05/29/13 — Grantham Grange gives out awards

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Grantham Grange gives out awards

By From staff reports
Published in News on May 29, 2013 1:46 PM

GRANTHAM -- The Grantham Grange held its second annual Community Service Awards last month at Selah Christian Church.

April was Grange Month and the awards program was a way that the Grantham Grange can recognize outstanding people in the community, while at the same raising awareness about the Grange and enlisting new members, said Grantham Grange President Bobby Crawford.

"We had two new members to join that night and the possibility of some more," he said. "There were 126 in attendance."

That included two long-time members, Selby Beaman of the Brogden Grange, who has been a member for 70 years, and Dr. John Tart Sr., who has been a member of the Grantham Grange for 66 years.

The awards were:

* Glenda Crocker, Teacher of the Year

* Hansford Ricks, Volunteer of the Year

* Mollianne Kennedy, Youth of the Year

* Caroline Tart, Granger of the Year

* Dr. John Tart Sr., Dedicated Service Award

* Jordans Chapel Fire Department, Fire Department of the Year

* Ronnie Griffin, Military Person of the Year

* Falling Creek United Methodist Church, Church of the Year

* Kenneth Pennington, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

* Steve Johnson, Firefighter of the Year

* Larry Hinson, Rescue Person of the Year.

Sanderson Farms was recognized as the Grange Farm of the Year and Randy and Lisa Coone as the Grange Family of the Year.

National Grange President Ed Luttrell was the speaker.

The Grange places an emphasis on American values and hometown roots, he said. It is involved with legislative policy on the local, state and national levels, too, Luttrell said.

Luttrell discussed the four points of the Grange salutation -- faith in God, hope, charity and fidelity.