May 072017

After a successful baked bean supper, Victor Grange #49 honored some of their most deserving members in two award ceremonies. In honor of Grange month, members chose to give posthumously a Patrons of Husbandry Flag and Grave marker to the families of some of our most dedicated members. Their contribution to Victor Grange at the local, State and National Levels were significant and instrumental to a well-run community organization. This being the first year of this award, we felt it appropriate to acknowledge those members who had belonged to our Grange the longest. Family members accepted the grave markers and flags for the following; Burleigh Crockett – 71 yrs.; Madeline Hill 73 yrs.; Coleman MacKay 73 yrs.; Constance (Babe) MacKay 60 yrs.; Muriel Tupper 81 yrs.; Robert Tupper 80 yrs.; Douglas Taylor 78 yrs.; and Clifton Wood 70 yrs.;. This represents a total of over 586 years that these members served the Grange and their Community. Family members were pleased to receive the Flag and Grave Marker in time for Memorial Day.

The second ceremony was a complete surprise to the recipients, Roger Shorty, & Don “Rick” Duperry longtime Grange members. The Sixteenth Community Service Award was given for their outstanding dedication and service to the Victor Grange #49 and its community. They are the epitome of volunteerism in every sense of the word. There is no need too small or challenge too great and by bringing the Grange and community together; they keep the Grange’s flame burning.

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Apr 262017

Reposted from a National Grange Announcement… note that membership recognition awards must be ordered through Maine State Grange Secretary Sharon Morton… an order form is available on the Maine State Grange Website.

We would like to clarify the shipping costs applied to the Golden Sheaf and 75 Year Awards. This shipping cost increase went into effect March 1, 2017 and reflects a portion of the rising costs the National Grange faces to ship items to members.

Membership Recognition
Golden Sheaf is $10 plus shipping & handling (see chart below)
Example A = 1 Golden Sheaf cost is $10.00 + $4.00 for shipping
Example B = 2 Golden Sheaf cost is $20.00 + $7.00 for shipping
Example C = 5 Golden sheaf cost is$50.00 + $9.00 for shipping

75 Year Diamond Certificate and folder is $10 plus shipping & handling (see chart below)
Example A = 1 – 75 year award cost is $10.00 + $4.00 for shipping
Example B = 2 – 75 year award cost is $20.00 + $7.00 for shipping
Example C = 5 -75 year award cost is $50.00 + $9.00 for shipping

If you did a combination of both Golden Sheaf and 75 year award (see chart below)
Example A = 1 Golden Sheaf and 1 – 75 year cost is $20.00 + $7.00 shipping
Example B = 3 Golden Sheaf and 2 – 75 year award cost is $50.00 + $9.00 shipping

NOTE: If you need the certificate to be delivered by specific date for presentation, otherwise it will take a minimum of three weeks to complete your order once it is received here at National Grange.

All Shipping & Handling costs for Golden Sheaf and 75 year award items will now be the same price as the Grange Store shipping and handling. Standard Shipping and Handling rate prices are listed below:

Orders: Up to $10.00 = $4.00
Orders: $10.01 – $19.99 = $5.00
Orders: $20.00 – $49.99 = $7.00
Orders: $50.00 – $74.99 = $9.00
Orders: $75.00 – $99.99 = $10.00
Orders: $100.00 – $124.99 = $12.00
Orders: $125.00 – $249.99 = $15.00
Orders: $250 and above = $20.00

Grange Hall Award – change in price
• The 100 year and 125 year award (includes certificate along with a 8″x10″ wood plaques) are at no charge, but shipping & handling will be $10
• Please note if you need the certificate to be delivered by specific date for presentation, otherwise it will take a minimum of three weeks to complete your order.
• Form available contact Loretta Washington for the form

For more information call,
Loretta Washington
(202) 628-3507 (ext 109)

salesatnationalgrangedotorg  (salesatnationalgrangedotorg)  

Mar 162017

By Kay Khalvati
MSG Membership Director

Spring is on its way!!  That wonderful time of year when everything is renewing itself, and growing with enthusiasm!

We encourage you to extend this spirit of renewal and enthusiasm to our Grange organization. I challenge each of you to make it a personal goal to bring a new member into our Grange family this Spring.

With the same expectation of satisfaction that you have when you prepare soil and plant seedlings, we encourage you to personally promote the Grange and invite friends and acquaintances to come to visit your Grange.  Help them personally to experience the fun and satisfaction that Grange membership provides.

The month of May will bring Memorial Services to many Granges.  Let’s honor our members lost over the winter months with the best memorial of all–a vibrant and energized membership that includes several new members.

Now is the time to start.  Try something innovative this year!  A friend of mine is going to buy (or pick) three of the first daffodils she sees.  She is going to attach a tag to each one that says “from your friends at __________ Grange,” and give one to each of the first three people she talks to about her Grange.

While discussing this idea, we decided that it was a winner all around:

  • everyone likes cheery daffodils
  • everyone likes to be invited to a special occasion
  • everyone will appreciate a friendly invitation accompanied by a daffodil!!

This sounds like a great start to Spring to me!

Happy Spring to you all!

Feb 072017

By Kay Khalvati
MSG Membership Director

Winter is here!  For many of us, our lives have changed into our winter mode, including less activity at our Grange Halls.  However, this still can be an active time for Grangers…….these winter months can be a great time for planning upcoming activities.

An invitation to a Grange meeting or event received now could add a bright note, especially if it’s accompanied by a brief description of the April and May meeting programs, or better yet by your Grange’s Annual Lecturer’s Program.

If your Grange celebrates Grange Month during its April meeting, now would be a good time to ask for/select recipients for the awards that you may want to present to members of your community.  These recipients come from various sources.

Often local newspapers cover the accomplishments of individuals that have wide benefit in our general community.  In our area, the local newspaper recently acknowledged the work of some women who are interested in preserving an old cemetery.   Interestingly, some of these women have shown an interest in supporting our Grange.  Presenting them with an award of recognition (either from the Subordinate or State Grange) is possible if we start now.  Undoubtedly the recipient(s) would appreciate the recognition of their good work.

Jan 122017

By Kay Khalvati
MSG Membership Director

Happy New Year to You!!   Happy New Year to your Grange!! Isn’t it fun to think ahead about the coming year; dreaming of improvements that we want to achieve in our lives in the coming months? Mulling over the ideas that will enable us to accomplish those improvements. I invite you to apply those same actions to planning for your upcoming Grange New Year!  What would you most like to see improve in the coming year?

What actions can you take to ensure this success? Maybe those actions will include items as simple as:

  • jotting down the names of a few folks that you want to invite to a Grange meeting;
  • a suggestion for the Lecturer for an up-coming program; or
  • reporting to your Membership Chairperson an idea that someone else found to be successful in another organization.

Most important of all, please know that your involvement is very important to your Grange.  Every level of the Grange needs support. Please let your personal resolutions for 2017 include whatever level of participation is appropriate for you with your Grange.  You will be ensuring its success!!  Happy 2017!!

Dec 192016

By Loretta Washington
Sales, Benefits & Programs Director

In our 150th Anniversary celebration year, it is so important to promote the Grange and be part of our next member gain!

For only $12 plus shipping, you can receive the new Grange Promotion kit (COM 117) with everything you need to grow your Grange. Brochures, comic book, and rip cards are all part of this affordably priced kit.

Ask your community what the Grange means to them, invite them to be DO·ers with you and the other Grange members across the nation, and provide them the printed material to apply for membership.

Kit comes with:

  • 25 Declaration of Purpose brochures
  • 15 Junior brochures
  • 10 Youth brochures
  • 25 Adult Members brochures
  • 10 E member brochures
  • 25 Recruiting brochures
  • 25 Rip Card
  • 25 A Grange Story Comic book

All for the price of $12.00 plus shipping.

This article is reprinted from the December 2016 issue of The Patrons Chain… since there are no ordering instructions, I’d suggest you contact Loretta via email: salesatnationalgrangedotorg  (salesatnationalgrangedotorg)  .

Follow up… another email from National Grange provides this link for ordering.

Dec 072016

By Kay Khalvati
MSG Membership Director

HAPPY HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO ALL!   I love this time of year!  November and December are my some of my personal favorites.  Everything has a festive air about it, and it is such an inclusive time of year.  As the carol says, everyone is full of good cheer!  Gifts large and small are given and greatly appreciated.

As we join in this festive season, I ask you all to give a gift to your Grange.  Large or small is greatly appreciated.  In fact, the most valuable gift of all may not cost anything.  Please commit to your Grange’s membership goals, by inviting your friends and neighbors to become Grangers.

This may seem paradoxical when many Granges adopt winter schedules now.  However, if you have a supply of membership applications and/or your Grange’s Program Schedule handy before the winter break starts, January and February can be great times to invite new members to join.

This is the best time of year to invite potential members to join (again).  If you are taking a winter break, they will have an opportunity to plan ahead for their new Grange schedule.  If you do not close for a winter break, the schedule is generally more flexible, given weather and other considerations.

By focusing on inviting and accepting applications during the lead up to Spring months, your Grange will have a head start.  What a nice feature for Grange Month in April… have new members introduced and/or taking their degrees!

So I encourage you to make a commitment to give an invitation to join the Grange to anyone you greet this holiday season.  It may be the best gift you can give your Grange.

Nov 142016

By Kay Khalvati
MSG Membership Director

Happy Thanksgiving!!  This is the season when we traditionally take a few moments to acknowledge the things in our lives for which we are most thankful.  As we acknowledge these, it is not unusual for our family to be noted.  We all agree that mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, cousins, and even in-laws help us become who we are.  And we would not be the same if they were missing from our lives.

So, as we savor the roast turkey and pumpkin pie of this season, I invite you to consider this possibility.  How much do you value your Grange family?  Would you be a different person without it?  Are you an active supporter of your Grange family?

Earlier this week, we attended a Pomona meeting that reminded me of these questions, and the inherent answers.  As we prepared to attend, we called a couple of folks and invited them to attend with us.  They accepted, and we enjoyed their company as we traveled to the meeting.  When we arrived at the sponsoring subordinate grange, the hall was aglow, and the parking lot had several cars already there.  Upon entering, we were greeted by several people, most of them eligible for Youth status.  As we were invited to sit for dinner, I invited some of the young members to join us.  Obviously, I was interested in more details.

As we enjoyed an exceptionally delicious meal, all of us were pleased to get to know these new members better. The two fellows next to me were very good company… smart, witty, great senses of humor, and a real enthusiasm for the Grange!  As new members of the subordinate Grange, they and their peers had not yet joined Pomona.  However, all were invited to come upstairs to participate in the evening’s program (before the meeting.)

They accepted and soon found themselves participating in a skit and a contest with three teams.  Their presence enhanced an already fun evening and set an energized pace for the program.  Simply stated, everyone had a wonderful time.

Later in the week, we enjoyed a repeat performance in yet another Grange.  This time the youthful enthusiasm came from honorees during the subordinate Grange’s Veterans’ Day program.  Again, we met new friends and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

To answer the questions asked above:

  • Grange families are important.
  • They help us become the best that we can be.
  • We would miss them if they were not part of our lives.
  • Please support your Grange membership by inviting others to join.

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sep 222016

submitted by Glenys Ryder, Androscoggin Pomona #1

A very interesting and productive Degree Day was recently held at West Minot Grange by Androscoggin Pomona #1.  The first four degrees were conducted on eleven candidates.  Over forty Grange members from eleven different Granges were present.  A delicious roast pork dinner was served by the members of West Minot Grange between the second and third degrees.  Honored guest at the occasion was MSG Junior Director Christine Hebert.

Officers for the four degrees were as follows:  Master Wayne Sherman, Overseer Greg Johnson, Lecturer Glenys Ryder (first and second degrees) and Steven Haycock (third and fourth degrees), Steward Norma Meserve ( first and second degrees) and Roberta Meserve (third and fourth degrees), Assistance Steward Dana Coffin (first and second degrees) and Clay Collins (third and fourth degrees), Lady Assistant Steward Sue Verrill, Chaplain Maynard Chapman, Treasurer Wes Ryder, Secretary Linda Sherman, Gatekeeper Bill Hatch, Ceres Cynthia Maxwell, Pomona Kathy Lorrain, and Flora Gladys Chapman.  Taking part in the Harvest March were Shirley Hatch, Elmira Collins, Sharon Castonguay, and David Castonguay.

It was a wonderful afternoon and evening where Grangers were sharing good food and fellowship!

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Sep 172016

By Kay Khalvati
MSG Membership Director

Congratulations to the team that recently sponsored the Volunteer workshop at the Maine State Grange.  A very valuable networking experience occurred during the last presentation of the day.  Simply stated, this was a roundtable discussion led by three members of AARP to introduce “AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.” (More info is available at  As the discussion progressed, it became increasing obvious that this new program sponsored by AARP has many similarities to the basic precepts of Grange membership.  I added this observation to the conversation, and a sprightly discussion ensued, including most of the attendees.  The net conclusion being that the AARP folks learned much about the Grange, and Grangers learned about a new AARP program.

Always looking for membership promotional opportunities, I asked the AARP reps why they did not belong to Grange.  The consensus was that “they hadn’t been asked,” and “they didn’t know much about the Grange.”   Promptly, I issued an invitation to each of them, and our group gave them an informal overview of the benefits of Grange membership.  As the session was ending, I asked them if they would answer three quick questions about their reasons for not belonging to the Grange, intending to take about 5 minutes with each of them to hear their answers.  Happily, they now responded enthusiastically as one that they would be happy to put their comments in writing so that they could give us as much help as possible.

Interest in the Grange is everywhere.  We now have three unofficial ambassadors for our organization from the Mid-Coast, South Central, and Western regions of Maine.

Please take the time to toot our horn when opportunities present themselves.  We are a valuable organization whose current low membership totals do not represent the value of our organization.

Thank you for representing our Grange well.  I look forward to seeing you at State Session.