What is the Grange?
A Grange, first and foremost, is a group of passionate people dedicated to serving their community, and thereby making the world a better place. Here in Aromas we are fortunate to also have a Grange Hall, a friendly, beautiful facility where Grange members and other community organizations can meet and gather for all kinds of events and activities.
At the state and national levels, the Grange is a political lobbying organization, steadfastly non-partisan and historically focused on protecting the rights of farmers and other small landholders and giving them a political voice. In California, the Aromas Grange is partnering with other action Granges in the state and the new State Grange leadership to help restore the larger Grange institution to its populist roots. Click here to learn more about the California State Grange.
In Aromas the Grange is at the heart of an active, thriving community. If you want to know what’s going on in town, come join us and find out! We meet on the second Friday of every month, with a potluck dinner starting at 6:30, the business meeting starts at 7:15.
At the Aromas Community Grange we:
- Host fun events like concerts, movie nights and potlucks
- Sponsor community dances and special events
- Raise money for scholarships
- Share our facilities with local non-profit organizations
- Hold Town Hall meetings and Candidates Forums
- Engage in grassroots organizing around important issues of common concern and interest
- Give support to our local schools
- Have fun while making a positive difference in our community
A Brief History of the Aromas Community Grange
The Aromas Grange #361 was formed in 1913 in a small community in the central coast region of California by 25 charter members. The original name of the community was Vega, but it was changed to Aromas in 1918. It is the sixth oldest existing Grange in the state. The Grange secured a library for the town, fought to establish a railroad depot and was instrumental in starting the Fire Department, raising money to buy the first fire truck. Members of the Aromas Grange sponsored the first Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and 4H Club. Youth activities are still supported by and carry on meetings at the Grange.
The Aromas Grange became one of the first “Action Granges” in California in 2001—a new format for the new millennium—and adopted the name Aromas Community Grange. Action Granges were given leeway by the National Grange to forego much of the ritual and formality that is practiced in traditional Granges. Action Granges were given a mandate to create new programs and new approaches that would better serve their local communities, draw in new members and ultimately revitalize the Grange movement. We took them at their word.
In addition to the Scouts and 4H meetings, the Aromas Community Grange now hosts weekly Yoga and Tai Chi classes, monthly Swing Dances, and a concert series. The Grange sponsors Town Hall meetings and Candidates Nights to keep people informed about issues of concern, facilitate problem solving at the community level, and encourage people to be active and involved. We feature our own “Aromas Live!” variety shows twice a year to bring people together just for fun and to celebrate the incredible abundance of talent in our little town.
The Aromas Community Grange has evolved into a cornerstone of the community. We welcome all and hope you find our community welcoming to you.
Some of you may be aware of the problems that the California State Grange has been experiencing due to conflicts with our National Grange Master, Ed Luttrell. Ultimately, all efforts to resolve our differences have led to more and more heavy-handed interference by the National Master in California State Grange affairs, leaving us no choice but to file charges against Ed Luttrell with the Assembly of Demeter, the highest authority in our organization. To read the charges that have been filed by the California State Grange Executive Committee against the National Master, click to open the PDF.