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President's Message
President's Message: Getting on the Path to “Normal”

By George Russell, CT State Grange President

  June 1, 2021 --

As we enter the month of June, the Governor Ned Lamont has opened up restrictions to get us back to somewhat normal. He announced at the end of May he plans to follow the new updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on wearing masks indoors and outdoors in most places. These guidelines still call for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, nursing homes and homeless shelters.

Schools will be required to wear masks when inside any school building for the rest of this current year.

Unvaccinated people are required to wear a mask indoors for the foreseeable future. When it comes to our Connecticut Community Grangers, I will leave it up to whatever the Grange President decides. Some Granges may feel more comfortable still wearing masks. I hope all our Granges are meeting and planning their events for the remainder of the year.

We had a good response to the questionnaires that were sent out in March. We have 35 Granges in the State and I received 28 surveys. We will be holding a Pink Sash and Subordinate Presidents Zoom meeting on Sunday, June 6 at 7:30 P.M. We will be going over the surveys to see what it costs to run a Grange for a year. I have also asked Brother Phil Prelli, Vice President of the National Grange to discuss the report of the Diversity Task Force, a committee established by the National Master to study our ritual, rules, and customs to make sure we are not unintentionally showing any signs of prejudice or discrimination in the Grange. Brother Prelli is the chairperson of the committee. This should be a good meeting and I hope you are able to attend.

As I end my report, let’s hope that we will get back to normal as soon as possible and keep up the good work we all do as Grangers.



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