PURPOSE: To build a program of fellowship service and member activities within a framework of fraternalism
embracing all members through: Business Meetings - Legislative Activities - Agricultural Initiatives - Charitable
Services - Deaf Awareness - Youth Projects - Women’s Activities - Community Service and Junior Grange.
AMERICA’S FIRST: Conceived in 1867 as an organization of agricultural people, the Grange has evolved into an
organization concerned with the needs of all people, rural, suburban and urban.
A FAMILY ORGANIZATION: Father, mother, young adults and children meet on a common level of understanding
to participate in educational and recreational programs.
A LEGISLATIVE VOICE: Provides each member with a voice - an opportunity, starting in the local unit, to express
his/her beliefs, knowing that his/her ideas may reach the highest levels of the Grange and the government.
Although non-partisan, the Grange stresses participation in activities related to public issues.
A FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION: The local (Subordinate) Grange confers the first four degrees, symbolic of the
seasons of the year, upon the new member when he or she joins the Grange. The county (Pomona) Grange confers
the Fifth Degree, the State Grange the Sixth Degree and the National Grange the Seventh Degree.
A COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION: The Subordinate Grange, built around the community, elects its own officers
and runs its own program. Although Grange business is conducted in meetings open to members, educational
and informational programs are open to the public. Each member has one vote. The Community Granges meet
once or twice a month. Yearly dues, which vary with Granges, are used to support Subordinate, State and National
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Persons 14 years of age and older may join a Subordinate Grange. Children
under the age of 14 are eligible to join one of Connecticut’s three Junior Granges. There are over 60 Community
(local) Granges in the state which are organized into 10 regional Pomonas.