Oneida County, NY
Peter Larry 337 3680
Wesley Hughes 865 8275
Floyd Grange was organized on March 25,1890, with Thomas Brown serving as the first Master. After meeting in homes and rented rooms, the Floyd Grange bought its present Hall on Old Floyd Road in May, 1924.
The Floyd Grange is the local or subordinate level of the National Grange. There is also the county Level, which is called Pomona, and the State level as well as the National Grange. The Grange or Patrons of Husbandry was formed in 1867. Reasons for its creation were to help heal the wounds from the recent Civil War, to help farmers adapt to the rapidly changing economy and methods of farming, to give a voice to the needs of the rural community, and to provide a social outlet for people in isolated rural area. Women were accepted into the Grange as equal members, as were youth, who could join at age 14. This made the Grange the first fraternal organization that welcomed the whole family.
Over the years the Grange has helped its members by cooperative buying of equipment and seeds, with educational forums, and promoting legislation which would make the lives of rural and small town people better. The Grange worked to promote and establish Rural Free Delivery and rural electrification.
The Grange continues to be a voice for the concerns of citizens of rural and small town areas. Resolutions are written at local Granges and sent on to State and National Grange, where they guide Grange policy.
Community Service is an important department of the Grange. Each subordinate Grange is encouraged to do and report on Community Service projects. Some of these projects are very creative, satisfying a need in the community of the Grange. The 1996 Community Service Report of the Floyd Grange was judged best in the State and went on to be displayed at National Grange. Floyd's reports have received Honorable Mention in 1997 and 1998.
Although with. modern technology, rural areas are no longer so isolated, people continue to be isolated from one another. The Grange continues to provide opportunities for social interaction. One of the offices of the Grange is the Lecturer, who is responsible for a program at each meeting. The aim of the programs are to provide education, recreation and inspiration for members.
The Grange encourages members to develop and display their talents with a number of competitions. These include talent, art, photography and writing contests. Entries are judged at the local and state level with state winners being judged at the National Convention, which is held each November.
The Committee on Women's Activities also has contests which are open to non-members also, as a way of introducing them to the Grange. These include the Harvest of Handicraft Contests, the prestigious Coats & Clark needlework contest,and the Poly-fil Stuffed Toy contest. All entries in the stuffed toy contest are donated to children's hospitals, so it is a way of comforting sick children as well as a competition.
The Youth Activities sponsors a Public Speaking and Sign-a-Song Competition. These events help young people develop poise and leadership skills, which will be useful throughout their lives.
The Sign-a-Song competition goes hand-in-hand with the Deaf Activities Department. This began as a national community service project and now has developed into a department. Its mission includes making people aware of risks to hearing, promoting hearing tests and protection, and to improve understanding between hearing and non-hearing people.
Floyd Grange is a small Grange, but we continue to be active in as many areas as we can. Floyd Grange has done particularly well in some of the contests. Needlework entries from Floyd members or from people sponsored by Floyd Grange have one at the State level and gone on to compete and win at the National Convention. One member's embroidery won National Honors 5 times including two Best of Show titles. Essays from Floyd members have also gone on to National Competition with one winning a blue ribbon.
Presently, we do not have any youth members (ages 14- but would welcome them, and encourage them to participate in the many opportunities on the State Level.
Floyd Grange meets on the second Tuesday of the month. In warm weather, meetings are held in the Grange Hall on Old Floyd Road. The hall is closed for winters and meetings are held in members's homes.
Present officers are Master (like president)--Peter Larry, Overseer (like vice-president)--Janice Grunenwald, Lecturer--Kathleen Hughes, Secretary--Shirley Hughes, and Treasurer-Robin Vienneau .
For membership information or to learn about contests please call Shirley Hughes-865-8275 or Kathleen Hughes-865 8334.