Linda Rothwell
Club reporter
Gardner Grange has had a very productive year this year 12 new members have joined us this year. We have had a very active fall. Delegates to Kansas State Grange were Ed and Patsy Bruns Linda Rothwell and Lois Barber.
Gardner Grange was awarded “Top Dog Grange” for growth, and activities. Max and Jim Barber twin sons of Lois and Andy Barber, were presented  with Brey Scholarships by the State Lecturer Ed Bruns.. They are attending  collage in Warrensburg, Mo.   Linda Rothwell received Lecturer of the Year and also Granger of the Year at Kansas State Grange this year.
“I was totally caught off guard, and it about blew me away.” Linda said. “I was thrilled.
On Nov. 11, Gardner Grange entertained several members of the  Gardner VFW. For our Veterans Appreciation Night.  After a bountiful pot luck dinner  Rep. Bill Sutton spoke briefly  and offered kudos to the veterans.  Linda Rothwell Grange Lecturer, played a medley of the Armed Forces tunes (from a CD by The Duttons of Branson, Mo.)  Veterans were asked to stand as their branch was played. Then the Veterans introduced themselves and told a little about where they served.   At the end of the program, Hank Deters, VFW Commander for Gardner, presented a certificate of thanks to Master Alice Ficken  of Olathe. It was a very nice evening and we hope to do it again next year.
On Nov. 13, Gardner Grange received word that it had won an award at the National Grange convention in Manchester, N.H., for “Distinguished Grange” along with several other Granges. Plesant View Grange in Ozawkie, Kan.,  also received a “Distinguished Grange” award.  None of our Gardner members were able to attend, but thanks to the video streaming, Grange members were able to watch online  as Gardner Grange was  announced at the ice cream social and ceremony.  National Grange Membership Director Michael Martin from Mass mentioned that he had had dinner with Gardner Grange last Feb. at Austins. Just a few days later, this Gardner Grange took in 10 new members. Kansas State Grange Master Nathan Strawder from Burlington, Kan., accepted the award for the Grange. Members hope to have Nathan in attendance at the Dec meeting.  In order to receive this award, Grange members had to fill out a lengthy form of requirements. The form was completed and sent in by Lois Barber.
“Celebrating  American Values & Home town Roots… A History of Gardner Grange #68,” by Linda Rothwell should be out sometime next year.
Grange meetings consist of a pot luck dinner, business meeting, and program, with a whole lot of fellowship mixed in. The club could not be more thrilled for its recent growth. Long-time faithful members had been passing away the last few years and the group was down to only a few people. Membership was a priority for us.  The club is thrilled to have new members. The goal for 2014 is to retain them, and have a net gain in new membership again.