May 142017

Christine Hebert1by 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 list of projects that need to be at Family Camp Out on Saturday, July 15, 2017, before 9:00 am for judging are as follows:

  • Bread dough ornament
  • Stick frame with picture
  • Birdseed mobile
  • Your boat that floats.

Many Hands make light work.

Our Boats are “sailing across America”

May 092017

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Junior Grange Camp Packet 2017 is now available on the site on the Program Books and Information Page, Junior Section. As has been previously announced, Junior Camp is June 10 – 11, 2017 at Scribner’s Mills Preservation and Homestead in Harrison, Maine. Please note that the deadline for registration is approaching fast: May 20, 2017. For additional information, contact Christine Hebert, Junior Director.

Apr 122017

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

On April 8, 2017, we had our junior grange meeting, with special guest Betsy Huber—National Grange Master. During our meeting, we obligated two new members. Welcome to our family, Jillian and Reagan.

Judging for our sign-the-alphabet and the public speaking contest has been postponed until Saturday, June 10, 2017, during junior camp so Jillian, one of newest junior members, can participate.

The Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest was held later that same day. The Judges were all special guests: Betsy Huber—National Grange Master, Rick Grotton—Maine State Grange Master, Chris Heath—New Hampshire State Grange Master. Many thanks to all our guests. Winners were Jim Meserve and Laurie McBurnie, followed by Sharon and Henry Morton, and Mike Griffin.

The dates of Junior Camp have changed to June 10-11, 2017. The schedule has been finalized. Information will be mailed to all who have not already received it.

We will be camping at Scribner’s Mills Preservation in Harrison, Maine where a guided tour is planned and much, much, more. I am very excited and honored to be staying at the homestead. If you would like more information about this place I encourage you to check out their website at or email: infoatscribnersmilldotorg  (infoatscribnersmilldotorg)  .


Mar 082017

Betsy Huber, National Grange Master

by Rick Grotton
Maine State Grange Master

Our National Master, Betsy Huber, will be visiting Maine April 5, 2017, through April 8, 2017. She will be attending our Legislative Luncheon on April 5 and wishes to meet with as many Maine Grangers as possible during her visit to answer questions and listen to your ideas. We will be attending Grange meetings on Thursday and Friday (April 6 and 7). Please come to State Headquarters at 146 State Street in Augusta on Saturday, April 8 to visit. She will be attending the Junior sponsored contests that day beginning at 11:00 a.m. for the Public Speaking and Alphabet Signing (Juniors only) followed by the Assistant and Lady Assistant contest (for all Grangers). This will be a perfect opportunity to come support our Junior Program and to meet our first woman National Master! She has some great ideas and has been very busy but she is trying to visit all Grange states. If you want to come down on Thursday or Friday during the day to visit please let me know ahead of time. Let’s be Doers and show our National Master how proud we are as Grangers!

Mar 062017

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

Here is a list of events going on at State Grange Headquarters on April 8, 2017. I will need to know by March 27, 2017 who will be participating and in what event.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.            Junior Grange Members’ Meeting

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Sign the Alphabet and Public Speaking Competitions (Juniors only)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest (All Grange Members)

Maine State Grange needs the help of all Junior Grangers! You will need to “Make a Boat that Floats.” (Milk cartons from school lunches work great!) This is the contest for the Big E and we should have as many entries as we can get. Boats need to be at Family Campout on July 15 by 9:00 a.m.  Judging starts at 10:00 a.m.

Junior Camp has been moved to July 7, 8, 9 and will be held at Norway Grange #45.  Junior camp packets will be mailed out soon. This may be the last year for Junior Camp due to lack of attendance.

Pictures! We need pictures of our Junior Grange Members as they work on projects and participate in events. Please mail pictures to me so I can make a poster of our juniors for the Big E. Poster must be ready to send in by the end of July.

Contact Information:

Christine Hebert
63 Old Stage Road
Norway, Me. 04268

(207) 743-5277 or christinehebertatoutlookdotcom  (christinehebertatoutlookdotcom)  

Feb 042017

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

I hope all you juniors are working hard on your craft projects which are listed in the Junior Program that each of you have.

Change Alert

The measurements have changed on your Make a Boat That Floats to 6”x6”x6” and not 7”x7”x7.” All entries must be at Family Camp Out no later than 9:00 am on Saturday, July 17, 2017 with judging to begin at 10:00 am. Let’s have nine or more entries to be sent on to the Big E.


Junior Committee Meeting will be held on March 4, 2017, at Applebee’s in Oxford, Maine, at 1:00 p.m. Please try to be there.

The following events scheduled for April 8, 2017, will be held at State Grange Headquarters

  1. Junior Grange Meeting, 9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.
  2. Sign the Alphabet and public Speaking, 11:00 a.m — noon    (Junior Grangers Only)
  3. Assistant and Lady Assistant Judging, 1:00 — 4:00 a.m.    (Open to All Grange Members)

Please take pictures of your Junior Grange Members working on different things such as a craft project, practicing for the A.S. and L.A.S. contest, helping others. etc. and send a hard copy of them to me along with written permission to use their photos.

Jan 072017

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

Let’s make this a year we start a new Junior Grange, I will work with you to arrange a plan to Obligate all of our new Junior Members.

Reminder: Committee meeting March 4, 2017 at Applebee’s in Oxford, ME. (Route 26) at 1:00 p.m. Please make sure you have enough finances for yourself.

Keep this date open: April 8, 2017. All of the day’s events will be held at Maine State Grange Headquarters.

  • Junior’s meeting: 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
  • Signing and Speaking Contest judging: 11:00 a.m. until noon.
  • Lunch: Noon until 1:00 p.m.
  • Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest judging: 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. or when finished.

So I hope everyone is working hard on their signing of the alphabet and/or public speaking, these two contests are just for juniors.  However, the Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest is for everyone.

Dec 102016

by Guest Reporter Kathy Gowen

Junior Committee Member

Ten Lords a leaping, Nine ladies dancing… If you are a lord or lady that spontaneously taps your feet or nods your head in beat to this fun and favorite Christmas carol, then you should consider being part of the Juniors’ Assistant and Ladies Assistant Stewards Contest. The Juniors would like you to “Dare to Accept the Challenge” and join us on April 8, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 at State Headquarters in Augusta. Let’s make this a fun and educational event for all Grangers. As “not so junior” Grangers we can show the youngsters how it is done.

Dust off those hidden ambitions of being on “Dancing with the Stars” and put together a team to put your best foot forward. Find a partner and show us your best floor work. Who will shine — the youth, the veterans or a combination? Who will the judges hail — a pair from a Subordinate, Pomona, or (dare we say) State Grange?

If you are not up to the challenge, please announce this event at your Grange meetings and encourage your members. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have representatives from every Pomona at this event.

Details are in the Junior’s section of the Maine State Grange website or for further questions contact Junior Director Christine Hebert @ (207) 743-5277 or christinehebertatoutlookdotcom.

Nov 052016

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

Hope Everyone has a great Thanksgiving, there never seems to be a shortage of food!

We will be having an Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest. Dare to accept this Challenge!!! Open to all subordinate members, Youth and Juniors. Judging will be on April 8th at 1 p.m. (Location to be announced.)  The Juniors have put together a great team that will assist with this contest, and the judges have been handpicked. For more information please go to the Maine State Grange Website and download the rules and regulations. Let’s make this a fun event with lots of entries.

Our new Juniors Program is out, there is an update that did not get added to the program and that is for the “Big E Junior Contest”


Use any material like foam, wood, paper, metal etc. to make a boat that floats. The measurement must not exceed 7x7x7 Judging will be held at Junior Camp on Saturday, June 17th along with the s’mores bars.

If you have Juniors that need to take their obligation, a team member will GOTO your Grange, please contact me.

Have a nice Christmas and God bless.