October 14, 2013
Westbrook Grange #1016 attended the NC State Grange Convention Sept. 19-22 at Charlotte. The Grange had submitted 14 record books(scrapbook) in competition with other Granges across the state of North Carolina.
They were awarded the following awards: Certificate for Family Living Activities; Community Services Activities for Large Grange; Labels for Education-box tops & soup labels; Grange Membership; and 2013 Governmental Affairs.
Westbrook Grange member Frances Edwards was awarded “Granger of the Year” for the State of North Carolina. She had been a Grange member for 66 years.
The Grange members said they were very proud of Edwards
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Newton Grove, was selected “Church of the Year” for North Carolina. The N. C. State Grange Convention chose Westbrook Grange as the “Grange of the Year for 2013.
“We were very excited to receive these recognitions for our Grange,” said Grange member and secretary Carolyn Jernigan.
Charlotte Hudson and Jernigan received awards for entering the cake baking competition.
Attending the Grange Convention were Mr. & Mrs. Josh Barfield, Mr. & Mrs. Carlton Barefoot, Mr. & Mrs. Lee Morton Jernigan, Mrs. Judith Barnes, Miss Emily Harrison, Mrs. Frances Edwards and her daughter-in-law, Phyllis Edwards.
The NC State Grange incorporated in 1875 and successful in various legislative activities.
After the Great Depression, the need for community communication and advocacy was recognized and the NC State Grange reorganized in 1929. Since that time, the NC State Grange has continued its advocacy for agriculture, education, and other community issues. Westbrook Grange was organized in 1943 with 16 charter members. It has maintained its present place in the Westbrook Community and surrounding communities from where the members are located. It is a non-profit, non-political organization representing the interests of local Grange. The Grange is very protective of its non-partisanship status in the public forum. Young and old work together for the consensus of the greatest good for the greatest number.
Westbrook Grange meets on the third Monday night of each month at 7 p.m. at the Westbrook Community Building on US Hwy. 13, between Spivey’s Corner and Newton Grove, NC. The public is welcomed to attend.