Nov 152017
 

Short messages from your Communications Department

Just a quick reminder of a couple meetings and some recently added resources:

  • There will be a MSG Officers meeting at headquarters on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 1:00 pm.

 

  • Deputy School is planned for Saturday, December 2, 2017, at headquarters from 9:30 am until noon. Master Sherry says, “Officers and Directors are welcome to participate if they wish to. We will be covering duties & expectations, some ritualistic floorwork, revised paperwork,  goals, and problem-solving.” Meatball subs and cake will be served for lunch.

 

  • An Executive Committee meeting will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2018, at headquarters at 1:00 pm.

 

 

  • ODD (Officers, Directors, Deputies) Directory has been updated to reflect elections and appointments with contact information and is available for download: ODD-Directory-11-17. Thanks to Master Sherry for her help with this!

 

Nov 102017
 

Short messages from your Communications Department

We’ve had several reports from people attending National Grange Convention… Bangor Grange has won second place for their Community Service Book! Congratulations!

Check out their website. and Facebook Page!

Nov 092017
 

National Grange “fellows” assist in publishing a daily issue of the Patron’s Chain during Convention. Read each issue here:

Patrons’ Chain, Day 1

Patrons’ Chain, Day 2

Patrons’ Chain, Day 3

Patrons’ Chain, Day 4

Patrons’ Chain, Day 5

We will try to keep updated links on this post which will remain at the “top” of the MSG website during National Convention. Note that subscribers will not receive the post every time it is updated, you’ll need to revisit the site… Day 5 marks the last day and, I believe, last issue. This post will remain at the top of the site for a few days…

Oct 312017
 

Short messages from your Communications Department

Due to the recent storm and resulting lack of power and other services… there may be some delays in website postings and email response time. We hope things will return to normal soon… have you considered opening your Grange Hall as a warming center? If you are providing services to your community, please use the “Submitting Information” Tab at the top of the page and tell us about it! We’ll do our best to share information and resources.

Oct 312017
 

Tell the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rural America needs high speed broadband.

Background
Many of us in rural and small town America do not have access to high speed broadband internet. Our friends in New York, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago just cannot believe there are high school students who must go to the library to do their homework, college students who can’t take online courses, entrepreneurs who can’t relocate to rural areas, rural hospitals close but diagnostic centers are unable to open in their place, and in many areas the latest farming technology is just not available. All these examples are due to the lack of broadband.

At a recent Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on expanding broadband infrastructure recently in New Hampshire, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel suggested a crowd-sourced approach to mapping broadband. She asked everyone who did not have broadband to email her directly. Commissioner Rosenworcel promised to share every one of her emails with the FCC Chairman and put pressure on the FCC to do something about it.

Action
Email Commissioner Rosenworcel at broadbandfailatfccdotcom  (broadbandfailatfccdotcom)  .

If you don’t have high speed connectivity, tell her how that void affects your life, your family and the lives of those around you.
If you know of others without broadband, give the Commissioner a run-down about them too.

Be sure to include your name, town, state, zip code and mention you are a member of the Grange.

Oct 202017
 

Ballot clerks sort and count the votes.

After several re elections (to achieve the required majority) and miles of walking, delegates to the 144th Maine State Grange Convention elected the following late of officers:

  • Master—Sherry Harriman
  • Secretary—Sharon Morton
  • Overseer—Mike Griffin
  • Lecturer—Margaret Morse
  • Steward—Steven Hancock
  • Lady Assistant—Roberta Meserve
  • Chaplain—Gladys Chapman
  • Treasurer—Victoria Huff
  • Assistant Steward—Rick Grotton
  • Executive Committee Steve Verrill
  • Executive committee—Jim Owens
  • Gatekeeper–Henry Morton
  • Flora—Deborah Ivers
  • Ceres–Christine Hebert
  • Pomona–Laurie McBurnie

Please note that our ODD Directory will be updated as soon as practicable. Newly elected officers can assist by emailing me you preferred contact information (email address and phone number).

Email the Maine State Grange Webmaster

 

Oct 192017
 

With a vigorous rap of the gavel, Master Rick Groton opened the one hundred forty fourth Maine State Grange Convention. Early events included presentation of officers and deputies and a special introduction of Amanda Brozana Rios, National Grange Communications Director. Amanda brought greetings from National Master Betsy Huber and reminded delegates and guests of out Grange Motto by revealing her most recent tattoo!

in essentials, unity.

 In nonessentials, liberty.

In all things, charity.

As the “labors of the day” begin, what a great reminder of the importance of keeping our perspective. In fact, what a great way to begin every day. If we do not desire to have it tattooed on our arms, it should be tattooed on our minds and in our hearts.

Oct 192017
 

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The St. George Grange is hosting a Window Dresser Build on Wednesday, October 25th to Tuesday, October 31st at the Grange Hall. We need lots of volunteers to help with this event. Over 150 insulating window inserts have been ordered. All the parts will be delivered to the Grange and then the insert will be assembled. After all the work is done customers will come to the Grange Hall and get their orders.

If you would like to volunteer to pick-up the parts in Rockland at the Lincoln Center, donate food for lunches/snacks, help assemble inserts or help clean up please contact Barbara Anderson @ 974-5367. You can also sign up online at WindowDressers.org. and click volunteer HERE (St George 2017 Community Build!). Or call (207)230-9902 for more information. Thank you and hope to see you at this St. George 2017 Community Build!

(Window Dressers’ inserts will keep you warm and are reusable year after year. An average size window (30” W by 52” H) in a natural pine finish costs about $25. Window Dressers is a volunteer-run non-profit and also offers special pricing for low-income residents.)

Oct 172017
 

Check out WABI – TV 5’s coverage of Valley Grange’s Words for Thirds Dictionary Day!

Check out WVII – Fox News coverage of Valley Grange’s Words for Thirds Dictionary Day!

This was our first dictionary day of the season… we still have more kids coming to the Grange Hall and three schools to visit! We’ve given out over 2,500 dictionaries in the sixteen years we’ve been doing this and it’s still one of the most exciting and fun things we do! Yesterday’s event included eighty kids from SeDoMoCha Elementary School. What fun!

Oct 162017
 

The California State Grange, utilizing the National Grange 501(c)(3) Foundation has established the “2017 CA Fires Support Fund” to receive tax-deductible charitable donations. This Grange Charitable Fund will be used to provide support to those affected Members & Community/Pomona Granges having needs created by the wildfires. As of yesterday, no Grange Halls have been lost, but several Grange members have lost their homes.

California State Grange Master Ed Kominski describes one Grange, Redwood Valley Grange as having some “Amazing Patrons” and note the hall has been opened to start serving their community in conjunction with the Mendocino Sheriff’s Department and North Coast Opportunities and Animal Control. Among services being provided:

  • The Hall will be open 10-6 every day until not needed and are providing Free Child Care
  • Free Professional Crisis Counseling and referrals are available
  • Lunch at 12:30 every while there is a community need.
  • All day refreshments are available
  • Town Meeting will be at the Grange – date TBD
  • The hall is a place to come, share, play music, and game tables are available.

All this is being done by Grangers who are having their own personal struggles.

Maine Grangers can help by participating in the California State Grange Fundraiser. Kominski notes, “Support and funds are coming in great numbers. We have seen fantastic support but we need to reach more people.”

The California State Grange, utilizing the National Grange 501(c)(3) Foundation has established the “2017 CA Fires Support Fund” to receive tax-deductible charitable donations. This Grange Charitable Fund will be used to provide support to those affected Members & Community/Pomona Granges having needs created by the wildfires. Every donation of $25 or more will receive a t-shirt in appreciation for the generosity – “California Granges – Moving Together”

Donate to the CA Fires Support Fund