South Whidbey's Deer Lagoon Grange elects 2013 officers

Deer Lagoon Grange announced that the elected officers for the year 2013 are as follows:

Master, Ken Schillinger, Langley; Overseer, Chuck Prochaska, Greenbank; Lecturer, Gary Kay, Clinton; Steward, Scot Fredrickson, Clinton; Assistant Steward, Ralph Gorg, Clinton; Lady Assistant Steward, Tarey Kay, Clinton;

Chaplain, Phyllis Rainey, Clinton; Treasurer, Judy Prochaska, Greenbank; Secretary, Kristi Johansen-Abat, Langley; Gatekeeper, Dan Abat, Langley;

Ceres, Barbara Gordon, Langley; Pomona, Chris Williams, Langley; Flora, Reece Rose, Clinton; Family Living Chairman, Andrea Linton, Langley; Family Living Co-Chair, Kristi Johansen-Abat, Langley; Executive Committee, 3 years, Gary Kay; Executive Committee, 2 years, Chris Williams; Executive Committee, 1 year, Phyllis Rainey.

Deer Lagoon Grange has been serving South Whidbey continuously for more than 85 years. With an Island County Historic building built in 1904 and a membership of 40, the Grange is actively conducting a series of events labeled as “Food Basics.” The membership is active in supporting Whidbey Island Fair by providing many hours of volunteer work especially during the annual fair. The Grange takes responsibility for managing several departments of the fair.

This year, as in the last several years, the Grange distributed dictionaries, as part of a national program, “Dictionary Project,” to the third graders of South Whidbey schools, including South Whidbey Elementary School, Island Christian Academy, Wellington Day School, Whidbey Island Academy (home schoolers), and Whidbey Island Waldorf School.

The Grange was honored in 2011 as being one of six granges in the state to receive the “Distinguished Grange Award” from the National Grange.

Upcoming Grange events include: March 4, sustainable small scale farming in Thailand by Joe and Bua Nattress;  March 11, sheep shearing at Mutiny Bay Sheep Farm, 9 a.m., 6144 Wahl Rd., Freeland; March 12, 7 p.m., Draft Work Horses on Whidbey by Greg Lange; March 25, Noxious Weeds by Janet Stein, WSU Extension; April 2, Open House Potluck, Celebrating Grange Month and Community Volunteer of the Year, 5:30 p.m.; April 9, Food and Farming in the Himalayas by Cary Peterson.

With the exception of the sheep shearing, all of the events start at 7 p.m. at Deer Lagoon Grange, 5142 Bayview Road, Langley.

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