For the Grangers who attended the 144th Annual Session of the State Grange of Minnesota at the lovely Koronis Ministries Retreat Center in Paynesville in October, the weather couldn't have been better. This was the first year in several decades that State Session was held away from the Oliver Kelley Farm or the 143rd Session at Minnehaha Grange Hall. Though the turnout was disappointingly low, the facilities looking out onto beautiful Lake Koronis were enjoyed by all. The staff went above and beyond to work with our needs and provide wonderful meals.
Highlights of the weekend included visits from Brother and Sister Edelen of Iowa and Sister Debbie Gegare and her son Kedrick of Wisconsin along with the very special visit by our National Grange representatives, High Priest of Dimeter, Brother Bruce Croucher and Sister Sharon Croucher of New York. We could not have been more honored or inspired by their gracious fellowship. FFA workshops, a panel on the state of agriculture in Minnesota, and keynote speaking, author Eric Bergeson's humorous program after banquet were greatly enjoyed.
The chief business of State Session included the passage of several resolutions, the elections of Sister Ashley Wyatt to Treasurer and Sister Bailey Hess to Gatekeeper, and the adoption of a strategic plan to guide the State Grange of Minnesota over the next twelve years. To learn more about the SGMN Strategic Plan, visit our resources page.