Jun 302017
 

Have you completed and returned our Sesquicentennial Membership Census?

The census – which should take less than two minutes to complete – helps us understand our membership and your needs, best prepare products and services for members and better represent them in our advocacy.
Please complete this (only once per member). Feel free to gather information from your Grange friends who are not online and complete one for each of them with their details. We would love all members to complete these (even those who don’t often attend meetings or events) as soon as possible, but definitely before the 151st Annual National Grange Convention in November.

Complete the census here: https://form.jotformpro.com/71773113062954


And while you’re filling things out, don’t forget to subscribe to the Maine State Grange Website!

Jun 302017
 

By Christine Hebert, Junior Director.

July is right around the corner and that means Family Camp-out where we will be having a Chinese Auction and asking for items. Judging on these Junior Grange Contests:  Stick Frame with Picture, Birdseed Mobile, Make a Boat that floats. Look at your Junior Program for rules and regulations. See you at Family Camp-out.

Jun 272017
 

The information following is reprinted from the July-September Lecturers’ Newsletter by Margaret Morse, MSG Lecturer. You can download a copy of the newsletter from the Program Books and Information Page.

The theme for 2017– 2018 will be the following quote:

“FAMILY is like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. “

Author Unknown

September 1, 2017  —  GRANGE BOOK READING CLUB ENTRIES DUE

List sent or emailed to the State Lecture. Please put “books” on the outside of the envelope or on the subject line.

GROUPS: Subordinate Members & Junior Members 5-9 & 10-14 (age Oct 1 of current year)

All entries MUST include: Name, Address, Grange Name & Number

Total number of Books read & Total number of pages read

List all books separately include: Title, Author, and Number of pages

September 30, 2017  — The Maine Lecturers’ Conference will be held at Topsham Grange from 9:30 until 11:30.

The agenda for the day will include a review of new programs and awards for the poetry, skit and story writing contests as well as the book reading contest. The annual Talent Contest will also be held.

The Talent Contest is open to all Subordinate Grange members (you may use Junior members in your act.)

Categories include: vocal, instrumental, or variety acts

Judging will be done with one winner as Best in Show. Time limit: six (6) minutes.

The winner of the Maine Talent Contest will be eligible to participate in the “Night of Excellence” at National Grange in November.  Ability to attend National Grange is not required to enter this contest.

Jun 262017
 

By Walter Boomsma,
Communications Director

As in the past, I am happy to publish a list of those who are heading up teams that are willing to assist Granges with the installation of officers. If you are heading up a team this year, please let me know! I just need a few lines of information including contact information. Since Rolf was first to let me know, you can use his listing as a model!

  • Rolf Staples is heading up an installation team again this year. They will travel any reasonable distance from the Bangor area. Just call 884-9339 or email Rolf  (swederolfataoldotcom)  .
  • Christine Hebert is also putting together an installation team. Call Chris at 743-5277 or email her  (christineherbertatoutlookdotcom)  .
  • Vicki Huff already has six installations booked even though travel and scheduling is limited because some members of her team work. You can reach her by calling 699-2830 (please leave a message) or by e-mail  (Granger1atmainedotrrdotcom)  . Please note that Vicki’s Team is now completely booked. A schedule is posted. keep reading!

I will also publish information regarding planned officer installations–if you are leading or hosting an installation, send the details for listing here. Very often Pomona Granges will host installation for all their member Granges. It’s a great idea not only because it’s efficient–it’s also a lot of fun! Continue reading for the dates we’ve been told about! Continue reading »

Jun 202017
 

Imagine Valley Grange’s Community Service Director Mary Annis’s surprise when she arrived at Will’s Shop ‘n Save in Dover-Foxcroft to see two large banners hanging from the ceiling! One proudly proclaims what Mary and other Grangers knew… Melissa and Will Wedge, owners of Will’s Shop ‘n Save, were named Valley Grange Community Citizens of the Year, 2017.  The second announces that Will’s Shop ‘n Save was the Small Business Administration’s Business of the Year in 2016.

The store and its owners are well-known throughout the area for their support of the community in part because they are truly part of the community. How many grocery stores do you know that actually have a small food cupboard run by two young kids?! (Check out the cover photo on their Facebook Page.) Melissa and Will are two very thoughtful people and great examples of the fact that pride and humility are not in opposition to each other. We’ll congratulate them again–and says “thanks” for acknowledging Valley Grange’s award!

Jun 202017
 

by Heather Retberg

On last Friday morning, Governor Paul LePage signed the food sovereignty bill into law.

“In the year of our Lord two thousand and seventeen,” begins the bill,  “be it enacted by the people of the State of Maine as follows…”

The bill officially recognizes the authority of our towns to regulate our food systems by local ordinance when the sales are between individual farmers, food producers, and customers.  It also offers into state law the first definition of ‘local food system’.  What began in 2009 as an administrative language change that made our work illegal overnight, has now, at long last, been corrected.  The rule of law is behind our labors once again!  We have prevailed in defining ourselves and what we do in legal terms.  And, further, the state of Maine recognizes that each of us in our towns, has the authority under home rule at town meeting, to decide for ourselves how our food needs are met.  A very heartfelt thanks to all of you over this last session and over the years, for your words of encouragement and sustenance.  Thanks also for contacting representatives, senators and the governor to protect the food system and the relationships around it that we have cultivated together over the years.  It is a sweet time of celebration we are so pleased to share with all of you!

The full text of the soon to be chaptered law:

https://legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0242&item=6&snum=128

Please do the last thing, the best, most pleasant part of this whole process: write the governor one more time and express your thanks for his signature.  Also, please thank your senator and representative for their efforts and votes, and help them know just how important this is outside of the halls of the statehouse.

Jun 172017
 

Webmaster’s note: This was “stolen” from Heather Retberg’s Facebook Page! 

At 10 am on Friday, Governor LePage signed LD 725 An Act to Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems.

The State of Maine has officially recognized food sovereignty.

Let us celebrate. This is a good day for our small farms, for our rural communities, for our town meetings, and democracy from the bottom up!

Congratulations to all of you who have worked so hard, so long and so steadfastly to bring this day to light.

Special thanks to Senator Jackson for sponsoring the bill and co-sponsors: Senators Langley and Miramant, and Representatives Dunphy and Martin.

A lion’s roar of thanks to Representative Craig Hickman for his fierce, principled tenacity, for his expert navigation and shepherding of LD 725, and for his unrelenting force that just wouldn’t give up.

Thank-you.

Jun 172017
 

The Sesquicentennial Committee of the National Grange has researched and compiled a packet of interesting information designed to assist Granges in making the most of the opportunity to learn about and to celebrate the rich history of Grange. The packet – which was earlier sent in hard copy to your State Master and Secretary – contains interesting historical facts, short biographies of important Grange leaders as well as suggested ways to celebrate. Lecturers or any other Grange member who is in charge of sesquicentennial events should find the information very helpful.

 

CLICK THIS LINK to get your packet!

 

Webmaster’s Note: Lecturers will love this packet… there are some great suggestions for programs and discussions! But it’s also chock-full of historical information that should be of interest to every Granger. You can read a letter written by Susan B. Anthony to the National Grange in 1895… learn what various presidents have had to say about the Grange… be amazed at the amount of legislation the Grange has promoted over the years… discover some well-known people who were Grangers (I didn’t know Norman Rockwell was a Granger)…

 

Jun 172017
 

by Denise Whitmore, Secretary

Androscoggin Grange #8 held it’s elections last night, 6/16/17, and it when very well. We also got a lot of business done, but to me, the best thing was to see these four people honored for 25 years of service to the Grange. From left to right we have presenting certificates protemp Assistant Steward Maynard Chapman and Master Byron Boyington. Receiving 25-year certificates are LAS Janice Brewer, Mert Buzzell, newly elected lecturer, Carol Buzzell and Ceres Joanne Boyington. We would like to thank chief deputy Maynard Chapman and Gladys Chapman for coming to our rescue last night and many times before. The meeting may have lasted two hours but it was a very happy and productive meeting. Congratulations to our honored 25-year members and our newly elected officers.

Jun 162017
 

Flagg (640x640)By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

Reminder! CWA is looking for donations of Baked Goods to have on the table at the yard sale on the 24th

Just a note to remind everyone that the CWA Conference will be on August 26, 2017 and that we have added sewing an outfit for an 18″ American Girl size doll.Look forward to seeing everyone and all of the entries for this year.I do want to give everyone (I hope) a chuckle as I  was rocking my 14-month-old great-granddaughter to sleep and I was kind of lowly singing to her and she wanted me to stop, total rejection but her brother can’t protest yet as he is only 2 months old. Until next month, take care.