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National Grange President to visit Connecticut October 20-22

By Terri Fassio, Public Relations Co-Director

  SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 --

The Connecticut State Grange is pleased to announce National Grange President Ed Luttrell and his wife Celia will be the National Representatives at the 127th Annual Convention of the State Grange, October 20-22 in East Hartford.  While Luttrell has visited Connecticut several times, this will be his first visit to the Connecticut State Grange Convention as National President.

Luttrell, a native of Sandy, Oregon, was elected the 22nd President of the National Grange in November, 2007. A second generation Granger, he is the immediate past Leadership/Membership Development Director for the National Grange. He is also an immediate-past Trustee on the Oregon State Grange Foundation having been the President of the board for six years.  

The 127th Annual Convention of the Connecticut State Grange will be held at the Hartford Plaza Hotel, 100 East River Drive, in East Hartford.  The three day convention will feature a full slate of legislative initiatives by the delegates from nearly 60 Community Granges across Connecticut, state-wide community service awards and recognitions, donations, scholarship awards, as well as music, fun and more.

Luttrell grew up on a small farm outside of Portland, OR and has worked in agriculture, automotive services, and publishing. He and Celia, his wife of 29 years, have three grown children: Ben, Jacob, and Charlotte, as well has one grandson.  They are members of the Boring-Damascus Grange #260 and Clackamas Pomona Grange both in Oregon.

Luttrell has extensive Grange experience including Oregon State Grange President from 1996-2000, when he also served as a lobbyist for the Grange.  His Grange accomplishments started in 1978 when he was named Oregon’s Outstanding Young Granger.  He served on the Oregon State Grange Membership Committee from 1986 to 1988 and was Oregon State Gatekeeper from 1988 to 1992.  He and Celia were Oregon State Grange Outstanding Young Couple in 1989.  Luttrell also served as State Youth Director from 1990 to 1992 and as Editor of the Oregon Grange Bulletin from 1992 to 1996. 
In the past, he has served on the boards of the Oregon Lands Coalition, Grange Mutual Insurance Company, and Timberland States Insurance Company.

Luttrell’s vision for the Grange is to strengthen the partnership between the State and National levels of the organization in order to aid the Community Granges in achieving their goals. Promoting growth through new Granges, reorganizing inactive Granges, and revitalizing existing Granges is a primary focus of his team building efforts.

About the Connecticut State Grange:  The Connecticut State Grange has been an integral part of rural and non-rural communities across the state for over 125 years, with currently nearly 60 local Grange chapters in Connecticut. Local Granges are committed to bettering their communities through service projects, legislative initiatives, and family orientated activities.

For more information on the Connecticut State Grange please visit www.CTStateGrange.org.

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