Butler Grange honors 75-year members at recognition dinner

SALEM – Butler Grange held an open meeting on Dec.1 at its annual oyster dinner and long-term membership recognition. Honored for 75 year-membership were Elsie Gamble and Betty Vogelhuber; Charles Grubbs, 65 years; and Phillip Greenisen, 55 years. Master Ida Zepernick presented Gamble her certificate on Nov. 29 at her assisted living residence.Vogelhuber received hers on Dec. 25 at her assisted living residence.

At the meeting, Ruth Ann Altenhof gave a synopsis of Butler Grange history. It is named for the township in which it is located and was organized July 31, 1874. Altenhof presented a Christmas themed program, offering “The Symbols of Christmas.”

Calvin Zimmerman explained the “Advent Wreath History,” Margaret Zimmerman presented the “Moravian Star.” Louise Clegg discussed the “Evergreen/Mistletoe Use,” Clyde Zepernick told the history of the “First Nativity Cre’che” in Italy 1223, Dennis Weaver reported the “History of Burning Enormous Logs” and celebrated Solstice on Dec. 21 to mark the return of the sun. Mary Jane Weaver explained the earliest known Christmas hymn, “Angel’s Hymn,” performed in 120 A.D. at a Christmas service in Rome. Janice Ramus stated the first Christmas trees appeared in Latvia in 1510. Danielle Ramus discussed the “Derivatives of Santa Claus.” Marge Blake offered “P X,” the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ. Marilyn Angelmeyer stated the history of candy canes can be traced back to the 1600s. Christmas jokes, riddles and readings were presented by several members. The right/left game was played with each receiving chocolate bars and candy canes. Pomona Grange met on Dec.17 at Mile Branch Grange. Virginia and Harry Foster presented their delegate report from the Ohio State Grange Convention. Linda Brown reported on award recognitions.