Walter Boomsma

Fundraising Committee Report — October 2017
-- by Steve Haycock, Chairman

Brothers and Sisters, we have had a great fundraising year!  Together we have raised over $2,100!  For a complete summary of the last year please visit the Maine State Grange website and read our annual report.  I think next year will be even better with the two of cookbooks available beginning at State Grange.  Also, […]

Valley Grange Dictionary Day!
-- by Walter Boomsma, Program Director for Valley Grange

Check out WABI – TV 5’s coverage of Valley Grange’s Words for Thirds Dictionary Day! Check out WVII – Fox News coverage of Valley Grange’s Words for Thirds Dictionary Day! This was our first dictionary day of the season… we still have more kids coming to the Grange Hall and three schools to visit! We’ve […]

October Patron’s Chain Available

The October Issue of the National Grange Newsletter Patrons Chain is available for download from the National Grange Website. This month’s issue includes articles like: • Donations, loans pour in, but still needed for chiller repair • Members in California face losses from wildfires, see fraternal outpouring • Fund created for CA wildfire support • […]

Exploring Traditions–Meandering Around the Grange Way of Life, October 2017
-- by Walter Boomsma

In a recent column, I wrote about the significance of traditions and ritual being based on values unless they become mechanical and meaningless. The longer traditions are maintained, the more important the “why” becomes. Just this morning I posted some news about the fires in Northern California and their impact on Grangers and Granges. I […]

California State Grange Relief Efforts…
-- by Walter Boomsma, MSG Communications Director

The California State Grange, utilizing the National Grange 501(c)(3) Foundation has established the “2017 CA Fires Support Fund” to receive tax-deductible charitable donations. This Grange Charitable Fund will be used to provide support to those affected Members & Community/Pomona Granges having needs created by the wildfires. As of yesterday, no Grange Halls have been lost, but […]

NEGB Annual Report
-- by Vicki Huff, Trustee

A big thank you to those Maine Grangers who contributed to the success of the store at the New England Grange Building this year. As a Trustee I want to thank you and so does the Store Manager and Building Managers who run the store for us. Below is this year’s preliminary report: This year’s […]

Master’s Memo — October 2017
-- By Rick Grotton, MSG Master

The year has passed quickly. State Grange is upon us once again upon us. Hope to see you there!!! Thank you to Manchester Grange members for hosting a 150th Birthday celebration on October 8. There were about 40 present on this very windy day who enjoyed a prepared lunch followed by entertainment by local Maine […]

Agriculture Report, October 2017
-- by Karen Hatch Gagne, Director

Thank you to all the Granges and Grange members who set up Grange Exhibits at our Maine Agricultural Fairs.  The displays looked professional and they tell a story of who we are.  Congratulations to all!  Here is the list of Fairs, Granges and placing I have received back by fair.   And a very special thank […]

Message from National Master

Dear Grange  Member This year feels like none other with the mounting losses of life and property by devastating natural disasters throughout our nation. Members in Florida, Texas and friends in Puerto Rico and other states are still recovering from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This morning, we are continuing to get updates on losses […]

Fire Prevention Week

In a fire, seconds count.  Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week (October 8 – 14) theme:  “Every Second Counts:  Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important.  It reinforces why everyone needs to […]