Sep 182014
 

November may seem a long way off, but as nights get chilly it’s time to start thinking about your trip to Sandusky Ohio to attend National Grange Conference. National Grange has made  a paper registration form for this year’s convention available. They prefer that all attending register online but recognize the challenges this presents for some. Please note that the Youth MUST register online using the form designated for them.

The deadline for securing a room at the Convention Hotel is October 10, so you should start planning your trip soon.

For links to online registration forms, a link to the Seventh Degree application and a printable convention schedule please visit the National Grange website at: www.nationalgrange.org You may download the paper registration form from the Maine State Grange website:

148th National Grange Convention Registration Form

Note this information will remain posted on the Conference Page so you can find it easily! Just scroll down past State Convention information.

Sep 122014
 

by Walter Boomsma, Communications Director

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

We are counting down to State Session… and building up your website to support it! This morning I’ve added several more features:

But wait, there’s more! This information is readily accessible from the Conference Tab, but we’ve also added a temporary small box in the side bar with direct links… check it out!

If we haven’t answered your question, let us know and we’ll do our best to get you an answer or point you in the right direction!

Sep 102014
 
Annisby Jim Annis, Legislative Director

The State Grange resolutions for the legislative committee passed in 2013 could not be submitted to the Maine Legislature. It was the second session in the term and they were not accepting new bills. Believe me, they had enough problems dealing with the bills left over from the last session.

There were six resolutions referred to the Maine State Grange Legislative Committee. They were, Traffic Ticket Fines” submitted by Androscoggin Pomona No. 1, “Rural Mail Delivery” submitted by Bauneg Beg Grange No. 382, “Healthcare Is a Human Right” submitted by Farmington Grange No.12, Maine Retirement Income Tax Exemption” submitted by Cumberland Pomona No. 15, “Use of Ethanol in Maine Gasoline” submitted by Cumberland Pomona No. 15 and “Ballot Initiative Phrasing” submitted by Cumberland Pomona No. 15.

1.   Traffic Ticket Fines

Committee recommendation. Ought to pass. However, it was felt by the committee that this   resolution will have little chance to pass in that a fiscal note would surely be attached to the bill going to the legislature. Traffic fines are generally part of the state police budget.

2.   Rural Mail Delivery

Committee recommendation. Ought to pass as amended. The last Resolve should read, “…to include the continuation of Saturday rural delivery and be it further: Resolved to send this resolution to National Grange for approval.”

3.   Health Care is a Human Right

Committee recommendation. Ought not to pass. It was felt by the committee that this resolution is too politically oriented and that Grange should distance itself from politics as demanded by Grange Bylaws..

4. Maine Retirement Income Tax Reduction

Committee recommendation. Ought to pass as amended. Minor corrections were added to the resolution.The fiscal note for this bill would be astronomical thereby condemning the bill while still in the hearing committee.

5.   Use of Ethanol in Maine Gasoline

Committee recommendation. Ought to pass. However, for Maine to pass a law forbidding the use of ethanol in gasoline would place Maine as the only state in the union not using ethanol. The cost of non-ethanol based gasoline would be extremely costly to the Maine consumer. It was also recommended by the committee that this resolution be sent to National Grange for country-wide approval.

6.   Ballot Initiative Phrasing

Committee recommendation. Ought to pass.

Resolution 1 is part of the Maine budget, resolutions 2 and 5 were sent to National Grange for adoption, resolution 3 was voted ought not to pass at the State Grange Conference, resolution 4 has the attention of the current governor and he already has reduced it (I know because my retirement increased because of a reduction in the Maine state tax) and I don’t see submitting a bill to the Maine legislature for resolution 6 as having much of a chance. Maine’s Secretary of State does a great job of proper wording of any initiative. However, I shall discuss its possibilities with a Maine legislator soon after the elections.

 

Sep 092014
 
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

The daily schedule for State Convention is now available! Get your copy here: 2014 State Convention Schedule or visit the “Conference Page” on the website.

We are planning to add a “frequently asked questions” feature about State Convention to the site–that means we need to know what your questions are. We already have a few:

  • What does it cost to attend state convention?
  • Do I need to register in advance?
  • What is required if I want to receive the Sixth Degree?

If you have a question that’s general in nature, please let us know–you can use the form at the bottom of your post. We won’t post your name or contact information, but would like it in case we have a question about your question!

Sep 062014
 

Jr. LogoThe Junior Committee will again be responsible for serving food during the State Session, October 16-18 in Skowhegan. The Committee welcomes donations of food or other needed items from all Grangers. Cookies/bars, bottled water, soda, individual bags of chips, sandwich supplies, biscuits, etc. would be most appreciated. So please ask around and let Junior Director Laurie McBurnie know who’s donating what by September 24 so the Committee can plan to purchases. (Even if this date is missed, please bring items anyway. You can especially surprise the Committee with the cookies/bars.)

The Committee plans to sell yogurt, cereal bars and muffins in the morning; sandwiches (ham & cheese, chicken salad, tuna salad, PB&J), fruit, cookies/bars, chips) and a hot meal (chop suey one day, mac & cheese the other, with biscuit) at noon; beverages (coffee, tea, hot cocoa, water, soda). You can also look forward to an Ice Cream Social Thursday evening.

Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen (schedule somewhat flexible). Depending on the time of day, anywhere from 3 to 7 people  will be needed in the kitchen–again, let Laurie know if you can help. You can reach Laurie at 207-563-5347 or by sending an email:  lmcb293atgmaildotcom  (lmcb293atgmaildotcom)  .

Read on for a complete list of items need… Continue reading »

Aug 232014
 

TEAMThere’s still time –one week–to sign up for the first Leadership Meeting on Sunday, September 7 at MSG Headquarters. Here’s your chance to find out what a “lollipop moment” is and a whole lot more!

State Master Vicki reminds patrons, “One of the valued benefits of Grange membership is an opportunity to grow and learn. Not only will we do that, we’ll also be discussing opportunities we have to grow the Grange. This first meeting will also include information regarding State Convention.”

Attendees should plan to arrive at headquarters by 2 p.m.  An “RSVP” is not absolutely required, but it will help with planning if we have some idea how many will be attending, so please send an email to Vicki if you are planning to attend or just use the form below! Don’t forget to click the submit button at the bottom!

WHAT: Leadership Meeting

WHO: Maine State Grange Officers, Deputies, Directors and Committee Members

WHEN: Sunday, September 7 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Maine State Grange Headquarters

Aug 162014
 
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

The August Bulletin has been released for printing and mailing! Get your copy here. This month’s issue includes some of the basic information regarding State Convention… a reminder this is a good time to think about a “Words for Thirds” program… some information about borrowing kids… why not print some copies for your members!

Also… don’t forget there’s still time to register for the Leadership Meeting on September 7! We’ve had a lot of people sign up already, but there are many we haven’t heard from officers, directors, and deputies. You can sign up online with just a few mouse clicks. Hope to see you there for an exciting and fun time!

Remember also, this is the time of year with lots of deadlines… contests, preparations and reservations for state convention, etc. Directors are reminded annual committee reports are due by September 15th… You could bring yours to the Leadership Meeting! (Electronic submission is greatly preferred.)

Aug 132014
 
By Vicki HuffVicki - Sash (2)

Where did the time go? State Grange Convention will be here before we know it. Mark your calendars for October 15-18. If you have not already, check out the website for State Convention information. Grange Secretaries should be receiving printed copies in the mail. We will once again be at the Skowhegan Community Center. The banquet will be on Wednesday evening. I am excited to report that we will be bringing back the conferral of the fifth degree to Thursday evening. Members who are planning to take sixth degree on Friday evening must have completed the fifth. Thursday evening will be a great opportunity.

If what I am hearing is true we will have a few more resolutions this year than we have had in recent years. Granges will be receiving the list of resolutions towards the end of August or beginning of September. Please take the time to review them and let your delegates know your opinions.

Sister Christine Hamp, LAS of the National Grange and her husband Duane Hamp, Master of the Washington State Grange will be our guests this year. Sister Christine will be speaking to the body on Friday evening before the conferral of the 6th degree. Sister Christine was Master for the 6th degree exemplification when National Grange met in Boise, ID and was a member of the Junior Grange in her childhood. When you see her ask her how much she is bench-pressing these days. They will be bringing Grange Herd member Pierce the Elk to visit as well.

Did your Grange set any goals this year? If so, how are you doing on them? This time of year, with new officers being installed, presents the opportunity to reflect on the past and set new goals for the future. Where do you want to see your Grange in 2015, where do you want to see it in 2021, and where do you want to see it in 2025?

Together Each Accomplishes More

Aug 122014
 

We’ve recently added some information regarding motels and meals to the Conference Page… This will be the “one stop” page you should check for any forms or information you might need relative to State Convention.

Administrative Coordinator Jim Owens writes:

The time for State Grange is fast approaching and with, annual reports. Would you (State Directors and Committee Chairs) please have your committee’s report in by September 15th so we can get it into the pad. You can send your report to the State Grange Office as a word attachment on an email (mainestategrangeatmyfairpointdotnet)  (mainestategrangeatmyfairpointdotnet)  , on a thumb drive, or if you don’t have computer access, just mail it in.

 

Aug 102014
 
Annisby Jim Annis, Legislative Director

This is the second part in a series of approved Grange resolutions. In part one I discussed resolutions brought before the legislative committee and their disposition. In this part, I will discuss resolutions discussed at the Grange conference in 2012. I will be certain that this time the Maine State Legislators I sent the 2012 resolutions to will send an acknowledgment.

In 2012 there were seven resolutions handled by the Maine State Grange Legislative Committee. They were, “Smoke Detectors” submitted by Androscoggin Pomona No 1, “Military Supplies and Flags” submitted by Dirigo No. 48, “Leaks” submitted by Androscoggin Pomona No. 1, “Carbon Monoxide Detectors” submitted by Androscoggin Pomona No. 1, “Human Trafficking” submitted by Androscoggin Pomona No. 1, “Social Security and Medicare” submitted by Androscoggin Pomona No. 1, and “Photographs of Children At Grange” submitted by Piscataquis Pomona No. 11.

“Leaks,” “Social Security and Medicare” and “Photographs of Children at Grange” were sent on to National Grange as determined by the Grange conference in 2012.

As soon as the Maine State Legislature is elected in November 2014, I will ask our representatives and senator to file bills for Smoke Detectors,” “Military Supplies and Flags,” “Carbon Monoxide Detectors” and “Human Trafficking.”

If you have any questions or corrections, please don’t hesitate to email me.  Next month I’ll be going over the legislative resolutions discussed at the state conference in 2013.