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Annual Session - Resolutions and Results
Resolutions are available for download in PDF form on the downloads page.
Resolutions for year:
1. RE: OPTIONS FOR CONFERRAL OF 7TH DEGREE

WHEREAS the Seventh Degree signifies the completion of the journey down the pathway of life to receive the degree of Ceres, and

WHEREAS Sixth Degree members are eligible and may wish to be instructed in the Seventh Degree in order to be confirmed, and

WHEREAS The National Grange encourages membership participation and advancement and currently offers methods to attend, witness and receive the Seventh Degree, and

WHEREAS The National Grange makes efforts to be inclusive and promote diversity, and

WHEREAS Some Sixth Degree members cannot attend the National Grange Session to attend the live, in-person Seventh Degree ceremony due to special needs, challenges with traveling, financial constraints, or conflicts with scheduling due to responsibilities for work or family, and

WHEREAS The National Grange has a history of being proactive in meeting member needs and have provided alternative avenues for Degrees One through Four through the development of the Obligation and Welcoming Ceremonies, and

WHEREAS The National Grange has also modified procedures and formats, including the development of the Action Grange, the Alternative Manual and approved many considerations due to COVID restrictions and need for social distancing which led to increased use of technology through digital/electronic means of virtual communication, and

WHEREAS possibilities to further use of technology to create additional means of participating need to be explored in order to promote acquisition of the Seventh Degree with consideration to accessibility and any needed reasonable accommodations, and

WHEREAS some Sixth Degree members would not have access or ability for digital or virtual participation, leading to a need for procedures to enable their inclusion.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Grange establish means to develop, design and implement alternative options for the procedures in which Sixth Degree members would be eligible to obtain the Seventh Degree, including but not limited to electronic means.

Greenfield Hill Grange No. 133

Adopted: X
Rejected:

2. RE: GRANGE ROOF REPAIRS

WHEREAS there are a lot of Grange Hall roofs in need of replacement, and

WHEREAS the State Grange keeps all but $1,000 from the sale of the hall and the remainder is held in trust, and

WHEREAS the State Grange would get more money for the sale of the hall if the roof was in good shape, and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the State Grange pay 50% of the cost for the roof replacement and the Subordinate Grange pay the remaining 50%, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Executive Committee/Board of Directors set up financing to fund the roof replacement by April 1, 2023 and a complete report on what actions that have been taken to solve the roof replacement on the Subordinate

Hemlock Grange No. 182

Adopted:
Rejected: X

3. RE: OBLIGATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE 6TH & 7TH DEGREES

WHEREAS the 6th and 7th Degrees are more a theatrical performance, and

WHEREAS the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th degrees give you important life lessons to be learned, and

WHEREAS putting on the 7th Degree for less than a hundred people is a waste of money.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 6th and 7th Degrees be set up for obligation only, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be sent to National Grange for their approval.


Hemlock Grange No. 182

Adopted:
Rejected: X

4. RE: SUGGESTING PEOPLE FOR ALL OFFICES

WHEREAS all Delegates should be able to suggest people for every office, and

WHEREAS this would allow anyone to be able to decline the office if they so choose, and

WHEREAS it would get the voting process done quicker, and

WHEREAS this would try to eliminate any politicking for offices.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Connecticut State Grange allow suggestions for every office including Subordinate and Pomona Granges.


Hemlock Grange No. 182

Adopted:
Rejected: X

5. RE: ELEVATED SURFACES

WHEREAS the Graces are usually upon in age and are wearing long gowns, and

WHEREAS the potential for falling is greater coming off an elevated surface, and

WHEREAS the Grange would not want anyone to get injured.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Connecticut State Grange end the use of any elevated surfaces for all degrees done in the State of Connecticut.


Hemlock Grange No. 182

Adopted:
Rejected: X

6. RE: GRACE PERIOD FOR QUARTERLY REPORTS TO STATE GRANGE

WHEREAS several years ago the delegates approved a $25.00 fee to be assessed on all quarterly reports received after the 30th day following the close of each quarter, and

WHEREAS this fee was intended to encourage Granges to file their reports on time, and

WHEREAS the 30 day grace period has become an extension of the deadline with a majority of the quarterly reports filed within that 30 day period and still a large number of Granges unfiled well after the expiration of the grace period.

WHEREAS the National Grange is enforcing its fines on State Granges that are late with their Quarterly Report filings, and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the grace period for the filing of quarterly reports be shortened from 30 to 14 days following the close of each quarter, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED Pomona and Community Grange quarterly reports must be received on or before the 14th day of the grace period to avoid a $25 late fee, regardless of the date they were mailed, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the State President may enforce National Digest section 4.5.1 (c) regarding suspension of Grange charters when in arrears for dues, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED these changes go into effect beginning with the fourth quarter of 2022.


Connecticut State Grange Board of Directors

Adopted: X
Rejected:

7. RE: ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

WHEREAS Article XIII, Section 3, Division 7, of the Constitution & By-Laws of the Connecticut State Grange reads: “Subordinate Grange Associate Membership. Associate membership may be offered by a Subordinate or Pomona Grange, to any person who is interested in the advancement of agriculture, improvement of rural life and a positive attitude in the betterment of his/her community’s welfare, and is sixteen years of age or older.

Applications shall be made available from the Connecticut State Grange within six months after the adoption of this by-law (Oct. 2000). Dues shall be $25.00 per year, payable to the Subordinate or Pomona Grange of which $7.50 per quarter will be sent to the Connecticut State Grange with the quarterly report, with $3.50 per quarter being sent by the State Grange Secretary to the National Grange with his/her quarterly report.

Associate Members will be entitled to all publications and periodicals, to take advantage of any form of insurance, health or otherwise and shall be notified of all open or forum meetings. Associate Members cannot attend regularly scheduled meetings or vote on matters of Grange policy or enter National Grange sponsored contests for Grange members only.

The Connecticut State Grange shall have jurisdiction over Associate Members and Subordinate and Pomona Granges shall send dues notices each year on the anniversary date of their joining. Membership will be terminated when dues are in arrears after one year and they have been duly notified. Associate Members may apply for Grange membership at any time with proper application and required fees.”

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED Article XIII, Section 3, Division 7 of the Constitution & By-Laws of the Connecticut State Grange be changed to read “Subordinate Grange Associate Membership. Associate Membership may be offered by a Subordinate Grange, to any person, group, business, or organization with an interest in the advancement of agriculture and improvement of rural life and is fourteen years of age or older (for individual members).

Associate Members may apply for regular Grange membership at any time with proper application and required fees.

Applications shall be available upon request from the Connecticut State Grange Secretary. Dues shall be a minimum of $50.00 per year, payable to the Subordinate Grange of which $7.50 per quarter will be sent to the Connecticut State Grange with the quarterly report to cover State and National dues.

Associate Membership would include access to Subordinate, State and National benefits, participation in Grange events and sharing Grange communication including Grange events and projects but would not include voting privileges nor serving as an officer, earning degrees, or participation in Grange contests unless open to the public; and are not initiated nor given the word. Subordinate Granges cannot include Associate Members to meet the requirement of at least thirteen members to be a regular Grange or meet as a regular Grange.

Subordinate Granges shall have jurisdiction over Associate Members. The application process will follow the same procedure as regular members per Article XIII, Section 3, Division 2 and Article XIII, Section 3, Division 5.”


Connecticut State Grange Membership Committee and Board of Directors

Adopted: X
Rejected:

8. RE: POMONA DUES

WHEREAS it’s the purpose of the Pomona Grange to strengthen and aid the Granges within its jurisdication, and

WHEREAS in 2018 the Connecticut State Grange by Delegate action realigned and reorganized all existing Pomonas at the time into reasonable equal-sized Pomonas, and

WHEREAS these “new” Pomonas are seeing relatively the same attendance as the previous Pomonas, and

WHEREAS unfortunately the Grange as a whole, with the exception of a few Granges in each Pomona are struggling with membership growth and relevance in their communities, and

WHEREAS each Pomona is responsible to pay quarterly dues to the Connecticut State Grange with $0.70 from each dollar collected being used for Legislative Activities, and

WHEREAS the current financial situation of the Connecticut State Grange is adequate to sustain the current level of Legislative activity of the Connecticut State Grange.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Connecticut State Grange no longer assess any dues on Pomona Grange members and encourage each of the Pomona Granges to no longer assess dues from their members.


Ekonk Community Grange No. 89; Eastern Conn. Pomona Grange #14

Adopted: X
Rejected:

9. RE: USE OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA

WHEREAS because of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, meetings of the Grange at several levels, State, Pomona, and Subordinate have had to be conducted via electronic media, and

WHEREAS there is no current provision in the State By-Laws for such meetings.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED Article V of the By-Laws of the Connecticut State Grange be amended by adding the following paragraph:

V.5: A Grange member may participate in a meeting of the Grange by, or conduct the meeting through the use of, any means of communication by which all members participating in the meeting may simultaneously hear one another during the meeting. A Grange member participating in a meeting by this means is deemed to be present in person at the meeting.


Cheshire Grange No. 23

Adopted: X
Rejected:

10. RE: ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

WHEREAS currently within the National Grange Digest of Laws and the Connecticut State Grange Constitution & By-Laws, Section 10 of the “Code of all Granges” references Alcoholic Beverages, and

WHEREAS Section 10.11.1 identifies that: All Granges are prohibited from having alcoholic beverages either in the Grange Hall or on any Grange property during any Grange meetings, except as provided in Sections 10.11.3. Granges meeting in buildings or on property not owned by the Grange may not allow consumption of alcoholic beverages during any Grange meeting, and

WHEREAS Section 10.11.2 identifies that: A State Grange may allow the use of alcoholic beverages at Grange sponsored activities by adoption of a policy in the State Grange By-Laws. The individual Grange shall obtain host liquor or liquor liability coverage if it sponsors any event where alcohol will be served, and

WHEREAS Section 10.11.3 identifies that: All Granges have sealed containers of alcoholic beverages at Grange meetings and activities for use as a demonstration aid, gifts or fundraisers. Such containers shall remain sealed at such Grange meeting or activitiy., and

WHEREAS Section 10.11.4 identifies that: A State Grange may allow the use of alcoholic beverages at functions sponsored by the non-Grange groups that rent or lease Grange property by adoption of a policy in the State Grange By-Laws. Such renters shall provide proof of host liquor or liquor liability insurance, and

WHEREAS Section 10.11.5 identifies that: No Grange at any level shall apply for or hold a liquor license except for temporary permits for special events, and

WHEREAS the National Grange policies, established in such a way allow each individual State Grange organization to adopt policies from the “Code of all Granges” as they see fit to support all Granges within their organization, and

WHEREAS for many years, Subordinate and Pomona Granges have been struggling financially to stay afloat due to the increases in normal operating and ongoing facility maintenance costs, and

WHEREAS for Connecticut Granges to financially survive, new and innovative ideas for ‘fundraising’ type special events should be implemented to allow the permitted sale of alcoholic beverages.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Connecticut State Grange adopt the policies of Section 10.11.1 through Section 10.11.5 of the National Grange Digest of Laws to allow local Subordinate and Pomona Granges the ability to apply for a Temporary Liquor Permit in accordance with the State of Connecticut Liquor Control Commission application requirements and to obtain necessary liquor liability insurance, and approval of the Connecticut State Grange Executive Committee.


Lyme Grange No. 147

Adopted: X
Rejected:

11. RE: ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN GRANGE HALLS

WHEREAS the National Grange Digest states in Chapter 10.11.2 that “A State Grange may allow the use of alcoholic beverages at Grange sponsored activities by adoption of a policy in the State Grange By-Laws. The individual Grange shall obtain host liquor or liquor liability coverage if it sponsors any events where alcohol will be served,” and

WHEREAS some Connecticut Granges would like to allow “Bring Your Own” alcoholic beverages during certain Grange meetings, fundraisers, or demonstrations.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Connecticut State Grange By-Laws, Article VII Other Policies, be amended by adding:

SECTION 8.1: Connecticut State Grange policy shall permit the use of alcoholic beverages at Grange sponsored activities. The individual Grange shall obtain a host liquor or liquor liability coverage if it sponsors any events where alcohol will be served and sign a Waiver of Liability, exempting the Grange from liability.


Riverton Grange No. 169; Mountain Laurel Pomona No. 15

Adopted:
Rejected: X

12. RE: ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN GRANGE HALLS BY NON-GRANGE GROUPS

WHEREAS the National Grange Digest states in Chapter 10.11.4 that “A State Grange may allow the use of alcoholic beverages at functions sponsored by non-Grange groups that rent or lease Grange property by adoption of a policy in the State Grange By-Laws. Such renters shall provide proof of host liquor or liquor liability coverage”, and

WHEREAS some of our Grange halls are currently used for rental of weddings, parties, organizations, and enrichment activities that have requested the allowance of alcoholic beverages on property during the rental.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Connecticut State Grange By-Laws, Article VII Other Policies be amended by adding:

SECTION 8.2: Connecticut State Grange policy shall permit renters or leasers meeting in Grange halls in Connecticut to allow alcoholic beverages at their specific event. Such renters shall provide proof of host liquor or liquor liability coverage and sign a Waiver of Liability, exempting the Grange from liability.


Riverton Grange No. 169; Mountain Laurel Pomona No. 15

Adopted:
Rejected: X

13. RE: DUES

WHEREAS the current dues structure of the Connecticut State Grange is no longer adequate to financially sustain the Grange in Connecticut, and

WHEREAS the Connecticut State Grange has not raised its dues in many years despite increases by the National Grange.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article XIII 13.1.2 be changed to read: Subordinate and Community Granges shall report promptly to the Secretary of the State Grange at the beginning of each quarter, using blank forms furnished by the Secretary of the State Grange, and remit dues to the State Grange as follows: $7.50 for each member that has been a member for the full preceding quarter, of which $4.00 shall be retained by the State Grange (remaining division to remain the same).

Connecticut State Grange Board of Directors

Adopted: X
Rejected:

14. RE: TERM LIMITS

WHEREAS many offices in the Grange have been held by the same person for a number of years, and

WHEREAS several qualified members have been overlooked for election to these offices, and

WHEREAS many members feel they are not qualified to fill an office.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED in an effort to promote some diversity that a term limit of 6 consecutive years be imposed on every office in the Grange with the exception of Secretary and Treasurer, at all Grange levels from Subordinate and Pomona to State Officers, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED this 2022 session of the Connecticut State Grange approve this resolution, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Executive Committee compose the appropriate language change in the By-Laws of the Connecticut State Grange to be in effect for the 2023 Grange year.

Vernon Grange No. 52

Adopted:
Rejected: X

15. RE: ENDING FREE VIAGRA & CIALIS FUNDING

WHEREAS the United States Supreme Court reversed the ruling of Roe v. Wade abortion rights for women by stating that pregnancy is “God’s Will”, and

WHEREAS the Supreme Court has voiced banning contraceptives, birth control, and other female reproduction rights, and

WHEREAS the United States Government for years has been providing free Viagra and Cialis medication for men who have erectile dysfunction, which by nature is “God’s Will”, and

WHEREAS 905,083 prescriptions or $41.6 million for Viagra and 185,000 prescriptions or $22.82 million for Cialis have been freely given to men, and

WHEREAS the Federal Government cannot legislate bills to reduce prescription drug pricing for “God’s Will” diseases like diabetes, allergic reactions, cancers, and heart diseases.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the National Grange urge our Federal legislators to stop funding free Viagra and Cialis for men’s “God’s Will” limpness, and

Coventry Grange #75; Eastern Connecticut Pomona No. 14

Adopted:
Rejected: X

16. RE: TAXING CHURCH PROPERTY FOR USING PUBLIC EDUCATION DOLLARS

WHEREAS the United States Supreme Court ruled that religious schools can use public education tax dollars to enroll students into a religious school, and

WHEREAS the separation of church and state has been defended over the years to prevent the use of tax dollars to support religious education, and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the National Grange urge legislation for the taxation of church property so that religous education funded by public education tax dollars will also be funded by the collection of church property tax dollars.


Coventry Grange No. 75; Eastern Connecticut Pomona No. 14

Adopted:
Rejected: X

17. RE: BANNING STOCK TRADING FOR FEDERAL LEGISLATORS WHILE IN OFFICE

WHEREAS our Federal legislators possess information that can be used for inside trading of stocks, and

WHEREAS inside trading is illegal to the public, but not to legislators and immediate family members.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the National Grange urge the Federal Government to ban legislators and immediate family members from investing in stock trading during their terms in office.


Coventry Grange No. 75; Eastern Connecticut Pomona No. 14

Adopted: X
Rejected:

18. RE: USDA EMERGENCY FARM AID

WHEREAS many disasters have great impact on our farmers in the past years, with extreme weather, fires, and economic disruptions, and

WHEREAS the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has always provided emergency funding to compensate farmer’s losses, and

WHEREAS filing for emergency funds has become more difficult, requiring lawyers and accountants to fill out these multi-page applications, and

WHEREAS many small family and minority farmers are unable to afford the outside help and have their applications denied.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the National Grange urge our legislators to have all farmers have equal access to USDA’s emergency funds, for large, small and minority farms.

Coventry Grange No. 75; Eastern Connecticut Pomona No. 14

Adopted: X
Rejected:

19. RE: CONNECTICUT STUDENT ASSISTANCE

WHEREAS according to the Education Data Initiative, the average cost of college tuition and fees at a public 4-year institution has risen 179.2% over the last 20 years for an average increase of 9.0%, and

WHEREAS the average cost of tuition and fees at private 4 year institutions has risen 124.2% over the last 20 years for an average annual increase of 6.2%, and

WHEREAS the University of Connecticut is in the middle of a five year plan that will see a 23.3% increase in tuition by 2024, and

WHEREAS the Connecticut State Grange Student Loan program routinely receives loan applications of at least $10,000 or more due to the tremendous gap between financial aid awarded and the balance remaining, and

WHEREAS the high cost and the lack of centralized resources for receiving guidance and assistance in planning for college/post-high school education may deter students from even considering advancement of their education, and

WHEREAS the State of Vermont has VSAC, the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, which is a public, nonprofit agency established by the legislature in 1965 to “help Vermonters achieve their education and training goals after high school,” and

WHEREAS VSAC begins working with students early on in their high school careers, many of whom do not have the financial resources to attend college without substantial guidance and financial assistance, and

WHEREAS Connecticut has programs like CHET (Connecticut Higher Education Trust) that helps parents to save for college at a substantial tax savings and the Connecticut Aid to Public College Students Grant Program that could be brought under the umbrella of a centralized Connecticut Student Assistance Corporation modeled after the program established in the State of Vermont.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Connecticut State Grange urges the Connecticut General Assembly establish a centralized public, nonprofit Connecticut Student Assistance Corporation modeled after Vermont’s program to provide a public, nonprofit agency that would provide education and career planning services, need-based grants, scholarships and education loans and assistance in navigating the complicated process of applying for Federal and State financial aid.

Winchester Grange No. 74

Adopted: X
Rejected:

20. RE: ELECTRIC FENCE LOANER AND SUBSIDY PROGRAM

WHEREAS interactions with wildlife often involve farm and homesteading operations that involve chickens, bees, and small livestock, and

WHEREAS some interactions can result in property being damage, and wildlife being killed and their young orphaned, and

WHEREAS wildlife are part of the beauty and natural history of Connecticut, preventing property loss is a priority, and peaceful coexistence with wildlife requires moving food and, in some cases, providing a deterrent, and

WHEREAS an appropriately installed electric fence is an effective deterrent, and

WHEREAS local farmers are looking to diversify their products and services, and

WHEREAS supporting local farms, public well-being and climate mitigation and adaptation are stated goals of the State of Connecticut and eligible for Federal funding.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Connecticut State Grange urge the Connecticut General Assembly to pass legislation to allocate the resources necessary to establish an electric fence temporary loaner and/or subsidy program.

Simsbury Grange No. 197

Adopted: X
Rejected:

21. RE: WILDLIFE FEEDING BAN AND ORPHANED BEAR CUBS

WHEREAS wildlife, enticed by easily available food, can become habituated (i.e. too comfortable around humans), and habituation can lead to adverse interactions, and

WHEREAS adverse interactions occur most commonly with coyotes and bears, and

WHEREAS interactions with habituated bears have resulted in damage to bird feeders, trash, and homes, and resulted in bears being killed, and in bear cubs being orphaned, and

WHEREAS bear cubs typically spend 18 months with their mother, and the survival rates of cubs orphaned during their first year is unknown, and

WHEREAS these problems are costly and upsetting to the public, the public wants peaceful coexistence with wildlife, and changing human behavior and adopting humane policies can prevent problems.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that there shall be no intentional feeding of wildlife species known to be a source of adverse interactions, and the use of bird feeders in areas with habituated bears is prohibited from March 1 through November 30 unless the source of food is recognized as undesirable to bears, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that prior to September 1, orphaned bear cubs less than one year old are routinely trapped and transported to an authorized bear rehabilitator.

Simsbury Grange No. 197

Adopted: X
Rejected:

22. RE: MATCHING FUNDS FOR COMMUNITY GRANGES

WHEREAS Connecticut State Grange is made up of Community Granges, and

WHEREAS Community Granges can be the lifeblood of a community, and have a strong history in our State, and

WHEREAS we need welcoming, non-denominational, and non-partisan community-based organizations that strive to build cooperation and comradery, and share the values of community resilience and stewardship and fellowship, and

WHEREAS the Connecticut State Grange has sold significant assets in recent years, including Community Granges, the Connecticut State Grange building, and Camp Berger, and

WHEREAS without proper stewardship and strategic planning the Connecticut State Grange may cease to exist, and

WHEREAS some Community Granges are struggling with deferred maintenance and capital costs, some costs are impossible for them to fund without help, and the investment in avoiding the deterioration of a Community Grange building as an asset is

1) for the Good of the Order,

2) benefits the Connecticut State Grange directly, and 3) benefits the home community, and by extension, the role of Granges in communities.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Connecticut State Grange create a program to provide limited matching funds to Community Granges for qualified capital improvement costs. These matching funds shall be available to any ongoing loan program. The eligible match is limited to 50% (up to half the cost) and no more than $10,000 for any one project, for example:

Scenario 1: The project cost is $10,000. The Community Grange can ask for up to $5,000 as a match and $5,000 as a loan.

Scenario 2: The project cost is $30,000. The Community Grange can ask for up to $10,000 as a match and up to $20,000 for a loan, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this matching program does not change the current loan program, and of course, a Community Grange can always contribute more cash to reduce the loan amount.

Simsbury Grange No. 197

Adopted:
Rejected: X

23. RE: NATURAL SYSTEMS FOR HEALTH

WHEREAS natural systems are our lifeline, and

WHEREAS there is a mental health crisis delcared in 2021 by the American Association of Pediatricians, which added to already costly and increasing public health issues, and

WHEREAS spending time in nature benefits all ages, and has demonstrated benefits for mental health, blood pressure, cognition, emotional regulation, and immune function, and

WHEREAS Connecticut is one of the most densely populated states, without nearby national parks, and

WHEREAS accessing and protecting nature is a strong public value that also protects clean water, the climate, and biodiversity, and prevents flooding, and aligns with mandated goals for reduced emissions, and

WHEREAS Frederick Law Olmsted, born in Hartford 200 years ago, was visionary in providing natural spaces for public health, mental health and democracy.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Olmsted parks in Connecticut* be established as Heritage Parks and prioritized for public health and access to nature and ecology, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that mature old-growth public forests on public land be prioritized as reserves for regional climate stability, clean water, flood protection, ecosystem integrity and public health, including mental health, and stewardship of these areas and Heritage Parks shall be advised by independent experts that include soil scientists, ecologists, and public health experts, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the following resources on public lands shall be protected, as possible, with at least a 100 ft. buffer from farming and forestry activities: old-growth forests, water resources (to include headwaters), natural core forests, and identified wildlife corridors. Any variance from this buffer is a regulated activity permitted through the applicable Inland Wetlands Commission and/or Conservation Commission.

Simsbury Grange No. 197

Adopted:
Rejected: X

24. RE: COVID LOANS

WHEREAS the Connecticut State Grange was generous in 2020 to offer COVID relief grants, and

WHEREAS a second grant was offered to Granges owning halls under the condition that it could be converted into a loan should the Governor relax COVID restrictions by the spring of 2021, and

WHEREAS the financial burdens on Granges owning halls continues to be significant due to the long-lasting effects of the pandemic.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Connecticut State Grange forgive the balance owed on all COVID loans for all Granges that have been making payments on these loans, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED this loan forgiveness go into effect on November 1, 2022.


Winchester Grange No. 74

Adopted:
Rejected: X

25. RE: Q FEVER

WHEREAS Q Fever is a disease caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetiid. This bacteria naturally infects some animals such as goats, sheep and cattle. C. Burnetti bacteria are found in the birth products (i.e. placenta, amniotic fluid), urine, feces and milk of infected animals, and

WHEREAS people can get infected by breathing dust that has been contaminated by infected animal feces, urine, milk and birth products that contain Coxiella burnetiid, and

WHEREAS about 5 out of 10 people infected with Coxiella burnnetii will get sick. Less than 5 out of 100 who become infected will develop a more serious infection called Chronic Q Fever. Chronic Q Fever develops months or years following the initial infection. Chronic Q Fever is very serious and can be deadly if not treated correctly, and

WHEREAS Q Fever can cause acute or chronic illness, which usually develops within 2-3 weeks of exposure. Symptoms include: high fever (up to 105 degrees), fatigue, severe headache, general malaise, myalgia, chills or sweats, non-productive cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal or chest pain.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that when a patient presents themselves for medical care, the provider should pay close attention to the patient history regarding any signs and symptoms of Q Fever. Information such as recent travel to rural or agricultural communities where livestock are present, employment in high-risk agricultural occupations (such as veterinarians or farmers) all can be helpful in making the diagnosis, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that healthcare providers look at routine blood tests, such as a complete blood count or chemistry panel. Clues to a diagnosis or Q Fever include: low patelet count, normal leukocyte count and elevated liver enzymes, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that education information regarding Q Fever be made available to veterinarians, farmers, livestock workers, etc. through such publications as: The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Connecticut Farm Bureau, USDA, UConn College of Agriculture Extension, FFA, CT Granger.


Ekonk Community Grange No. 89

Adopted:
Rejected: X

26. RE: MASTER'S ADDRESS

Resolution submitted at Session.

Good of the Order, Membership and Master's Address Committee

Adopted: X
Rejected:

27. RE: SUBSTITUTE RESOLUTION FOR RESOLUTION #25

Committee Resolution re: Q FEVER

Committee Resolution

Adopted: X
Rejected:

28. RE: POMONA

Session Committee Resolution

Session Committee Resolution

Adopted:
Rejected: X

29. RE: GRANGE HALL ASSISTANCE

Session Committee Resolution

Session Committee Resolution

Adopted: X
Rejected:

 
     
     
       
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