Nov 112017
 

Secretary Cubicle
It has been a busy here at State Grange Headquarters as we are transitioning to new officers.  I would like to welcome, Sherry Harriman, Master; Adrian (Mike) Griffin, Overseer;  Steven Haycock, Steward; Richard (Rick) Grotton, Assistant Steward; Gladys Chapman, Chaplain; Victoria (Vicki) Huff, Treasurer; Henry Morton, Gatekeeper; Christine Hebert, Ceres;  and Steven Verrill and James Owens, Executive Committee Members of the Maine State Grange.

PLEASE READ AS THIS IS IMPORTANT!

Roster time is right around the corner and I have some Roster Information that I need to receive to make the information complete. I am listing the following Pomona Granges and Subordinate Granges that I have not received. You may email the following information to me at mainestategrangeatmyfairpointdotnet  (mainestategrangeatmyfairpointdotnet)  .  This year I am asking for our Subordinate Grange’s physical address; contact person and number; meeting day and time;  whether or not you have early refreshments or a supper (potluck or paid); the name, address, telephone number and email address of the following:  Master, Lecturer, Secretary and CWA Chairperson.

Here are the names of the Pomona and Subordinate Granges:

  • Androscoggin Pomona 1
  • Turner 23
  • West Minot 42
  • Deering 535
  • Cumberland & Oxford Union Pomona 21
  • Paugus 540
  • Porter 569
  • Excelsior Pomona 5
  • North Jay 10
  • Wilson 321
  • Greenwood 363
  • Schoodic 420
  • Hancock Pomona 13
  • Castine 250
  • Rumford115
  • Ashland 247
  • Cambridge 582
  • East Sangerville 177
  • Garland 76
  • St. Albans 114
  • Wayside 590
  • Merriconeag 425
  • West Bath Seaside 592
  • Kennebec Valley 128
  • Mt. Philip 545
  • Waldo Pomona 12
  • Branch Mills 336
  • Seven Star 73
  • Alexander 304
  • Arlington 528
  • York Pomona 14.

I am looking forward to receiving this information as information from last year’s Roster could be incorrect.

Membership lists are being updated and being forwarded to Secretaries for updating.  I thank you all for your cooperation in getting this dauntless task completed.

I, with the State Master, will be planning Secretary Workshops in the coming year.  We plan to have these workshops around the State so all secretaries have the opportunity to attend.  More to come once plans are final.

I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.

 

Oct 272017
 

At the state convention, Sherry Harriman was elected Master of the Maine State Grange, following the two-year term of Rick Grotton.

Harriman, who was Overseer of the State, may be a recognized name in some Grange circles because of her service previously as National Junior Director.

Sherry has been a member of the Grange since 1971 when she joined the now-closed Elm Brook Grange #521, taking her seven degrees in less than a year. Over her Grange journey, she has held every office at the Subordinate level, many at the Pomona level, and chaired or served on committees at all levels of the Grange. Today she is a member at Bauneg Beg Grange #382 in North Berwick, ME, and York Pomona Grange #14.

She previously held positions including State Lecturer for 10 years and twice was State Junior Director. She and her husband of 46 years, Richard, were State Young Couple, but have grown now to enjoy their family with three children, five grandsons, and three great-grandsons.

She has owned and operated her own business, Sherry’s Flag Car, since 1985. She is an escort vehicle driver or Pilot Car vehicle for oversized or over-dimensional loads escorting anything high, wide, long, heavy and hazardous traveling 700 miles a day throughout most of the U.S. and parts of Canada.

Sherry said her goals for Maine State Grange “are to strengthen our existing Granges, membership, and ritual practices with how-to instructions.” She hopes to see a net gain in membership and a greater partnership with agricultural producers. She also said she would like to see “more involvement in community service and grassroots resolutions for legislative action. I am working on complete job descriptions of officers, guidelines for leaders, director duties and expectations defined.”

Sherry Harriman
280 Kennebunk Road
Sanford, ME 04073
Email address: sherryhatgwidotnet
Phone:  (207) 490-1029


Thanks to National Grange for this article.

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 132017
 

karen-gagne-web
Thank you to all the Granges and Grange members who set up Grange Exhibits at our Maine Agricultural Fairs.  The displays looked professional and they tell a story of who we are.  Congratulations to all!  Here is the list of Fairs, Granges and placing I have received back by fair.   And a very special thank you to all Grange members who judged Grange Exhibits this year.  I look forward to tweaking criteria and working with judges to provide consistent judging in 2018.

Waterford Fair:

Agricultural Exhibit: Waterford Grange, 1st

Pittston Fair:

Combined Exhibit: Enterprise Grange # 48, 1st, Huntoon Hill Grange #398, 2nd

Monmouth Fair:

Combined Exhibit: Winthrop Grange, 1st, Enterprise Grange, 2nd

Topsham Fair:

Combined Exhibit: Waterford Grange, 1st, Enterprise Grange, 2nd

Union Fair:

Combined Exhibit: Evening Star Grange, 1st, Medomak Grange, 2nd, Union Harvest Grange, 3rd

Windsor Fair:

Combined Exhibit: Evening Star Grange, 1st, Enterprise Grange, 2nd, Branch Mills Grange, 3rd, Vassalboro Grange, 4th

Blue Hill Fair:

Combined Exhibit: Castine Grange, 1st, Arbutus Grange, 2nd, Verona Grange, 3rd, Schoodic Grange, 4th

Oxford County Fair:

Agricultural Exhibits: West Minot Grange #42, 1st, Danville Junction Grange #65, 2nd, Waterford Grange #479, 3rd, Rumford Grange # 115, 4th

Domestic Exhibits:    Danville Junction Grange # 65, 1st, West Minot Grange #42, 2nd, Waterford Grange # 479, 3rd, Rumford Grange # 115, 4th

Franklin County Fair:

Agricultural Exhibits: Farmington Grange, 1st, Chesterville Grange, 2nd, North Jay Grange, 3rd, Wilson Grange, 4th

Domestic Exhibits: Chesterville Grange, 1st, Mill Stream Grange, 2nd

Cumberland County Fair:

Combined Exhibits: Danville Junction Grange #65,1st, Mt Etna Grange #147, 2nd, Highland Lake Grange #87, 3rd

Sep 162017
 

karen-gagne-webBy Karen Hatch Gagne, Director

The summer has flown by; I have been busy in my garden weeding, picking vegetables and canning fruits and vegetables.  Fair season has been in full swing for a couple months and will be winding down soon.

I worked diligently with judges, grange members, and committee members to create guidelines (using the framework from Piscataquis Fair) for Fair Educational Exhibits.  I worked with Sharon at State Headquarters to get information out to fair judges and all Maine Agricultural Fairs in preparation for the Fair Season.  As the Maine State Fairs are moving closer to the end of the season and I will collect data from them to use for making next fair season more productive.

The Ag Committee is now working on the Maine AG in the Classroom Annual meeting to be held November 2, 2017 as we will be prepping and serving the food to all MAITC participants.  We will be looking for pies to serve that night and people to serve the meal.  More information will be sent out on this.

Reminder there will be an Ag Luncheon on Thursday during State Grange.  Roast pork and the fixings for lunch and the speaker is Amber Lambke of Maine Grains located at the Somerset Grist Mill.  Get your reservations in as the reservation deadline is early October so don’t procrastinate too long.

Sep 132017
 

Secretary Cubicle
Summer is almost over and fall is fast approaching and I am making this column a reminder column.

Email
Email is great. I appreciate those who use email. Please email me at mainestategrangeatmyfairpointdotnet  (mainestategrangeatmyfairpointdotnet)   and cc grangenutatnetscapedotnet  (grangenutatnetscapedotnet)  .

Annual Session

Delegates are your Master and spouse and if they are unable to attend your grange will then have the opportunity to appoint two delegates. East grange is allowed two delegates so please make sure that you take advantage of this opportunity to serve your grange.

Quarterly and Yearly Dues
Subordinate Granges your quarterly dues must be paid in full for the quarter ending September 30, 2019. You may have up to the 10th day to have your quarterly reports postmarked to avoid $5.00 assessment to defray collection costs. I will be leaving for State Grange Session Wednesday, October 18, 2017, so please have them in before that date to avoid confusion at State Session. ALL DUES MUST BE PAID THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 IN ORDER FOR YOUR DELEGATES TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE.

Pomona Granges your yearly dues must be paid in full for the year ending June 30, 2017.  As I write this column I have three Pomona’s who have not filed the yearly report.  I will be forwarding to those Pomona’s the paperwork to be completed and filed with me before State Session in order for the delegates from these Pomona’s to take advantage of the voting privileges at State Session.

Until I see you at State Session be safe.

Aug 172017
 

karen-gagne-webBy Karen Hatch Gagne, Director

Summer is going by fast and the Maine Agricultural Fairs are in full swing.  Thank you to all the Granges who have taken the opportunity to exhibit at your local fairs.  I have seen some fantastic displays, many focused on the 150th year of the Grange.  The summer and fall season of fairs provides you with more opportunities to exhibit at fairs, please consider setting up a display.

I want to thank all the Granges and individuals who have sent in money in support of the Maine State Grange Agricultural Scholarship.  We are pleased to be awarding four post-secondary scholarships this year.

The Agricultural Committee is working on the Ag Luncheon at the Annual Maine State Grange Conference.  Our luncheon will be held on Thursday noon and the speaker will be  Ms. Amber Lambke, President and CEO of Maine Grains and co-founder of the Maine Grain Alliance located at the Somerset Grist Mill in Skowhegan.  More information about luncheon tickets and location will be available when Maine State Grange information is sent out.  Save the date and join us at the AG luncheon on October 19.

Our committee is also working on the luncheon in support of the Maine Ag in the Classroom Annual dinner meeting to be held in November at State Grange Headquarters.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Jul 122017
 

by Walter Boomsma
MSG Communications Director

After Ann’s most recent email, I had to create an award. Ann wrote, in part, “Did you intentionally report that the State Session opens in the 7th degree to see how many of us really read the articles in the monthly Bulletin? If it does I’ve consistently slept through it for years. Just wondering how many more readers noticed the boo boo…”

The answer to the first question is, “No, it was not intentional.” I know in the past I’ve joked that one way to get attention is to make a mistake, but that wasn’t the case this time. My excuse is that I was hurrying to meet my deadline to finish the Bulletin, although that’s really not much of an explanation.

The answer to the second question is, “None!” Or if any others did notice, they didn’t report it.

Ann’s referring to the article in the June Issue introducing the graphic I created for State Session. I erroneously wrote, “Want to help promote State Session? I’ve created the graphic to the right… and can email it to you if you’d like to include it in your local Grange communications. Let’s see if we can increase participation and attendance this year! Remember, you do not have to be a delegate to attend—and you certainly do not have to hold a fifth or sixth degree. While session opens in the seventh, it lowers to fourth almost immediately so any Grange can be part of the convention!” Obviously, that should have read, “While session opens in the sixth,…”

Sorry for the error… although it did demonstrate that at least one person reads the Bulletin closely and it provides an opportunity to have a little fun!

 

May 042017
 

This year at State Session (October 19-21, 2017) the kitchen will be run by the Maine State Grange. State Pomona Laurie McBurnie will be coordinating this undertaking, but she needs assistance from other Grangers.

On Thursday and Friday, the kitchen will be open for business as usual: early morning (coffee, beverages, a limited choice of breakfast items); lunch time (sandwiches, hot meal, beverages, desserts); breaks (beverages, snacks, etc.). On Saturday the kitchen will be officially open only in the early morning.

People to coordinate the various tasks (such as serving lunch, making sandwiches) have been lined up, but they can’t do it alone. Assistance is needed at the following times: early morning (coffee, set-up, etc., two people), sandwich-making (early morning, three to four people), serving lunch (five to six people), and breaks (one to three people). If you are able to help only one day, that is fine.

Grangers have always been supportive of the kitchen with their food and beverage donations. Cookies and bars for dessert as well as bottled water and soda would be much appreciated. Other items needed have not yet been sorted out, but if you would like to donate something else, please say so.

Please contact Laurie McBurnie and let her know if you are available to help in the kitchen (what you want to do and when you are available) or if you would like to donate items for the kitchen. Knowing ahead of time will help prevent duplication. Please email Laurie, LMCB293atgmaildotcom  (LMCB293atgmaildotcom)  , or call her at 563-5347 (leave a message).