Deer Lagoon Grange turns 90, plans Saturday open house

  • Thu Apr 20th, 2017 3:45pm
  • News

Contributed photo — Anita Smith will be honored this weekend with the Deer Lagoon Grange’s Community Citizen Award during the organization’s 90th anniversary celebration. Smith is involved in the Quilts for the Brave program for veterans and is the quilting superintendent for the Whidbey Island Fair.

Deer Lagoon Grange will host an open house this weekend, celebrating 90 years of serving South Whidbey.

Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson is expected to attend and present the grange with the county commissioners’ proclamation naming April “Island County Grange Month.”

The event is at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the grange hall on Bayview Road.

According to a news release, this year marks the creation of the grange movement 150 years ago on the Potomac River. The grange has contributed at every level of society (community granges, county, state, and the national grange), and membership advocates American values and honors hometown roots, the release said.

Deer Lagoon Grange is celebrating the following: Its service through educational efforts to help people develop their potential; service by volunteer effort to manage and staff several departments of the Whidbey Island Fair; non-partisan legislative advocacy including several resolutions submitted to and adopted by the Washington State Grange; strengthening social connections; and supporting agriculture, and the youth of South Whidbey.

During the open house, the Deer Lagoon Grange will also present its annual “Community Citizen Award” to Anita Smith. She is being recognized for her efforts in honoring living veterans by presenting them with Quilts for the Brave, sewn by a group of volunteers who meet the first Wednesday at the grange hall.

Smith has been a superintendent of the quilting department of the Whidbey Island Fair for the past several years.