Walter Boomsma

Lecturers Contests and Conference Information

The information following is reprinted from the July-September Lecturers’ Newsletter by Margaret Morse, MSG Lecturer. You can download a copy of the newsletter from the Program Books and Information Page. The theme for 2017– 2018 will be the following quote: “FAMILY is like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. […]

Officer Installation Information
Grangers helping Grangers

By Walter Boomsma, Communications Director As in the past, I am happy to publish a list of those who are heading up teams that are willing to assist Granges with the installation of officers. If you are heading up a team this year, please let me know! I just need a few lines of information including […]

A Big “Certificate” Shows up in Store!
-- Community Citizens are both proud and humble

Imagine Valley Grange’s Community Service Director Mary Annis’s surprise when she arrived at Will’s Shop ‘n Save in Dover-Foxcroft to see two large banners hanging from the ceiling! One proudly proclaims what Mary and other Grangers knew… Melissa and Will Wedge, owners of Will’s Shop ‘n Save, were named Valley Grange Community Citizens of the Year, […]

Food Sovereignty to Become Law

by Heather Retberg On last Friday morning, Governor Paul LePage signed the food sovereignty bill into law. “In the year of our Lord two thousand and seventeen,” begins the bill,  “be it enacted by the people of the State of Maine as follows…” The bill officially recognizes the authority of our towns to regulate our […]

LD 725 Signed by Governor
-- Maine recognizes food sovereignty

Webmaster’s note: This was “stolen” from Heather Retberg’s Facebook Page!  At 10 am on Friday, Governor LePage signed LD 725 An Act to Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems. The State of Maine has officially recognized food sovereignty. Let us celebrate. This is a good day for our small farms, for our rural communities, for our […]

Communications Bullet
-- Birthday Packet Released!

The Sesquicentennial Committee of the National Grange has researched and compiled a packet of interesting information designed to assist Granges in making the most of the opportunity to learn about and to celebrate the rich history of Grange. The packet – which was earlier sent in hard copy to your State Master and Secretary – […]

CWA Updates — June 2017
-- CWA Conference

By Karen Flagg, CWA Director Reminder! CWA is looking for donations of Baked Goods to have on the table at the yard sale on the 24th Just a note to remind everyone that the CWA Conference will be on August 26, 2017 and that we have added sewing an outfit for an 18″ American Girl size […]

Exploring Traditions–Meandering Around the Grange Way of Life, May 2017
-- a loving touch, a way of life

By Walter Boomsma It recently became my sad privilege (notice I did not say “duty”) to serve once again as the chaplain in a Grange Burial Service. Bill Bemis, master of Garland Grange and Piscataquis Pomona, and I actually make a pretty good team. We’ve had far more practice than we’d like and rehearsals are […]

Communications Column — June 2017
-- Sign me up!

By Walter Boomsma, Communications Director When I sit down to write this column every month, I usually scan back over a previous couple of months to review what I’ve written and posted. (Hint: if you go to the website and type “Communications” in the search box in the upper right corner, you can do the […]