How are the membership drives going? There are many exciting drives going on throughout the State. I am happy to hear that new membership is happening. Make them feel welcome, involve them, and keep activities happening in your communities. Especially keep the positive attitudes. Remember, we are a family and are always there to help by sharing ideas and giving a motivational boost. This is an election month so there are many things to consider in order to build up your membership. Understanding that many granges cannot fill their offices due to low numbers, do the best you can do. With the membership you do have, plan some activities that involve non members and focus on how you can get new members. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I have been making visitations to those who are asking, with great results. The enthusiasm is high and plans are being made. The idea is to have fun with it, it does take effort and hard work, but we are grangers and we will persevere. Our membership conference scheduled in June was postponed to a later date. Our National Membership director is excited about coming to Maine to share ideas.
The agricultural fairs will be starting up soon so make your grange visible by having a membership booth or setting up exhibits. If you are interested and have never set up an exhibit, you can always ask for guidelines on the requirements and what the judges look for in the exhibit. This is a great way to involve many members by asking for exhibit items such as baked goods, crocheted items, fresh fruit and vegetables, freshly canned fruits and vegetables, jellies and jams, afghans, quilts, paintings, herbs. This is just a partial list. There are many talented grangers out there with a variety of interests. Having put together many exhibits in my time, it has been fun and rewarding for all. It involves all members of all ages. This is a good way to bond, to raise funds and to keep members active.
Keep all members notified of Grange activities. Send a newsletter to those who do not attend regularly or give them a call to let them know you are thinking of them. Ask them for advice and ideas, especially those who can no longer attend. They certainly would be happy to know what is going on and to be still involved no matter what the limitations are to their involvement. They are still grangers and still have much to offer.
If you contact me please call me at 215-3064.