SEASIDE — The 139th annual Oregon State Grange Convention will be held from June 10-15 at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, 415 First Ave.

On June 12, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., John Gretz of the Oregon Military Assistance Helpline will be the featured speaker for the Veterans Conference in the Seahorse Rooms of the convention center. 

The Military Assistance Helpline was started to provide suicide counseling but now links service members, their families, and veterans 24/7 to appropriate resources for a wide-range of needs including financial strain, marital conflict, substance abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), homelessness and mental illness.

Parked outside the Seaside Convention Center June 12 will be the Mobile Medical Unit, which provides services to veterans in rural areas. At 2 p.m., veterans will be recognized by the Armed Services branches, following a memorial service to remember past state officers, directors and delegates. 

The Oregon State Grange Convention includes a country fair in the Riverview, Haystack, and Seaside rooms. Members enter their baking, canning, needlework, crafts, and photography in 58 different contests for those five and older.

Twenty-eight local Granges in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill counties are hosts of the event, which brings together delegates from 177 granges throughout Oregon to debate and decide policies for this grassroots organization.

The convention has not been held on the North Coast since 1948, when it was held in Astoria.

For information about the convention, contact Marilyn Reiher at (503) 430-8582 or m_reiher@comcast.com or go to www.orgrange.org

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