Aug 232016
 

by Glenys Ryder, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Maine State Grange

At the request of the state officers, I am sending the following reminder.

October will soon be upon us, and with its arrival, the Maine State Grange session will soon be here on October 20, 21, and 22 in Skowhegan.  It is of vital concern that EVERY Grange in the state of Maine should have a voice during this convention.  Many important issues will be discussed and decided upon, one of them being the sale of the Maine State Grange Building.

If the Master of your Grange and their spouse cannot attend this convention, then two of your members should be elected to attend the session to represent your Grange.  Their names should appear on the form that you send in to register your delegates.  This form will soon be on its way to your secretary!  Without a representative, it is as if your Grange doesn’t exist, and it is short-changing your members and purpose for existence!  EVERY Grange needs to take an active part in the state session!  Please send someone to present your viewpoints on the resolutions.

Whether you are a delegate or not, you do not have to be a Sixth Degree member to attend.  Any Subordinate Member, having had the first four degrees, may attend.  I hope that you will consider coming to this session.  Many people return from State Grange Convention with new enthusiasm and purpose, ready to take on new projects and increase interest in their Grange!

I hope to see you and your Grange members in Skowhegan!  Plan now!

Webmaster note: My apologies are due. In my haste, I changed the word “convention” to “conference” and should not have done so… while it seems to me a relatively small matter, I’ve been corrected in the past for using the word “conference” to describe state session. Folks who saw or received the original post should know that it was my error, not Glenys’. For some reason my brain got it backwards this morning. Sorry!

Jan 252016
 
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Here are some important March notes!

First a reminder that Agriculture Day at the Legislature will be on Thursday, March 17, 2016. As has been traditional, there will be a Grange Booth at the State House and members are being asked to contribute fudge. Please have your fudge at State Headquarters prior to 8:00 a.m. on that day. If you plan to drop off fudge prior to that day, please call to make sure someone will be in the office!

Second, Master Rick Grotton has announced a Celebration of the Life of Nancy R. Clark, Executive Committee Member of the Maine State Grange who passed away in December 2016. This celebration will take place on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at State Grange Headquarters. Attendees are invited to bring finger foods to share.

 

Jan 192016
 
Master Vicki

Past Master Vicki Huff

The Maine State Grange Executive Committee has appointed immediate Past Master Vicki Huff to the committee. Vicki will fill the term that ends this October.

Committee Member Glenys Ryder will assume the duties of Chairperson.

Vicki said of her appointment, “I am thankful for the opportunity to continue the work of the Maine State Grange. Nancy Clark and I spoke a few weeks before her passing and she reminded me that I needed to fight for my health so that I could continue the work that had been started. I know that I cannot fill her shoes but I will do my best to continue her legacy.”

We also asked Vicki how things are going–Grangers want to know!

“We still have a little ways to go before I finish my chemotherapy but there is light at the end of the tunnel, basically six more weeks. I will still need surgery and radiation and those should be wrapped up by June. I appreciate all the cards, positive thoughts and well-wishes of all the members. Your support has been overwhelming and a big reason why I accepted this appointment.”

Jan 012016
 

It is with great sadness that we must announce the death of Nancy Clark on December 28, 2015. Nancy was, of course, a long time member of Harraseeket Grange and served as a member of the Maine State Grange Executive Committee. A memorial service is being planned at the South Freeport Congregational Church where Nancy was a long time member.

Nancy was recognized as a community leader with a “can do” attitude and will be greatly missed.

Read the complete news story published by the Forecaster.

UPDATE:

Heres is a link to the the official obituary for Nancy Clark… note that a service is planned on January 30 at 11 am at the Freeport Congregational Church.

http://obituaries.centralmaine.com/obituaries/MaineToday-CentralMaine/obituary.aspx?pid=177121119

This link will also provide a link to the online guestbook

Nov 202015
 

Have you checked the Event Calendar recently? We’re adding lots of events… Granges are scheduling breakfasts with Santa, Caroling, Craft Fairs… there won’t be many opportunities to be bored for the next month or so!

Here a few upcoming “statewide” events:

Sunday, December 6 — The Community Service/Family Health & Hearing Committee will be sponsoring a guest speaker at the Maine State Grange Headquarters from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  Mr. John Shattuck, from the Iris Network (formerly Maine Center for the Blind or Visually Impaired) will be speaking on the topic or working with local communities to bring resources to individuals who are visually impaired and hearing impaired. All are invited! Contact Chris Corliss  (christinecorlissatymaildotcom)   for further information.

Saturday, December 12 — Deputies and Directors Meeting will take place at Headquaarters fro 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This traditional meeting will include distribution of information and a review of floorwork. Directors will have an opportunity to discuss their committees and promote their programs. Important goals for this meeting include understanding expectations, improving communications, and identifying those interested in leadership training. Contact Rick Grotton  (rictiataoldotcom)   for further information.

Sunday, December 13 — State Officers Meeting will take place at Headquarters from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Officers will review goals, receive information packets and plan Pomona Inspections. Contact Rick Grotton  (rictiataoldotcom)   for further information.

Sunday, December 13 — The Executive Committee will have their regular monthly meeting from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at State Headquarters.

January 15 – 18, 2016 are the dates for the Northeast Leaders Conference. For further information see the Conference Page on the website.

Jul 292014
 
State Master Vicki Huff with Legion Post Commander Shawn Coffin

State Master Vicki Huff with Legion Post Commander Shawn Coffin

In the fall of 2013 the State Grange Executive Committee voted to sell the former West Paris Grange Hall to American Legion Post #151. Last Saturday evening the Legion Post invited the State Grange Executive committee to a “thank you” dinner and presented State Master Vicki Huff with a plaque thanking the Maine State Grange for support of their Legion Post. Legion Commander Shaw Coffin was instrumental in the process and since taking ownership the Legion has been able to raise funds to redo the kitchen, paint both the upstairs and downstairs halls and add a second bathroom. They also have taken in additional members. These accomplishments were due in a large part to having a home, goals and a project that they could all work together on.

Master Vicki noted that “losing a Grange is certainly not a happy event” there is some sense of satisfaction “that an ultimate result is a benefit to another deserving organization.” She added, “Post #151 can also be an example to Granges that are struggling. If Legionnaires can do it, so can Grangers.”

Oct 222011
 

Submitted by Steven Haycock

Master: Patrick Brewer

Overseer: Vicki Huff

Lecturer: Sherry Harriman

Steward: Richard Harriman

Assistant Steward: Clayton Collins

Lady Assistant: Elmira Collins

Chaplain: Clyde Berry

Treasurer: James Owens

Secretary: Sharron Manley

Gatekeeper: Terry Spencer

Ceres: Harriet Spencer

Pomona: Debra Ivers

Flora: Kathy Brewer

Ex. Comm: James Meserve