Jan 292015
 

By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

The CWA Conference will be on August 22,2015, all the information is still accurate with the exception of the times which we will start at 9:00 A.M. for the Dress Revue, break for a paid lunch and then continue with the Needlework Contests and go over the upcoming events for 2015-2016.

The labels that we will be using are available in the pamphlet from the Trustees of the New England Grange Building. I am asking that everyone fill in ALL the information that is required and put it in a plastic sandwich bag before pinning it to your entry.

The first CWA Workshop will be on the first Saturday of  the month, February through May at State Headquarters starting at 10:00 a.m. Please feel free to bring a friend with you even if they are not a Grange member. You also may work on items for the contests, Big E, etc. I will provide materials for the items for the Big E. There will be coffee, tea or water available for drinks. Please bring your own lunch and plan to have a good time of fellowship. IF there is bad weather, then of course the date will be cancelled.

Jan 172015
 

Portsmouth, NH – With collaboration in mind, Grange leaders from New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire attended The Northeast Grange Leaders Conference from January 9, 2015 through January 11, 2015. The conference attracted approximately 125 Grange members in various leadership positions from across the region.  In addition, Lillian Booth, Burton Eller, and Ed Luttrell from the National Grange participated in the event. 

 

Friday began with an invocation, a salute to the Flag, and welcome by Chris Heath, Master of the New Hampshire State Grange. The group then broke for breakout sessions. These sessions included: The NE Grange Building Trustees meeting, Lecturers, Chaplains, Youth, Juniors, Family/WCA, Community Service, Agriculture/Legislative, Membership, and Masters. The Northeast Connection (National Grange hosting) met the following day. During these sessions, each group discussed activities pertinent to them and where National Grange could help and how Community Granges could benefit.

 

Saturday began with a workshop on the Pease Greeters. These Greeters meet each planeload of service men and women departing or arriving the country through Pease Airport in Portsmouth, NH. “It was an inspiring presentation and a tremendous patriotic community service program,” National Grange President, Edward Luttrell said. Following that event was a lecture on Lyme disease and herbal formulating to treat and prevent Lyme disease.

 

Later on Saturday, National Grange Legislative Director, Burton Eller then presented an overview of what to expect from the 114th Congress regarding actions and National Grange policy.

 

A Panel consisting of a party leader and the speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, two business leaders, and two non-profit leaders (a local minister and National President Luttrell) discussed their leadership styles, beginnings, and goals. Questions were asked by the audience and the panel gave their answers. During the Q &A, The National Master explained the history, timeline, and principles behind the court cases in California. He then answered questions from the Northeastern leaders on the subject. The members were appreciative of having their questions answered and their comments heard.

 

The evening concluded with a Banquet and the presentation of Firefighter, Police Officer, and Educator of the Year for the Northeast Region.

 

Sunday began with Devotions lead by the New Hampshire State Chaplain and a recap of what each of the breakout sessions had decided or discussed.

 

Next Year, the 2016 Northeast Grange Leaders Conference will be hosted by Massachusetts on January 8-10

Jan 152015
 

MFFM ConventionAs more and more Granges host or consider hosting Farmers’ Markets, one of our Communications Goals is to find you some resources! Yesterday at the Maine Agricultural Trades Expo, Master Vicki and I had the opportunity to visit with a representative of the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at some length. We learned a lot, including the fact that they are sponsoring an information packed one day conference later this month. The only catch is registration deadline is Monday, January 19. For more information about the conference and Farmers’ Markets in general, visit mainefarmersmarkets.org or the Federation’s Facebook page. And stay tuned for more information!

Dec 142014
 
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

We’ve just been reminded that after 12/20/14 the room rates for the leadership conference in January will be increasing . A regular room will be $99.00 and a suite will be $139.00 per night.

Also, National Junior Director Lillian Booth will be attending to work with Junior Leaders.

Hotel information and conference schedule are both available on this site–visit the conference page.

Nov 192014
 
A mug WBBy Walter Boomsma,
Communications Director
 

Watch for a new feature in this month’s Bulletin! I’m going to attempt to write a short synopsis of each article at the very beginning of each issue—the goal is to help secretaries who are trying to glean the major points without necessarily reading the entire article. Please let me know how it’s working out for you!

Publicity pays! As a result of an article in the Bangor Daily News regarding Valley Grange’s Dictionary Days, I’ve been contacted by a retired school teacher who wants to start a program in his area… and thanks to the article in Maine Seniors Magazine, a second call came in for some help with restarting a program. Unfortunately, neither call involved a Grange. Is your Grange missing an opportunity?

Communication is definitely a two-way proposition. I’m not just talking about speaking and listening. I’m referring to the fact that we each have an obligation to make sure we are informed. I received a stack of thank you notes from many of the third graders who recently made a field trip to the Grange Hall to receive their dictionaries. The notes are touching, sometimes funny, and often enlightening. One thing particularly “cool” is the number of them that included questions. The kids want to know more and they aren’t shy about asking. Several rather pointedly said they’d like to make another trip to visit the Grange.

Picasso said “Adults are just obsolete children,” and I think part of that obsolescence is due to a lack of curiosity and adventure. For whatever reason, adults seem to forget that asking questions is a great way to learn and get information. So while we have a responsibility to keep your website updated and provide you with a meaningful Bulletin every month, readers also have a responsibility to show interest and initiative. Ask your secretary about the Bulletin. Visit the website and download program books and contest rules. Send an email to directors or call your deputy when you need information about a contest or program. If we aren’t meeting your communication needs, please let us know.

Just recently I received an inquiry from someone wanting to know if there was any sort of “Grange Wedding” ceremony or ritual. While there’s doesn’t seem to be anything specific, isn’t that an interesting question? In my reply, I couldn’t help by wonder if there isn’t, perhaps, some “fodder” within our ritual that would be of great value to an agriculturally-minded couple who wanted to write their own vows. It’s all about communication.

Finally, I’m pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Clip ‘n Win contest:  First Place went to Rita Stone, Granite Grange #192, Second Place to Gail Butterfield, Lakeside Grange #63 and Third Place: to Cathie Spaulding, Mystic Tie Grange #58. Congratulations… and remember to check out the new clip ‘n win contest for this year. It’s different!

 

Nov 062014
 
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

If you haven’t yet, you’ll soon be starting to look for a 2015 calendar and writing dates on it… One important note you should have is that Maine State Session will be taking place October 22 – 24, 2015. As is traditional, the banquet will be Wednesday, October 21. We’ll be returning to the Skowhegan Community Center. Save the dates!

Nov 022014
 

by Laurie McBurnie, Junior DirectorMcBurnie

The Junior Committee had a successful time at State Session. Our sincere thanks to all who supported our efforts, both at our table and in the kitchen. John Brigance’s homemade BBQ pork and chili were welcome additions to our menu. If you didn’t get to try any, you missed out on some delicious food.

Congratulations to the winners of the pumpkin contests. Pumpkin Growing: 8-11 yrs., Delia Belair; 35+ yrs., Rick Grotton. Decorated Pumpkin: 5-7 yrs., William Barone; 15-35 yrs., Steven Haycock; 35+ yrs., First – Norma Meserve, Second – Merton Ricker.

Interest in Junior Grange is growing! (I’ve already heard a couple kids are all ready to go to Junior Camp.) There are many activities that the youngsters can work on individually (or with adult guidance). Check out the 2014-15 Maine Junior Grange program on the Maine State Grange website or contact Junior Director Laurie McBurnie, lmcb293atgmaildotcom  (lmcb293atgmaildotcom)  .

Junior Grange hand fans ($1, Baker’s dozen – $12), Grange Memorial Flags ($7) and a limited number of Grange Flag Holders ($30) are still available from Junior Director Laurie McBurnie and Committee members Norma Meserve, Roberta Meserve and CJ Stinson-Roy.

The flyer for the Memorial Bricks is posted on the state Grange website. The materials for the National Junior Grange programs will be updated when the new material becomes available.

Decorated Pumpkins by Norma Meserve (left) and William Barone

Decorated Pumpkins by Norma Meserve (left) and William Barone

Oct 282014
 

Nat Grange Store

Due to the 148th National Grange Convention, the Grange Store will be closed
November 3rd – November 18th

If you need to place an order, please do it before this deadline.

The National Grange Store will re-open on Wednesday, November 19th.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Sales, Benefits, and Programs Director at sjohnsonatnationalgrangedotorg  (sjohnsonatnationalgrangedotorg)  .

Oct 172014
 
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The 141st Annual Session of the Maine State Grange is in the books! Encourage your delegates to give reports as to which resolutions passed, how many candidates were present for the 5th and 6th degrees. Ask them questions. We are gearing up for the next session of the National Grange which should prove to be an interesting one. Once again Nancy Clark and I will be your delegates and we will either be getting ready, already there or back by the time you have your Grange meeting. I am sure there will be lots to report so prepare yourselves.

Brothers and Sisters this time of year tends to make us reflective and as you gather together with family and friends think about those who may be less fortunate than you. One of the greatest gifts we can give to another is a helping hand and a smile. It is time to “enjoy the fruits of our labors” and to share them with others.

May all your holidays be joyful. “Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine”

Together Each Accomplishes More

Oct 162014
 

To: Christine Hamp, LAS of the National Grange, Duane Hamp, Master of the WA State Grange, Officers, Delegates and Members of the Maine State Grange,

We have had many successes over the past year. Let’s congratulate Sister Christine Corliss for setting a goal of having 25% of the Granges in Maine turning in Community Service reports and then meeting her goal. This year, for the first time in a few years, we have money from National Grange to present to the Granges that will be announced as placing in the contest. There was a huge push from Christine and a few Deputies and State Officers to convince Grangers to submit these reports at the last minute. While presenting a notebook with pictures and a full explanation of the Community Service work you did over the past year is a great way to earn some extra dollars for your Grange there is a lot of satisfaction that comes from seeing that year’s worth of work all together in one place. Most of our Granges do Community Service without even thinking about it—that’s good, but it can mean we are missing some of the joy. I challenge you to go back to your Granges and not just report the number of hours but also find ways to celebrate and share your successes. For some reason we have this tendency, like the song some of us may have learned in Sunday School says, to “hide our light under a bushel”. Brother and Sisters we need to “Let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it Shine”.candles

We owe special thanks to Enterprise Grange #48 and Riverside Grange #475 for taking the time to fill out and send in their Distinguished Grange applications to National. “Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.” These two Granges will be recognized for this outstanding achievement at National Convention and I will be honored to accept your awards on your behalf. Would the members of Enterprise Grange #48 and Riverside Grange #475 please stand and be recognized. There are probably other Granges within our state that could have qualified for this honor and I hope that you will check out the form and see if your Grange meets the criteria for a Distinguished Grange award next year. “Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”

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