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Idaho State Grange Conference

The 2021 Idaho State Grange Conference was held at Nampa Valley Grange on October 16, 2021.  Due to COVID 19, the session was held in a hybrid model. 

2021 Photo Contest Winners

2021 Grangers of the Year

Dale and Elaine Ward - Bellgrove Grange

Diane and Chris Holbart - Mica Flats Grange

Michele Gumm - Kuna Grange

Garden Contest

The following are all those who submitted a photo of their Garden for this non-competitive Contest.


  • Amber Obert and Eileen Javaux for the growing and canning process of green beans.

  • Maureen Patterson for her Herb Greenhouse.

  • Mary Johnson for her tomatoes and red potatoes.

  • Drew Petrella for  A HUGE Zucchini.

  • Chase Petrella for the basket full of potatoes.

  • Terri Moote for lots of garlic and concord grapes.

  • Merrie Young for gardening in a barrel.

  • Maryellen Decker for her raised boxes she taught neighbor kids to garden.

  • Angela Weise for her crop of green peppers.

  • Nancy King for the Great Pumpkin. 

  • Jeannie Billmire for her  Red Amaryllis.

  • Elaine Ward for her White Amaryllis.


Each of these folks received a handmade gift.


We will continue this contest for 2022 with a focus on where does the produce go?


Bonnie Mitson program Director


Book Report

Jeannie Billmire, Micha Flats Grange



     During this past year being isolated has given me many opportunities to read. The book I am writing about is entitled EDUCATED by Tara Westover. 

     What was its appeal? A group of my friends had decided to form a book club and this was one of the books we picked to read. Having grown up in Utah and spent the last 30 years living in Northern Idaho, it specifically appealed to me because it takes place in Southern Idaho and Provo, Utah at Brigham Young University. It was also the first book Tara had written. 

     This was an autobiography written by a woman that grew up in a household that suppressed education, and yet she had a yearning to learn. While learning to be part of her family and still survive, she also figured out how to reach out to others in her community and become part of a more varied group of individuals. 

     Through her brother's support, she saw a way to advance her education, even without a high school diploma. I could only imagine what she experienced when going to BYU when she had no experience with living among people outside her family. It was like being thrown into a wolves’ den when she moved into the dorm and yet she survived and figured it out with some help. 

     To watch her accomplishments as she went forward to higher education and earned degrees in many different areas, I can truthfully say I was proud of her. She could have so easily given up and “stayed where she was born”. 286 words 

I would absolutely recommend this book for anyone wanting a book you can’t put down. 

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