Aug 052015
A mug WBBy Walter Boomsma,
Communications Director


Just a reminder that the deadline for this year’s “Clip and Win” Contest is fast approaching. The absolute final date for receiving submissions is September 15, 2015. We are seeking published articles written by or initiated by a Granger. Articles entered can be on any subject as long as there is a mention of the Grange in a positive light. Please do not submit obituaries. Submissions must be accompanied by an entry form. Complete details and entry form can be found in the current year’s Communications Handbook—available on the MSG website.

I know not everyone has a computer. But here’s something those who have one might find interesting. I did some quick analysis of our website. So far this year we have been averaging about sixty visitors to the site per day—an increase over last year. But here’s something I think is even more interesting. The top page visited is consistently the program books/information page, (I went back two years.) Second and third place vary between the various “about” pages—the pages about our history, membership, officers, etc.

This validates my suspicion that there is a hunger and need in our Grange for information and resources. It also supports my belief that one of the most important roles of the Communication Department (of one) is to make information and resources available. There are several recent examples of this. In one case, a Granger suggested that brief descriptions of each office of the Grange would be of value during elections and installations. Great idea! That list is now available for download. More recently an “emergency” need developed in a Grange for a certificate of appreciation. As a result of satisfying that need, there is now a generic certificate available for download when there is a need to communicate appreciation to a Granger, guest, or just about anyone.

There are several other items “in development,” but these requests suggest it would make sense to ask you: what type of information would be most helpful to you as you grow and manage your Subordinate and Pomona Granges? If you feel something is lacking or would be helpful, let me know  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  , please.

Remember also, we never intend to leave out those who do not have access to a computer. If you need an item from the site, you can ask a friend for help or request the item be mailed. (Program books are typically distributed during State Session and some information is available through your deputy.)

“Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit.”

William Pollard

 “Let’s make some news, take some photos of it, and share it!”

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