Delegates at the National Grange Session instructed the Director of
Women's Activities to look into the feasibility of promoting a specific
health project, "namely the deaf."
Raised funds to support Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf through
the Anne Sullivan Memorial Fund. In cooperation with COSD a pamphlet
was produced to help Granges with ideas for participation in the deaf
program. Mary Jane Rhodes of the COSD said, "if someone had told me ten
years ago, or even five years ago, that a time would come when a group
like the Grange would reach out to deaf people, I would have found it
beyond my comprehension. For so many years I felt almost alone in trying
to explain deafness to hearing people. God bless you for bringing the
problems of deafness to the attention of the Grange membership." Sister
Alta Peck, Women's Activities Director did considerable research and
worked with numerous deaf-related agencies. Following a presentation at
the Women's Activities Banquet (at the convention) persons sitting at the
press table collected $28.25 -- it was this amount that was responsible
for the beginning of the Anne Sullivan Memorial Fund.
$6,537.48 contributed to the Anne Sullivan Memorial Fund. National
Grange became an associate member of the Council of Organizations Serving
the Deaf. Sister Peck reported that the National Grange became the first
national organization to offer active support of deaf and hard of hearing
persons. Strong promotion of deaf awareness. Began a used hearing aid
batteries recycling project.
Continued promotion of deaf awareness that the hearing community could
better understand deafness. Anne Sullivan Memorial Fund donations this
year: $6,556.63 + $2136.35 raised in special promotions -- total:$8,692.98.
Established National Grange Deaf Fund. Grange financed production of
125 TV spots entitled "I Hear Your Hand." Reported that deaf program
"growing by leaps and bounds." Deaf Fund donations this year: $17,481.51.
Financed production of 250 copies of the TV spot "I Hear Your Hand" and
42 copies of the 3-minute film of same title. Printed and distributed
500 sets of sign language flash cards for Junior Grangers. Began teaching
signed singing to Grange Youth. Young Granger choir performs at National
Grange Session under the direction of Pastor Dan Pokorny, Gallaudet
College Chaplain. Better Hearing Month in May was reported. A film-
slide series of "Friendly Ears That do not Hear" purchased and and
available for loan by Granges. First Lady of National Grange, Dorothy
Scott did extensive research on deafness. Deaf Fund donations this year:
Developed and produced the world's first sign language song book,
LIFT UP YOUR HANDS. Copyrighted by the National Grange. Awarded $500
scholarship to deaf seminary student to study abroad. Sign language
flash cards still available for Junior Granges. Deaf Fund contributions
this year: $13,627.29.
Purchased and distributed 2,000 sets of Children's Sign Language Playing
Cards for use by Junior Granges. Purchased 68 sets of Signing Exact
English teaching kits for use by State Grange Women's Activities Directors.
$500 Scholarship given to a Gallaudet University student. Talk of need
for hearing protection for farmers. Second printing of LIFT UP YOUR HANDS,
Volume I. Deaf Fund contributions this year: $11,340.30.
Established Summer Intern Program at the National Grange Office for summer
of 1978. Wade Cadle, Tennessee, interned. Produced first pamphlet
outlining history of deaf program. Purchased TTY (Porta-Tel) for
educational purposes. Delegates at the National Grange Session established
general guidelines for creation of deaf activities committee. To date
12,000 copies of LIFT UP YOUR HANDS, Volume I sold. Deaf Fund donations
this year: $8,020.84.
National Grange Deaf Activities Committee organized: Mrs. R.G. (Flo) Carter,
Texas, as Chairman. Committee members: Karen Anderson,CA; Elmira Collins,
ME; Mary Jo Zanton,WI, to work in conjunction with the National Grange
Lecturer, Kermit Richardson; Women's Activities Director, Jenny Grobusky;
Youth Director, Bill Steel; Junior Director,Patty Carncross; Wade Cadle,
Advisor. Goals and objectives defined. NATIONAL GRANGE DEAF FUND given
FOUNDATION STATUS. Two SCHOLARSHIPS awarded to Grange members studying
deaf education -- Andrea Valentine,DE and Andrea Leak,TX. Dogs for the
Deaf program assigned to Junior Grange Department. SIGN A SONG CONTEST
promoted by Youth Department. Deaf Fund donations this year: $9,559.54.
Second Songbook, LIFT UP YOUR HANDS, Volume II, published. State Grange
Deaf Project Funding program established. Educational project for
elementary schools outlined -- (Sound and Hearing Teaching Packet.) Deaf
Fund donations: $6,281.24.
SOUND AND HEARING TEACHING PACKET developed by National Grange Deaf
Activities Committee and distributed to 10,000 4th, 5th, and 6th grade
teachers. Several Dogs for the Deaf purchased on national level as well
as within some individual states. Scholarship Program expanded to aid
members majoring in courses to benefit deaf and hard of hearing persons.
(Deaf Education, Audiology, Counseling and Rehabilitation, and Interpreting.)
Scholarships awarded to five Grange members -- Sarah J. Jeffers,IL; Karen
S. Barnett,OH; Evelyn R. Keeler,MA; Stanley B. Barringer,NY; Kathryn H.
Kane,NY. Logo chosen -- I Love You sign with Grange emblem in palm of
hand. Florida State Grange and Kansas State Grange received $500 each
from the State Grange Project Funding Program. Deaf Fund donations this
Beulah Winter, Michigan, appointed Chairman, National Grange Deaf Actvities
Committee. OFFICIAL NAME CHOSEN -- GRANGE DEAF ACTIVITIES. Sound and
Hearing Program repeated. Scholarship Program expanded to include deaf
Grange or non-Grange member. Five Scholarships awarded: Mauri Heath,NH;
Stanley Barringer,NY; Kathryn Kane Barringer,NY; Julie Hann,OH; Karen
Knight,TX. Bi-monthly newsletter to State Grange Masters and State
Grange Deaf Activities Chairmen. ANNUAL NEWSLETTER to all Granges. Dogs
for the Deaf discontinued from the National Grange program. Display and
Conference at National Grange Session. Hearing protection program grows.
Colorado State Grange and Florida State Grange awarded $500 each from
State Grange Funding Project Program. Deaf fund donations this year:
Scholarship program expanded to include two for deaf persons entering the
field of teaching. Six scholarships awarded, one to a deaf person: Lauri
Purcell,Illinois; Kimberly Devenport,Maryland; Jason Stone,New Jersey; Julie
Hann,Ohio; Pamela Humble,Pennsylvania (deaf); Karen Knight, Texas. Hearing
protection program highlighted by placing 20 slide-tape sets, NOISE, THE
INVISIBLE AGRICULTURAL HAZARD, in the the Grange Farm Film Foundation.
Grange Deaf Activities pays maintenance costs for slide sets which are
available at no cost to Granges. Grange Deaf Activities button designed
and brochure re-designed. Florida State Grange received $500 from State
Grange Project Funding Program. Deaf Fund donations this year: $9,364.88.
First appeal letter sent to Subordinate and Pomona Granges for Grange
Foundation - Deaf Division. HELD FIRST NATIONAL COMPETITION IN SIGN A
SONG CONTEST in Portland, Maine. Pennsylvania State Grange provided
sponsorship. Awarded three scholarships: Julie Hann,Ohio; Jason Stone,
New Jersey; Dana Perez,Texas. Heavy usage of hearing protection slide
set. State Grange Project Funding Program discontinued. Deaf Fund
donations this year: $15,080.97.
Distribution of LIFT UP YOUR HANDS, VOLUMES I AND II continues. The National
Association for the Deaf says that the Sound and Hearing Teaching Packet
is best material available today for this purpose. Teachers give excellent
reviews. New Hampshire State Grange sponsored Sign a Song Contest. State,
Pomona, Subordinate, and Junior Granges continue to increase activity.
Approximately 1,500 local chairmen. Slide set on everyday noise being
produced. Four scholarships given: three to hearing Grange members, one
to a deaf non-member, Angela Munn,New Jersey. Hearing Grange members are
Cheryl McCann,Maryland; Carolynne Arch,New Jersey; Dana Perez,Texas. Deaf
fund donations this year: $17,405.56.
Lois Austin, California, appointed Chairman, National Grange Deaf Activities.
No scholarships awarded. Committee voted to produce new slide set on
everyday noise. Ohio State Grange sponsored Sign a Song Contest. Deaf
Fund donations this year: $14,518.00.
Scholarships awarded to hearing member Dawn Laupp,Michigan; deaf persons
Shirley Yee,California; Kimberly Hessheimer,Nebraska. Maine State Grange
sponsored Sign a Song Contest. New hearing protection slide show released
at National Grange Convention, "Listen to the Wind." Available for sale at
$25.00 per set. Deaf Fund donations this year: $11,157.00.
Beulah Winter, Michigan, appointed Director, National Grange Deaf Activities.
Scholarships awarded to hearing members, Cara Magee,IL; Dawn Laupp,Michigan;
Michelle Swainston,Michigan; Elizabeth Weers,Michigan; deaf person,non-
member, Michael Remington, Colorado. Connecticut State Grange sponsored
Sign A Song Contest. Hearing protection materials accepted from Michigan
State Grange (it was a gift): "Your Noisy World -- Could Get Silent" poster
and brochure -- available to Granges at nominal cost. Joined Council for
Better Hearing and Speech Month, a consortium of national deaf related
organizations. Deaf Fund donations this year: $17,994.52
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE in Sign Language poster developed and produced.
Scholarship (original) program discontinued. Scholarship Program ($1000)
established fo Gallaudet University, only liberal arts university for deaf
students in the world. Continued membership in Council for Better Hearing
and Speech Month. "Listen to the Wind" slide show converted to video. Sound
and Hearing Educational Packet continues to be effective. Sign songbooks
also continue to be widely distributed. National Grange participated in
Better Hearing and Speech Month Kick-Off Parade in Washington,D.C.; Thurmont
Junior Grange, Maryland represented all Granges in the parade. Deaf Fund
donations this year: $14,140.00.
National deaf program given department status. Second printing of Pledge
of Allegiance in Sign Language poster. New committee structure adopted.
Advisory Committee members appointed by National Master -- George Spies,
Illinois, three years; Lois Steele, Professional Interpreter, Pennsylvania,
two years; Joan Kennel, Nebraska State Grange Deaf Activities Director, one
year; Harry Massey, Ex-Officio. (Financial Expert, 3 years; representative
of deaf community, 2 years; State Director, 1 year.) Membership in Council
for Better Hearing and Speech Month. Appeal for funds continues. All
other projects/programs continue. The Seventh Degree and Convocation
were interpreted in sign language for the first time in the history of the
Grange, Lois Steele, interpreter. Session was held in Wichita, Kansas.
Lois Steele also interpreted the Sign a Song Contest and the Deaf Activities
Conference. Deaf Fund donations this year: $15,011.90.
Membership in the Council for Better Hearing and Speech Month continues.
National Master and First Lady Robert and Dolores Barrow attended the May
1 Kickoff Luncheon of Better Hearing and Speech Month in Washington, D.C.
Beulah Winter Director of NGDA and Roland Winter, National Grange Executive
Committee member; and Judy Massabny, Director of Information for the National
Grange also attended. On April 30,1991 Robert E. Barrow, National Grange
Master and Beulah L. Winter, National Grange Deaf Activites Director
presented $10,000 to Gallaudet University to be used in an endowment fund
for a work/study program -- interest to be used each year to assiste deaf
students. The presentation was made to Dr. I. King Jordan, Deaf President.
Deaf Activities was included in National Grange Regional Conferences for
the first time in the history of the Grange. Kara Shultz, Director of Deaf
Activities for the Colorado State Grange was appointed to the NGDA Advisory
Committee. George Spies, Lois Steele, and Harry Massey continue on the
Advisory Committee. New projects included a poster on communication for
hard of hearing people, title "Senior Americans' Guide to Better Hearing."
An NGDA logo pin (of the U.S.) and Honor Class certificate were introduced
for use in raising additional funds for National Grange Deaf Activities.
Receipt of pin requires a donation to NGDA in the amount of $100. Logo
changed to USA image with ear and sound waves across the country indicating
an inclusive program for all deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people. A
second newsletter to all Granges received approval; newsletter to all Granges,
in May and September. All other programs/projects continued. Received
printing plates from Sertoma Foundation for Good Vibes newpaper (no charge,
value $15,000) with approval to make several changes to reflect Grange
Deaf Activities. Printed 10,000 copies. Brochure redesigned and updated.
Seventh Degree interpreted by Lois Steele, Professional Interpreter and
Pennsylvania State Grange Deaf Activities Director. Deaf fund donations
this year: $17,065.68
Third printing of Pledge of Allegiance in Sign Language Poster. Membership
in Council for Better Hearing and Speech Month continues. LIFT UP YOUR
HANDS sign songbooks Volumes I and II combined into one book. Council for
Better Hearing and Speech Month membership, Sound & Hearing, Listen to the
Wind, Senior Americans' guide to Better Hearing, Noisy World Poster and
Brochure, and newsletters continue as viable parts of the National Grange
Deaf Activities program. Appeal letter and funding options continue.
Funding continued to increase. Janet Price, Ohio State Grange Deaf
Activities Director appointed to National Grange Deaf Activities Advisory
Committee for one year; Leslie Smith, California State Grange appointed
for two years to represent the deaf community. Seventh Degree interpreted
by Lois Steele. $2,000.00 added to National Grange Endowment Fund for
Gallaudet University Intern Program. Legislative Department member, Jeff
Kramer and National Grange Deaf Activities Director did much research and
study on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Deaf fund donations this
Elizabeth Wade, Washington State Grange appointed to NGDA as financial
expert for three years, Natalie Clifford, Maine, State Director, Leslie
Smith, California, continues as representative of deaf community. Lois
Steele signed the 7th Degree. RID Certified interpreters signed the Public
Speaking Contest and the Sign A Song Contest. Deaf Activities Conference
was interpreted by Leslie Smith and Lois Steele. Produced a brochure for
Granges on the Amercians with Disabilities Act. A new project, the
American Manual Alphabet Poster introduced at National Convention. Approval
received to use Gallaudet University's American Sign Language alphabet.
Deaf Activities Department was highlighted at Master's Awards dinner
Monday evening, November 8, 1993 -- National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Had place mats with Grange emblem and mnual alphabet poster. Sign language
choir of 1st and 2nd graders entertained. Newsletters discontinued and
replaced by Grange Deaf Activities Action Packet which was mailed to all
Deaf Activities Chairmen (September); articles in each issue of GRANGE
TODAY. Appeal letter mailed in May. $2,000 added to National Grange
Endowment Gallaudet University Intern Fund. All other projects/programs
continued. Deaf Fund donations this year: $19,732.07.
National Grange served as chair of Council for Better Hearing and Speech
Month 1994 campaign with Harry Massey as Steering Committee Chairman.
Fourth printing of Pledge of Allegiance in Sign Language poster. Committee
members -- Elizabeth Wade,Washington; Patricia Cleverley,deaf community
representative, New York; Marie Thelen,State Directors,Michigan; and Harry
Massey, Ex-Officio. $2,000 added to Gallaudet University Endowment. Annual
appeal letter. Funding over the top this year. the Seventh Degree was
not signed. Need for this service was not indicated. Grange Deaf Activities
Action Packet prepared by Director and mailed to all Granges. Articles
included in GRANGE TODAY. Special incentive pin reproduced in new color -
gold. Deaf Fund donations this year: $21,351.60.
Membership in Council for Better Hearing and Speech Month with Walter
Johnson new National Grange Membership Director and ex-officio member of
the Deaf Activities Committee attending monthly meetings. National Master
and First Lady attended reception and dinner at Gallaudet University.
Walter Johnson participated in Kickoff events for Council for Better Hearing
and Speech Month; committee member Patricia Cleverley attended Kickoff
Luncheon in Director Beulah Winter's absence (due to illness). Committee
members are Elizabeth Wade, Marie Thelen, Patricia Cleverley. $2,000 to
Gallaudet University National Grange Endowment Fund. All projects/programs
continued. Seventh Degree interpreted in Sign Language by Lois Steele.
Annual appeal letter; funding down. Grange Deaf Activities Action Packet
prepared by Director and mailed to all Granges. Continued with information
to Granges with articles in GRANGE TODAY. Deaf Fund donations this year:
Total Amount Donated to National Grange Deaf Fund
It is hoped that this brief listing of events, projects, and accomplishments
of the Grange health project, Grange Deaf Activities, will serve to
enlighten members, and others, about the impact of the program over the
twenty-five years that it has been part of the National Grange.