Dear Maine Grangers,
As Maine’s Coordinator for the hosting of the 2013 National Session I am appealing for your help. Below is the list.
1. We will be decorating a wooden tree like structure with hats, mittens and scarves that can be either handmade or purchased. After the session is over the purchased items from Maine will be donated within the state to non-profits that can use them. The handmade items will be donated to the New England Grange Building store. These items will be collected at State Session in October.
2. Every person that registers for conference will receive a “ditty” bag. We are expecting approximately 500 registrants and Maine is expected to come up with 500 items for these bags. The theme of the conference is “How Sweet it is”. We are looking for items that could be donated by Maine businesses that fit this theme. Most of the folks coming to conference have to travel, therefore items should be light and edible so they do not have to add these items to their luggage. If you know of some businesses we could contact please email me or call my phone number in the roster.
3. Several items have been donated to a Fund Raising Raffle. We have a quilt, some painted sap bucket lids, a painted basket and State baskets (items made in that state). As I travel this year I hope that many of you will purchase tickets, they are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.
4. Maine will host the Hospitality Room on the Friday during session. Once the coordinator has been announced I am sure he or she will be asking for volunteers to help in the hospitality room.
I know that this seems like a lot and every little bit helps, whether it is a homemade item, the purchase of a ticket or fundraising item or volunteering to help. The other members of the host team and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you do.