Jun 272017

The information following is reprinted from the July-September Lecturers’ Newsletter by Margaret Morse, MSG Lecturer. You can download a copy of the newsletter from the Program Books and Information Page.

The theme for 2017– 2018 will be the following quote:

“FAMILY is like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. “

Author Unknown


List sent or emailed to the State Lecture. Please put “books” on the outside of the envelope or on the subject line.

GROUPS: Subordinate Members & Junior Members 5-9 & 10-14 (age Oct 1 of current year)

All entries MUST include: Name, Address, Grange Name & Number

Total number of Books read & Total number of pages read

List all books separately include: Title, Author, and Number of pages

September 30, 2017  — The Maine Lecturers’ Conference will be held at Topsham Grange from 9:30 until 11:30.

The agenda for the day will include a review of new programs and awards for the poetry, skit and story writing contests as well as the book reading contest. The annual Talent Contest will also be held.

The Talent Contest is open to all Subordinate Grange members (you may use Junior members in your act.)

Categories include: vocal, instrumental, or variety acts

Judging will be done with one winner as Best in Show. Time limit: six (6) minutes.

The winner of the Maine Talent Contest will be eligible to participate in the “Night of Excellence” at National Grange in November.  Ability to attend National Grange is not required to enter this contest.

Jun 052017

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

It’s hard to believe that it is time for elections; some of you may be reelected lecturer, whereas some of you may be elected for the first time. Once you have been elected it’s time to plan your program for the year. Did you know that almost every day is a holiday or celebration of something? If you’re not sure what is being celebrated there are at least a couple of websites that will tell you what unusual holiday or food is being celebrated. If you’re having trouble coming up with new ideas, these lists may give you a good place for your imagination to take off. Remember if you use any material that is not original or considered “general knowledge” always cite your sources.

The deadline for sending in entries for the Poetry, Skit and Writing contests are looming. All entries must be received by July 1, 2017. These may be submitted by email or snail mail. If you email your entry please put “contest entry” on the subject line. If you send it snail mail please write, “contest entry” on the bottom left corner of the envelope. Also, if you entered these contests last year and have a copy of your entry you may send them in and they will be judged as new entries. Rules for these contests should be available from your Grange Lecturer or can be found in the lecturer’s section under the Program Books & Information tab on the MSG Website.

For those who will be attending the Northeast Lecturers’ Conference in Vermont, parts for the program will be assigned and sent to each participant after June 30, 2017. There will not be a rehearsal prior to the conference but there is time set aside to rehearse during the conference.

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.

Dec 122016

Northeast Leaders’ Conference theme this year is “Branching Out” and the conference will be held in Rutland, Vermont, January 27, 28, and 29. Program specifics and a registration form are now available on the MSG website. Note that you must make hotel reservations by January 9, 2017 and the deadline for the conference and meals registration is January 20, 2017.

As a reminder, Maine State Grange Leaders should submit information about any conferences you are planning–get the dates and a minimum of information listed on our website early so folks can plan! If you are aware of any regional or national Grange Conferences, please share the information with others by arranging for it to be listed on the site! Members can’t attend conferences and events if they don’t know about them! All it takes is an email  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  

Nov 062016

pinReceived from California State Grange

Brothers and Sisters

As the Western States prepare for the 151st Convention in Spokane, WA in 2017, we have developed a fund raising pin to be sold throughout the year celebrating the Granges 150th year birthday. This pin is a similar to the original founder’s button, produced nearly 150 years ago. All proceeds will help defer costs related to the 151st convention.

Pre-orders and individual purchases will be available at the upcoming 150th convention (supplies are limited and first come first served). Purchases are also being taken NOW and will be available for shipment after the 150th Convention in D.C.

Cost $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 + shipping. Order using this link: Button Order   (ekomskiatCAStateGrangedotorg?link_list=3297783)  

Sep 292016

by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

Help needed for State Session 2016!

The Junior Department is running the kitchen once again, and we need help with donations and possibly workers, if you can help please call Christine at (207)743-5277 before 10/15/16.

Items Needed:
1. 3 Cases of Water
2. Soda: Case of: 2 Pepsi 12 oz.
1 Orange, 1 Coke, 1 Diet Pepsi, 1 Sprite, 1 Root beer, 1 Diet Coke
3. Chicken (white meat)4 Large Cans
4. 3 (32oz.) Jars of Mayonnaise
5. 4 Lbs. sliced Ham
6. 4 boxes of Little Elbow Macaroni
7. 1 Decaf. Coffee
8. Splenda, individual packets
9. Salt Packets, individual packets
10. Heavy Duty Dinner Plates 100+
11. Hot Cocoa individual packets
12. Crackers: PBJ, Cheese, etc.
13. Butter: Individual pats
14. ½ & ½= individual containers (2) Cases
15. 2 Gallons of Milk

Aug 232016

by Glenys Ryder, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Maine State Grange

At the request of the state officers, I am sending the following reminder.

October will soon be upon us, and with its arrival, the Maine State Grange session will soon be here on October 20, 21, and 22 in Skowhegan.  It is of vital concern that EVERY Grange in the state of Maine should have a voice during this convention.  Many important issues will be discussed and decided upon, one of them being the sale of the Maine State Grange Building.

If the Master of your Grange and their spouse cannot attend this convention, then two of your members should be elected to attend the session to represent your Grange.  Their names should appear on the form that you send in to register your delegates.  This form will soon be on its way to your secretary!  Without a representative, it is as if your Grange doesn’t exist, and it is short-changing your members and purpose for existence!  EVERY Grange needs to take an active part in the state session!  Please send someone to present your viewpoints on the resolutions.

Whether you are a delegate or not, you do not have to be a Sixth Degree member to attend.  Any Subordinate Member, having had the first four degrees, may attend.  I hope that you will consider coming to this session.  Many people return from State Grange Convention with new enthusiasm and purpose, ready to take on new projects and increase interest in their Grange!

I hope to see you and your Grange members in Skowhegan!  Plan now!

Webmaster note: My apologies are due. In my haste, I changed the word “convention” to “conference” and should not have done so… while it seems to me a relatively small matter, I’ve been corrected in the past for using the word “conference” to describe state session. Folks who saw or received the original post should know that it was my error, not Glenys’. For some reason my brain got it backwards this morning. Sorry!

Aug 022016

MistakeAt least we know people are paying attention! There was a little date error in Master Rick’s July Column–he’s asked us to post an “oops.” (It’s since been corrected.) State Conference is scheduled for Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22. As soon as I receive additional details and a schedule, they will be posted, but you’ll want to save those dates!

Jul 262016

by Rick Grotton, State Master

To the Directors: I would like all directors to send , email or text me a complete list of all committee members you have in your department ASAP. We are composing the schedule for State Grange and do not want to leave anyone out.

To all members: Remember the deadline for resolutions is August 15, 2016. This date will be strictly enforced so get ’em in. (Send them to State Secretary Sharon at headquarters.) We want to make sure Granges have ample time to discuss them so their delegates will know how to vote at State Session. There are some very important issues to be brought before the delegate body this year, so it is important that your Grange is represented! Don’t  be left out–your ideas, thoughts, and vote are extremely important!

To all members: Remember if you have an issue that arises within your Grange, you should first, try to work it out on your own. This can be done with effort and thinking for the Good of the Order.  If it cannot be resolved within your Grange, contact your Deputy, who, if assistance is further needed will contact the Chief Deputy, who, if need be, will contact me. A chain of command is needed to keep order so issues do not become escalated due to too many people getting involved at once. Confusion solves nothing. I love listening and talking to my brothers and sisters and am always available to answer questions and to pass on information, however, work with your Deputy. Let’s all work together for the GOTO!!!