Apr 282017
 

Webmaster’s Note:  The following article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Davis, State Senator for District 4, reprinted with permission. 

Next week dozens of family-owned greenhouses and nurseries will kick off this year’s growing season with special events for Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day on Saturday, May 6. Festivities planned for the day include demonstrations, workshops, personal tours, expert speakers, refreshments, giveaways, door prizes, raffles, container-planting demonstrations, and plants and balloons for children. Participating facilities will also share gardening expertise, tips and information on plant varieties and garden design.  For more information about Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day, go to: http://www.plants4maine.com/GreenhouseAndNurseryDay.shtml.

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Apr 282017
 

By Steven Haycock, Fundraising Chairman

We’re only a few days away for the Maine State Grange’s Variety Show at Topsham Grange on Saturday 4/29/17 at 6 pm.  Admission is $6.00 and $2.00 from each ticket sold will be donated to the scholarship funds of the Maine State Grange.  A portion of the profits from this evening will also be donated to the scholarship funds.  The hall is located 47 Pleasant St, which is just off Route 201 (Main St.) in Topsham.

We have a great lineup of acts including music, comedy, vocals and more!  During intermission, we will be selling slices of delicious pie and beverages.

We will also be holding a Pick Your Prize Raffle with tickets costing 2 for $1.00 or 12 for $5.00.  Items for this raffle have been generously donated by local businesses.  Prizes include:

  • $25.00 Gift Certificates to Day’s Jewelers x 3
  • $20.00 Gift Card to Hannaford
  • $50.00 Gift Card to Walmart
  • Free Front Alignment from Tire Warehouse
  • 2 Packages of Gourmet Jelly Belly Jelly Beans from Main Street Sweets
  • 4 Free Medium Subs from Firehouse Subs
  • Assorted Wall Décor from Tractor Supply
  • Pink Baby Camo Set from Tractor Supply
  • Wallet and Head Lamp Set from Tractor Supply
  • Artisan Olive Oil and Vinegar Gift Sets from Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegar x 3
  • And More

Plus a great door prize as well!

Also available for sale will be the Agricultural Pride t-shirts for $12.00 and Grange car magnets for $3.00.

This is sure to be a great fun, family friendly evening for one and all.  So load up the car and come to Topsham and support the Maine State Grange!

 

Apr 272017
 

With thanks to State Secretary Sharon Morton, we’ve recently added two documents to the “Program Books and Information” Page:

  1. The Journal of Proceedings – 2016 Convention is a summary (93 pages) of last year’s convention, including committee reports, budget information, etc.
  2. The Membership Recognition Order Form which has been updated to reflect the recent price increases announced by National Grange.

The Maine State Grange website is your “goto” place for information!

Apr 272017
 

Front row: Mary Street of Chelsea Grange # 215, Susan Farrington of Maple Grove Grange # 148.
Back row: Bert Welch of Maple Grove Grange # 148, Charley Hayford of Winthrop Grange # 209.

On Sunday afternoon, April 23, 2017, thirty-six people attended the Degree Day at Danville Junction Grange, sponsored by Androscoggin Pomona.

Special guests were MSG Master Rick Grotton, MSG Overseer Sherry Harriman, and members of the MSG Executive Committee James Meserve and Victoria Huff.

The four degrees were conducted by the following officers:  Master Wayne Sherman, Overseer Greg Johnson, Lecturer Glenys Ryder, Steward Norma Meserve, Assistant Steward Steven Verrill, Lady Assistant Steward Roberta Meserve, Chaplain Kenneth Footer, Treasurer Wes Ryder, Secretary Linda Sherman, Gate Keeper William Hatch, Pomona Kathy Lorrain, Ceres Cynthia Maxwell, Flora Ruby Bryant, and Pianist Louise Roberts.

Taking part in the Harvest March were Gladys and Maynard Chapman, Tracey and Bill Small, and Judy and Jim Meserve.

A light luncheon was served between the second and third degrees.

Apr 262017
 

Reposted from a National Grange Announcement… note that membership recognition awards must be ordered through Maine State Grange Secretary Sharon Morton… an order form is available on the Maine State Grange Website.


We would like to clarify the shipping costs applied to the Golden Sheaf and 75 Year Awards. This shipping cost increase went into effect March 1, 2017 and reflects a portion of the rising costs the National Grange faces to ship items to members.

Membership Recognition
Golden Sheaf is $10 plus shipping & handling (see chart below)
Example A = 1 Golden Sheaf cost is $10.00 + $4.00 for shipping
Example B = 2 Golden Sheaf cost is $20.00 + $7.00 for shipping
Example C = 5 Golden sheaf cost is$50.00 + $9.00 for shipping

75 Year Diamond Certificate and folder is $10 plus shipping & handling (see chart below)
Example A = 1 – 75 year award cost is $10.00 + $4.00 for shipping
Example B = 2 – 75 year award cost is $20.00 + $7.00 for shipping
Example C = 5 -75 year award cost is $50.00 + $9.00 for shipping

If you did a combination of both Golden Sheaf and 75 year award (see chart below)
Example A = 1 Golden Sheaf and 1 – 75 year cost is $20.00 + $7.00 shipping
Example B = 3 Golden Sheaf and 2 – 75 year award cost is $50.00 + $9.00 shipping

NOTE: If you need the certificate to be delivered by specific date for presentation, otherwise it will take a minimum of three weeks to complete your order once it is received here at National Grange.

All Shipping & Handling costs for Golden Sheaf and 75 year award items will now be the same price as the Grange Store shipping and handling. Standard Shipping and Handling rate prices are listed below:

ORDERS TOTAL: SHIPPING & HANDLING
Orders: Up to $10.00 = $4.00
Orders: $10.01 – $19.99 = $5.00
Orders: $20.00 – $49.99 = $7.00
Orders: $50.00 – $74.99 = $9.00
Orders: $75.00 – $99.99 = $10.00
Orders: $100.00 – $124.99 = $12.00
Orders: $125.00 – $249.99 = $15.00
Orders: $250 and above = $20.00

Grange Hall Award – change in price
• The 100 year and 125 year award (includes certificate along with a 8″x10″ wood plaques) are at no charge, but shipping & handling will be $10
• Please note if you need the certificate to be delivered by specific date for presentation, otherwise it will take a minimum of three weeks to complete your order.
• Form available contact Loretta Washington for the form

For more information call,
Loretta Washington
(202) 628-3507 (ext 109)

salesatnationalgrangedotorg  (salesatnationalgrangedotorg)  

Apr 242017
 

With apologies for the last minute announcement, the Youth Committee has announced a Youth Public Speaking Contest (not to be confused with the Junior Public Speaking Contest to be held in June). The contest will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Topsham Grange Hall on Pleasant Street in Topsham at 4:30 pm, before the Maine State Grange Variety Show which is at 6:00 p.m. The rules as provided are:

There are 3 age divisions based on their ages on January 1, 2017: 1. Youth 14 – 21 years of age, 2. Young adult 22-35 years of age, 3. Adult (Sr. Youth) 36 + years of age.

Props are allowed but must be appropriately sized for the room. Points can be deducted for props.

For all categories, voice and stage presence are important. Speak clearly, easy to understand; dress appropriately and neatly; expression, emotion, enthusiasm, confidence all matter. Points will be taken away for going under or over the time established.

Category A: PREPARED SPEECH

Contestants choose their topics and will be given an impromptu question, relating to the speech, at the end. A minimum of three minutes and maximum of fivc minutes.

Category B: RADIO SPOT CONTEST

A radio spot is an advertisement promoting the Grange. Pretend you’re a “DJ” and you’re doing a commercial for the Grange. Can include one or two people in the radio spot.

Radio spots should be exactly 60 seconds in length and may include a musical or sound effect introduction and/or background, but may not include a spoken introduction or “tag” by another other than the contestant. If music or sound effect is used, the contestant must provide and operate the sound-making device. The contestant will provide a complete written script (including notations about music/sound effects) to the timekeeper to aid in timing accuracy. Musical/sound effect introductions and endings are considered a part of the radio spot and must not cause the 60 second time limit to be exceeded. The spot should relate to the Grange, be original and created by the contestant.

Category C: IMPROMPTU SPEECH

An impromptu speech is delivered without preparation or thought ahead of time. No note cards are used, and topics are generally drawn.

  • We hope that by establishing an impromptu speech category that members will build confidence and in the future participate in the prepared speeches or the radio speech category.
  • Impromptu speeches should be at least one minute in length and not longer than 5 minutes.
  • Time keeper will hold up hand when the 1 minute mark has been reached and then 4.30 minute mark has been reached so speaker knows when he/she can stop.
  • Participants will draw two topics, select their choice of the two and return the other one.
Apr 242017
 

Lois McCarthy and Lisa Goucher (in back row) of Mill Stream Grange in Vienna visited the Mt. Vernon Elementary School on March 16 to present dictionaries to the third graders there as part of the national “Words for Thirds” program. Each student signed his or her own copy and played a word game to become familiar with the dictionary. Teacher Carolyn Watkins expressed much appreciation for the “wonderful presentation” and said that her kids were “over the top” excited to receive their own dictionary.

Apr 212017
 

by Larry Bailey, Master

I am always gratified at the generosity of our Ocean View Grange members. In a desire to honor and thank our injured Veterans, we started a drive to provide ditty-bags filled with items useful to our veterans who are at Togus VA Medical Center. The list below shows what kind of items we supplied and those members who helped.

Toenail Clippers
Good razors
Extra blades
Toothbrushes
Soap.
Shaving cream
Hairspray
Hair brushes
Inexpensive razors
Nail clippers
Mouthwash
Dental floss
Toothpaste
Shampoo
Deodorant
Hair combs

These items were made possible by the generosity of the following members: Gayle and Rick Bedigian, Larry and Diane Bailey, Peg Fields, Ben and Judy Norton, Neva and Steve Joseph, Debbie Rogers, Leslie Korpinen, Trip Woodbridge, Gina Neilson, Nat Lyon, Gillie and Rob Sloat, Dick and Terry Bomba, Jeff and Tina Riedl.

We want to give a special thank you to Glen Cove Dental Associates in Rockland. When asked if they had anything they could donate they immediately brought out a couple of boxes full of toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss etc. These were not free samples. They bought them but were very happy to help.

Sister Debbie and Sister Neva will be delivering all the items Friday, April 21, 2017.

 


Webmaster Note: As a reminder, we publish an updated list of volunteer and donation opportunities for our Veterans each month in the Community Service Section of the Program Books and Information Page.

Apr 212017
 

by Marilyn Stinson

Enterprise Grange #48, Richmond, Maine will celebrate 150 years of Grange by honoring citizens of Richmond and Dresden with Community Citizen Awards, Sunday, April 30th at 3:00 pm. at Enterprise Grange #48 Community Room, 15 Alexander Reed Road, Richmond.

The recipients are Laurie Saunders of Richmond and David Probert of Dresden. The public is invited and encouraged to share stories about the two great citizens of our respective towns. This is a free program and light refreshments are included.

Laurie is well known to Richmond residents for her work with the Senior Center and taking care of so many of our older residents’ needs as well as her being the producer and director of The Richmond Players. She has served on the Selectboard, Richmond Days Committee, and has been a very important part of Richmond’s past and present days.  She had The Front Porch Boarding home for many years, doting on older women to help them stay out of nursing care. She has two adult children and was able to start a Senior Citizen Group in Gardiner.

Dave was on the recycling committee to get the center going and later was the “Recycling Coordinator” for 16 years. He has served on The Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Conservation Committee, and is currently on the Budget Review Committee and Recreation Committee. He and his wife have one daughter and grand-daughter living in Freeport and Auburn. He is currently active with Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) and on the Pownalborough Court House Stewardship Committee.

The Grange is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, fraternal organization with more than 160,000 members across the United States. Our more than 2,100 Granges contribute millions of volunteer hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars to our hometowns each year. We have a proud past and an exciting future!

Apr 202017
 

We’ve made some minor updates and changes to the ODD Directory (Officers, Directors, and Deputies) and uploaded it to the website! Please download and print some copies for yourself and your members: ODD-Directory-04-17.

Also, note that we’ve added a new section to the “Program Books and Information Page” for the soon to be officially announced Agricultural Education Committee. There are already a few resources listed under this heading!

Happy Grange Month! If your Grange did something special, send us a report for featuring on the website! Photos are great–just attach them to an email to the webmaster. (Smaller file sizes are really helpful. If you are using a photo program that allows you reduce resolution and file size, please consider doing so before sending!)

Communication Consideration:

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.

Heinrich Heine