Once again, 100 years of tradition will come to life in Robertsville on Tuesday, March 5, when the annual Community Institute convenes in the local Grange Hall on the corner of U.S. Route 30 and Robertsville Avenue.
The days three sessions will begin at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. and will be conducted by President Bill Walter who will give the welcome, lead the pledge to the flag with his wife Nancy as flag bearer, and add humor throughout the day.
A traditional part of the yearly get-together is the family style ham dinner at noon and a light lunch available between the afternoon and evening programs prepared and served by members of the grange chaired by Dick and Geraldine Lotze.
The annual observance is open to the public at no admission charge, however, a fee will be asked for the meals.
The early Institutes were established to inform farmers of modern ways to do farming though extension offices.
Reception committee members Martha Haubert and Joan Miller will greet everyone and distribute programs at the day long event. Group singing will be led by Ruth Ann Wheeler in the morning and Duane Munk in the afternoon.
Pastor Terry Bailey of the Indian Run Christian Church will give morning devotions and noon grace. Pianist is Vice President Lillian Munk.
Featured speakers will be curator Chris Kenny from the McKinley Museum in Canton at the morning session and welcome to the return of humorist Reverend John Selders of Youngstown at the afternoon session. There will be special music going on throughout the day.
The public is encouraged to attend the one day get-away of the last active Institute in Stark County for an interesting program of food and fellowship.