The Leader in Each of Us!

Don't forget the Leadership Conference at Maine State Grange Headquarters on April 12, 2015 starting at 2 p.m. All are welcome!
Feb 262015
 
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Have you checked the program books and information page recently? We’ve recently added some more resources to the site…

Junior Director Laurie McBurnie has supplied an updated Maine Junior Grange Program Book and a condensed version of the 2015 National Junioir Grange Program Book which focuses on contest information…

We’ve also found and uploaded the information, rules, and an application for the 2015 Agriculture Scholarship… the deadline for entering this year is April 30, 2015. If you know a student graduating from high school who is pursuing an education in an ag-related field, why not print out the information for him or her?

Have you marked the date for “The Leader in Each of Us” Conference? Don’t know when it is? Download this flyer and post it on your Grange Bulletin Board: April Leadership Conference 2015. We’ll be announcing some of our guest speakers soon!

Feb 232015
 

Check your email! For those who file on-line and for those who need to request a hard copy from the State of Maine it is time to file your Non-profit Corporation filing status with the State of Maine.

Penalties will be assessed if you file after June 1.

Here is the link and you will need to know your filing number (charter number) with the state. This is a 10 digit number, not to be confused with your Grange number:

File Annual Reports Online

Feb 212015
 
NelsonRobert and Agnes Nelson, Co-directors

This has been a winter for the record books! We are running out of space for the snow as I’m sure a lot of you folks are having the same problem. Maybe all of this cold will have an effect on the ticks? That would be one positive!! The lower gas and oil prices have been a big help this winter for everyone, I’m sure.

The Agriculture Trade Show has come and gone for this year. The show was well attended even with the terrible cold weather. Setting up the show was tricky for travel on Monday but the rest of the week was really good traveling. We did very well with raffle tickets compared to years past. We had a lot of people stop at the booth asking for information regarding the Grange. We even had a young middle school student asking questions for a project he was doing about the history of the Grange. He was an inspiration. I want to thank all of the Grangers who helped man the Grange booth at the show. It was much appreciated. It made our week much easier.

A reminder to all, the Legislative Luncheon will be March 11, 2015 at State Grange Headquarters. As you attend Grange meetings before then, please pass the word along fudge is needed for the Grange display at the State House that day as part of Ag Day. The fudge needs to be at State Grange Headquarters that day prior to 8:00 A.M. (or dropped off the day before).

The Agriculture Scholarship Applications have been forwarded to the high schools. Grange members are asked to pass the word along for high school seniors furthering their education in some area of agriculture or an agriculturally related field to apply before April 30, 2015.

I hope spring will be here soon but today they are talking about three more storms possibly by the middle of next week. Hopefully everyone stays healthy and warm through the rest of the winter season.

Feb 152015
 
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

More resources for you…

Visit the Program Books and Information Page where you’ll find

  • The just released February Bulletin for those who just can’t wait! (Communications Section)
  • An updated Member Recognition Order Form (Secretary’s Section)
  • A flyer/poster for the April Leadership Conference (Communications Section)
  • The updated Officer, Director, and Deputy Directory (Communications Section)

We are in the information and communication business! If you need a resource and can’t find it here, please let me know  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  !

 

Feb 152015
 

by Sherry Harriman, MSG LecturerHarriman 1

Original Story Writing Contest deadline March 31st sent / email /fax to my home address. Open to all subordinate and junior members Junior age as of March 31st must be on the label. (ages 5 – 7; 8 – 10; 11 -14. Categories fact and/or fiction. Original stories only. Profanity or inappropriate items will not be accepted. Length of story must not exceed 10 minutes, 500 words maximum. Enter as many stories as you wish.  Label at the top of each story. Include all the following information: name, address, Grange and number, phone, title, category.

Original Skit Writing Contest. Deadline March 31 sent, email, fax to me at my home address.  Categories Subordinate and Junior members. Jr age as of March 31st must be on label. Ages 5 – 7; 8 -10; 11 – 14. Original skits only. Profanity and inappropriate items will not be accepted. Length of play or skit must not exceed 10 minutes. Label at the top of each skit. Include all of the following information name; address; Grange & number; phone; title; category.

Judging skits and stories will be done in April and winners announced. If you wish to perform your skits and stories this will be done at Lecturers Conference held September 12th in Augusta. Let me know so I can plan.

Date change: our Maine Lecturers Conference will be held in Augusta September 12th — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. No lunch. The conference will include new program review; workshops; raffle; material and information exchange with skit; story and poetry and all other Lecturer Awards at noon.

(August 22 will be an all-day CWA event including lunch with Karen Flag, Director. Karen and I decided that this change would benefit each of our respective departments better.)

April is Grange month. Information is available from National Grange, our publicity director and on the web for “Grange Month”. If you are making presentations using the National Grange community Citizen Award or Pomona award for public service you must order them early from National, 888-447-2643 not me.  I only have “Certificates of Appreciation” for purchase. I do not have the special plaques or awards.

Feb 152015
 

Submitted by MSG Lecturer Sherry Harriman

Maine is hosting 100th North East Grange Lecturers Conference. August 3, 4, & 5 (Mon, Tues, Wed) at St Joseph’s College, 278 White’s Bridge Road, Standish, Maine 04084. The campus is on Sebago Lake near North Windham a couple of miles off Route 302. There is a waterfront beach on the campus for you to use. There is also an indoor pool you may use for a fee. This is a big tourist area, so if you plan to stay at a hotel or cabins nearby, reserve early.

All are welcome to attend it is not exclusive to Lecturers or lecturer’s elect. The full conference will cost $190 for a double room and $200 for a single room. This includes two nights lodging, six meals, seven state programs, workshops, conference fee, idea sharing, fun, fellowship, and entertainment. All buildings are air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.

If you choose not to stay in the dorm a one-time $25 commuter fee will be charged. This covers you for much of the conference you wish to attend. Meals may be purchased individually in advance.

Whether you are a full-time participant or a commuter, including State Officers if attending, everyone must pre-register by the July 10th deadline date. Persons only attending the “Spirit Night” event Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. will be charged a $10 registration fee.

Workshops to choose may include Who wants to be Lecturer by National Lecturer; Fun in the Grange; Grange fundraising; programs with small numbers; state fire marshal’s office: health care reform changes (or something in this nature);  a healthier you; and Michael Martin the National Leadership/Membership Director may be joining us. Some workshops will be presented twice.

Information, schedules and registration forms will be sent to your Grange secretary in the middle of May. Be sure to register and send all money by July 10th.

I will be needing some help and contacting you later with details. Please join us to make the 100th annual conference a big success.

Feb 142015
 

Quilt Block ContestThe National Grange Quilt Block Contest is a program promoted by the National Grange Lecturer to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the National Grange in 2016. The idea behind the contest is to create a vehicle for our members to share their creative talents.  SO LET’S START QUILTING!

Download the 2015 Quilt Block Contest Rules.

Download the 2015 Quilt Block Pattern.

Download the 2015 Quilt Block Score Sheet.

Webmaster’s note: these links will be listed in the CWA section of the “Program Books and Information” page for permanent reference.

Feb 142015
 

Is Your Market Low-Income Friendly? 

MFFMMFFM is offering a new workshop about increasing low-income access at your farmers’ market. Thanks to a grant from the Sunshine Hill Family Fund, the cost to register is just $10, which includes all materials and lunch. We’ll be offering the workshop in Bangor March 2nd and again in Brunswick March 4th. Learn more about WIC, gleaning, and EBT programs at farmers’ markets.

If your market is wondering whether to take on EBT in 2015, this program will help you think through the pros and cons. Find out about wireless equipment options to process SNAP payments (as well as credit/debit) There will also be representatives from the USDA on site to help with applications for FNS numbers (the first step necessary to start accepting EBT). If your market has a new EBT program that you hope will grow, or if you’re interested in increasing WIC usage or in starting a gleaning program, there will be information for you as well. Email director@mffm for more information or to register via email, or

Click to register online.

Get your farm or farmers’ market authorized for SNAP (formerly food stamps) and receive you FNS Number the very same day! USDA staff will be on site to walk you through the process and assist with your application. If you intend to get an FNS number at the workshop, please bring copies of the following documents (required for the application):

  1. Picture ID (driver’s license or passport)
  2. Social Security Card (or other official document with your name and SSN)
  3. Copy of voided check for bank account you will use to deposit funds.
Feb 132015
 

snowshovelAfter careful consideration, the meeting scheduled for February 14, 2015 at East Sangerville Grange has been cancelled. We’d originally hoped to “beat the storm,” but it’s now scheduled to start about the same time we were! While we hate having to cancel events based on speculation but we also don’t like taking risks with potentially dangerous weather.

Once the dust (snow) settles, we’ll try to reschedule… we were truly looking forward to meeting with Christine Corliss, MSG Community Service Director–and it looked like we were going to have a full house! Sorry for any inconvenience… please make yourself “storm ready!”

Feb 132015
 

Webmaster’s Note: Given the continued Arctic temperatures and s-n-o-w, it’s a good idea to check events with the organizers before leaving to travel long distances. 


 

Due to weather concerns and other circumstances, we need to cancel the Passport Dinner to Morocco that was scheduled for this Friday, February 13th.

We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please make plans to join us in March.  We will be hosting a dinner that will feature an exchange student from Jordan. He will be helping us prepare the meal and will share the culture of his country.

Wilson Grange thanks you for your continued support.

Hope to see everyone in March.

Wilson Grange #321 http://www.grange.org/wilsonme321/  >

P.O. Box 381 East Wilton, ME. 04234 / 1338 Main Street Wilton, Maine