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.

Jun 152016

Flagg (640x640)By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

This month I would like to remind everyone about donations of handicraft to the Big E. Would any of you knitters, crocheters, etc. be interested in making mittens again this year for the Little Wanders as there is always a need for them in all sizes from baby to teen?

Another need for House in the Woods once they are finally open is for a variety of sizes and colors in shawls and lap robes. They can be brought to State Session as I would like to take pictures with the donors for an album for “House” so that whenever the new or old Veterans visit they can read and see how very generous and talented all of you are as I personally proud of each and every one of you which makes me a very proud Granger.

I have been sending out the Certificates from Granges the day after receiving them and am very grateful for everyone that donates. Until next month take care.

May 152016

Flagg (640x640)By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

First of all, I want to thank everyone for all of the prayers and cards sent during my ankle replacement surgery (again) and for all of your prayers during my Mom’s hospitalization with CHF. She is doing much better but will never be 100%, but at 84 years she is still quite active.

All of you should be extremely proud of yourselves because of all your donations to House in the Woods Penny Collection in 2015 came to $1,065. Good job everyone.

Next, all entries in the Needlework Contests need to be at State Grange for August 18, 2016. Banking and Dress-a-doll entries will be postponed until the following Saturday, August 27. Due to a scheduling with the judges being unavailable, the conference will be held on August 27 instead of August 20. I sincerely hope this will not affect any entries.

Copies of the new CWA Report have been mailed and are available on the MSG Website. The same sheet is used for both Pomona and Subordinate reporting. All you will need to do is circle whichever level you are reporting for. Many thank for Ruby Parker for coming up with this simplified reporting sheet.

My usual donation requires are for the Maine State Grange, House in the Woods, Maine Childrens’ Home for Little Wanderers, and the New England Grange Building. For each $10 donation your Grange will receive a signed certificate from the State Master and CWA Director. There is no need of making separate checks for each donation, one check with the directive on what it goes to will be fine. Please be sure that if you have donations to other committees you send them to the appropriate director.

I recently received a letter from the Big E Coordinator letting me know the needs for the Grange Store this year. They are totally out of 1/2 towels, child and adult mittens, scrubbies (please be sure they are not sewn with regular thread as they do not hold up), any baby items (size them if possible, dishcloths, fingerless gloves, lap quilts, aprons, hat and scar sets (please pin together) and clothespin bags. Any Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items along with winter clothes and dresses (again, please size them). Slippers of all sizes, catnip toys for cats, pet toys sell very well, head warmers, ditty bags for walkers/wheelchairs, ornaments and refrigerator magnets are more ideas.

Items that do not sell nor are they wanted are fancy scarves, Easter/Valentine items and summer items. I personally am appreciative to know this is so that I won’t waste time and money doing these things. Each and every person should be proud of their handiwork donations as Maine is always complimented on the quality of what is sent. Also, if you have items to be donated to the Big E, they can always be dropped off at State Grange provided someone is there or I can try and meet you on the days I have a vehicle.

There will be a new system in place for checking out your items after the CWA Conference which will be explained later but it will expedite the process plus there will be less confusion. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me and leave a message (225-2328) or email flaggkaren52atgmaildotcom.

I sincerely look forward to hearing from each of you. I did decide to send this directly to each CWA director after discussing it with the Master to try a different response. There will be a paid lunch on August 27. If there is anyone attending with a severe dietary issue, please let me know before the conference. I do enjoy visiting Granges when possible.

Mar 112016

Flagg (640x640)By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

I apologize for not sending any information lately but there has not been much to report as I have been out of commission since January.

I just received information yesterday from January’s Leadership Conference. There were a couple of changes made in the 2016-2017 that I need to clarify before I pass on the wrong information.

I do have information on the Grange Store. First they sold $300. more than last year. The store is totally out of the following items: 1/2 towels, adult and child size mittens, SCRUBBIES (be sure they are not sewn with regular thread), any baby items (put a size on them, if possible).

Also need, dishcloths, hats and scarf sets, fingerless gloves, lap quilts (mark with size) aprons and clothespin bags.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and Halloween items plus winter clothes and dresses sell.

Items that do not sell are fancy scarves, summer items, Easter and Valentine. I will be collecting items throughout the year so that they are not overwhelmed in the fall. Items can dropped off at State Grange Headquarters (check with Sharon’s availability first) or when I can walk and drive again, I will gladly meet you somewhere or when I visit Granges I could collect them then. Look forward to seeing all of you. Enjoy the Spring and each other.

Almost forgot, I had to get a new email address: flaggkaren52atgmaildotcom  (flaggkaren52atgmaildotcom)  .

Feb 272016

canning-626204_1280by Walter Boomsma, Communications Director

Some of our fellow Grangers in New Hampshire have an interest in setting up a community canning program… do we have any Grangers here in Maine who are familiar with these and who might be willing to share contacts and resources? My understanding is some organizations have been willing to provide a location, equipment, and even consulting or classes for those who might have an interest in learning… I seem to recall reading or hearing about several such programs in Maine… maybe someone can help refresh my memory?

You can send an email to the webmaster or add a comment to this post. This is one of those ideas that sounds like a winner! It might be called “You Can Can!”