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 christinecorlissymailcom (christinecorlissymailcom) 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!
Check out this feature article in the Bangor Daily News Homestead Supplement! Granges featured in the article include Halcyon in Blue Hill, Fairview in Smithfield, and Valley in Guilford. I might be a little biased, but I think it is one of the most positive and well-documented articles we’ve seen recently. How cool is it to see a headline announcing that Maine Granges are making a comeback?
Grangers in the BDN coverage area may want to pick up a copy of the weekend edition, including the Homestead Edition. You can also read the entire article online. Feel free to add a comment to the article, letting folks know what your Grange is doing–several Grangers have already done that! (Make sure to mention the name of your Grange and community!)
Community Service Award Night at Highland Lake Grange was held May 4, 2017. This year’s recipient is Mr. Robert Barton. Retired teacher and US Army Colonel, Bob has been active in many organizations in Westbrook and beyond for decades. His work with American Legion Post 62 and the Memorial Day parade has been tireless. He has also served on a number of city committees and volunteers with the Masons and ROTC. Mr. Barton is most deserving of recognition–it’s long overdue.
We are all getting old and forgetful down this way and our penny collections are usually forgotten after two meetings! Master Gary Nickerson had an idea. On one of his trips to our local Bangor Savings Bank, he asked the bank if he could get a dozen of their piggy banks. Our next meeting all our members were given a piggy bank to take home and fill so we will have the best penny collection ever (as long as we remember to bring them to the meeting)!
A great idea with little fuss and lots of smiles. We all look forward to piggy bank day!
Note: Pennies collected are brought to State Convention every year and donated to a worthy cause.
Valley Grange recently demonstrated their support of Veterans with a donation of collected items and cash for the Garry Owen House in Searsmont, Maine. We also learned about some of the work being done on behalf of our Veterans from Alex “Bear” Allmayer-Beck, LCSW and Program Director for the Garry Owen House. Alex later wrote, “I particularly enjoy events like this because they restore my faith in what America is really about. As a person who immigrated to the United States to leave the atheistic dictatorship of Tito in Yugoslavia, a day never goes by that I don’t thank God that I am a citizen of the U.S.A.”
Joining Alex was Bruce “Joker” Marshall, an active member of the Maine Chapter 3 of the Patriot Riders. Bruce shared several success stories demonstrating how the Riders have help Veterans in many different ways.
In “other business” Grange Members voted to support the “4 Friends for Smiles Campaign” –a Dexter-based program run by four third grade girls (“K-Kids” who, with the help of their Moms are making and delivering baskets to kids who are in the hospital on the EMMC pediatric floor. The girls created the project so they could “pass along some niceness” and the folks at Valley Grange are happy to help! Since they received their dictionaries from Valley Grange last year maybe the looked up the word “niceness,” but defining words with actions such as theirs truly gives the word meaning!
by Marilyn Stinson
Enterprise Grange #48, Richmond, Maine will celebrate 150 years of Grange by honoring citizens of Richmond and Dresden with Community Citizen Awards, Sunday, April 30th at 3:00 pm. at Enterprise Grange #48 Community Room, 15 Alexander Reed Road, Richmond.
The recipients are Laurie Saunders of Richmond and David Probert of Dresden. The public is invited and encouraged to share stories about the two great citizens of our respective towns. This is a free program and light refreshments are included.
Laurie is well known to Richmond residents for her work with the Senior Center and taking care of so many of our older residents’ needs as well as her being the producer and director of The Richmond Players. She has served on the Selectboard, Richmond Days Committee, and has been a very important part of Richmond’s past and present days. She had The Front Porch Boarding home for many years, doting on older women to help them stay out of nursing care. She has two adult children and was able to start a Senior Citizen Group in Gardiner.
Dave was on the recycling committee to get the center going and later was the “Recycling Coordinator” for 16 years. He has served on The Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Conservation Committee, and is currently on the Budget Review Committee and Recreation Committee. He and his wife have one daughter and grand-daughter living in Freeport and Auburn. He is currently active with Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) and on the Pownalborough Court House Stewardship Committee.
The Grange is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, fraternal organization with more than 160,000 members across the United States. Our more than 2,100 Granges contribute millions of volunteer hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars to our hometowns each year. We have a proud past and an exciting future!
Elder Abuse is of growing concern throughout the U.S. today, especially here in Maine since we’re one of the oldest states in the country. Statistics show that tens of thousands of older adults in Maine are abused each year, so it’s important that communities understand the issue and the resources available. Betty Balderston is the Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate for Legal Services and is currently scheduling presentations between now and September to civic and community organizations throughout Maine. Her 15-20 minute presentation includes information on what Elder Abuse looks like, the Red Flags that everyone should be aware of, and the Maine resources that are available to provide assistance. Perhaps your Grange would be interested in scheduling such a presentation? Betty can be reached at (207) 620-3104 or at bbalderstonmainelseorg (bbalderstonmainelseorg) . Please consider contacting Betty to schedule a presentation for your members.
Webmaster’s Note: I had a long chat with Betty that was quite eye-opening. Elder abuse can come in many forms and from many different sources. There’s not charge for her presentation — this is a great opportunity to “get the facts” and learn about the resources available!
This past Saturday, April 8, a benefit spaghetti supper was held at Somerset Grange #18 in Norridgewock. We had a great turnout, people from many towns around came. Was so good to see the dining hall full and folks milling all about visiting. this was a benefit for a long time Norridgewock resident who is now living in Madison. The apartment she had was totally destroyed in a fire a few weeks ago. Somerset Grange was happy to be of some help.
Sallie Wilder Master, Somerset Grange #18