The National Grange, headquartered in  Washington DC has issued a charter for a new chapter of their Fraternal organization here in Florida.  Named Tri County Grange #215 of Florida, it has been established in Lake County.

Barbara Borderieux, State Master/President recently presented the charter to Howard Sechler of Leesburg, who will serve as Master/President of the local group.

The Grange is a Fraternal organization, founded after the Civil War, in 1867, as a non profit, non partisan group with an agricultural base in history. The National Fraternity  has just celebrated their 150th year in December. The Grange is part of nearly 2,000 hometowns across the United States, and is the first national organization to give full voice and vote to women 50 years before Congress adopted the same.  It stresses family values and community service in their activities and events.  They have a strong legislative voice and each year contribute many volunteer hours to worthwhile projects.

As a Grange member you not only serve your community but cultivate life long friendships while having fun.  The group is offering open membership opportunities by contacting Mildred Teisinger, Secretary at 740-819-4786 or Master/President Howard Sechler at 484-225-0780, or Craig Donnelly, Program director at 740-607-1787.  If you currently have a membership with the Grange in another State you are welcome to participate in meetings here as an affiliate member and we strongly urge that you do so.

The group will meet on Thursday, January 11   at the Fruitland Park Library at 2:00 PM. with an open meeting.  Plans will be finalized to participate and join with other Grangers in the Florida State Annual Conference in Kissimmee later in January.

By Mildred Teisinger, Secretary  of Florida State Grange

(613 Second Ave., Lady Lake, Fl. 32159)

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