Herndon, VA — The National Grange will celebrate its 150th convention on Nov. 15 at the Washington Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel, Herndon, VA.
The organization's first female president Betsy E. Huber open the convention at 3 p.m. and deliver her address "State of American Communities".
During the convention, delegates (State Grange presidents and their spouses or selected other members) serve on committees and adopt policies that guide the legislative initiatives of the organization. General members gather to share best practices and renew friendships.
All attendees have been encouraged to bring new socks that will be donated to homeless shelters in the D.C. metro region and gently used shoes that will go to Soles for Soles.
Awards will be given to nationally recognized Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and Teachers of the Year and a quilt made by members will be donated to representatives from the National Foster Parent’s Association.
The national Grange organization has about 150,000 members affiliated with the nearly 2,000 local Granges throughout the United States. Originally a farm family fraternity that continues to hold agriculture and food security among its highest values and advocates on behalf of farmers and rural communities, today many join the Grange because of its service to those in need. Each year, Grange members donate millions of hours and dollars to those in need in hometowns across the country.