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!
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
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”
A big thank you to those Maine Grangers who contributed to the success of the store at the New England Grange Building this year. As a Trustee I want to thank you and so does the Store Manager and Building Managers who run the store for us. Below is this year’s preliminary report:
This year’s fair weather had several variables, the first week was hot and humid, Grange weekend was very sunny & hot which started 95+ degree heat wave for 5 days. On Wednesday evening the cold weather moved in. There were 3 days of rain but 1,525,553 attended the 17 days of the Eastern States Exposition.
Total receipts for the store/crafts were $28,200. In the store cookie cutters were a new item and went very well as did the candy sticks. The new varieties of jams, syrups, pickles, and relishes did extremely well so did the colored popcorn. We had the pleasure of seeing many empty shelves at the end of Fair! The store took in $12,809.
A big thank you to all you crafters that supplied us with crafts: Scrubbies ran out the second Monday. We have only a few hanging towels, baby afghans, and mittens at the end of the fair. People are still asking for adult mittens, slippers, ladies sweaters, aprons, plastic bag holders, new unique Christmas ornaments, children’s stuffed toys, Halloween, fall and Christmas decorations, skillet handle pot holders, and door draft stoppers just to name a few. The craft section was $15,500.00.
Tom Gotauco had to complete the ladies and work on men’s bathroom as the contractor that was hired was not satisfactory. A little more work is needed in the men’s bathroom. Also, all the State Flags were moved from around the sides to the front of the hall over the stage. A new backdoor was installed and the cement steps were repaired. There was a lot of rot found in the process which had to be replaced/repaired. George Thomas and Steve Logan installed the window blinds and Linda says they look great!
On Grange Day, Linda picked up pastries, brewed coffee and Claire poured apple cider for the people that work or volunteer in the Avenue of States buildings for just under $300 saving us $2,300. The Blues Crew family entertainers perform 2-one hour’s sets during the day. We were graced with the presence of the National Lecturer-Chris Hamp and her husband Duane, who came to visit the Big E all the way from the state of Washington. Chris was able to cross off a few items on her bucket list by visiting the Big E and riding an elephant. Chris and Duane also marched with about 40 Grangers in the parade.
The managers want to thank all the volunteers who work the cash register in the Grange store, and the Raffle table where $4,075 is being split between the Veterans Home in Bennington, Vermont and Hurricane Relief.
Overall – A great year!
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
- 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
Congratulations, East Sangerville Grange! A recent post on the Maine State Grange Website about the adventures of the “Fighting 177th” was picked up by the National Grange and printed in the current issue of Good Day! the magazine published by National Grange. We can debate whether or not programs like this are traditional but there’s no question they generate excitement in the Grange and the community. So let’s hear a Grange Cheer for this exciting Grange and these exciting Grangers!
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.
On September 7th, a joint officer installation for Deering, Oak Hill, Highland Lake and White Rock Granges drew a great crowd of 49 Grangers. This is a very good turnout for Cumberland Pomona. Held at White Rock Grange in Gorham, a wonderful pot luck supper preceded the installation. Vicki Huff’s team performed the ceremony. Four new members of White Rock took their obligation! State Master Rick Grotton was in attendance, assisting the installation team.
Volunteers are needed.
Several people have already volunteered to take on some of the major kitchen responsibilities, but I am still looking for people who are willing to volunteer some time to help in the kitchen (schedule somewhat flexible). Anywhere from three to seven people (depending on the time of day) will be needed in the kitchen. “Jobs” include making sandwiches in the morning, and serving lunches, beverages and/or snacks. Help is needed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The kitchen will not be able to function efficiently without sufficient help. Please let me know soon what you would like to do and which day(s) and time(s) you are available to help.
Donations are welcome.
Please let me know what you plan to donate what by Sept. 30 so I can plan to purchase the rest. Items needed include:
- Bottled water
- Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Diet Sprite, orange, root beer, ginger ale
- American Chop Suey (3 batches needed)
- Individual bags of potato chips
- Desserts–cookies & bars
- paper goods such as hot cups, paper towels, dinner plates (sturdy), napkins, plastic forks
We plan to sell coffee and muffins each morning; sandwiches (ham & cheese, chicken salad, tuna salad, PB&J), cookies/bars, chips, and a hot meal (chop suey Thursday, mac & cheese Friday, with biscuit) at noon; and beverages (coffee, tea, hot cocoa, water, soda). Beverages and snack items will be available at all breaks.
Please contact me by email (lmcb293gmailcom) or at 207-563-5347 to let me know what items you/your Grange can donate and if you are available to help out in the kitchen. We’ll have fun and eat well!