Nov 172017
 

Master Sherry reports from National Grange Convention, “Under this whipped cream is Jimmy Owens, Priest Analyst and State EC Member of Maine, on the receiving end of the pie in the face fundraiser for the youth dept. at National Grange.  Amanda Brozana Rios held the winning ticket and she asked Lew Bryson to assist.  High Priest Bruce Croucher and Preist Archon Roger Bostwick were also recipients.”

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
 

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 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 172017
 

The October Issue of the National Grange Newsletter Patrons Chain is available for download from the National Grange Website. This month’s issue includes articles like:

• Donations, loans pour in, but still needed for chiller repair
• Members in California face losses from wildfires, see fraternal outpouring
• Fund created for CA wildfire support
• Juniors still welcome to participate at session
• National holding huge merit badge sale
• 4 selected as 2017 Communication Fellows
• 275 donations of $25 will get youth to $10k goal
• National President issues Sesquicentennial Proclamations
• Lecturer’s contest entries welcome through Oct. 31
• There’s still time to Sail the Seas
• Be a part of the 150th National Grange Celebration
• Great American Quilt and Handicraft Expo
• Dresden Plate Queen-Sized Quilt Raffle
• Quilt Block Contest
• 2017 National Grange Photography Showcase
• 2017 Evening of Excellence


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Oct 102017
 

Betsy Huber, National Grange Master

Dear Grange  Member

This year feels like none other with the mounting losses of life and property by devastating natural disasters throughout our nation.

Members in Florida, Texas and friends in Puerto Rico and other states are still recovering from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This morning, we are continuing to get updates on losses suffered by those in California. Some of our Brothers and Sisters have lost homes and farmlands, which burned to the ground in quick-moving wildfires and many other Halls and homes are in the path of yet-uncontained blazes.

The California State Grange is spearheading efforts to help people affected connect with loved ones and shelter livestock in safe spaces. Several Granges are being used as shelters.

We will keep you posted as to efforts and potential needs of our Grange family and thank you in advance for your thoughts, prayers, and kindness at this time.

Betsy E. Huber

Sep 162017
 

The September Issue of Patron’s Chain–The official e-newsletter of the National Grange is available now! In this issue:

  • Celebrate Grange Legacy by Facing Your Fear of Change
  • Attorney suggests checking credit after Experian data breach
  • Junior Contest Deadlines Fast Approaching
  • Junior Merit Program Being Revamped
  • Time to Register for the 151st Convention
  • Members Encouraged to Partake in 7th Degree
  • Sail the Seas: Grange 150th Anniversary Cruise
  • Quilt & Handicraft Expo Changes Announced
  • Seeking Communications Fellows
  • How Deep do Your Grange Roots Go?
  • Benefit Spotlight
  • National Grange Foundation Lecturer Fund
  • 2017 Quilt Block Contest
  • 2017 Photography Showcase
  • 2017 Evening of Excellence

View The Patron's Chain E-newsletter

Sep 142017
 

Several months ago, a “little birdie” sent me a news tip and a copy of a poem written by Wes Ryder of Danville Junction Grange along with the explanation I might be able to use it on the website since it was about the Grange’s 150th Birthday. I read it and decided not to use it. (Wait for it!)

Instead I forwarded it to National Grange for further consideration. Now we need a Grange Cheer for Wes. His poem is featured as a full page of the current issue (Fall 2017) of “Good Day,” the magazine of the National Grange. This issue is hitting mailboxes all over the country as we speak.

When your copy arrives, tear open the plastic cover and turn immediately to page 20 to enjoy Wes’s ability to turn a phrase and rhyme a word. Then congratulate him by commenting on this post. As a writer and publisher, I can attest to the fact that getting poetry published in a National publication is not an easy achievement. Many try, few succeed. Congratulations, Wes–you’re part of a very elite group and our poet laureate!


To comment and congratulate Wes, click the link in the upper right corner of the post. If possible, shake his hand in person! And remember, we love contributions from local Grangers and Granges.

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