May 122017
 

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

If you couldn’t attend the Variety Show on April 29th at Topsham Grange, you missed a great show!  We had many wonderful musical acts and hilarious skits, jokes and stories.  During intermission, we all ate delicious pies for refreshments.  This was organized by Ruby Bryant.  Our raffles were a big success and many thanks to the following businesses that donated an item for the raffle:

  • Walmart in Brunswick
  • Fiore Olive Oils and Vinegars in Brunswick
  • Tractor Supply Company in Brunswick
  • Firehouse Subs in Topsham
  • Main Street Sweets in Brunswick
  • Tire Warehouse in Topsham
  • Hannaford in Topsham
  • Day’s Jewelers in Topsham

Thank also go to Ruby and Christine Hebert for bringing additional raffle items.  I’m happy to announce we raised over $600.00 after expenses and of that we’re donating more than $200.00 to the three scholarship funds of the Maine State Grange.  We put out containers for people to donate directly to the scholarship of their choice and people were very generous.  A special thank you to Shirley Hatch who won the 50/50 and then donated it to the scholarship funds!  We had so much fun that night, everyone seemed to have a great time and we’re already looking forward to next year’s show.

The fundraising efforts are always continuing and now we’re focusing on the upcoming Yard Sale on June 24, 2017 from 9 am to 2 pm at State Grange HQ.  I really want to take a moment to thank David and Kathy Gowen of Highland Lake Grange for donating two truckloads of items for the sale!  We are asking members to donate gently used items for us to sell on our white elephant table.  Please, no clothing, TV’s or exercise equipment.  Pick up of items might be able to be arranged.  You can also drop your items off in Augusta, please call ahead to arrange a time.  We will be selling lunch that day as well.

In addition, we are renting tables for $20.00 if you would be interested in selling your stuff at the sale.  For more information or to rent a table please contact me at granger04071ataoldotcom  (granger04071ataoldotcom)   or 998-2586.

Please remember that we still have our Grange car magnets for $3.00 and Agricultural Pride t-shirts for $12.00, I can ship them for a small fee.  Thanks again for supporting the fundraising efforts of the Maine State Grange!

May 122017
 

 

May 112017
 

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

With thanks to MSG Lecturer Margaret Morse, a complete packet of information regarding the 2017 NE Lecturers’ Conference has been uploaded tot he website… you can find it on the “Conferences Page” or download it directly: 2017 NE Lecturers Conference Packet. Note that the deadline for registering is June 30, 2017.

Also, summer and fall are definitely conference seasons at the state and regional level. Check the Conferences Page often–for dates and information we have! Here’s what we currently have:

Maine State Grange Junior Camp

Scheduled for June 10-11, 2017 at Scribner’s Mills Preservation in Harrison, Maine. Contact Junior Director Christine Hebert for more information and download a registration packet: Junior Grange Camp Packet 2017.

Northeastern Regional Youth Conference

Scheduled for July 7 – 9, 2017 at UMass in Amherst, Massachusetts. A registration packet may be downloaded: 2017 NE Regional Youth Conference Registration. Contact Christina Colson, MSG Youth Director for more information or to return registration packet.

Northeast Lecturers’ Conference

The NE Lecturers’ Conference will be held July 31 through August 2, 2017, at Castleton University in Castleton VT. A registration packet including schedule may be downloaded: 2017 NE Lecturers Conference Packet. Contact Margaret Morse, MSG Lecturer for information and questions.

The Big E

While not exactly a conference, the Big E (Eastern States Exposition) is scheduled for September 15, 2017, through October 1, 2017 in Springfield Massachusetts. There are a number of volunteer opportunities for Maine Grangers. See this post or contact Vicki Huff for more information.

Maine Lecturers’ Conference

The Maine State Lecturers’ Conference will be held on September 30, 2017. The location is yet to be determined. The agenda for that will include awards for contest winners, a talent contest, and program helps. Contact State Lecturer Margaret Morse for additional information.

Maine State Grange Convention

MSG Annual Convention will be held October 19 – 21, 2017 in Skowhegan.

Information about volunteering to help in the kitchen

National Grange Convention

November 7 – 11, 2017 in Spokane, Washington. Additional information on the National Grange Website.

May 112017
 

by Vicki Huff

The Maine State Grange needs your help at the Big E. Maine is responsible for filling 18 work shifts in the New England Grange Building at this year’s fair. The dates Maine is responsible for are the first three days of the fair: September 15, 16, and 17. There are two shifts each day with three people required for each shift. The morning shift is 9:00 – 3:00 and the evening shift is 3:00 – 9:00. Two people are needed to work at check-out, one to run the cash register and one to bag the items. The third person will be at the quilt raffle table (here you are mostly sitting) asking shoppers if they would like to make a donation and receive a chance on the quilt. This year’s quilt is being made by Vermont and the funds raised will be donated to Dodge House in Rutland. Dodge House is a place that Veterans can go and get any kind of help they may need. That could be a meal, a place to stay, help filling out paperwork and help

This year’s quilt is being made by Vermont and the funds raised will be donated to Dodge House in Rutland. Dodge House is a place that Veterans can go and get any kind of help they may need. That could be a meal, a place to stay, help filling out paperwork and help getting assistance. They are there for the Veterans.

If you are interested in volunteering to work in the New England Grange Building please contact me at Granger1atmainedotrrdotcom  (Granger1atmainedotrrdotcom)   or 207-699-2830, I am coordinating the volunteers for Maine. Deadline is June 30, 2017, as information needs to be forwarded to the Store Managers. Please make your plans now and let me know A.S.A.P.

We also need volunteers to walk in the parade on Grange Day, Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. every day. If you are interested in walking in the parade please contact me and I will explain the process for getting reimbursed the ticket fee for that day only.

Those making items to be sold in the store please contact State Grange Headquarters for collection options.

All help is greatly appreciated!

May 102017
 

The following invitation has been issued by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.


 

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Don’t miss your chance to participate in the 28th Anniversary of Open Farm Day scheduled on Sunday, July 23, 2017! We are looking forward to this opportunity to promote Maine’s diverse agricultural community.

 

Open Farm Day is the perfect way to connect with neighbors, your town, interested visitors and tourists and teach them about how their food and fiber is produced. Many who attend bring children to learn and connect with local farms. If you would like to participate, please sign up online at this link and complete the online form. Please mail or email a copy of your Certificate of Insurance, to:

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, ATTN: Open Farm Day, 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0028 Or Fax: (207) 287-7548.

The completed form and certificate of insurance must be received NO LATER than Friday, May 19th. If we do not receive your materials by this date, your farm will not be listed in the promotional materials used to showcase this event. Farms that do not provide a Certificate of Insurance are not eligible to participate.

All new participants who meet the requirements and deadline for promotions will receive an official Open Farm Day Participant flag, while supplies last, to help promote your involvement in this annual event. Other promotions for this year’s event will include press releases, website promotions, posters and inclusion in a supplemental newsletter listing all the participating farms. The supplement will be distributed to all tourism information centers throughout the State of Maine and will be inserted in daily newspapers throughout the state prior to this event.

Again, please put Sunday, July 23rd on your calendar and plan to join us for the 28th Anniversary of Open Farm Day! We look forward to working with you on this exciting and worthwhile event. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry at (207) 287-7620 or samanthadothowardatmainedotgov  (samanthadothowardatmainedotgov)  .

May 092017
 

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Junior Grange Camp Packet 2017 is now available on the site on the Program Books and Information Page, Junior Section. As has been previously announced, Junior Camp is June 10 – 11, 2017 at Scribner’s Mills Preservation and Homestead in Harrison, Maine. Please note that the deadline for registration is approaching fast: May 20, 2017. For additional information, contact Christine Hebert, Junior Director.

May 092017
 

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

Do you like meeting new people? The Northeast Lecturer’s Conference may just be the conference for you! It is also a great place to get reenergized and get suggestions for programs that you may not have thought of before. The conference is open to all Grangers, not just lecturers or lecturers-elect.

The 2017 Northeast Grange Lecturers’ Conference will be held July 31, August 1, and August 2 and will be hosted by Vermont at Castleton University in Castleton. The conference cost will be $190 double occupancy. Pricing for single occupancy and individual days is available. All completed registrations must be sent to Linda Sanderson, Vermont State Lecturer, on or before June 30, 2017. Complete information has been sent to all Subordinate and Pomona Secretaries.

The Maine State Lecturer’s Conference will be held on September 30, 2017. The location is yet to be determined. The agenda for that will include awards for contest winners, a talent contest, and program helps. More information will be sent as the date gets closer.

May 092017
 

by Glenys Ryder
Vice President of the Educational Aid Fund

On behalf of the MSG Educational Aid and the Howe’s Nurses Scholarship Fund, I am issuing a plea for your support.  This goes out to non-members, as well as to members of the Grange.

The cost of a college education is increasing each year, and our funds to help these young people are limited.  Any donation, however small it may be, made by individuals, Granges, or any other organization would be so appreciated!  You do not need to be a Granger in order to donate to this worthy cause.

There are many creative ways that a Grange can use to raise money, such as a supper, a raffle, or a program.  Think outside the box!  Come up with an activity that would be lots of fun for those participating as well as would raise the funds for some young person’s dream to come true.

Last year, the Maine State Grange was able to award ten $500 scholarships to ten deserving students.  With your generous donations, perhaps we can do even more this year.

Please send your donations to J. Patrick Elwell, Secretary/Treasurer, Educational Aid Fund, 136 Quaker Lane, Smithfield, ME 04978.

Thank you for doing your part in helping young adults, who will be our leaders of the future.

May 072017
 

After a successful baked bean supper, Victor Grange #49 honored some of their most deserving members in two award ceremonies. In honor of Grange month, members chose to give posthumously a Patrons of Husbandry Flag and Grave marker to the families of some of our most dedicated members. Their contribution to Victor Grange at the local, State and National Levels were significant and instrumental to a well-run community organization. This being the first year of this award, we felt it appropriate to acknowledge those members who had belonged to our Grange the longest. Family members accepted the grave markers and flags for the following; Burleigh Crockett – 71 yrs.; Madeline Hill 73 yrs.; Coleman MacKay 73 yrs.; Constance (Babe) MacKay 60 yrs.; Muriel Tupper 81 yrs.; Robert Tupper 80 yrs.; Douglas Taylor 78 yrs.; and Clifton Wood 70 yrs.;. This represents a total of over 586 years that these members served the Grange and their Community. Family members were pleased to receive the Flag and Grave Marker in time for Memorial Day.

The second ceremony was a complete surprise to the recipients, Roger Shorty, & Don “Rick” Duperry longtime Grange members. The Sixteenth Community Service Award was given for their outstanding dedication and service to the Victor Grange #49 and its community. They are the epitome of volunteerism in every sense of the word. There is no need too small or challenge too great and by bringing the Grange and community together; they keep the Grange’s flame burning.

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May 072017
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Community Service Corner

Spring has arrived.  Everyone should have that lighthearted feeling with the sun shining, birds singing and crocus’s blooming. What a great time to get out there and spread some spring cheer with community service.  Remember even though spring is just arriving, soon it will be the end of summer and contest items will be due. Please make sure you are looking for that Fire Fighter, Teacher or Police Officer of the Year in your area. Put those books together for all the community service your Grange has been doing and don’t forget Family, Health & Hearing Reports.  All items are due to the Community Service Committee by August 15, 2017. If anyone needs help with any of these items, filling out the forms or just questions in regards please feel free to contact me.  Email is the easiest option christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (christinecorlissatymaildotcom)   or via cell phone 207-651-6494.  Just remember have some fun!!

Family, Health & Hearing

July is National Park Month, National Hot Dog Day (7/23), National Picnic Month, UV Safety Awareness Month.   Try combining all of these items into one fun-filled day.  Invite the community to a meet and greet at your local park, make it a picnic where everyone brings an item, have your Grange serve hot dogs and don’t forget to promote the sunscreen to protect against UV rays.  Put together games, scavenger hunts and social time.  Just remember have fun.  Smile and Enjoy.

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!