May 152016

Flagg (640x640)By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

First of all, I want to thank everyone for all of the prayers and cards sent during my ankle replacement surgery (again) and for all of your prayers during my Mom’s hospitalization with CHF. She is doing much better but will never be 100%, but at 84 years she is still quite active.

All of you should be extremely proud of yourselves because of all your donations to House in the Woods Penny Collection in 2015 came to $1,065. Good job everyone.

Next, all entries in the Needlework Contests need to be at State Grange for August 18, 2016. Banking and Dress-a-doll entries will be postponed until the following Saturday, August 27. Due to a scheduling with the judges being unavailable, the conference will be held on August 27 instead of August 20. I sincerely hope this will not affect any entries.

Copies of the new CWA Report have been mailed and are available on the MSG Website. The same sheet is used for both Pomona and Subordinate reporting. All you will need to do is circle whichever level you are reporting for. Many thank for Ruby Parker for coming up with this simplified reporting sheet.

My usual donation requires are for the Maine State Grange, House in the Woods, Maine Childrens’ Home for Little Wanderers, and the New England Grange Building. For each $10 donation your Grange will receive a signed certificate from the State Master and CWA Director. There is no need of making separate checks for each donation, one check with the directive on what it goes to will be fine. Please be sure that if you have donations to other committees you send them to the appropriate director.

I recently received a letter from the Big E Coordinator letting me know the needs for the Grange Store this year. They are totally out of 1/2 towels, child and adult mittens, scrubbies (please be sure they are not sewn with regular thread as they do not hold up), any baby items (size them if possible, dishcloths, fingerless gloves, lap quilts, aprons, hat and scar sets (please pin together) and clothespin bags. Any Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items along with winter clothes and dresses (again, please size them). Slippers of all sizes, catnip toys for cats, pet toys sell very well, head warmers, ditty bags for walkers/wheelchairs, ornaments and refrigerator magnets are more ideas.

Items that do not sell nor are they wanted are fancy scarves, Easter/Valentine items and summer items. I personally am appreciative to know this is so that I won’t waste time and money doing these things. Each and every person should be proud of their handiwork donations as Maine is always complimented on the quality of what is sent. Also, if you have items to be donated to the Big E, they can always be dropped off at State Grange provided someone is there or I can try and meet you on the days I have a vehicle.

There will be a new system in place for checking out your items after the CWA Conference which will be explained later but it will expedite the process plus there will be less confusion. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me and leave a message (225-2328) or email flaggkaren52atgmaildotcom.

I sincerely look forward to hearing from each of you. I did decide to send this directly to each CWA director after discussing it with the Master to try a different response. There will be a paid lunch on August 27. If there is anyone attending with a severe dietary issue, please let me know before the conference. I do enjoy visiting Granges when possible.

May 072016

Don’t forget the Membership/Leadership Conference on May 21 in Laconia, NH.

2016 Tri-State Membership Leadership Conference Presented by Joe Stefenoni

Where: 435 Union Ave, Laconia, NH 03246 Woodside Building at Taylor Community
When: May 21st, 2016 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

National Grange Membership/Leadership Development Director Joseph Stefenoni will be presenting on two topics at the upcoming conference. The first will be “Adopting the Membership Mentality: Changing the ‘Why Would’ to ‘Why Wouldn’t ’. The second topic will be “Grange Leadership: Challenges, Successes & Training the Next Generation” Following each presentation will be an open discussion including Q&A to share ideas and advice.

Additional information and registration available here!

Apr 182016

berries-1022839_640Know & Defend Your Rights. Transformational Conflict. Food Sovereignty.  How-To.

April 23rd, 10-4, Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast

with Heather Retberg, Bonnie Preston, and honored guests: Laila Johnson and Logan Perkins; and a panel of town organizers from communities across the state.

Join keynote speaker Laila Johnson, from Wisconsin, to share her knowledge  on transformational conflict and community self-governance.  Local lawyer extraordinaire, Logan Perkins, will help you learn more about the rights you’ve asserted under the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance and how to defend them as a community and as individuals.  Bonnie and Heather will pass on what they’ve learned about community self-governance, home rule, and state law so you’ll be prepared for the questions raised by your selectmen, city councilors, and your fellow citizens.  They and a panel of town organizers will share experiences, answer questions, and help you stand up for the ordinance if you have already passed it, allay fears if you have not yet passed it, and give you some experience confronting and working with an opponent.

Plan to come wherever you are in the process of protecting our traditional foodways: if you have passed the ordinance, if you are ready to work on it, if you are thinking about it, or if you are just curious about it.

This will be a bring-your-own-lunch event, but we will provide morning coffee and something to go with it, and dessert/afternoon snack, almost certainly involving chocolate.  Please let us know if you’re coming, so we can plan accordingly.  E-mail or call 374-3636.

Hope to see you there!  Bring friends, especially from nearby towns that may be helped by the ordinance. This will be a great opportunity to meet people who will be a support network as we all work to advance our food rights.

Apr 142016

National Conf LogoEarly Bird Registration


 Take advantage of the early bird registration until September 2nd and save $5.00.

Visit the National Grange website for convention schedule, tours, and more.


Apr 052016


National Grange Membership/Leadership Development Director Joseph Stefenoni will be presenting on two topics at the upcoming conference. The first will be “Adopting the Membership Mentality: Changing the ‘Why Would’ to ‘Why Wouldn’t ’. The second topic will be “Grange Leadership: Challenges, Successes & Training the Next Generation” Following each presentation will be an open discussion including Q&A to share ideas and advice.

The conference will be held at the Woodside Building at Taylor Community, 435 Union Avenue, Laconia NH 03246.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Session 1 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Adopting the Membership Mentality

Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. $8.99 Soup Du Jour, Assorted Sandwiches, Chips, Cookie, Beverage

Session 2 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Grange Leadership

Reservations are due by Wednesday May 18to Adam Paquin Varnum arpaquinatgmaildotcom  (arpaquinatgmaildotcom)   or by phone @ 603-785-1581 or 603-588-2622.

For directions to the Taylor Community Woodside Building: Leadership 2016

Mar 232016
Spreading ideas, information, education, enthusiasm... and more!

A Spring Fling to spread ideas, information, education, enthusiasm… and more!

Neighboring New Hampshire State Grange has extended an invitation to Maine Grangers to join their Spring Fling in Laconia on April 9, 2016.  Highlights of this year’s program include:

  • Legislative Panel will be moderated by the State Master, who will lead a question and answer period with our current New Hampshire Legislators who are Grange members. We will learn about the upcoming topics that will affect all Grangers in New Hampshire.
  • Workshop 1A. Project Night-Night is one of the many Family committees projects that they do throughout the year. These are fleece blankets that are created with no sewing.
  • Workshop 1B. Building Communities through Granges  will teach Grangers to think outside the box when doing community outreach. Come learn what others are doing in their Granges and possibly be inspired to try something new.
  • New Hampshire Humanities will provide information about grants and free public programs such as book discussions, workshops, seminars, and conferences led by scholars in literature, history, languages, ethics, philosophy, comparative religion and culture, and the interpretation of the arts.
  • Workshop 2A. Paper crafts, Old and New will show examples of using paper in your art and craft projects. You will receive ideas for your members to do at a meeting. You will also be able to complete a project to show off and enter into the Youth Paper Craft Contest later in the year if you so choose.
  • Workshop 2B. Backyard Poultry will provide you with a basic understanding of raising chickens in
    your own backyard. Attendees will learn how to raise chickens from eggs, take care of chickens as they grow and harvest the products of chickens for their eggs or meat.
  • Computer Security is a beginners guide to protecting yourself online. Learn how to determine what are real sites and which ones are not. Learn about some tools that beginners can use to resolve their own computer security issues without having to pay lots of money to fix.
  • Junior Director Joann Brandt will provide activities for any and all juniors who wish to attend.

A complete schedule, detailed directions and information are available here:

NH Spring Fling Descriptions and Directions

NH Spring Fling Schedule

Notethat reservations for lunch must be made by April 6th to provide the facility with time to prepare. Attendees also attend and go off campus to eat lunch. There are several places in the schedule where attendees need to choose one or another workshop to attend. Workshop reservations can be made until April 8th. Please make all reservations by calling, emailing, texting, or snail mailing your reservations to New Hampshire State Grange Master Chris Heath:

Chris Heath
28 Penny Lane
Barrington NH, 03825
cheathatnhgrangedotorg  (cheathatnhgrangedotorg)  


603-988-9703 – cell
603-664-5159 – home

Mar 152016

new_hampshire_400_clr_8321by Stephen Tracy, NH State Grange Outreach Deputy

I wish to thank the ME State Grange for the Building Community workshop held at your State Grange Center last year. I came away inspired and energized by what I heard and learned from the growing Granges in ME. I have been able to use this experience in my community and encourage others across the state. Locally when I speak in a public venue about rebuilding community I get bug eyes and dropped jaws and strangers coming up to me after giving me high fives and fist bumps with encouragement to have future meetings to get our communities active. I always mention the Grange training when people talk to me about doing something.

NH State Grange is holding a Spring Fling event of a day of fun and workshops and State Master Chris Heath has asked me to speak on the training you gave and how we are going to implement something in NH on building community. When I get the info from Chris I will share it with Walter to share with you and consider it an invitation to come join us.

Thank you and keep up the good work of spreading the Grange fever.

Nov 202015

Have you checked the Event Calendar recently? We’re adding lots of events… Granges are scheduling breakfasts with Santa, Caroling, Craft Fairs… there won’t be many opportunities to be bored for the next month or so!

Here a few upcoming “statewide” events:

Sunday, December 6 — The Community Service/Family Health & Hearing Committee will be sponsoring a guest speaker at the Maine State Grange Headquarters from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  Mr. John Shattuck, from the Iris Network (formerly Maine Center for the Blind or Visually Impaired) will be speaking on the topic or working with local communities to bring resources to individuals who are visually impaired and hearing impaired. All are invited! Contact Chris Corliss  (christinecorlissatymaildotcom)   for further information.

Saturday, December 12 — Deputies and Directors Meeting will take place at Headquaarters fro 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This traditional meeting will include distribution of information and a review of floorwork. Directors will have an opportunity to discuss their committees and promote their programs. Important goals for this meeting include understanding expectations, improving communications, and identifying those interested in leadership training. Contact Rick Grotton  (rictiataoldotcom)   for further information.

Sunday, December 13 — State Officers Meeting will take place at Headquarters from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Officers will review goals, receive information packets and plan Pomona Inspections. Contact Rick Grotton  (rictiataoldotcom)   for further information.

Sunday, December 13 — The Executive Committee will have their regular monthly meeting from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at State Headquarters.

January 15 – 18, 2016 are the dates for the Northeast Leaders Conference. For further information see the Conference Page on the website.

Nov 202015

by Wesley Ryder

October always means to me
Maine State Grange Convention.
There’s a hectic schedule of events,
But a few highlights I will mention.

Driving while viewing Maine’s foliage,
Greeting friends from far and near.
First night a tasty banquet;
Grangers like to eat, that’s clear.

Calling the session to order;
Marching begins with much adieu;
Floor work executed with precision,
And the perfection of ritual, too.

This scene is a lasting memory
Permanently painted within your mind.
Though repeated at each session
The symbolism you will clearly find.

Order of business and recognitions,
Resolutions with limited debate;
Work which may well influence,
Now placed in the hands of fate.

Degree work is the most impressive.
The beauty dazzles one’s sight.
The true lessons that are revealed,
Complete the majestic night.

 Our purposes for being there
Are varied and hold emotion
Engraved upon your mind and heart,
Results in deep devotions.

We labor seriously and long;
But we enjoy this needed effort;
With leaders dedicated with duty
And always prepared to the last resort.

We maintain traditions of many years,
Building friendships that last forever.
We are loyal, generous, and care
We look for personal gain — never.

May the Grange continue at all levels
For hundreds of years plus one.
We take new members anytime
For Food. Fellowship and Fun

Nov 132015

National Grange Convention 2015Lincoln, NE – On the third day of the 149th Annual Session of the National Grange, the convened delegates elected a new slate of national officers, including the first-ever woman to head the storied organization. The group of new national officers includes:

  • Betsy Huber of Pennsylvania, elected Master
  • Jimmy Gentry of North Carolina, re-elected Overseer
  • Phil Prelli of Connecticut, re-elected to the Executive Committee
  • Joe Fryman of Nebraska, re-elected to the Executive Committee
  • Amanda Brozana of Washington, DC, elected Lecturer
  • Chip Narvel of Delaware, re-elected Steward
  • John Plank of Indiana, re-elected Assistant Steward
  • Chris Hamp of Washington, re-elected Lady Assistant Steward
  • Barbara Borderieux of Florida, re-elected Chaplain
  • Dwight Baldwin of Iowa, re-elected Treasurer
  • and Judy Sherrod of Tennessee, re-elected Secretary.

The newly elected officers will start their terms Friday afternoon, the fourth and penultimate day of the Grange’s annual convention.