Apr 242017
 

With apologies for the last minute announcement, the Youth Committee has announced a Youth Public Speaking Contest (not to be confused with the Junior Public Speaking Contest to be held in June). The contest will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Topsham Grange Hall on Pleasant Street in Topsham at 4:30 pm, before the Maine State Grange Variety Show which is at 6:00 p.m. The rules as provided are:

There are 3 age divisions based on their ages on January 1, 2017: 1. Youth 14 – 21 years of age, 2. Young adult 22-35 years of age, 3. Adult (Sr. Youth) 36 + years of age.

Props are allowed but must be appropriately sized for the room. Points can be deducted for props.

For all categories, voice and stage presence are important. Speak clearly, easy to understand; dress appropriately and neatly; expression, emotion, enthusiasm, confidence all matter. Points will be taken away for going under or over the time established.

Category A: PREPARED SPEECH

Contestants choose their topics and will be given an impromptu question, relating to the speech, at the end. A minimum of three minutes and maximum of fivc minutes.

Category B: RADIO SPOT CONTEST

A radio spot is an advertisement promoting the Grange. Pretend you’re a “DJ” and you’re doing a commercial for the Grange. Can include one or two people in the radio spot.

Radio spots should be exactly 60 seconds in length and may include a musical or sound effect introduction and/or background, but may not include a spoken introduction or “tag” by another other than the contestant. If music or sound effect is used, the contestant must provide and operate the sound-making device. The contestant will provide a complete written script (including notations about music/sound effects) to the timekeeper to aid in timing accuracy. Musical/sound effect introductions and endings are considered a part of the radio spot and must not cause the 60 second time limit to be exceeded. The spot should relate to the Grange, be original and created by the contestant.

Category C: IMPROMPTU SPEECH

An impromptu speech is delivered without preparation or thought ahead of time. No note cards are used, and topics are generally drawn.

  • We hope that by establishing an impromptu speech category that members will build confidence and in the future participate in the prepared speeches or the radio speech category.
  • Impromptu speeches should be at least one minute in length and not longer than 5 minutes.
  • Time keeper will hold up hand when the 1 minute mark has been reached and then 4.30 minute mark has been reached so speaker knows when he/she can stop.
  • Participants will draw two topics, select their choice of the two and return the other one.
Apr 152017
 

By Terry Lee LaCombe-Stevens
Youth Committee Member

We will be having the Sign a Song Contest, in Topsham at The Grange Hall on April 29th at 4:30 p.m.! For contest rules go to nationalgrange.org and click on Youth!

The Maine State Grange Youth will host the 2018 Northeast Youth Conference! We are looking for Youth and ALL ages to join our committee! Our first meeting will also be on the 29th for dinner! We will meet at The Topsham Grange Hall at 4:15 p.m. and will decide on a dinner meeting place! (Youth are encouraged to attend and if purchasing dinner is a problem the committee will purchase the meal…. let me know and all requests are confidential.)

We would like to attend the NEYC in Massachusetts on July 7th-9th this year with a Maine Youth Drill Team… so let’s get together! We are allowed a few over 35 members on this team! Let us know if you are interested in drilling! The NEYC is really fun and a great way to make lasting relationships and memories!

Please contact me if you would like more information or would like a ride!

Happy Holidays and we look forward to seeing you on the 29th in Topsham.

Aug 162016
 

ColsonBy Christina Colson,
MSG Youth Director

I hope everyone is having a good summer!

Just a couple reminders don’t forget to send me your mini golf and bowling scores, I have not received very many. I also am still looking for any youth members that would like to take part in the opening for State Grange Session this year.

Also the youth committee is going to have a table at the volunteer fair coming on Saturday. If anyone has any ideas on what should be on the table please let me know. My contact info is in the Grange ODD Directory.

Hope everyone has a great rest of  your summer!

Jun 152016
 

ColsonBy Christina Colson,
MSG Youth Director

Just a little update on some things. The youth will still be doing the bowling and mini golf tournaments. The mini golf is going through the months of May and June please have your scores for mini golf sent to me with the player’s name what Grange they are from. The bowling will go through the months of July and August please have the same info for this as well. Wii bowling counts as well.

I am also looking for any youth members who would be willing to participate in a drill team for our state Grange session in October. Please let me know if you would like to participate. My contact info is on the directory.

Apr 262016
 

Youth Logo

The Youth Photo Scavenger Hunt is a program that has been developed by the 2016 Youth Team to provide a new activity for Grange youth and young adults to share their Grange story.

Photos will be judged by a panel of judges selected by the 2016 National Grange Youth Team.

CLICK HERE for rules, judging guidelines and more.  Visit the National Grange Youth website for a full list of Youth Programs

Apr 182016
 

Youth LogoBy Christina Colson,
MSG Youth Director

Just a little update on some things. The youth will still be doing the bowling and mini golf tournaments. The mini golf is going through the months of May and June please have your scores for mini golf sent to me with the player’s name what Grange they are from. The bowling will go through the months of July and August please have the same info for this as well. Wii bowling counts as well.

I am also looking for any youth members who would be willing to participate in a drill team for our state Grange session in October. Please let me know if you would like to participate. My contact info is on the directory.

Dec 172015
 
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

With thanks to Laurie McBurnie, past Junior Grange Director, several Junior Grange documents have been updated to include correct contact information for new director Christine Hebert.

Documents updated include Junior-Program-2015-16_as-of-12-10-15Junior Grange Application, and the Memorial Brick Brochure for ordering bricks for the MSG Headquarters Memorial Garden.

We suggest you replace any existing material you may have… and remember, there are lots of resources available to you on the Program Books and Information Page. We’ve also just added a link there to the National Grange Youth Program Book… if you decide to print it, be prepared. It’s 65 pages long!

Apr 242015
 

by Matt Dunn,
Youth Committee Chair

Matt DunnHello all, It looks like spring has finally sprung, thank goodness. Hope all are starting to get out and enjoy the better weather. I want to let everyone know about the Northeast Youth Conference 2015 being held in Rhode Island July 10-12. This is a great opportunity for our youth to meet and greet other youth form around the Northeast. It also gives an opportunity to show off the talents with different contests. Our superb communications guru Walter has posted all the information (schedule, registration forms, etc.) on the MSG Website under the Conferences tab.

Please contact me if you think you might be going as the organizers want a general idea of numbers by mid-May

I encourage all youth that can to attend. It is a great experience just plain fun.

Also just to remind folks if you bowl or play mini golf please get me your scores. Remember both activities are going through the end of September. We want your scores to be counted.

Thanks all and have a great spring!

Jan 272015
 

By Matt Dunn, Youth Director

As most of you know as part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) we all need to have Medical Insurance. The Insurance Marketplace is an option to find health insurance and this can be a bit confusing, especially if you are not computer savvy. Well, the Youth Department has been given a way to assist you with this. Anyone who would like to help please contact me at mdptsfanathotmaildotcom  (mdptsfanathotmaildotcom)   and I will assist you with getting information so you can help others. More importantly if you need assistance with the Insurance Marketplace, please contact me at the email listed above or at 602-0856 and I will assist you or get you in contact with someone else who can. I hope we get many people to help and please call or email if you think you need assistance.

Jan 132015
 

Matt Dunn

by Matt Dunn, Youth Director

Hello all and Happy New Year! Just a quick bit of info from the Youth Department. First, I want to thank everyone again for all the assistance at State Session it was greatly appreciated. I am starting to contact people who left me information at the session for assistance they want from me and those offering assistance to me. Don’t forget the bowling and the mini golf scores can come in anytime between now and the end of September. Also please keep the assistants contest in mind. It will be the third or fourth Sunday in August depending on when headquarters is available.

Please get back to me with any suggestions and even though it is chilly out remember to “Shine, shine, shine in our communities.”