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Fifty people were in attendance for Pike Grange's special meeting on June 28 which honored the Granger of the Year, Non-Granger of the Year and years of service to the grange.
The evening began with Judy Carrick greeting all guests and introducing community service chairperson Charlotte Reynolds to present the Granger and Non-Granger of the year.
Eric Jezewski was named Non-Granger of the year for Pike Grange. Jezewski is the special event and volunteer coordinator for domestic violence.
After graduating from Ashland University, Jezewski traveled the country as a consultant for Phi Kappa Psi. He was the director of leadership development and completed programming to help with leadership of events.
Jezewski is the youth director for middle and high school students at Faith Lutheran Church, where he handles all youth religious education, youth events, community projects, service projects, etc. He plays guitar, sings and writes music too. He is married to Abby and has two girls, Cyrus and Crosby.
Phyllis and Lee Strad were named the Granger's of the Year. Phyllis and Lee are very busy and active people in the community. Other than working in the kitchen and being a waitress for the dinners at the Grange, Phyllis is also involved with the East Sparta Women's Club, East Sparta Fire Auxillary, Girl Scouts, Orville Railroad, East Sparta Bicentennial, the Stark County Treasurers Office at the fair and more.
Lee mows the grass at the Grange hall as a volunteer. He is a former Pike Township Trustee. He is also involved with the Orville Railroad, East Sparta Volunteer Fireman and worked in the Stark County Fair Treasurers office among others.
Phyllis and Lee have traveled across the country and plan to travel to Alaska in 2017 with their family. They have two daughters and son-in-laws, Leslie (Brent) Masonbrink, who live in Columbus and Lauren (Joe) Gilchrest, who live in Cleveland.
Jezewski, Phyllis and Lee each received an engraved clock and a yellow carnation as they were honored.
Lecturer Judy Carrick then honored the membership with years of service.
She began with Sandra Wood, a 25-year member. Jane Barr, the Master//President of Pike Grange received recognition with 50 years of service. Sandy Easterday's husband and children were presented with Sandy's 55-year membership. Joan Stallman and Raymond Rebstock were honored for their 70-year memberships. Mike Shaffer was ill and unable to attend for his 70-year award.
Each of the membership years were presented with a letter from the State Master//President, their seal for year of membership and a yellow carnation.
The grange's July meeting was also held with regular business.
The program for the evening was to write a song for the Lecturer's contest. All had fun and two songs were presented.
The next meeting will feature the election of officers on Aug. 9 with a meal served at 6 p.m. and the meeting to follow at 7 p.m. The Deaf Activities will present a program.