Greetings Maine Grangers,
I would like to give a big thank you for all the well wishes I have received since becoming your State Master. This truly is a humbling experience as there is much to learn. Also, a big thank you goes to the Executive Committee, Past Master Jim Owens and State Secretary Sharon Manley for your guidance and patience with my many questions.
There are many exciting upcoming events and my hope is that more Granges will share this information with the State Office and the website. If you do not have a computer or email, please send your information and news to State HQ. When the newsletter is released, your information will also be published on the website. Note that when you send info directly to the website it will be posted immediately.
Junior Camp is scheduled for the first weekend in July at South Sangerville Grange. I am sure Sister Laurie would love your support either by attending the model meeting on Sunday afternoon or with donations towards the hosting of camp. A child does not need to be a current member of a Junior Grange to attend camp. They will become a member at camp. More information is available on the Junior Grange page of the website.
The Grange Family Campout weekend is scheduled for July 19th-21st at Silver Springs Campground in Saco. This is a fun event. Some folks take their vacation and come a few days early to enjoy the area, swim in the pool and just to relax before the weekend. You can come just for the day on Saturday if you do not wish to camp. There may be cabins available for those who wish a more comfortable stay. Reservations can be made by calling Silver Springs Campground, 207-283-3880 and their website is www.silverspringscampgroundandcottages.com/.
Northeast Lecturer’s Conference is Aug. 5-7 and will be in New Haven, CT. Registrations must be in by July 10th. The forms have been sent to the Grange Secretaries but if you need a form please contact Sherry Harriman for forms or additional information.
The question has come up about “What happens with the Overseer’s position, since I am now State Master?” The answer is I appoint someone to fill the Overseer’s position for State Session. I have asked Brother Steve Verrill to fill that position and he has graciously accepted.
State Session will be here before we know it. The dates are October 17th-19th and this year’s session will be at the Community Center in Skowhegan. Hotel and banquet information will be forthcoming once pricing is finalized. Brother Jim Owens is working diligently on the arrangements.
While on the topic of State Session how are your resolutions coming? This is your opportunity for your voice to be heard. The deadline for receiving resolutions has been moved up to August 15th. A resolution was passed at the 2012 session to move the deadline up so regardless of when a grange holds their meeting in September they would have the resolutions to discuss before State Session in October.
To make the Grange succeed we need to work together. There is strength in numbers. If a Grange feels it cannot accomplish an event on its own try working with another Grange in your area or perhaps even another organization in your town. Together we can make the Grange a stronger organization.