Community night dinner included special guests

PHOTO PROVIDED Logan Grange members received Years of Service awards recently, and the Member of the Year was named. From left are Pennsylvania State Grange Master Wayne Campbell and State Grange secretary Deb Campbell, 25-year award recipient Martha Yarnell, Member of the Year Ashley Furman, 75-year award recipient Janet McClellan, Logan Master Dotty Houtz and Logan secretary Kris McCloskey.

PLEASANT GAP — Logan Grange #109 held its community night/dues-paying covered dish dinner recently at the Grange Hall, with approximately 60 members and invited guests attending.

Among the guests were Centre County Commissioner Steve Dershem; Christine Millinder, county register of wills and clerk of orphans court; Wayne Campbell, Pennsylvania State Grange Master/President; and Deb Campbell, State Grange secretary.

The evening began with everyone enjoying a delicious meal made by Grange members.

After speeches by the invited guests, secretary Kris McCloskey and Master Dotty Houtz presented the years of service awards. There were thirteen awards presented, but only two members who were able to attend.

Houtz presented a 25 Years of Service Award to Martha Yarnell and a 75 Years of Service Award to Janet McClellan.

Others receiving awards were: Richard Fisher, Helen Solt and Mary Ann Zimmerman — 25 years; Timothy Bowmaster and Elizabeth Pyfer — 40 years; Joan Andrews, Edward Biddle and Janet Houser — 50 years; Ellen Rishel — 55 years; Paul Hartle — 65 years; and Donald Biddle — 80 years.

Also that evening, the Logan Grange Community Service Award was presented to Ashley Furman. Furman serves as the Logan Lecturer and as a Logan Grange representative to the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair Committee where she serves as dairy chairperson. She also serves as the Centre County Pomona Grange #13 Pomona Master/President and is chair of the legislative committee. Among her other past Grange duties, she served as the Logan Grange Junior Grange Matron, Centre County Pomona Chaplain and Lecturer and as the Pennsylvania State Grange Pomona.

She is married to husband Jason and has two children Lincoln and Catie. She lives on her family’s first-generation beef and grain farm and is a kindergarten teacher in Mifflinburg Area School District.

After awards, members played a name-that-price game of food products used for Thanksgiving dinner and listened to a report about the State Grange session held in October.