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New Hampshire Legislative Fly-In a great success
  MARCH 2008 -- The National Grange’s New Hampshire Presidential Primary Legislative Fly-In was held December 27th through December 30th, 2007 in Manchester, Concord and Hooksett, New Hampshire. Fifteen full time attendees (as well as another 15 part time attendees) braved the winter weather of New Hampshire on the weekend between Christmas and New Years Day in order to learn about, and participate in, the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Presidential Primary. This event was co-hosted by the National Grange and the New Hampshire State Grange.
   
The Presidential Primary Fly-In officially opened with an informal get acquainted and orientation reception on the evening of Thursday December 27th. Members of the New Hampshire State Grange Executive Committee were also in attendance to show their appreciation and support that evening for the Fly-In attendees.
   
On Friday December 28th, the educational portion of the Presidential Primary Fly-In began. Fly-In attendees traveled to the New Hampshire State Capitol in Concord, NH. They received a special guided tour of the Capitol Building including the chambers of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the Senate and the Executive Council.
   
Prior to traveling to New Hampshire, each Presidential Primary Fly-In participant was asked to give three choices for presidential campaigns they would like to volunteer to help during the Fly-In. Then, the National Grange contacted the various campaigns and scheduled volunteer opportunities for each of the Presidential Primary Fly-In participants with one of the presidential campaigns of their choice. This year, every Presidential Primary Fly-In participant was able to work for their first choice campaign!
   
Grange Presidential Primary Fly-In participants were each individually dropped off at the campaign headquarters for their respective candidates. Over the course of the day, the Grange campaign volunteers were assigned numerous tasks associated with the operation of a campaign.
   
In each campaign office they work in, the Grange volunteers were the oldest person in the room. New Hampshire Presidential Primary campaigns, especially in the final days before an election, are overwhelmingly staffed by enthusiastic college age volunteers. However every Grange volunteer reported that they were treated with respect and appreciation.
 
 
 

 
     
     
       
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