Dec 302010
 

submitted by Legislative Director Jim Annis

…What a year we’ve had. The Maine Granges have brought many honors upon our membership. I think National Grange knows exactly where Maine is now and that we are potential leaders throughout the nation. Let’s keep the pressure on for the coming year by outdoing the accolades we’ve received this year.

Regarding the four bills that the conference decided that we put in front of the Maine State Legislature, I have some incomplete news. Just call this an update. I charged Representative Paul Davis with submitting the Excessive/Unnecessary Packaging and the Blood Type – Maine Driver’s License resolutions to the Legislature. He has already turned them into the revisor’s office to be made into bills.

The Awarding Construction Contracts resolution has not been submitted as a bill at the suggestion of Senator Doug Thomas. Doug has served on the Transportation Committee for seix years and in that time this type of bill has been argued before the committee many times. It failed every time. One major concern was that if the state wouldn’t allow constuction firms from out-of-state bid then other states would reciprocate likewise preventing Maine firms from bidding in their states.

Senator Thomas is currently researching the possibility of submitting the Rotary/Roundabout Construction resolution to the Legislature. He thinks our concerns are already law and that our resolution would be repetitive. I’ll let you know later on this one.

In the meantime, have a great Christmas and may the good Lord find you all experiencing a super New Year.

Dec 302010
 

Submitted by WM Jim Owens

The cookbook committee is currently working on assembling everyting. They are in need of a few more recipes. If each Grange could send just one more recipe, we would have enough for a good sized book. You can download the Recipe Collection Sheet right here and return it to Maine State Grange, 146 State Street, Augusta ME 04330

Dec 292010
 

Submitted by Glenys Ryder

At a recent meeting of Danville Junction Grange, members contributed wrapped books, games, and toys which were collected by the Salvation Army to be distributed to needy families. Pictured from left to right are: Community Service Co-Chair Franklin McAlister, Bandmaster Michael DeMatto, Lt. Jason Brake, and Community Service Co-Chair Joyce MacDonald. Bandmaster DeMatto and Lt. Brake entertained the members with several musical numbers.

Dec 262010
 

WM Jim Owens

It’s time to start planning for Ag Day at Legislature which is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, 1011.  We will once again be giving away fudge at the State House and will gladly accept your donations.  We are planning a dinner at State Grange Headquarters for the legislators and others involved with Ag Day as we have done in prior years.

I haven’t received confirmation from anyone yet that they wish to do the Rose Drill at State Session in Skowhegan on Friday evening, October 21st.  If you are interested in taking charge of the Rose Drill, call us at State Grange.

There will be a degree day on Sat., Jan. 22, 2010 at Bingham Grange No. 237 starting at 10:30 A.M.  A planned dinner will be served following the Second Degree.  Those not asked to bring something specific should take a salad or dessert.  The Third and Fourth Degrees will follow lunch.

Remember the conference for the Pomona Grange members to be held on Sat., Jan. 29, 2011 starting at 10:00 A.M. at State Grange Headquarters in Augusta.  The Youth and Juniors will be selling lunches at noon that day for the benefit of the Travel Fund.  I hope to see many Pomona members in attendance.

Dec 262010
 

by Sue Hackett, from the Maine State Grange Bulletin

We received a Christmas card from our platoon thanking us for all of the care packages that we have sent them. It’s great to hear that they are getting our packages and are enjoying them. Thank you to all of the people and Granges that are so generous in providing these items. I am trying to keep track of who gives me things so that I can send thank you cards and present specially made certificates. REMINDER: The Junior and Youth Conference will be on February 12th at 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Everyone please come for a day of learning and fun.

Dec 262010
 

Submitted by Pam Martin

Phil Parsons and Ms Claus (Pam Martin) Passed out dictionaries for the “Words for Thirds” program on Dec 23 to Ms Sanborn’s Class, the third grade. It was a fun experience. Ms Claus sang to the children and passed out candy from her candy factory and the kids were excited to get their dictionaries. These dictionaries were provided by the Queen City and Bangor Grange. As you can see it was quite a party.

Dec 262010
 

By Karen Flagg, from the Maine State Grange Bulletin…

Happy New Years to all the Brothers and Sisters of the Maine State Grange.

This year the CWA is asking for the usual ten dollar donations for the New England Grange Building and the Maine State Grange upkeep. The new project that I am asking ten dollar donation for is the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers.  Laurie McBurnie is designing a certificate that will be sent to each Grange that donates ten dollars.  The certificate will have the logo for the Maine Children’s Home on it.

Please remind your members of the upcoming baking contest and also the sewing contest.  Plus we will be needing fudge in March for the legislature.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call (946-2016) or e-mail me at  flagg_karenatyahoodotcom  (flagg_karenatyahoodotcom)   .

Dec 192010
 

Raffle Winner Laura Pratt shows off more of Roger's Talent-woodworking!

This poem was written and performed by Valley Grange Steward Roger Ricker at the recent Valley Grange Fellowship Breakfast.

Twas the meet before Christmas
When all through the Grange Hall
All members attending
Were having a ball.

The meeting that evening
Was proceeding with care.
In hopes that no problem
Would occur that night there.

The officers were nestled
All snug by their station
With visions all centered
On the night’s recreation.

The Master in his regalia
With the Overseer’s aid
Were trying their best
To get things underway.

When out by the gate
There arose such a clatter,
That the Gatekeeper responded
To see what was the matter.

Away to the ante room
He flew like a flash
Followed quite closely
By the tail of his sash.

The light in the ante room
Attached to the ceiling
Gave a luster of midday
Which aided his seeing.

When what to his wondering
Eyes did appear
But a tall slender fellow
Who was out to bring cheer. Continue reading »

Dec 192010
 

State Master Jim Owens presents Evening Star Master Cheryl Moscato with the Public Service award as members Pat Medeika, Priscilla Packard and Linda Luce look on.

A successful grange is an asset to its community and Evening Star Grange #183 in Washington certains fills the bill. They make donations to many local charities and participate in numerous community service projects.

Their recent donations include those to Knox County and Lincoln County Animal Shelters, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Rockland Care Network, Gibbs Library in Washington, Minnie Weaver Scholarship, American Legion Scholarship (Rockland post) and the Ronald McDonald House.

The Grange works on local community service projects including the Food Bank, Operation Christmas Boxes, collecting school supplies for Prescott Memorial School, helping with supplies for the local Halloween party, Red Cross blood drives, and helping winterize homes of the needy.

Members are also active participants in local government, with Grangers serving on the Road and Housing Committees, the Appeals Board and the Mid Coast Housing Coalition.

The Grange has its own projects which include participation in Words for Thirds, Kiddy Ditty bags, delivering fruit baskets for shut-ins, and making mittens and hats for students at the local school. They also sponsor an annual Easter Egg Hunt for children and hold a Meet the Candidates night at the hall near election time. They clean the West Washington Cemetery and make their hall available for community functions.

It is with pleasure that Knox Pomona #3 presents Evening Star Grange #183 with the 2010-2011 Award for Public Service. Congratulations!

Submitted by Laurie McBurnie

Dec 162010
 

Submitted by Sue Hackett

On Wednesday December 15th Topsham Grange hosted the Spirit of America Foundation Award Ceremony where Topsham and Enterprise Granges each received a Spirit of America award for Community Service.  Richard Grotton, a member of the Board of Directors of the Spirit of America Foundation was the MC for the evening.  Representing Enterprise Grange was Marilyn Stinson and Lou Lowell Lamoreau, presenting the award to them was Seth Goodall, Senator Maine District 19.  Representing Topsham Grange was Master Mike Labbe and presenting the award was Representative Kerri Prescott, House District 60.  There were eight other Sagadahoc County organizations recognized.  Susan Hackett spoke for the Maine State Grange on the Junior & Youth Departments and Community Service.  She mentioned that Valley Grange won first place in Community Service at National Grange, and listed some of their projects.  This information was well received by the audience.  Refreshments were served at the end of the presenations.