Submitted by Vicki Huff, Coordinator for Maine–Northeast Connection
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2013 National Grange Convention is coming to our area and will be here before we know it! The Coordinators from the seven Northeast States need your help. Below are three contests we need your help with. These contests will result in materials we need for the Convention.
First, we are looking for a design for hat, mitten and scarf trees. The prototype can be made on a small scale out of any material you choose and should be a pattern that can be adjustable to a full size tree. In the past each state in the region hosting National Session has donated a decorated artificial Christmas tree to the session and they have been given to local charities. We wanted to do something a little different in the Northeast and instead of asking for decorations we will donate hats, mittens and scarves.
Second, we are looking for ideas for centerpieces and table favors for the different banquets.
Rules and Considerations: Centerpiece entries should be suitable for round table seating and no taller than eight inches. Special consideration will be given to entries that conform to the convention theme “How Sweet It Is.” Also, remember the goal of the Northeast Connection to make this an environmentally-conscious convention. Use of recycled components (cans, glass, plastic, etc.) is encouraged as long as these components are readily available in larger quantities for “mass production.” We will need to produce a large number of each design. Table favors can be designed to coordinate with a specific centerpiece entry or may be submitted as a separate entry.
A list of materials used must accompany each entry along with a label that identifies the name, Grange, and state of its creator and should also include the category and meal function for which the entry is intended.
Keep in mind that centerpieces may be awarded to lucky diners at the conclusion of the meal. Therefore it is helpful if they can be easily dismantled and packed away in luggage and unnecessary parts discarded.
The current meal functions planned are (subject to change): Freshmen Delegates Breakfast, Distinguished Grange Awards meal, Host Region Dinner, Heroes of the Grange Luncheon, GROW Club and Youth Dinner, Past Delegates Luncheon, Salute to Ag Breakfast, Junior Breakfast, Luncheon with speaker, Committee Chair and Secretaries’ Meal Celebration Banquet.
If you wish to enter any of these three contests (Tree, Centerpiece, Favors) please bring your entry to the State Grange Convention, October 25th-27th at The Elks Club in Rockland. You may also give your entry to your Deputy prior to December 1 and he or she can bring it with him or her to Deputy School.
All entries must be at State Headquarters by December 21, 2012. Judging will be taking place in January at Northeast Leaders Conference which Maine is hosting this year.
If you have questions please email or call Vicki Huff, the information in the roster is correct.
I look forward to seeing your creativity! Maine Grangers are the best.