By Christine Hebert,
What an exciting night! Norway Grange Officers and Deputy of Cumberland Pomona David Gowen filled the chairs, Kathy Gowen and I were the Matrons. Hailey Pike and Carter Pike took their Junior Grange Obligation. I think the smiles on their faces say it all. Many thanks to David and Kathy Gowen as well as Norway Grange for making this a successful night.
By Christine Colson,
MSG Youth Director
Just a little update for all of you who don’t know me, my name is Christina Colson and I am the new Youth Director for the Maine State Grange. I am new at this, so we will see how this goes. If anyone has any advice or any ideas they would like to share, please email me. I am hoping to have a better idea of what I am going to be doing for a program by next month. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.
Many people see the fact that our Grange tends to be dominated by aging population as a sign the Grange is losing relevancy. David Nealley believes otherwise and says, “Senior Power is Maine’s Greatest Natural Resource.” David was born in Bangor, Maine in 1961 and graduated from the University of Southern Maine, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
In an effort to resurrect an old family business, Nealley spent another eight years as the General Manger of Snow & Nealley Company, a manufacturer of axes and garden tools. In this position, he received a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Chip Award for his turn-around of the business and was written up in Entrepreneur and Forbes magazines for his niche marketing expertise.
Later on, David worked on a successful referendum initiative for Bangor Historic Track resulting in one of the largest economic developments in Maine, Hollywood Casino. Due to his varied work experience, he has traveled extensively. He is currently serving his third term on the Bangor City Council.
David also worked with the legislature and the Governor, to establish Maine Seniors Day and is the publisher of MAINE SENIORS Magazine. He is scheduled to share his belief and some challenges on Thursday afternoon at State Conference. Old or young, you aren’t going to want to miss this!
On Sunday, April 19, over fifty people attended Degree Day at Danville Junction Grange #65! The four degrees were conferred on nineteen candidates from Androscoggin Grange #8, Danville Junction Grange #65, Rumford Grange # 115, Saco Grange #53, and West Bath #592 by members of Androscoggin Pomona Grange #1. A light luncheon was served between the second and third degrees by members of Danville Junction Grange. All the candidates seemed eager to help their Granges SHINE, SHINE, SHINE!
National Grange has released the updated Merit Badge Book for Level 1 (ages 5-9) and the introduction to Level 2 Merit Badges (ages 10-14). These have been posted on the Maine State Grange website.
The Level 2 badges will be released as they are developed and approved. In the meantime, all ages may work on Level 1 badges.
There has been interest in the Junior member program. Details will follow when decided on by National. Maine has a State Junior Grange so youngsters between the ages of 5-14 are eligible to join that right now. Support and guidance for them from local subordinate Granges is much appreciated.
A Christmas Thought…
“Above all, remember that amid all that is bright and beautiful in Nature there is nothing which blooms with such unfading colors–there is no perfume on earth fraught with such fragrance–as the flowers of good works and the sweet-smelling savor of that pity which feels for the wants and relieves the distress of our Sisters and our Brothers.”
Flora’s charge, second degree