Manson Grange building project to benefit community

Photo courtesy Lake Chelan Community Services Council Lake Chelan Community Services Council member Kathy Miller (far right) presents a $1,000 donation to Manson Grange members (left to right) Gordon Lester, Sue Lesmeister, and Bob Lesmeister.


The Manson Grange has been serving the Chelan Valley for 72 years.  Since 1945 when the Grange was built at the entrance to downtown Manson, this has been the place for community members to gather, celebrate, mourn, learn, campaign, debate, dance, sing, view fine quilts, and buy books to support the local library, and many other activities. Manson Kiwanis and its annual Chicken Barbeque, the Farmer’s Market, and Manson Apple Blossom Festival all continue treasured traditions at the Grange. 


Keeping the Manson Grange building up–to date is a long term commitment. Grange members have been working to raise $15,000 for necessary building improvements. After two years of private party rentals, special events like the annual Saint Patrick’s Day lunch, and other fundraising projects, they have almost reached the halfway mark.  


The Lake Chelan Community Services Council recently donated $1,000 to help this project. Since 1976 the Services Council has been supporting local schools, parks, organizations and projects that enrich the community.  Council President, Karen McMullen feels that a donation to the Manson Grange “is a gift that will keep on giving to the community”. 


If you would like to help the Grange reach its goal this year, tax-deductible contributions may be sent to Manson Grange at PO Box 306, Manson, WA 98831.  Or contact Bob Lesmeister for more information at 509-687-3010. Together, we can help the Grange keep serving the valley for many years to come. 


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