WILTON – Franklin Grange 50 held an open meeting on May 14 at the hall on Weld Road. Several State Grange officers were special guests: State Master Steven Verrill, Assistants Harold and Mildred Parsons and Robert Smith, deputy.

A potluck lunch was held before Master Mike Flagg presented Thelma Frost with her 70-year seal and certificate for having been a continuous member. He also presented her with a framed copy of her original application for membership.

Rep. Thomas Saviello presented her with a certificate of congratulatory sentiments for having achieved 70 years of membership.

Frost quoted this saying, “Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting holy cow what a ride’.”

Flagg was escorted to the altar for a surprise presentation of his 25-year certificate and pin for having been a continuous member. Verrill presented the certificate, Saviello presented a congratulatory sentiment certificate from the state and his wife, Karen, pinned the 25-year pin on him.

Several members of Frost’s family were present during the ceremonies and her son, Bruce Frost, congratulated his mother and Flagg for having received their certificates.

Wynnefred Shephard was unable to attend, but her 70-year seal, certificate and state sentiments were sent to her, and Thomas Flagg was unable to be present for his 25 years of continuos membership, but will be present at a later date.

Several people performed skits and told jokes. Frost played her keyboard, with Maurice Honey accompanying her by singing and playing his harmonica.

The May 28 meeting was canceled due to the holiday. The Grange will not meet on June 11 but will meet on June 25 at the hall for the usual noon lunch and 1 p.m. meeting and it will be memorial/election of officers.

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