly 130 years Grange halls have existed around the country as community centers where residents gather for educational events, town meetings, potlucks, and entertainment.
The Sauvies Island Grange #840 is one of the strongest chapters in the state! Since 1935, our local Grange has served as a place for networking, fellowship and fun. It provides a forum for solving community problems and gives freely to local charities. Charities that benefit from the Sauvie Grange’s generosity include Words for Thirds (providing dictionaries to 3rd graders at several local schools), Dogs for the Deaf, the St. John’s based Children’s Relief Nursery and 6 other charities. The Grange also awards college scholarships to island students (see below.)
Meetings are at 7 p.m., the second Monday of every month. Refreshments and fellowship follow the meetings. The September meeting is a Potluck and Pies open house.
Grange Women’s Association
Meetings, the third Wednesday of every month, are a great place to hear some great stories about how things used to be on the island and what’s going on right now.
December’s meeting is a Christmas luncheon and August’s is an outdoor barbecue. Garden tours, bingo and bunko nights and other activities, open to all island residents, are planned by the GWA.
Grange scholarship fund
Island residents heading to college or a technical school can apply for $500 scholarships, funded by the Edna Graf fund. Six $500 scholarships are given out each year with one $1000 scholarship funded from the Erickson Endowment fund. For information, click to download pdf. For application form, click to download pdf.
Want to join?
Your membership dues not only get you in on all the fun and the important activities of the organization, but also help support our community hall and local charities. Membership is open to all islanders, but you must get references from three members. Download an application at http://www.orgrange.org/PDF/brochure_family.pdf or for more information, call Kathy Andresen at 504-621-9847.
Rent the Hall
The grange hall and adjoining picnic area can be rented for non-alcoholic events. This is a perfect place for uninterrupted meetings because cell phone service is limited! The hall is located at 14443 NW Charlton Road, just behind the Sauvie Island Academy. Email Vicki Mayberry or call her at 503-621-3074 for rates and information.