Nov 132016
 

By Larry Bailey, Master

Friday, November 11, 2016 was the delivery day of $800 worth of food and supplies to the Pope Memorial Humane Society (Knox County). The funds to purchase the items came from our last bean supper which was well attended and the guests were very generous. The bean supper was so well attended that we actually ran out of food well before the scheduled end of the dinner. Our standard bean supper program is that all Veterans eat free. Thanks to all of our Grange members who helped and to the community which never fails to help when help is needed.

Diane Bailey (Treasurer), Larry Bailey and three very important FOG's (Friends of the Grange), Karan Cushman and her children Ella and Mason. They were very helpful in shopping and hauling the donated items into the shelter.  One FOG not pictured is Rob Sloat.  Rob is the husband of our Secretary, Gillian and has always provided assistance whenever we need it.

Diane Bailey (Treasurer), Larry Bailey and three very important FOG’s (Friends of the Grange), Karan Cushman and her children Ella and Mason. They were very helpful in shopping and hauling the donated items into the shelter. One FOG not pictured is Rob Sloat. Rob is the husband of our Secretary, Gillian and has always provided assistance whenever we need it.

Nov 122016
 

volunteer-1326758_1280By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

CS/FHH had another great state session.  Raffles were successful and raise over $150.00 and $50.00 towards a Breast Cancer Research Donation.  Thank you to everyone who donated something to the table.  All the efforts of our Grange Family make a difference.

Community Service Book Contest was a pleasure this year (not for the judges–only a total five points separated the top seven books.

Winners were:

  1. Maple Grove Grange #148
  2. Riverside Grange #475
  3. Saco Grange #53
  4. Bangor Grange #372

Congratulations to all the winners and Maple Grove Grange’s book will be heading to National again this year.Family, Health & Hearing Contest took off this year and went from 2 entries to 13 entries.  This year’s winner was Oxford Pomona #2.  They received a check for $50.00.

Community Service Person of the Year Awards were also a success this year and produced several entries.  The following individuals were presented awards and checks to a charity of their choice during the Annual Banquet at State Session and their entries have gone on to Northeast Region of Granges and National Grange for consideration.

  • Officer of the Year – Elgin Physic nominated by Danville Junction Grange #65
  • Fire Fighter of the Year – Troy Lare nominated by Bangor Grange #372
  • Educator of the Year – Andrew Elwell nominated by Riverside Grange #475

Thank you to everyone who spends each year doing community service and recognizing those that give back to the community.  Let’s strive to make a difference one project at a time.

Sep 202016
 
Mill Stream

On August 29, 2016, Mill Stream Grange members (l-r) Paul Lavender, Judy Wyman, Linda Stanton and Pat Stanton presented a check to Travis Mills (c) for the Travis Mills Foundation. The donation of $1,000.00 was made in memory of Mill Stream Grange member, and veteran, Mahlon Moore.

Sep 112016
 

By Amanda Leigh Brozana, National Lecturer

All leaders of the Grange should be familiar with Roberts Rules in order to run meetings effectively and make sure action is taken appropriately. With this in mind, the fourth in the series of Lecturer’s Programs in a Box is available. This program, prepared by Elizabethtown Grange #2076, PA, Grange member and 2014-15 National Youth Ambassador Cassidy Cheddar, a SAEP Accredited Parliamentarian.

The program includes a basic look at Parliamentary Procedure (Robert’s Rules) and its use in the Grange. There are several useful handouts about Parliamentary Procedure included as well as links to further resources.

If you have suggestions for a new Lecturer’s Program in a Box, please contact Amanda Leigh Brozana, National Lecturer, at lectureratnationalgrangedotorg. Don’t forget to fill out the Lecturer’s Program in a Box form if you present this or any of the other programs at your Grange so you can receive a certificate.

Keys to Parliamentary Procedure Handout

Keys to Parliamentary PowerPoint Presentation

Keys to Parliamentary Procedure Document

Don’t forget, if you put on a Lecturer’s Program in a Box program, you can apply for a certificate of recognition. Go to the National Grange website www.nationalgrange.org/lecturers-programming/ to download the form!

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.

Apr 202016
 

by Glenys Ryder

Members of Danville Junction Grange recently celebrated their annual open meeting in conjunction with National Grange Month with nearly fifty members and guests in attendance.

Officer Friendly Justin Richardson

Officer Friendly Justin Richardson

Officer Justin Richardson of the Auburn Police Department was presented the Community Service Award by Master Karen Gagne and Community Service Chair Glenys Ryder.  Officer Richardson, now called “Officer Friendly” at Edward Little High School, works hard to mentor students, support staff, and connect with parents.  He makes many contributions to his community, such as coaching a basketball time for the Boys and Girls Club, helping out at the PAL Center, and working at public gatherings.  He has taught classes at CMCC and the Auburn Citizens Police Academy.  He was Danville Junction Grange’s nominee in the “Officer of the Year” contest of the Maine State Grange.  We were thrilled that he was accompanied by his wife, adorable little daughter, mom, dad, sister, and buddies from the police department!

Those present were entertained by Mitch Thomas, a well-known musician in the area, at the piano.

75 year member Bill Hatch with State Master Rick Grotton

75-year member William Hatch with State Master Rick Grotton

A membership certificate was presented to William Hatch, a 70-year member by State Master Rick Grotton. Acknowledged, but unable to attend, were the following members:  Althea King-75 years, Lorraine Additon-70 years, Tom Bennett-60 years, Peter Wills-55 years, and Susie Faulkner-40 years.

An Appreciation Certificate was given to Louise Roberts of Excelsior Grange for being our pianist at each and every one of our meetings.

An excellent time was had by all, and several applications for membership were handed out!

Apr 152016
 
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news from your Communications Department!

With thanks to Mary Annis, Community Service Chair for Valley Grange #144, I believe we’ve succeeded in subscribing to a monthly mailing list of needs for our veterans at Togus! Note that the needs can change from month to month and there are times when certain items are NOT needed. Here’s the April list: VA WISH-LIST 4-16. One of the big needs this month is nail and toenail clippers! Official information regarding volunteering and donating is also found on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Website. Since many Granges are actively supporting our troops and veterans, I’ll try to publish new lists as they become available.

VA Crisis Hotline

Mar 292016
 
L--R Fairview Grange Master Kay Young, Community Citizen Nancy Clark, Maine State Grange Master Rick Grotton.

L–R, Fairview Grange Master Kay Young, Community Citizen Nancy Clark, Maine State Grange Master Rick Grotton.

Fairview Grange #342 held a double-header Thursday night, March 24 when we celebrated our 118th anniversary with invited Grange guests from the area and also presented Nicky Clark, Smithfield’s Administrative Assistant with the Grange Citizen of the Year recognition award. Nicky was at the center of the successful Smithfield 175th weeklong celebration in addition to her other duties and was recognized for her “can do” spirit and her perpetual smile. State Grange Master Rick Grotton presented the certificate.  Selectpersons and Smithfield town officials along with friends and family of Nicky rounded out the well-wishers giving us well over fifty people in attendance. A special thank you goes to State Master Rick Grotton and the area Granges who attended.

Grange member David Hartford gave a talk on the history of the Granges in Smithfield. We’re now housed in Grange hall number 3. Fairview Grange suffered two fires over the years. The first time the hall burned to the ground and the second time the hall was so severely damaged had to be demolished. The current Grange Hall was built in 1986 in less than eight months by Grange members and locals.

We held a separate event Friday, March 25 from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. with guitarist Dave Mello performing. Since the hall  was already filled with Grange members and guests of Citizen of the year recipient Nicky Clark on Thursday night, we also hosted an event on Friday night, free and open to the public with a birthday cake and refreshments as a way to engage locals. We plan for our Grange to have an open door policy as a way to show locals how much fun can be had here. Our hall is clean, bright and welcoming. Dave captivated the crowd with his mastery of the guitar(s) and stringed instruments. Grangers and attendees joined in singing “Happy Birthday” to Grange member  David Hartford (over 70 years as a Grange member) who turned 80 on Sunday. Rumor has it the 118th birthday decorations and balloons may have found their way to David’s driveway and mailbox after the event late that evening! Great fun!

Webmaster note: An interesting trivia question: what is the newest Grange Hall erected in Maine? Anyone know the answer?