A 17-member youth officer team opens the 148th Annual National Grange Session in the fourth degree, performing a drill drafted by Heather Druckenmiller and Emma Edelen.On Friday, a large crowd is expected to gather for the 148th Annual National Grange Session as the 17-member youth officer team opens session in the fourth degree, performing a drill drafted by Heather Druckenmiller and Emma Edelen.
“It is really something special for a Grange youth to put on a National sash and be recognized by their peers. Friday morning is always exciting time as hundreds of Grangers pack into the hall to watch the youth open session,” National Youth Development Director Charlene Espenshade said.
Leadership development and learning how to work in a team are two life skills that every youth and young adult member needs for success, Espenshade said.
Even adult officers of the National Grange take notice of the hard work of the youth.
“It’s always great to watch the team step up to the challenges of learning and executing the morning’s work,” long-time youth supporter and National Grange Steward Chip Narvel said.
The team is part of a larger group of youth, chosen to attend session, workshops and the practices to gain skills and experience that will enhance their Grange knowledge and skill set for life.
For the past several years, much of the expenses of the program have been covered by generous donations to the Grange Youth department, many through the Grange Foundation, by members and by a grant from Farm Credit.
Espenshade said she was just informed at the beginning of this week that in 2015 Farm Credit will again sponsor the youth program.
“This will go a long way to helping secure the program for next year, but without the support of our membership,
this type of intense training and leadership development just wouldn’t be possible.”