Grange leadership is designed in part after Freemasonry - but even more fittingly for an agricultural organization - after the official roles held on a Medieval English farmstead or "Grange."
From our inception in 1867, the Grange has held women in equality with men. Women can hold any of the sixteen officer's positions in the Grange, but four (the Graces and Lady Assistant Steward) can only be held by women, ensuring that at least a quarter of the leadership voice is held by women. Of great pride of the Minnesota Grange is that the first female State Grange Master in the country, Sarah Baird, was elected in Minnesota in 1893 - nearly thirty years before women were granted the right to vote. With six of the last twelve State Masters being female, the Minnesota Grange is also proud to have elected more female Masters than any other state in the country.
The Executive Committee is made up of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and three Executive Committee Officers. The Executive Committee is not a board of directors, but instead assists in the creation of and maintains the annual budget, plans the State Grange of Minnesota Annual Session and conducts business on behalf of all Minnesota Grangers throughout the Grange year.
Members of the
Troy Behnke, Ann Olson Bercher, Donna Champion, John Crippen, Bob M Quist, Roxy Appel Wigton