The Grange is a family, community organization with its roots in agriculture. Founded in 1867, the Grange was formed as a national organization with a local focus. With this understanding at one time, Winlock had three local granges and they were all active. Now, Winlock has one grange, Hope Grange and they are doing their part to help the community in many different ways.
When Hope Grange started in 1904 they were originally organized to look out for the people who lived in the area. They championed the first rural postal delivery system in the area, participated in giving women the right to vote and looked out for rural Americans.
With the recent closing of St. Urban Grange, Hope Grange is the only grange left in Winlock to help our rural community. Kristine Carroll stated "we are part of the community and we would like to know how we can assist the local community. There has got to be more need in the community for our granges."
In the early days of the granges, they had weekly dances to bring the rural people together. Carroll stated "with the closing of St. Urban, we welcome all St. Urban grange members to Hope grange."
Hope Grange is available for rental space, they have had everything from weddings to baby showers and many other different events. They have a full kitchen along with the hall, the kitchen seats approximately 75 people. The dance floor in the hall is the original dance from when the grange was built.
Besides the grange being a great place to have a reception or class reunion, they grange also does outreach in the community. They donate dictionaries to all 3rd grade students at Napavine, Winlock and Evaline. They also hand out a scholarship to an Evaline student who has attended Evaline for more than 3 years.
They also give out a scholarship for descendants of Hope Grange members.
The grange is also working on the history of Evaline, a book which will include the school and grange. If you attended school at Evaline or know any history of the area, they would love to hear from you. Shirley Lewis is putting everything together. You can contact Les Vian at 360-785-4470 for rental and history information.
Currently Hope Grange has activities monthly, they are as follows:
Grange meeting is the 1st Tuesday of every month. Potluck at 6:00 p.m., meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Head injury group meet on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesday night from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Pinochle game nights on Monday and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bluegrass music on the 2nd Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (September through May)
Quilters meet 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
If you aren't a member of the grange, come out to a meeting to see what they have to offer. They are located at 118 Antrim Road in Winlock.