The Montague Grange hall, built in 1835 as a Unitarian church and owned by the Grange since 1935, is used for a variety of community functions, such as dances, movies, community meetings, and various holiday events. For 75 years the hall has been an important, and at one time, an integral part of life in Montague.
In recent years the strain of keeping up this magnificent hall has been too much for the membership of the fraternal organization, the Montague Grange, and it now turns to the community, OUR community, for help.
The inaugural meeting of the Friends of the Montague Grange will be this Sunday at 1:00pm at the Grange hall in Montague Center.
Please attend if you are interested in personally helping the organization. We will quickly review our bylaws, mission, and important big-ticket repair list, then immediately move into confirming a fundraising schedule for the year. This will include both events and requests (direct and broad).
The bulk of the meeting will be to discuss the events schedule and create committees for each event. This way each person willing to help the FoMG meet its goals will have only one or two events a year to assist. There will also be a standing Promotions Committee that will be responsible for managing the promotion of all the events, and a Fundraising Letter Committee responsible for the annual letter.
Most of the events will be easy to pull together. One of them, a Monte Carlo night will be quite complex, but should be the biggest fundraising night of the year. Amherst has an annual Monte Carlo night that pulls in over $15,000. We are guessing a successful evening in the Grange hall could net up to $3,000. That's almost the full price of repairing the roof!
Other events planned are mystery dinner theater nights, concerts, the holiday craft fair, and reviving the talent show. All of them, fun events.
So, if you are interested in helping raise funds to repair and improve the hall, please consider coming to this meeting. It should be fun, and a community-building experience.
Keep in mind, a clean, well maintained, non-municipal community hall in our town is a precious commodity. Now is the time for everyone to kick in one way or another.
Please pass this along to any and all lists of friends you have who may be interested in helping out either monetarily or personally (or both). When repair time comes we will also be looking to the community for skilled labor.
The mission of the Friends of the Montague Grange, a 501(c)(3), is to raise funds to repair and improve the Montague Grange hall. Annual Membership is $25 and is tax-deductible, as are all donated funds. Checks can be mailed to FoMG, c/o Conor Power, Sec., 181 Meadow Road, Montague MA 01351. Membership makes Community.
MONTAGUE -- The members of the Montague Grange are creating a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called The Friends of the Montague Grange. This non-profit will be charged with fundraising for the many structural repairs and upgrades desperately needed, including repairing the roof, adding wheelchair ramps, and removing the drop-ceiling from the main hall. We invite all our neighbors and friends who would be willing to join this new organization either as a dues-paying member, an officer on the board, or a committee member for the four events we plan to hold throughout the year. The first meeting will be held at the Grange Hall this Sunday, February 7th, at 1:00pm. The Montague Grange hall is located on the town common in Montague Center, across from the church.
The Montague Grange hall, built in 1835 as a Unitarian church and owned by the Grange since 1935, is used for a variety of community functions, such as dances, movies, community meetings, and various holiday events. As a fraternal organization, donations made to the Grange are not tax deductible, and membership dues collected must be sent to the State Grange. Forming a separate non-profit will allow the committee to repair the hall to receive and keep all donations for hall repair use, as well as allow donations to be legally tax deductible.
A more extensive list of projects / needs can be found here: