May 092017

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

Do you like meeting new people? The Northeast Lecturer’s Conference may just be the conference for you! It is also a great place to get reenergized and get suggestions for programs that you may not have thought of before. The conference is open to all Grangers, not just lecturers or lecturers-elect.

The 2017 Northeast Grange Lecturers’ Conference will be held July 31, August 1, and August 2 and will be hosted by Vermont at Castleton University in Castleton. The conference cost will be $190 double occupancy. Pricing for single occupancy and individual days is available. All completed registrations must be sent to Linda Sanderson, Vermont State Lecturer, on or before June 30, 2017. Complete information has been sent to all Subordinate and Pomona Secretaries.

The Maine State Lecturer’s Conference will be held on September 30, 2017. The location is yet to be determined. The agenda for that will include awards for contest winners, a talent contest, and program helps. More information will be sent as the date gets closer.

Apr 032017

Maine State Grange Lecturer Margaret Morse has prepared a list of program helps for lecturers–thoughts, poems, skits, etc. It is posted to the Program Books and Information Page in the Lecturer’s Section or directly available from this post: April 2017 Lecturer’s Program Helps.  Check it out!

Mar 082017

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

William Faulkner wrote, “If a story is in you, it has got to come out.” Some people were just born to write, it seems that all they have to do is put their pen to paper and the words just flow, are you one of them?

The Lecturer’s Department is again sponsoring the Poetry, Story Writing, and Skit Writing contests.

  • The Poetry contest is opened to all Subordinate and Junior members. The categories are: 1. Nature, 2. Love, 3. Grange, 4. Patriotic, and 5. Other.
  • The Original Story Writing and Original Skit Writing contest are opened to all Subordinate members. Stories or skits must not exceed 10 minutes (approximately 500 words).

The deadline for submitting entries to these contests is July 1, 2017, and should be sent or e-mailed to my home. All skits, stories, and poetry entries will be printed in a booklet for all to use and enjoy. Complete rules may be found on the Maine State Grange website in the Lecturer’s section of Program Books & Information.


Feb 182017

Webmaster’s Note:  The following article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119, reprinted with permission. 

MARVEL! Maine’s Virtual Library provides every resident of Maine with access to a collection of full-text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals, and reference books that are credible, reputable resources.  MARVEL! also offers students, business people, public library patrons, and higher-education students and educators the ability to search a number of resources at one time for information.

Funding comes from the Maine State Legislature and the joint efforts of the Maine State Library, University of Maine, Colby, Bates, Bowdoin College, the Public Utilities Commission, and MTEAF (Maine Telecommunications Educational Access Fund), commonly known as State E-rate.  This collaboration makes statewide licensing of MARVEL! resources extremely cost effective and provides these resources for every school, library, and resident of Maine.

Feb 032017

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

Have you joined the Book Reading Club? If you’re the type of person who can find any reason to relax and read a good book then you’re the person we are looking for. The Book Reading Club is open to all Grange members including Junior members. To join all you have to do is keep a list of the books you have read (include the author and number of pages for each) since September 1, 2016, and send this list to me before September 1, 2017. All those who join the club will receive a special gift. Prizes will be given for the most books read and the most pages read. This is a great way to participate in a contest while doing an activity you already enjoy!

Hold these dates! The Annual Northeast Lecturer’s Conference will be held July 31, August 1 & 2, 2017 at Castleton University in Castleton, VT. If you’ve never been to a lecturer’s conference it is a great opportunity to meet people from all over the northeast and get ideas for programs. This conference is open to all Grangers, not just Lecturers. Look for more information coming out this spring.


Jan 142017

Webmaster’s Note:  The following article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119, reprinted with permission. Sounds like a great resource for a Lecturer’s Program and might fit into Family Health and Hearing.

 New Consumer Booklet Free to Maine Residents:  “On the Money – A Young Person’s Guide to Personal Finance”

Maine’s Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection announces the release of a new consumer publication, “The Downeaster Common Sense Guide:  On the Money – A Young Person’s Guide to Personal Finance.” The new, nearly 50-page booklet is online at  Free printed copies are available to Maine residents by calling 1-800-332-8529.

Bureau Principal Examiner David Leach, who coauthored the guide, said it will help people become more “situationally-aware” when facing major decisions or making key choices about their finances, including:

  • the financing of a vehicle or student loans;
  • establishing and maintaining credit responsibly;
  • the significance of credit reports and credit scores;
  • the fundamentals of purchasing stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other investments;
  • comparison-shopping for the lowest annual percentage rate (APR) when using credit;
  • the basics of auto, home, life, and health insurance;
  • realizing that credit cards do not represent “free money,” and that charges and cash advances must be paid back, with interest; and
  • avoiding too-good-to-be-true fraudulent offers, such as foreign lottery winnings, no-interest loans, or no-risk investments.

The online version of this new guide and all other “Downeaster Common Sense” financial publications can be found at by clicking “Publications.”  Copies can also be ordered by calling the Bureau at 1-800-332-8529 (toll-free in Maine) or 624-8527.

Jan 062017

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

Happy 2017! How time flies, remember when some people were concerned about Y2K and what it would do to technology?

April is Grange month and right now it probably feels like it’s weeks away. However, now is the time to solidify your plans, if you haven’t already. An open meeting, with a program that is of interest to your members and your community, is a great way to promote your Grange and get nonmembers into your hall. It may also be an opportunity to present membership certificates and community citizen awards. Remember that all certificates from National Grange need to be ordered early to make sure they arrive in time for your meeting.

Dec 142016

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Just a quick “bullet” to let you know that the “Lecturers Programs in  Box” on the National Grange Website are now accessible. In addition to this post, the link is now included on our “Program Books and Information Page.” During the National Grange Website makeover, several programs have been added including one yummy one about A & W Root Beer that includes recipes! There are currently ten programs to choose from, so even if you’re not “stuck” for a lecturer’s program visiting the site makes sense!

Dec 042016

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

Seasons Greetings! However you celebrate this season, may you enjoy it with family and friends.

It is said the change is the spice of life, so spice things up. When putting your program together, mix things up. Remember the Lecturer’s task is to inspire, entertain and educate. Your program doesn’t have to follow the same pattern every time. In fact, changing the order will keep your members guessing what’s next. Make sure whatever you have planned flows easily from one part to another.

A BIG THANK YOU to Sister Sherry Harriman for editing and printing the 2016-2017 program guide and labels. Without her help, I would not have gotten then out as soon.

Nov 142016

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

I joined John F. Hill Grange in 1971 and was installed Master in 1993. I first became involved at the state level when Brother Rick asked me to be a member of his lecturer’s committee. Since then it has been my honor to serve as a Deputy and State Soloist.

I would like to thank the members of the Maine State Grange for electing me. I would also like to thank those Sisters and Brothers who have agreed to serve on the lectures committee for the coming year.

Whether you are a first-time lecture or a seasoned veteran of this station I encourage you to ask for help when planning or presenting your programs. By this time you probably have presented one or two programs. I know that some subordinate Granges and most Pomonas plan a yearly calendar while others plan a month at a time. As lecturers, especially those who are planning their first programs, we often think we need to do everything ourselves. Remember asking for help in planning a program, calling a speaker, or asking a member to take part in your program makes others feel needed. In education, we talk about working smarter not harder and I encourage you all to do the same.