Aug 142017
 

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As you are reading this, I just want to remind everyone that the conference will be coming up in a couple of weeks so please get your donations, entries, and reports sent in to avoid “the rush.” I will be collecting the squares for National Grange at the conference and also at state session in October. Make sure you have all the papers filled out that National wants plus fill in ALL the blanks on the labels for the conference as I do not remember the Grange or Pomona that each of you belongs to. Not trying to nag but just giving you a subtle reminder. Look forward to seeing each of you at the conference and your reaction to some of the changes that I have made. Take care, my friends.

Jul 222017
 

Flagg (640x640)First of all, I salute all of you ladies and your many talents as I recently found out that I can’t even use a lawn mower or bush cutters without being wounded so with that being said let’s get going on needed information.

This year’s conference is scheduled for August 26th, starting time is by 10:00 A.M.If at all possible this year I would like everyone to get their entries to State headquarters a week before the conference so there will be more time to check the items in, for those that have issues with items sitting at state that long, you can be assured they will be locked in the office or if necessary I will keep them at my home.

Baking and Dress-A-Doll will be due by 9:00 A.M. on the day of the conference.We will not be having a paid lunch as we will be taking a short break but we should still finish up by 1:00 P.M. (something new to try).

I would appreciate it if you would put a note on your report sheets as to whether or not you use the Grange iron on labels when you donate quilts, pillowcases, etc.

A thank you goes out to Cynthia Maxwell as there are errors on the annual report sheet: Class O – should be Decorated Item, Class P – should be the Decorated Wooden Chest and Class Q – Should be Juniors. Baby Quilts are listed in the quilt categories and they are added in with the method of how they were put together. I hope that will clear up some of the confusion. As always check with Headquarters to make sure someone will be there when you want to drop off items.

As you all know, please call if you have any questions (524-2011) and on that note, I am going to try and put up a blind using a step stool and a drill. Look forward to seeing many of you next month.

Recently, Cynthia Maxwell of Excelsior Grange hosted a pillow case workshop and she showed several ladies on how to do the “hotdog method” and they were all fascinated on how little time it took but they also learned how to do French Seaming for a very nice finish. Ladies in the picture are Cynthia Maxwell, Barbara Strout, Catherine Farrell, Carolyn Bennet, Louise Roberts. Picture by Patricia Hall. Good job, ladies.

Jun 162017
 

Flagg (640x640)By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

Reminder! CWA is looking for donations of Baked Goods to have on the table at the yard sale on the 24th

Just a note to remind everyone that the CWA Conference will be on August 26, 2017 and that we have added sewing an outfit for an 18″ American Girl size doll.Look forward to seeing everyone and all of the entries for this year.I do want to give everyone (I hope) a chuckle as I  was rocking my 14-month-old great-granddaughter to sleep and I was kind of lowly singing to her and she wanted me to stop, total rejection but her brother can’t protest yet as he is only 2 months old. Until next month, take care.

May 302017
 

Hello Grange Brothers and Sisters,

Hopefully by now everyone has had their fill of snow and rain, for those that have tried contacting me for the last two months, I apologize for not being available as Mike and I bought a new home and it took almost two months to get an address, phone and mail it is was very surprising how quickly one can be out of touch.

I would like to mention that there will be a yard sale at State Grange on Saturday, June 24, 2017. CWA will be having a table with many new Craft Kits plus baked goods if anyone would like to donate any items, they can either call me or a Committee Member or drop them off at State Grange as long as you call first.

As in previous years,any Grange or person that makes a ten dollar donation to the New England Grange Building, House in the Woods, State Grange or Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers will receive a Certificate signed by the State Master and the CWA Director if you choose to send your donation directly to the organization ,that is fine but a certificate will not be sent.

I am enclosing all of the information received from National Grange about the Quilt Contest if you would like to bring the finished block and /or any other entries to State Session in October with the submission form attached then I will mail them the following Monday please be sure and read the directions thoroughly as they have included information for 2016 that I did not know about their are also different age groups included.

I’m not sure if everyone is aware that we have Certificates of Appreciation to be given to non-members for any items that they make for any of the Organizations that we support. The certificates were designed by Laurie McBumie of Nobleboro.

Enjoy your summer, I look forward to seeing you at the Conference on August 26th.

Sincerely,

Karen L Flagg , DWA
3 Jeanie Drive
Leeds , Maine 04263
207-524-2011
flaggkaren52atgmaildotcom  (flaggkaren52atgmaildotcom)  

Webmaster’s Note: You can find the 2017 Quilt Block Contest information on the Program Books and Information Page. The packet includes the rules, a pattern and submission form.

May 052017
 

After a long and snowy winter, Porter Grange #569 has once again started meeting at our Grange Hall. Reading through our Grange Bulletin, we were reminded to “Save our pennies!”

We are all getting old and forgetful down this way and our penny collections are usually forgotten after two meetings! Master Gary Nickerson had an idea. On one of his trips to our local Bangor Savings Bank, he asked the bank if he could get a dozen of their piggy banks. Our next meeting all our members were given a piggy bank to take home and fill so we will have the best penny collection ever (as long as we remember to bring them to the meeting)!

A great idea with little fuss and lots of smiles. We all look forward to piggy bank day!


Note: Pennies collected are brought to State Convention every year and donated to a worthy cause.

Mar 152017
 

Flagg (640x640)By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

Can you imagine it is snowing again!I will be sending out the annual request letter soon with information on the 2017 Quilt Block Contest for National.

I would like everyone to consider submitting their name address and information if you would like to possibly join the CWA State Committee. Master Rick is aware of this idea also.

Until next month, God bless.

Jan 122017
 

Flagg (640x640)By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope everyone is staying warm and not over doing it with snow removal. This month, I hope everyone is working on contest entries.

I would like to remind each and every one of you to be aware that if your donation checks are sent to State Headquarters, it could take up to a month before I get up there to get them so please try to remember to send them to my home address.

Next, if checks are mailed directly to one of the organizations that we support, you WILL NOT get a certificate from Maine State Grange acknowledging that donation. I know several Granges have done that and it’s your choice but it is your choice as every cent collected goes straight to that charity.

I would also appreciate it if you had any items ready to donate to the Big E Grange that it can be brought to State Grange (make sure someone is there) or any State Officer or any Committee member as I will send items down as they are collected so that we do not overwhelm them.

Until next month, be safe.

Dec 112016
 

Flagg (640x640)By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

Happy Holidays to all of Mike and my Grange friends. Hope everyone is staying warm and working on projects for all of the upcoming contests. How about making an extra pair or two of mittens to donate to the Little Wanderers next year. Another idea I had was for any of you that ENJOY shopping after Christmas, consider picking up some of those after the holiday sales for the children? Perhaps if there is enough interest we could do a toy or clothing walk to donate at State Session, sort of like we do for the “Penny Collection” for House in the Woods.

For those that like to stay busy, I have been told that the House in the Woods could always use lap robes and shawls for either men or women. I will take any and all that are donated and store them until the “House” actually opens. As usual, any questions, please feel free to call me. Until next year, have a safe entry into the new year.

Nov 132016
 

Flagg (640x640)By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

First of all a belated thank you to all Veterans, especially Grange members. Everyone that participated in the Penny Collection for House in the Woods should give themselves a big pat on the back as $1,125.50 is what was collected on Friday during the march at State Session.

Am still waiting for the two checks from the Big E so that they also may be donated.

There were only two suggestions in the box:the first asked how we will be able to tell if the chest is handmade or bought? The way the chest is made is not what is being judged, it is the way/method/design is what will be judged. I hope that answers the question. The second was a complaint that there was not enough Rum Fudge, that has been passed on to the Grange member that made it so it will be up to her for next year, perhaps she will share the recipe with me?

I would like to clarify that the “chest” can be rounded at the top or flat as I have checked several craft shops and the only so called chests have a slat-like top with narrow gaps between them which would make it very difficult to have a smooth continuous surface to work on.

Next year’s conference will again be different as we will take a coffee, tea, punch, etc., break mid-morning and then finish around noon, as there is no sense dragging it on just to fit in lunch. As usual, we will see how this works.

Please remember to save your books, etc. for the CWA sales table, work on all of your contest entries. Also, any items that you make to donate to the Big E Grange Store can be given to me, Rick, any CWA Committee member or dropped off in Augusta if Sharon is there.Until next, please take care and enjoy your family and Thanksgiving.

Jun 302016
 
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

With thanks to Steven Haycock and Norma Meserve for locating and sending it, we now have a pattern for a Grange table scarf available for download and printing in the CWA section of the Program Books and Information Page.

It’s a great idea to visit this page from time-to-time… there are lots of resources available, listed by committee or topic.