May 312016
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

With a special thanks to Katherine Randall Jordan for sending the information, here’s a notice and invitation from Nancy Randall Clark’s Family to a Celebration of Nancy’s Life this Saturday. June 4, 2016 from 4-6 p.m. at the Harraseeket Grange #9 located at 13 Elm Street in Freeport, ME. Fore more information, contact Tamantha Wilson, Secretary of Harraseeket Grange at 865-3363.

Nancy R. Clark

Nancy R. Clark

May 262016
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Several Subordinate Granges in Maine are using the websites available from National Grange. At the risk of creating MEGO (“My Eyes Glaze Over”) in the non-technical, I’ll explain that these sites are actually set up as sub-domains of the National Grange website. You can recognize that because the URL begins with the National Grange URL and looks like this: name#.

These sites use the same software (WordPress) as the Maine State Grange site. (The Maine State Grange site is not part of the National Grange system–it is self-hosted.) That means I can occasionally help with “how to” questions, but ultimately, National Grange controls these sites.

Apparently, for some period of time yesterday, these local Grange sites were “down” and visitors received an error message. I was contacted, but because of my teaching schedule, I was unable to respond for 24 hours. Fortunately, in the interim, the problem was apparently resolved as the site in question was “up” this morning.

While I’m always willing to help and support, when these sites go down the only thing I can do is the same thing you can do if your site goes down: contact Stephanie Wilkins at National Grange (swilkinsatnationalgrangedotorg  (swilkinsatnationalgrangedotorg)  ). Please copy me so I know the problem has been reported–if your site is affected it’s very likely others are as well.

By the way, if your Grange is maintaining a site or an official Facebook Page, please send me the link/address. There is a section on the Maine State Grange website where these are listed–but only if you are keeping your site or page current and updated. An out-of-date site or page is worse than not having any–it’s the equivalent of announcing you’re out of business!

May 262016

New Lecturer’s Program in a Box brings us back to Ag Roots

The second in the series of ready-made Lecturer’s Programs to be released focuses on strawberries: their production, anatomy, diseases and research. This allows Granges who wish to put this program on to tap into the roots of our Order. The PowerPoint is available if you wish to use it, but the PDF that includes the same material can also be used to put on the program. If you are unable to show the slides with pictures of the diseases and plant anatomy, you may wish to print a few copies of the PDF or some of the specific pages with these pictures to hand out to your members.

This program includes a PowerPoint or PDF version with notes for the Lecturer to use during the presentation. There is also a handout that further details some of the information in the program and recipes for distribution.

This program was developed by Annie Montes, a graduate student in Plant Pathology/Plant Biology at the University of Maryland.

Should you use a program created and distributed by the National Lecturer and create additional resources or materials, you can send or email them to me and we will include them on the web page dedicated to Lecturer’s programs. To download the programs and content materials, and to find other programs as they are released, please visit

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May 242016

by Rick Grotton

Greetings All! Thank you to Steven Haycock, Norma Meserve  and Sherry Harriman for joining me in attending the Tri-State Leadership/Membership Conference last Saturday in Laconia, NH. Joe Stefanoni, National Membership/Leadership Director provided an excellent two part program on membership and leadership.  The presentation will be available online soon. It was great to visit with brothers and sisters from New Hampshire and Vermont.

Are you doing Spring cleaning? Remember to bring some goodies to sell for yourself or your Grange or donate to the State Grange Fundraising Committee on June 25 beginning at 9am at Headquarters in Augusta. Tables are $20.00 apiece should you want to sell on your own. Bring some friends and also do a tour through the State Grange Headquarters Building. If you have never been to Headquarters, please come visit  at 146 State Street and enjoy the day with us.

Remember for those who have taken in new members, make them feel welcome, answer their questions and explain to them the significance, the meanings and traditions of our great organization. Keep them active and have fun!!!! A happy Grange is a prosperous Grange!

May 232016

pencil_drawing_black_check_markby Christine Hebert,
Junior Director

Here’s a remind that Junior Camp is June 24 (optional), 25 and 26. Information packets were mailed to Granges earlier this month. Please send your paperwork back to me along with your registration and fee by June 10. If you need a registration form or additional information, let me know!

May 222016

Folks came from far and wide to join Valley Grange’s Community Night Celebration–an annual event that celebrates community and recognizes a Community Citizen of the Year. This year the award went to Sherry French of Guilford for her work throughout the area. Sherry’s projects are many, ranging from supporting Pine Tree Hospice to coordinating fundraising events for a number of causes, to answering children’s letters to Santa Claus. Friends and coworkers testified to the unselfish work Sherry does and to the value of her friendship. This year’s event took on an unusual twist in that Sherry’s husband Jim received the Grange’s Award several years ago, so following Sherry’s honor a special certificate was presented to the “Dynamic Duo.”

The evening’s program was based on “Just Five Minutes” with Lecturer Walter Boomsma pointing out the dollar value of volunteering for just five minutes per day. “If everyone between the ages of 20 and 80 in Piscataquis County did that, it would equate to 188 people working full time for our communities–an average of ten per town and an equivalent payroll of over six and a half million dollars.” But, Boomsma noted, “the real value comes from the impact we can have on others lives.” Every attendee received at least two lollipops, with the instruction they were to give one to someone who they wanted to recognize as “creating an important moment in their lives.”

Additional recognition during the event went to Grange members celebrating anniversaries. Secretary Mary Annis reported on the recent celebration for Opal Bennett, an 80 year member and then presented her husband Jim with his 25 year certificate joking, “It pales by comparison.”

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May 202016
On Saturday, May 14, members of Mill Stream Grange in Vienna helped Gordon Webber (pictured on right) in placing American flags on the graves of U.S. veterans in the Franklin Cemetery on Tower Road.  Over 70 flags were placed, some dating back to the Civil War. This is the second year that the Grange has helped with the flags as one of their community service projects.

On Saturday, May 14, members of Mill Stream Grange in Vienna helped Gordon Webber (pictured on right) in placing American flags on the graves of U.S. veterans in the Franklin Cemetery on Tower Road. Over 70 flags were placed, some graves dating back to the Civil War. This is the second year that the Grange has helped with the flags as one of their community service projects.

May 192016

A team of members recently visited Hibbard’s Assisted Living Facility in Dover Foxcroft where they honored member Opal Bennett for her 80 years as a member. The team included Master Jim Annis, Secretary Mary Annis, Chaplain Janice Boomsma, and Lecturer Walter Boomsma. Opal was joined by a number of her friends and several family members. Master Jim entertained the group with several stories demonstrating that the Grange is still very active and thanked Opal for her many years of membership. The Hibbard’s Staff served refreshments and a good time was had by all!

May 162016

by Rick Grotton, Maine State Grange Master

Many thanks again to all involved in making the degree day at Manchester Grange Sunday successful and fun. There were 18 candidates from all over the state who either viewed or took their degrees . Thank you to Manchester for a great lunch!