Thank you to those from Maine who attended the Northeast Leader’s Conference in Massachusetts in January. We had a great time, talked to one another about helping our Granges grow, attended workshops and visited with our National Master, Betsy Huber. Many ideas were shared with others from different states. It left me inspired and eager to share that inspiration with all of you. This conference is a definite for those with leadership positions and a recommendation to all to GO TO a Leadership Conference. Another of the 20 GO TO’s I need to fulfill my obligations as I presented to you last month.
I attended the Fair Association meeting on January 30 as guest speaker. Many directors from a number of fairs were present to share ideas and to work together to find a way to satisfy each organization’s needs. A number of great questions were asked and suggestions made. They need more Granges to exhibit at fairs throughout the state. Very good publicity for your Grange, an activity for all Grangers in your Grange to participate and a good way to raise funds for your Grange. Please at least think about this and try it! If you are interested in more information, please don’t hesitate to ask.
How are plans going for Grange month in April? It is great to know how many Granges are busy making plans. A number of Community Service Awards will be awarded to deserving citizens throughout the State of Maine. That is Grange in action. This is a great time for membership drives, open houses, inviting State Officers, Pomona members and other Granges to GO TO your meeting, planning sessions, and community events. Let’s have fun gettin’ things done. Also, a hint for your GOTO list.
Ideas are not flowing in for the Idea of the Year contest. Maybe because you all are busy thinking long and hard for the best idea to submit? Yeah, that’s it! Can’t wait to read them! The deadline will be extended to July 1.
We have recently lost two very dedicated, prestigious leaders who were State Officers. Their advice, opinions, leadership and most of all, their love will be sorely missed. However, Sister Nancy Randall Clark and Brother Ron Dolloff would want us to move on, to grow, to be proud. Their years of dedication, hard work, and passion for Grange will inspire us to continue the journey. In their honor and in the honor of all the hardworking, loyal, dedicated Grangers who have passed, we must move Grange forward, be active, show our passions of Grange when talking to others and recruit our successors.
Come visit headquarters in Augusta, (146 State Street) on March 13 at 1:00 p.m. for a celebration of their lives. Come meet others and even go for a tour of the headquarters building. Bring a tasty goodie to share. Let us unite as a family as we should be doing!
Again…leadership training is available for those interested being a deputy or a director. If enough are interested, we could have a group session. Otherwise, we can train you individually. Also, there are committee positions to fill where we need help. Please let me know. It’s a great opportunity to meet new members, to be involved and to have fun!
A reminder about the Legislative luncheon on March 17 at noon. Volunteers to be there by 10:00 a.m. and state officers are to bring two pies. Don’t forget the fudge!