What is the Grange? The Grange is a family fraternal organization dedicated to the betterment of rural America through community service, education, legislation, and fellowship.
The Hamburg Grange #2103 was chartered on November 5, 2005, with 20 members. We currently have 27 members. We meet twice a month – generally the 2nd Saturday of the month at 4PM and the 4th Thursday of the month at 7PM in the Civics room of the Hamburg Municipal Center, located at 61 North Third Street, Hamburg, PA.
We are one of 11 Community Granges within Berks County Grange, and we are also associated with the Pennsylvania State Grange and the National Grange. We participate with the Berks County Grange by attending the quarterly meetings, Berks Heim visitations, Tri-County visitation, the annual Consignment Sale, and County Junior camp. We participate at State Grange functions by attending the annual State Convention, Young Adults Weekend, Family Festival, and State Junior Camp. We have one member currently holding the office of Pomona for the Pennsylvania State Grange. We had one youth member participate in the 2012 National Grange session in Oklahoma and two youth members who were selected as Outstanding Young Patrons at the 2015 National Grange session in Nebraska.
We have sponsored bus trips to the PA Farm Show in January, since 2016. We have participated in the Hamburg Family Festival, the Hamburg Sidewalk Sale, the Reading Fair, and we used to hold a free movie at the Hamburg Strand on Mother’s Day weekend. We donate to various activities in the Hamburg area, such as the King Frost Parade and fire victims in the Hamburg borough. We donate to several causes, such as Berks Enduring Freedom, Berks Women in Crisis, the Wernersville State Hospital Christmas gifts, the Salvation Army Angel Tree gifts, different animal shelters, Veterans groups, etc. Some of our community service projects have included painting the flag pole at the Hamburg Public Library, building and maintaining the flower beds at the Our Town Foundation “Welcome to Historic Hamburg” signs. Starting with the 2014 November pot pie dinner, we have been giving a free meal to all veterans and active military with proper ID at one of our pot pie dinners every year.
We are hoping that in 2021, we will be able to hold our three homemade chicken pot pie dinners at the Hamburg High School.
Our biggest single fundraiser was donating $3,500 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in memory of Roy Heffner in February 2009. He was a very active member of the Hamburg Community and he was our charter vice president. In 2010, we provided a meal to all of the soldiers and families from the Hamburg Armory at our February pot pie dinner. Proceeds from the February pot pie dinners are donated to various local organizations: the Hamburg Food Pantry and the Public Library (donated 25% to each in 2011), Berks County Crime Alert (donated $1,000 in 2012), the “One Wish Foundation”, an organization that grants a wish for an outdoor event for children with disabilities (donated $1,000 in 2013), Red Creek Wildlife (donated $1,000 in 2014). We donated $5,000 to the “Save Our Strand Campaign”, $3,000 of which came from the 2015 February pot pie dinner. In 2016, we donated all the proceeds to the Hamburg Public Library, which totaled $2,000. At the March 2017, we donated $2270, to Shanda Mengel, a local woman who is battling cancer, and a local girl scout troop will receive the proceeds from the bake sale for a trip to England to meet girl scouts from around the world. During May of 2018, we donated $2800 from our March pot pie dinner to Bonnie Henry, who is battling Aplastic Anemia, she is a Hamburg Grad and is now an Army veteran, who served in the Middle East. In June of 2019, we donated $2600 to the Hamburg Salvation Army, because they did a lot to help citizens of Hamburg that had flooding issues in August 2018. For 2020, we held a successful Drive Thru Trunk or Treat at the Hamburg Field House with 16 vendors and we provided 360 children a Happy Halloween. We hope to make this an annual event for the Hamburg area children.
We are the newest civic organization to the Hamburg Community and we are the only organization that includes all members of the family in our activities. As you can see, we are a small group with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. We are always looking for new members, new ideas, and suggestions to make Hamburg a better place to live.
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