Well, this morning the thermometer is offering up a balmy thirty seven degrees… but there has been frost on the pumpkins! Fall brings with it lots of activities and I thought I’d issue a quick report early–before the schedule is filled with dictionary days, bookworming, and State Conference!
One bit of website news… we’ve had an informal policy that we would not post “fraternal concerns” unless the person involved was particularly well-known around the state. Any I’ve received have been forwarded to Brother Steve Haycock who in turn emails them. There are three reasons for this policy. One, we want our message to be positive and cheery. It’s important to remember that our site is visited by many non-grange members. Two, there’s a potential issue of workload and prioritizing the tasks involved in maintaining the site. Three, we must always be conscious of privacy concerns–especially where illness and personal circumstance are concerned.
With that as background, I’m prepared to make a slight change in the way we handle some fraternal concerns. As you know, it’s possible to subscribe to this site–subscribers receive all new posts by email. Technology now makes it possible for us to create posts that do not appear on the site, but will be included in the automated emails to subscribers.
So we’ll give this a try… please do not submit birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Limit submissions to significant occasions and major personal events. Understand that your submission will not appear anywhere on the website, but will be included in automated emails to subscribers. (I also will continue to forward these items to Brother Haycock for distribution through the email channel he maintains.)
Obviously, if you haven’t subscribed to the site, you should! There’s an easy link right at the top of the page.
When things are happening at your grange, remember your website! This is the time of year for dictionary presentations, craft fairs, suppers, hunter’s breakfasts… let us know what’s happening at your grange–and don’t forget to include a photo or two!
Don’t forget to submit your Christmas greeting… the process is fairly easy and straight-forward–especially if you’re planning to attend state conference. Speaking of state conference, I hope to be there for at least one day and look forward to seeing many of you!
As a reminder, I will soon begin “purging” outdated information and events from the site unless it seems to have some historical significance. This will help eliminate confusion and make maintenance easier. In conjunction with that, understand that there is usually a flood of information submitted shortly after state conference… I’ll do my best to keep up, but you may need to be a little patient.
Thanks again to those who regularly submit news and events!