Okay, so it’s still only January and Grange Month isn’t until April… But think about this: from the end of January until April 1st is only two months! So Lecturer Sherry’s reminder in her newsletter is surely a good seed to plant even in below zero weather. Sherry wrote, in part:
“…If you are making presentations using the National Grange Community Citizen Award or Pomona Award for Public Service you must order them early from National Grange.”
Sherry also notes these awards “are a great way to promote your Grange and reward an individual or group in your community for their involvement or outstanding achievements. By inviting non-members to your Grange, you are introducing them to the Grange. By rewarding someone outside the Grange, you are able to give recognition to those who deserve it who might otherwise never receive that thank you that means so much to everyone.”
So why not make this a “new business” agenda item at your next regular meeting? How are you going to maximize Grange Month? Will you give awards? Can you plan a special community service project? Can you reach into the community and pull folks into your Grange?
When you plant a garden, you don’t just plant one seed! While we don’t yet have the theme for Grange Month, we can certainly start planting! If you are going to have a special presentation, program, or event start planning now! For special programs, initial information should start trickling out to the community at least 6-8 weeks (that’s next month!) prior to the event. If you are presenting an award you’ll want to have individual invitations in the mail at least 4 weeks prior to the event.
Let’s make this a Grange Month to remember! Share your ideas and questions as comments to this post… remember to submit complete details about any events you plan using the “submitting information” tab at the top of the page.