Oct 092015

National Grange Convention 2015Please join us November 10-14, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska for the 149th Annual Convention of the National Grange hosted by the Great Plains Region!

Visit the National Grange website for information on the hotel and tours, and to download the convention schedule and Seventh Degree application.

Important Dates to Remember

Online registration deadline
October 22nd

Hotel reservation rates for National Grange ends
October 22nd

Convention Register Fee discount of $5 ends
Friday, October 9th


Oct 072015

Communication from National Grange… note these programs are offered by affiliated companies through National Grange. They are not administered by National Grange.

Grange Members,

Open enrollment for health insurance starts November 1st. You can start shopping now for your health insurance through The National Grange. We suggest you look at Dental-Vision and our new Gap Medical plan that helps pay for the new high deductibles and out of pocket maximums.

National Grange Health Insurance
The National Grange Private Health Insurance Exchange means you can shop now for competitive rates and enroll now in all 50 states for the healthcare coverage you need. Find out more…

National Grange Dental-Vision, Gap Medical Coverage
The National Grange offers SureBridge supplemental insurance plans to help you navigate life’s twists with cash benefits to cover unexpected expenses that occur when you are sick, injured or disabled. Find out more…

National Grange ID Theft Protection Plan
PrivacyArmor offers consumers a comprehensive, proactive identity theft defense. Our proprietary technology makes InfoArmor’s identity protection more than enough to help fight 21st century crime. Find  out more…

National Grange Cyber Insurance Plan
The National Grange offers BIZLock Cyber Insurance which provides the nation’s leading data theft risk management and insurance program that helps protect and insure against data breach privacy risks. Find out more…

If you have any question or concerns, please contact Mark Blocker via email at markatnationalaffinitydotnet  (markatnationalaffinitydotnet)   or give him a call at 855-533-1776.

Please remember this member benefit is not for our members in North Carolina.

Sep 302015

by Glenys Ryder

When Danville Junction Grange met last week for Installation of Officers, the Grange hall was filled to capacity with seventy-five people!  It’s been a long time since we’ve seen that many people at a Grange meeting!  A delicious pot luck supper was served prior to the meeting.

The Installation was conducted by State Grange Master Victoria Huff and her installing team, which consisted of Nancy Clark, Ann Burns, Debra Ivers, Sybil Dubois, Pauline Spencer. and Adrian Griffin.  The officers of four Granges were installed:  Androscoggin Grange #8, New Norlands Grange # 580, Turner Grange #23, and Danville Junction Grange #65.

After the installation, newly installed Master Karen Gagne presented outgoing Master Ed MacDonald with his Past Master’s Jewel.  It was pinned on by Ed’s wife, Joyce.

It was a wonderful evening, enjoyed by all.

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Sep 302015

Photos by Terry LaCombe

Sep 292015
Share your ideas with other Granges!

Share your ideas with other Granges!

by Walter Boomsma

At Valley Grange we use our staves as part of our dictionary day presentations, teaching the kids a little bit about the “tools” of the Grange. A few years ago I refurbished all our staves with a thorough cleaning, new ribbons, etc.  I discovered the tops had been painted—they were solid brass beneath the silver paint. A little paint removal and polish and they ended up looking real classy!

How’s your regalia? I know a little bit about the care and feeding of wood and metal, but not much about fabric. We’re fortunate at Valley Grange that some years ago a member built a nice cupboard where we can keep all our regalia, manuals, etc. But sashes in particular are subject to wear and tear.

Being instinctively curious I learned a while ago that you can, in fact, purchase brand-new sashes. Before you add that to your next meeting’s agenda as new business, be aware they cost $299. each. Since most sashes have been around for a while, we might do well to consider what a major investment our forebears made. I count a minimum of seventeen. That’s close to $6,000 at today’s prices!

So a little maintenance might be in order out of respect for that investment… do we have a seamstress out there who’d could give us some tips? Has anyone ever taken a sash to be dry cleaned? Inquiring minds want to know! In fact, I wonder if there’s not a nice little business available for someone who could restore and clean sashes.

Grange supplies such as sashes  are available from http://www.promoplace.com/grange.

Sep 152015

Flagg (640x640)By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

Just want to thank everyone that attended the CWA Conference and congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to everyone that entered. The first place entries were taken down personally on Labor Day and will also be picked up the same way! For those that had entries at the Big E, you may get them only by signing them out by me, therefore they will get to the appropriate person.

There will be revised CWA Booklets available at State Session along with the new Reporting Sheets thanks to Ruby Parker, they are more concise and to the point, just fill in the blanks. I will list all of the winners in my end of year report and will be sending an updated CWA Program for 2015-2016 to Walter Boomsma later this week.

Look forward to seeing everyone at State Session and hope everyone will consider bringing in items for the CWA tables. Until then, take care my Grange Brothers and Sisters.

Sep 142015
Nelsonby Robert and Agnes Nelson, Co-directors

By the time the September Edition of the Bulletin comes out summer will be behind us and we will be getting ready for winter. Maine State Grange Convention will be behind us and we will be just working on the Ag-in-the-Classroom Annual Meeting Banquet. This will complete our year as co-directors of Ag Committee for the year.

We have been very busy attending the fairs this summer. We have been so impressed with all of the exhibits this year. There is so much work that goes into each and every exhibit.  Members should be very proud for all of their hard work.  We want to thank all of the people who took the time out of their days to be judges this year and helped with the judging of the Grange fair exhibits. The Farm Days at Misty Farms will be past. We sold raffle tickets and sold baked goods to help the scholarship fund.

We want to thank all of the Ag-Committee Members, the MSG Officers, Legislative Committee members, and Grange members for their donations and support for all of their help and support they have given us the last four years. We couldn’t have done it without them. This has truly been a learning experience for us. We have met so many wonderful people along the way.

Sep 142015
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We are gearing up for State Grange Convention and things are falling into place. I am excited to have two guest speakers who we have not had in the past. David Nealley from Maine Seniors Magazine will be speaking on Senior Power. I think he will surprise us with all the things seniors are doing in our state and some of the things we can do. Author Sarah Moore is scheduled to join us and talk about her book, The Greatest Generation. David will speak on Thursday and Sarah on Friday so plan to attend both days.

We have some interesting resolutions for discussion. They cover a variety of subjects ranging from vitamins and supplements to State Vehicle Inspections, Medicare Part D Coverage and a State Grange Museum. The resolutions have been sent to the Secretaries of the Granges so you can review them and make your opinions known.

Let me remind you that any Fourth Degree member can attend State Grange Conference. While there are a couple of instances where things are done in higher degree levels, we’d like to see many members at the conference. The convention opens in the Sixth Degree, but almost immediately lowers to fourth. Also, Conferral of the Sixth Degree on Friday evening requires those present either hold the Sixth Degree or are candidates for receiving it. A complete convention schedule is available from your secretary or the website.

This is also an election year. Delegates will be electing fourteen of the seventeen state offices for two-year terms.

Finally, I was extremely pleased with the very positive article recently published in the Bangor Metro Magazine. Grangers in Maine are making a positive impact on their communities. Please continue to send in your “Exciting Grange or Granger” information so your success can be shared with others. Let’s continue to show the world how Maine Grangers shine, shine, shine.

Together Each Accomplishes More and we shine, shine, shine!

Sep 122015
A mug WBBy Walter Boomsma,
Communications Director

I have an idea! Well, actually I have lots of ideas… some of them seem to make some people nervous.

One of the duties of a director is to submit an annual report for presentation at State Conference. I just finished mine and in the writing of it I mentioned one of my perhaps more crazy ideas:

We do live in a “multi-media” world and, in the largest sense, almost everything we do communicates a message. While we think about the media, we ought not to forget the message. I have raised some eyebrows by suggesting that one way we could attract people to our Grange Halls is to offer a free wi fi connection and perhaps run an Internet Café. One of the things that would be “cool” about that is it would bring people together. Isn’t that why we so often have potluck suppers? (Those who know me well won’t be surprised that I can see that Internet Café becoming an after-school “study hall” where Grangers help kids with their homework.)

Another perhaps not so crazy idea that wasn’t mine originally. Since we are community Granges, would it not make sense to submit an “annual report” for inclusion in our town report? (Valley Grange has been doing this for several years.) Are we any less a part of our town than, say, the fire department? There are lots of added benefits here beyond the publicity. We’re forced at least annually to think about and report on our contributions to our hometown roots. We’re also demonstrating our commitment to community.

Writing an annual report of my activity as Communications Director is something I’d probably do even if it wasn’t required. I like taking the time to reflect on the previous year and, at the same time, look ahead to the next. I even like doing some of the math. During the Grange year 2015-2015, there have been nearly 21,500 site visits—an average of nearly 1800 per month and nearly 60 per day. This is an increase over the previous year. I would note that, thanks to our subscription ability, it is likely this significantly underreports usage of the site because subscribers need not visit the site to view posts. At the top end, subscribers could easily account for an additional 50,000 views during the same period.

Of course numbers do not tell the entire story. It has been personally rewarding to receive an increasing number of “Exciting Granges and Grangers” posts, celebrating our accomplishments and success. While not a primary purpose, I’ve received some interesting inquiries through the site ranging from requests to locate a long lost Grange friend to requests for hall rental contacts. There are also the expected media inquiries.

It’s all about communication, and an important aspect of communication is consistency. Consistency is about frequency, certainly (one reason we have a monthly bulletin), but it’s also about always sending a consistent message. One conclusion I came to while thinking about and writing my report was  that our greatest accomplishment in 2015 is also our greatest need for the coming year. We must continue to increase participation and information to and from Subordinate and Pomona Granges and state officers and committees. We must demonstrate American Values and honor our hometown roots. If there is anything I can do to make this process easier, please let me know.

(I am posting my complete report in the communications section of the website in the hopes members will be interested. If you’d like a copy mailed to you, just let me know.)


 “Let’s make some news, take some photos of it, and share it!”

Sep 122015


By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

State Session is right around the corner; I truly hope everyone is prepared.  Community Service/Family, Health and Hearing will again have a table where we will be selling mugs to raise money for the committee. I would like to thank every Grange who sent in their Community Service Books and/or activity sheets.  It is truly appreciated.  The Committee has been working diligently on the Community Service Book Winners and Community Service Award Winners (Officer of the Year).  Those winners will be announced during State Session.  Hope to see you all there.

Family, Health & Hearing Note

Let’s keep in mind we all need to still be helping to make everyone aware–both Grangers and non-Grangers–about special events and awareness items coming up. November is Sweet Potato Month, Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month, National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, & COPD Awareness Month.  COPD affects many people, bring in a special speaker to let people know the symptoms, effects, and ways to help it.  Have someone who has the disease speak about the effects of the disease and how they live with it.  Just make people aware.

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!!!!!