May 172013

Submitted by State Chaplain Clyde Berry

It is my sad duty to inform the Grange membership of the passing of former State Grange Flora and Secretary, M. Yvette Herbert.  Yvette died Thursday morning after several months of failing health.  Condolences may be sent to:

Philip Herbert
PO Box 70
Passadumkeag, ME 04475

Services will be held on Saturday, May 25 at Old Town Riverside Grange Hall on Route 9E out of Brewer, if you pass the Eddington town line you have gone too far.  The hall is just before the Eddington town line.  Visiting hours will be 10am to noon with a Memorial Service at noon, refreshments will be served after the service.

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May 042012

Piscataquis Pomona officers provided instruction in the fifth degree at the Garland Grange Hall as a great way to “kick off” the month of May and add two new Pomona Members. Candidate Jerome Moores from South Sangerville Grange said he was “pleased to take a step forward in his grange membership” and that he “likes the grange because of what it stands for—family values and commitment—values that we seem to have lost sight of as a society but maybe we can get them back.”

Roberta Moulton and Jerome Moores

Jerome was joined by Berta Moulton from Garland Grange who said she “learned a lot” by taking the instruction and sometimes “sees the grange like ‘Little House on the Prairie’—one big happy family.” She was especially impressed with the depth of knowledge the degree work demonstrated and how “people helped each other” both in the kitchen and the hall.

Chaplain Clyde Berry attended as a representative of State Grange noting that “people are joining local granges because they want to get in on those local granges are doing in the community,” explaining that there is a great diversity in our organization. “What works in one grange might not work in another.”

Reports from Granges in attendance reinforced this as reported activities included “bookworming” with kids, weekly bingo, benefit meals, community service awards, yard sale, and work projects… a list of activities demonstrating busy grange members and the diversity of our organization.

In other work, CWA Chair Terry Wilson announced that Sally Nuite and Jerome Moores (both of South Sangerville Grange) were winners of the CWA Baking contest. Guy and Sally Elms of South Sangerville were honored for their 65th Wedding Anniversary and 55 years of grange membership prompting Chaplain Berry to observe that he is celebrating his 55th membership anniversary which is “pretty amazing considering I’m only 45 years old.” Our Chaplain’s wit prompted Guy to respond that he wasn’t sure what he and Nancy would do to celebrate this anniversary but at their age it might be more of a case of “trying to do something.”

The evening was marked by comfortable smiles and laughter as well as growth both for individuals and our organization. When the “labors of the day” were complete, you could almost hear folks calling to each other in the parking lot.

“Good Night, Grange Boy!”

“Good Night, Grange Girl!”

Apr 032012


I am deviating slightly from my plan but this verse has been on my mind this month and I will explain later.  Luke 12:40. “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” On March 2nd my sister-in-law passed away in the twinkling of an eye, as the saying goes.  She was cooking supper and passed from this world to the next.  She was a kind and devout Christian, she did not stand on a soap box and preach to us, she just lived her faith everyday, no need for a soap box.  You knew she had no fear where the next life would lead her.  Truly the truth of this verse. “Be ye therefore ready.”  I shall miss her.

This month’s verse in the first degree comes from Proverbs 20:4 “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in the harvest and have nothing.” Makes you think a little about the little red hen who grew the grain and did all the work and made the bread.  I believe in the tale the other farm animals wanted to share the bread after the work was done.  I don’t remember if she shared or not, it’s been a long time since my mother read me that story.  But I hope that we will teach others how to sow and plant so that no one has to beg in the harvest.  Maybe a community garden?  Peace

Feb 202012
Clyde G. Berry
State Chaplain

Helping the Fatherless and Widows, and keeping ourselves unspotted from the world, does that sound familiar? It is in the Masters, closing charge in the Closing of the Grange. It is taken from James1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this. To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction. And to keep himself unspotted from the world.” How much better this world would be if we thought of others more than self. And to keep oneself unspotted from the world, is surely a great goal. We in the Grange are like one great family and must be sure to watch over those less fortunate than we are. I hear of all the good things that the Grange does for their communities and I believe that we do watch over others very well. Let us keep our eyes and ears open to opportunities to serve. Peace.


Jan 232012

Reprinted from the Bulletin

Chaplains Corner Clyde G. Berry, State Chaplain

Love one another, February 14th is fast approaching, the time to remember the ones you love. Isn’t it strange how we take people for granted and forget the simple I love you. I hope that along with that box of candy and a card you will remember those simple words.

I am starting a short series of Bible verses in the Grange manual. Did you realize that some reference of the Bible is made over 50 times throughout the Grange manual. The first is in the Opening Ceremony the Chaplains prayer states “Well done good and faithful servant” that is taken from Matthew 25:21 “The Lord said unto him, Well done thou good and faithful servant, thou has been faithful over a few things I will make you ruler over many things, enter thou into the joy of the Lord.” This is taken from the Parable of the Three Servants. This is a something to think about during the next month. Be thankful for what the Lord has given us and make it grow a hundred fold.

Peace and joy, may you have a month filled with love not just one day.


Dec 292011

Story by Laurie McBurney, Photo by Jim Meserve

Meenahga Grange in Waldoboro met Dec. 19 for its traditional Christmas program. This year members brought many gifts to help the Waldoboro Toys for Tots program.

Following the business meeting and program, a surprise reception was held to honor member Clyde Berry who was elected Chaplain of the Maine State Grange at the annual meeting in October. Berry, who was surprised, commented that he now understood the presence of several present and past state officers from various parts of the state. Several members, including Ron Dolloff, Kathy Brewer and Rick Grotton, recalled some moments they had shared with Berry. Guests Jimmy Owens, Priest Annalist of the Assembly of Demeter (a national office); Sharon Manley, Maine State Grange Secretary; and Dot Brown, past Maine State Grange Treasurer, also shared memories of adventures with Clyde. In the true grange fashion, the evening ended with refreshments including a beautifully decorated cake.

Dec 212011

Copied from Monthly Bulletin


Now that the holidays are over we look forward to the new year. Take time to thank the Lord for this new beginning. You may think that it is just another day but everyday is a chance for a new beginning. Set your goals and strive to accomplish them, remember all things are possible for those who love the Lord, place your trust in him. When adversity strikes look for the good things that are happening around you and be thankful. There should never be a day, no matter how difficult, that at the end of it, we can not find at least one good thing that happened.

Praise those around you, remembering that when we give someone a compliment, it not only pleases them but the blessing come back, the Bible says a hundred fold. Look for the good in others, yes, I know sometime it seems difficult to find something good to say, but try it, there is always something good about everyone.

We have just finished the giving season but don’t think that just because the holidays are over that there is no need to give, for there are still those with no food, clothes, heat and sometimes no friends, don’t desert them, care for them.

Peace my friends.