Walter Boomsma

National Grange May Newsletter Available

The National Grange – 1616 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 – Phone: 1-888-4-GRANGE In this issue: Does Your Grange Have a Purpose? Fly-In Attendees Meet with Success Look for 150th Anniversary Mailing Youth ZOOM Meetings at Your Fingertips Grange Supply Store Clearance Items Announced Grange Legislative Round-Up Grange Kudos Focus on Photos 151st Convention […]

State Referendum Election June 13

Webmaster’s Note:  The following article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119, reprinted with permission.  On June 13, voters will cast ballots in a statewide special referendum election and Maine’s Secretary of State wishes to remind all Maine voters of an informational resource that can help them […]

Communications Bullet
-- a few things you won't want to miss!

You’ll definitely want to read a comment made on the May Communications Column.  (Subscribers do not get these–you’ll have to visit the site.) What an interesting outcome from the recent Bangor Daily News article regarding Granges that are making a comeback! By the way, website visitors should feel free to comment on any post–it’s really quite […]

Exploring Traditions–Meandering Around the Grange Way of Life, May 2017
-- it's just something I do

By Walter Boomsma   “The Order of Patrons of Husbandry is the only association whose teachings accompany its members in their daily pursuits. They form part of the farmer’s life. They do not call him from his work to put his mind upon any other subject, but furnish recreation in his daily duties, and by […]

Agriculture Report, May 2017
-- Ag Scholarship, fair criteria and October Luncheon!

By Karen Hatch Gagne, Director The Agricultural Committee has been busy this spring.  Following the Agricultural Legislative Luncheon, the committee has judged Agricultural Scholarship applications and applicants are being notified by June 1, 2017.   We have finalized information and criteria for the Grange Exhibits at the 2017 Agricultural Fairs and letters to our Grange judges […]

Secretary’s Corner – May 2017
-- Membership certificates and reviewing some procedures

By Sharon Morton, MSG Secretary   Spring has arrived on the farm and in our Grange lives.  New growth is everywhere from the budding trees to the planted seedlings. The following Continuous Membership Certificates have been issued and will have been or are already presented to our members.  Androscoggin Grange #8:  Janice Brewer for 25 […]

Communications Column — May 2017
-- we set a record! Echo! Echo! Echo!

By Walter Boomsma, Communications Director Are you ready for some great news? Your Maine State Grange Website hit a new record in May – in terms of visits to the site, the best day ever (since October 2010) was May 6, 2017, when there were 257 site visits! This record day also means that as […]

View from the Farm — May 2017
-- Duck-ed Determination

By Heather Retberg This week passed again in a soggy mist. When the skies cleared periodically, we worked at spring things. Phil and Carolyn and Ben worked at training the piglets to electric fence. We raise them in the woods as it’s just the best place for them to root and revel and run and croodle […]

Junior Report — May 2017
-- Junior Projects due in July

by Christine Hebert, Junior Director I am pleased to hear all you juniors are working hard on your projects, and this is the year our juniors are going to shine. Remember:  I need pictures from adults showing our juniors hard at work, or just having fun. I do have some pictures but need more. The […]

Master’s Memo — May 2017
-- Membership teams forming now!

by Rick Grotton, State Master Hoping that all mothers had a very happy Mother’s Day. Even if the weather wasn’t cooperating, the day should always be a special one.  We should not let outside distractions influence our enthusiasm and positive thoughts. The more we dwell on negative thoughts, the more negativity comes to us. The […]