Greetings of the Season!
Words from Walter…
Our big web site news this month is that the Junior Department now has their own “sub page” under “documents you asked for.” There you’ll find a number of resources regarding the Junior Grange Program including a brochure with application and several program books! Many thanks to Director Laurie McBurney for assembling these resources and sending them so they’d be readily available to all members! Even if you’re not yet involved in a Junior Program, you can certainly appreciate Laurie’s effort. Why not send her an email (laurie_mtidewaternet) and say “Thanks!” You can find the page by visiting the site, clicking the [Documents you asked for] tab at the top center… this will bring up a drop-down menu with [Junior Department Resources] right at the top. Here’s a direct link for your convenience: http://mainestategrange.org/?page_id=4670.So we now have a Secretary’s page and a Junior Department page with 24 hour access to the documents you need! Similar pages can be created for any department who will send me copies of program books, information and resources.
Site maintenance continues, with outdated information being deleted. Member help with this is sincerely appreciated… it’s a big site and it’s not easy to keep track of everything. If you find “old” information, broken links, etc. please send me an email (webmastermainestategrangeorg) so I can investigate and fix. Some of you have heard me say, “There’s only one of me and many of you…” We can use that to our advantage if you’ll share some ownership of your website and help keep it current. Again, please try to remember when you are submitting stories and events to include ALL the details. An important value of the Internet is ready access to lots of information!
I hope to see many of you at the Northeast Leaders’ Conference next month… on Saturday morning I’ll be speaking on “Media and Member Relations.” While we won’t just be talking about the Internet and social media, we will be exploring how both have impacted relationships both positively and negatively. (Wait until you see some examples!) You’ll also learn what a “nutgraph” is and how to use it… and why it’s important to understand that the media always “cuts from the bottom.” This is your final a reminder the deadline for registering is this Saturday, December 15th. Hurry!
Lastly, I’m working on a Christmas story for my brain leaks and musings blog and can share just a little “pre-publication”… I was walking down the hall at school with a second grader… when we passed the “giving tree” (where students leave donations for the local food cupboard). My young friend asked, “Mr. Boomsma, what do you suppose would happen if every kid in school brought something for the tree every day from now until Christmas?”
My adult brain saw two opportunities–I stalled for time by telling her she’d asked an interesting question. I was debating whether to explore discussing the concepts of sharing and generosity… or take advantage of a “teachable moment” and suggesting we do some math…
Her child’s brain was quicker than mine and she quickly asked a followup question. “Do you think the school would explode?”
I prefer thinking that the conversation was really not about destruction and that she had combined both opportunities with a pretty important question. What would happen if everyone did one simple act of kindness and generosity every day?