Jul 182017
 

In honor of the Grange’s 150th birthday, the National Grange is starting the Grange Legacy Family Recognition program to honor those families who have five or more generations involved as Grange members.

“We give recognition to individuals who have been a Grange member for 25, 50, 75, 80, and even 90 years, and we want to recognize families and encourage the next generation to keep up with that and keep that legacy going,” said Huber.

Printable applications for recognition are available to be printed and mailed to National Grange, or an online application is also available. Applications should be mailed to the National Grange office. Anyone can nominate a family, including family members themselves, but they must include information as to whom of the family was a member in what Grange with clear five-generation or more lineage.

The first honorees will be recognized at National Convention in Spokane, Washington in November. The family will receive a certificate, and each family member can receive a copy upon request.

Webmaster note: The printable application is also now available on the Maine State Grange Website, Program Books and Information Tab.

Jul 152017
 


The July Issue of the National Grange Newsletter is now available. This issue is jam-packed with information and articles like:

  • Let Your Voice be the Reason for Change
  • Three More Interns Join National Office in July
  • Fun 150th Birthday T’s Are Here
  • Donate So They Get Pie’d
  • Recognition Program Unveiled for Legacy Grange Families
  • Online Membership Database, A Step Towards Better Communication
  • Promo Kit on Sale for Summer Fairs
  • Great American Quilt & Handicraft Expo
  • Seeking to Promote Your Sesquicentennial Items
  • Lecturer’s Contest Soon to Close
  • Youth: Learning to Serve
  • Junior Ambassador an Asset
  • Healthcare: Where Are We Now?
  • 2017 Four-Minute-Movie-Contest

Read the July Issue of The Patrons Chain

 

Jul 112017
 

by Amanda Brozana
National Grange Communications Director

National Grange is seeking help with creating a collection of cookbooks, especially those still on sale by state and local Granges, to use when finding recipes for Good Day! magazine.  If your state or local Grange has a copy of a cookbook that is still available for purchase, please contact me to find out if we already have a copy or to find out where to send a copy. We will also provide information on where interested parties can purchase the cookbook and for how much. We would love for Good Day! to help you sell your books, so take stock and let me know!

Contact Amanda  (communicationsatnationalgrangedotorg)  

Jun 302017
 

Have you completed and returned our Sesquicentennial Membership Census?

The census – which should take less than two minutes to complete – helps us understand our membership and your needs, best prepare products and services for members and better represent them in our advocacy.
Please complete this (only once per member). Feel free to gather information from your Grange friends who are not online and complete one for each of them with their details. We would love all members to complete these (even those who don’t often attend meetings or events) as soon as possible, but definitely before the 151st Annual National Grange Convention in November.

Complete the census here: https://form.jotformpro.com/71773113062954


And while you’re filling things out, don’t forget to subscribe to the Maine State Grange Website!

Jun 172017
 

The Sesquicentennial Committee of the National Grange has researched and compiled a packet of interesting information designed to assist Granges in making the most of the opportunity to learn about and to celebrate the rich history of Grange. The packet – which was earlier sent in hard copy to your State Master and Secretary – contains interesting historical facts, short biographies of important Grange leaders as well as suggested ways to celebrate. Lecturers or any other Grange member who is in charge of sesquicentennial events should find the information very helpful.

 

CLICK THIS LINK to get your packet!

 

Webmaster’s Note: Lecturers will love this packet… there are some great suggestions for programs and discussions! But it’s also chock-full of historical information that should be of interest to every Granger. You can read a letter written by Susan B. Anthony to the National Grange in 1895… learn what various presidents have had to say about the Grange… be amazed at the amount of legislation the Grange has promoted over the years… discover some well-known people who were Grangers (I didn’t know Norman Rockwell was a Granger)…

 

May 212017
 

The National Grange – 1616 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 – Phone: 1-888-4-GRANGE

In this issue:

  • Does Your Grange Have a Purpose?
  • Fly-In Attendees Meet with Success
  • Look for 150th Anniversary Mailing
  • Youth ZOOM Meetings at Your Fingertips
  • Grange Supply Store Clearance Items Announced
    Grange Legislative Round-Up
  • Grange Kudos
  • Focus on Photos
  • 151st Convention Registration Open Now
  • Good Day! May Issue Will Soon Hit Mail
  • Sew Day a Success
  • The Great American Quilt + Handicraft Expo
  • Your Story Needed to Complete Picture of Rural Broadband Need
  • Time to Promote Grange: Today, Always
  • Film Project Gets Foundation Grant
  • Cash in on Benefits
  • Grange Youth Scavenger Hunt

View this issue online!

Apr 262017
 

Reposted from a National Grange Announcement… note that membership recognition awards must be ordered through Maine State Grange Secretary Sharon Morton… an order form is available on the Maine State Grange Website.


We would like to clarify the shipping costs applied to the Golden Sheaf and 75 Year Awards. This shipping cost increase went into effect March 1, 2017 and reflects a portion of the rising costs the National Grange faces to ship items to members.

Membership Recognition
Golden Sheaf is $10 plus shipping & handling (see chart below)
Example A = 1 Golden Sheaf cost is $10.00 + $4.00 for shipping
Example B = 2 Golden Sheaf cost is $20.00 + $7.00 for shipping
Example C = 5 Golden sheaf cost is$50.00 + $9.00 for shipping

75 Year Diamond Certificate and folder is $10 plus shipping & handling (see chart below)
Example A = 1 – 75 year award cost is $10.00 + $4.00 for shipping
Example B = 2 – 75 year award cost is $20.00 + $7.00 for shipping
Example C = 5 -75 year award cost is $50.00 + $9.00 for shipping

If you did a combination of both Golden Sheaf and 75 year award (see chart below)
Example A = 1 Golden Sheaf and 1 – 75 year cost is $20.00 + $7.00 shipping
Example B = 3 Golden Sheaf and 2 – 75 year award cost is $50.00 + $9.00 shipping

NOTE: If you need the certificate to be delivered by specific date for presentation, otherwise it will take a minimum of three weeks to complete your order once it is received here at National Grange.

All Shipping & Handling costs for Golden Sheaf and 75 year award items will now be the same price as the Grange Store shipping and handling. Standard Shipping and Handling rate prices are listed below:

ORDERS TOTAL: SHIPPING & HANDLING
Orders: Up to $10.00 = $4.00
Orders: $10.01 – $19.99 = $5.00
Orders: $20.00 – $49.99 = $7.00
Orders: $50.00 – $74.99 = $9.00
Orders: $75.00 – $99.99 = $10.00
Orders: $100.00 – $124.99 = $12.00
Orders: $125.00 – $249.99 = $15.00
Orders: $250 and above = $20.00

Grange Hall Award – change in price
• The 100 year and 125 year award (includes certificate along with a 8″x10″ wood plaques) are at no charge, but shipping & handling will be $10
• Please note if you need the certificate to be delivered by specific date for presentation, otherwise it will take a minimum of three weeks to complete your order.
• Form available contact Loretta Washington for the form

For more information call,
Loretta Washington
(202) 628-3507 (ext 109)

salesatnationalgrangedotorg  (salesatnationalgrangedotorg)  

Mar 192017
 

Betsy Huber, National Grange Master

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Master Betsy will arrive from Massachusetts.

  • Event: Legislative Luncheon at 12:00 p.m. at Maine State Grange Headquarters. Legislators are invited.
  • Event: Androscoggin Pomona Meeting.  There will be a 6:30 p.m. $5.00 supper with a 7:30 p.m. meeting.  Members of Oxford and Cumberland Pomona have been invited to attend as well.  The meeting will be held at Danville Junction Grange.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Master Betsy will travel north and be available for media interviews in the Bangor area.

  • Event: Piscataquis Pomona Potluck Supper at 6:00 p.m. and Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meeting is being hosted by Valley Grange, 172 Guilford Center Road, Guilford. The public is invited. Click for more information about this event.

Friday, April 7, 2017
Master Betsy will be available for media interviews in the Augusta area.

  • Event: Potluck supper will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Maine State Grange Headquarters. A Grange “town hall forum” will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and include questions and answers as well as discussion of ideas and challenges facing the Grange at the national and local levels. The public is invited.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Master Betsy spends the day at Maine State Grange Headquarters

  • Event: Morning reception from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Maine State Grange Headquarters. Officers, Deputies, and Directors are invited.
  • Event: Junior Grange sponsored contests from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • Event: Lincoln Pomona Potluck Supper at 6:30 p.m. and Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Meeting is being hosted by Meenahga Grange, 860 Main Street, Waldoboro. The public is invited.

Maine State Grange Headquarters is located at
146 State Street
Augusta, Maine

Media Inquiries should be directed to

Walter Boomsma  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  , Maine State Grange Communications Director
207 343-1842

Amanda Leigh Brozana  (communicationsatnationalgrangedotorg)  , National Grange Communications Director
(202) 628-3507 • ext 102

Feb 162017
 

by Walter Boomsma, Communications Director

April is Grange Month! For those Granges who use the Community Citizen of the Year Award or Pomona Grange Award for Public Service, you should order soon. Most of the other documents you might need are available on the Maine State Grange Website:

  • 2017 Grange Month Awards Order Form--Use this form to order your Grange Month (Community Citizen) Awards. Since you should allow four weeks for delivery, this would be a good time!
  • 2017 Grange Month Poster–This can be a poster or flyer… just fill in specific information about your Grange!
  • 2017 Grange Month Letter–The letter from National Master Betsy Huber announcing Grange Month 2017.
  • 2017 Grange Month Proclamation–The National Grange Resolution proclaiming April as Grange Month… should be posted and could be sent to local media outlets.
  • How to use hashtags–For those who wonder what those #’s you’re seeing all over the Internet mean. (Hint, they are not Grange numbers!)
  • I’m a DO-er Program Description–This is a complete description of the “DO-er” Program announced in conjunction with Grange Month, but running all year long.

Download and print what you need–and share with other Granges in your area! Why not share your plans at your next Pomona Meeting? (You can find all these documents in the National Grange Section of the Program Books and Information Page.

Read the February 2017 Issue of The Patrons Chain National Grange Newsletter. Print a copy to share with others!

Jan 142017
 

A mug WBBy Walter Boomsma,
Communications Director

One of my ongoing goals as MSG Communications Director goes beyond keeping members informed to providing you with resources—both internal (Grange “stuff”) and external (resources from other organizations and individuals that may have value to Grangers.

Grange month is coming! For several years now, National Grange has not mailed information packets but has rather made material available on the National Grange website. This year, I have added that Grange month material to our Maine State Grange website to make it readily available. It really is time to start planning your Grange Month celebration!

Officers and directors are certainly encouraged to submit information and documents we can make accessible. Visit the “Program Books and Information” section of the site and check out what’s there! You’ll be amazed!

In terms of “external” information, I am always on the prowl for articles, information, websites, etc. that may hold interest and have value for our members and site visitors. Recent examples of this include a wish list from the VA with community service opportunities in Maine and a link to a free fifty-page book regarding personal finance (lecturer’s program? Family health and hearing material?).

This was an extremely busy month for our “In search of…” feature. Not only have there been several requests for Grange information ranging from cookbooks to history, we’ve also had a number of requests for information regarding using Grange Halls for personal and community events. One that is particularly rewarding involved some volunteers who wanted to sponsor a benefit for a young family whose unborn child has a severe medical issue. In short, we were able to facilitate an exciting connection to Fairview Grange #342 that is resulting in an informal partnership an opportunity for the folks at Fairview to support the family and the community. The Communications Department even got involved, helping with promotion.

Shared events like this are just plain awesome. Not only do they increase the likelihood of success, they also introduce new people to the Grange, increase the visibility of the Grange in the community, and demonstrate what the Grange is all about. Just make sure your hall looks good and your Bulletin Board is current—filled with lots of positive information about your Grange, your members, and your needs.

While we were on vacation this past summer, we attended a concert in a rather large church. Their foyer area was truly amazing—it communicated a sense of welcome and demonstrated opportunities and needs. They freely used small, topic-specific bulletin boards, clipboards with sign-up sheets and small tables with brochures and flyers. There was one corner with several comfortable chairs where one could sit and review material. For someone interested in communication, it was close to nirvana! Admittedly, they had a large area to work with, but the ideas can certainly be adapted.

Find someone in your Grange and offer him or her an opportunity to create at least one “communications area” and see what he or she can come up with! When it’s finished, take a photo and send it! If you’re not feeling particularly creative, you could start with a welcome mat at the front door!


Grange Month Clarification

If you find Grange Month information a bit confusing at first, the idea is to base the celebration on the National Grange Program called “I’m a doer.” The Grange Month material appears to follow a line of,  “When the do-ers are gone…”  Unfortunately, (in my opinion) that sounds like a prediction unless you read the details explaining that Grange Month celebrates “do-ers.” This could make a great link to the community citizen award many Granges present during Grange Month. Your headline for a press release might be “Local Grange Honors a Do-er…