Jun 262013
 

Youth Logo(Reprinted from Bulletin)

The Youth Department would like to thank Marilyn Stinson for creating The Mug Shot Contest!  She has worked very hard and we appreciate her very much.  (Did you know she is CJ’s Mom?)  Now is the time to be working on your pictures for the Mug Shot Contest…. picture number 10 is in a fair exhibit!

In between raindrops everyone should set a date to bowl and go miniature golfing.  The scores can be sent to Terry when completed.  This is a very fun event and a way to involve young people as well as a way to exercise.

We are requesting that every Grange send us the name, email and address of every member between the ages of 14 – 35!  Your Master or Secretary may either email or send it in the mail.

In the next letter we will report on our trip to the NEYC in Vermont.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Terry Lacombe

207-327-1692

Jun 262013
 
Let's go to Manchester!

Let’s go to Manchester!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The National Grange will be meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire this year. We are looking into the possibility of having a one day bus trip on Saturday, November 16th for the Conferral of the Seventh Degree. The cost of the bus per person will not exceed $50 per person. If this is something that you want to take part in, send a deposit of $20 per person to the Maine State Grange to be received by July 31st. We will need least 36 participants in order to reserve the bus. The bus would pick up riders in Bangor and at various locations continuing south. Checks should be made out to the Maine State Grange and mailed to state headquarters.

If we have sufficient interest, those sending deposits will be notified of the remainder to be sent in which will be due by September 30th.

Fraternally,

James A. Owens
Administrative Coordinator

Jun 252013
 

Submitted by Christine Corliss

Hello Fellow Grange Members,

Just a reminder that Community Service Books are due to the Maine State Grange 146 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330  c/o Community Service by August 17, 2013.  Please keep in mind that Community Service is still selling Short Sleeve T-Shirts at a price of $9.00 per shirt.  We will have them available at State Session in October as well as per request.  Please contact Jim or Karen Locke via email at kclocke2atmyfairpointdotnet  (kclocke2atmyfairpointdotnet)  .  Please keep in mind to stop by the community service table at State Session to pick up your informational packets.

Fraternally,

Christine Corliss, Community Service.

Jun 242013
 
Share your ideas with other Granges!

Share your ideas with other Granges!

Submitted by Walter Boomsma, Webmaster

While I’m not “the expert” on officer installations, given some recent interest in the topic I thought I’d share a couple of things we do or have done in Piscataquis Pomona:

  • We invite all Granges in the area to participate–from our Pomona and beyond! Given the shortage of available installation teams this is not only efficient, but also gives us a great opportunity to get together!
  • We use an Officer List Form to assist the installation team. The form simplifies the process of providing the team with the names and titles of those being installed.
  • We have in the past invited an organization to handle the supper for us–it becomes a fundraising opportunity for them and makes for an easy night for us. By making it a public supper we bring more folks into the hall at a time when it’s full and we are having a great time, plus it provides an opportunity for those folks to learn about the Grange!
  • We try to make installation a “media event” and often use the lead that Grangers from far and wide are uniting to be reminded of the duties of their offices. A photo of the masters who’ve been installed shows the public who our local leaders are (large group photos are not popular with most newspapers).

What do you do at your Grange?

Jun 242013
 

By Walter Boomsma, Webmaster

Elections mean installations. Below is a list of individuals who have a team in place and who might be available to assist with installing officers. If you have a team and are available–or if you know someone who is, please send me an email  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  . If possible include a phone number and email address of the person to contact.

  • Bob Smith at 778-3066, or rlsmith20atmyfairpointdotnet  (rlsmith20atmyfairpointdotnet)  — Bob’s Team prefers not travel too far out of the Central Maine area, but have been known to go further.
  • Rolf Staples at 973-3976, or swederolfataoldotcom  (swederolfataoldotcom)  
  • Vernon Dunn, Chief Deputy at 465-7573, or vmdunnatroadrunnerdotcom  (vmdunnatroadrunnerdotcom)  
  • Jeanne Burnham — need contact information
  • Vicki Huff, State Master –Master Vicki has a team, but they are already fully booked!

This post will remain at the top of the website during installation season. Check back for updates!

Jun 222013
 

by Walter Boomsma, webmaster

Elections mean installations… congratulations to those who are newly elected to a Grange leadership position! An important aspect of the process is the installation ceremony, typically done by an “installation team.” In order to assist with this, I’m trying to develop a list of individuals who have a team in place and who might be available to assist with installing officers. To that end, I’m asking for your help. If you have a team and are available–or if you know someone who is, please send me an email  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  . If possible include a phone number and email address of the person to contact. Let’s do this quickly! Currently, I believe the following people have a team available:

Rolf Staples at 973-3976, or swederolfataoldotcom  (swederolfataoldotcom)  

Vernon Dunn, Chief Deputy at 465-7573, or vmdunnatroadrunnerdotcom  (vmdunnatroadrunnerdotcom)  

Jeanne Burnham — need contact information

Vicki Huff, State Master –Master Vicki has a team, but they are already fully booked!

There are some other “suspects” but I’m inclined to only publish those who I’m fairly certain are actually available. Again, if you know someone or are someone, please let me know  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  ! Include contact information and any specifics such as distances your team will travel. If you’d like to include the names of your team members, we’ll publish that as well!

(A frequently asked question is whether or not re-elected officers need to be installed. The Digest of Laws 4:10:2–H suggests not, but a renewal and reminder of the responsibilities of the office is probably not a bad idea!)

Jun 212013
 

Biddeford—Stanley R. Howe, Director Emeritus of the Bethel Historical Society, has received the Maine Historical Society’s 2013 Neal W. Allen, Jr. History Award “in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of Maine history and genealogy” at the organization’s 191st annual meeting.  Also receiving awards were Christopher J. Bilodeau, who was honored with the James Phinney Baxter Award for the best article published in Maine History in the past year, Frances L. Politt, the Elizabeth Ring Service Award, and Frederic L. Thompson, the Trustee Recognition Award.

Howe, who has written and lectured widely on many subjects relating to Maine history, has also taught Maine history at the universities of Southern Maine and New England, and served on graduate committees at Wesleyan and West Virginia universities.  A member of the Maine Historical Society since 1965, he has served the Society as a trustee, chair of the Publications Committee, a member of the Editorial Board, and book review editor of Maine History since 1988.  He is Historian of the Maine State Grange and also the author of “A Fair Field and No Favor”: A Concise History of the Maine State Grange, published in 1994 by the Maine State Grange.

After graduating from Gould Academy, he attended the University of Southern Maine and holds an M.A. from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. from the University of Maine.  Very active in the Bethel community, he also volunteers for a number of non-profit organizations including the Bethel Historical Society.

Jun 192013
 

Youth LogoA REMINDER THAT THE NORTHEAST YOUTH CONFERENCE JUNE 28 TO JUNE 30 IS IN BROOKFIELD, VERMONT THIS YEAR! WE STILL HAVE TWO (2) SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR A YOUTH PERSON BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14-35.

WE ASK THAT YOU EITHER:

  1. PREPARE A SPEECH FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
  2. PREPARE A GRANGE COMMERCIAL
  3. COMPETE IN THE SIGN A SONG CONTEST
  4. COMPETE IN THE GRANGE JEOPARDY CONTEST

ANY YOUTH BETWEEN THE AGES 14-35 WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP!  (EVEN IF YO DO NOT WANT TO COMPETE) WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD THE NATIONAL GRANGE YOUTH CONTEST RULES. http://www.nationalgrange.org

THE CABINS LOOK NICE, THE FOOD SOUNDS YUMMY, AND THE AGENDA LOOKS FUN! A GREAT WAY TO ENJOY A SUMMER WEEKEND!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU ASAP AS CAMP IS FRIDAY JUNE 28 TO SUNDAY JUNE 30TH!

FRATERNALLY,

TERRY LACOMBE-STEVENS AND CJ ROY, CO YOUTH DIRECTORS

terryllacombeatgmaildotcom  (terryllacombeatgmaildotcom)                 
(H) 207-327-1692 or(C) 356-2492
148 OLD TOWN RD
HUDSON, ME 04449
Jun 192013
 

At the last meeting of Wayside Grange-Theatre the concert committee reported on a successful Ken and Jane Brooks concert on May 25th that played to a captive full house audience.

The June 8th grange supper was overwhelmed with 50 hungry Grange supporters that heaped their plates with stuffed chicken, rice, carrots, salad, and dessert.

Zevulon is scheduled to perform on June 22. It was decided the doors open at 6:30 PM. Volunteers were asked to bake for intermission refreshments and agreed to do some general house cleaning of the hall.

The talent show committee reported on the skits that will be presented. This show is scheduled for June 29th.

Dave Pearson will contact the head of the Dexter Community Band to schedule a concert to be held after a Grange supper sometime in September.

The next Grange supper is scheduled for July 13th featuring pulled pork. Sarah Johnson will be playing on her keyboard during the meal and we hope to hold a “sing- a long” to follow.

In other business, Grange members voted to send another payment to the state grange. The roadside “supper” sign was completed by Wally Warren.

Evergreen’s final concert is scheduled for October 26th. It was decided to take reservations early in advance that will probably fill the hall to capacity.

Michelle offered to mow the lawn before the next concert. The next meeting will be on July 11th at 6 PM at the grange building at 851 North Dexter Road/Route 23 in Dexter. FMI: contact Chester Bekier at 924-5711.

 

Jun 192013
 
Jr. LogoLaurie McBurnie,
laurie_mattidewaterdotnet
563-5347

As I write this, Junior Camp is not far off. A trip to a state park is on the schedule so hopefully the weather will be hot and we can go swimming. The campers will also be working on crafts and a community service project as well as practicing Grange ritual. There are still spaces for more campers so if you know of a child who would like to join us, please contact me right away. The model meeting will be held Sun., July 7 at 1:30 pm – all are welcome to come.

The Junior contests will be judged on Sat., July 20 at the Family Campout.

Many thanks to the Granges that have sent donations so far.