William Ireland served much of his life as chief clerk in the offices of the U.S. Post Office Department. Also an avid Mason, Ireland added valuable knowledge to organizational systems and methods in the formative period of the Grange movement. His ability to be a critic and adviser in setting up the work of the Grange created a balance of knowledge and inspiration. His accounting abilities also aided in the system of financial policy within the Grange.
For many years, the National Grange has recognized the importance of communication skills and community service. One program that has been the hallmark of the organization has been its commitment to deaf awareness. The National Grange Youth program recognizes our long-term association with this issue with a unique achievement award.
Sapphire: Learn the manual alphabet. Demonstrate it to someone proficient in sign language. (It can be done at a Sign a Song contest). Send verification letter to National Youth Development Director.
Emerald: Develop a deaf awareness display or program. Present/display it at a subordinate/community or Pomona Grange meeting. Send a copy of the program or photo of this display, with verification letter from the local youth director or Master (president) to the National Youth Development Director.
Silver: Participate in state sign-a-song contest, enter an educational display at State Session, or present a workshop on sign language at a state session, state youth camp or state youth conference. State Youth Director, Community Service/Deaf Activities Director or State Master will apply for the award.
Ruby: Participate in a regional sign a song contest or present a speech on deaf awareness at regional youth conference.
Gold: Participate in the National Session Evening of Excellence Sign a Song contest or develop an education publication (such as brochure, Website, PowerPoint, video, etc) to promote deaf awareness and/or sign language.
Any member who completes five levels in one calendar year will receive a special Achievement Award lapel pin.