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State Secretary: Pomona Granges

By Todd Gelineau, CT State Grange Secretary

  May 12, 2018 --

There have been quite a few procedural questions regarding the new Pomona Granges. Each Grange Secretary fills out a Mailing List Update form every quarter when completing their Quarterly Report. On the bottom of that form is a clippable sheet that serves as the report to the Pomona Secretary. All Community Granges are encouraged to send this report form to your new Pomona Secretaries. It is far easier to send in changes as they occur than trying to constitute a complete list a year later.

DUES – In 2018, no dues are required. This means members are not required to pay them and the Pomona Granges are not required to pay dues to the State Grange for the 2017-2018 Grange year. Dues will become due and payable for the first quarter of 2019. Please let me know if this is not clear.

The Charter Applications for all three Pomona Granges have been forwarded to the National Grange and we are simply waiting for the new charters to arrive and (as part of that process) the numbers assigned.

The State Grange is working on the filings with the State and Federal governments. EIN numbers will be forwarded to each Pomona when they are received. Once EIN’s are in place, your Pomona will be able to open bank accounts and the money held for you will be released by the State Treasurer.

While this is occurring, we realize there may be bills that need to be paid. As long as a bill has been approved for payment by using proper Grange procedure, the State Grange will pay those bills from the funds held in your Pomona’s name. You simply contact me with the amount, to whom it is to be paid and when the bill was approved for payment and we will process a check for you. I know this process is a bit cumbersome but we are required to adhere to procedures that comply with IRS requirements.

I have had some questions regarding the fate of Good Will Grange Hall. As of this writing we have not made a decision. The Executive Committee is in the process of gathering quotes and estimates on making the hall more accessible and functional for our membership. Dollar amounts are still not known and this (among many other things) will play a major role in deciding what will be done with the building. I’m sure the Executive Committee will have an announcement once we have more information.

Have you subscribed to “Good Day!”? If not, please consider doing so. We have printed a subscription form in the last several issues of this paper. It is a wonderful publication and the National Grange needs to have quite a few more subscriptions to make the magazine sustainable into the future.

Don’t forget the State Grange has a store full of supplies and promotional materials available. Contact me for more information.

Until next time, enjoy the “warmer” weather that is (hopefully) snow-free!



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