The Leader in Each of Us!

Don't forget the Leadership Conference at Maine State Grange Headquarters on April 12, 2015 starting at 2 p.m. All are welcome!
Mar 282015

jump_around_and_celebrate_300_clr_11856 (1)April is Grange Month across the nation! Founded in 1867, the Grange was the first fraternal farm organization in the country.  Today it is also recognized as America’s number one rural family organization.  There are nearly 300,000 members in 3,400 local or “Subordinate” Granges across 37 states.  Grange month includes a number of opportunities for visiting a Grange near you. Here’s a sampling of Grange events in the Piscataquis area.

On Thursday, April 2, Piscataquis Pomona Grange members visit Parkman Grange for a potluck supper at 6:00 p.m. followed by their monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. Pomona Grange is the regional association of local Granges and anyone may attend. Piscataquis Pomona Grange includes East and South Sangerville Grange, Parkman Grange, Garland Grange, Dexter Grange, and Valley Grange in Guilford. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Grange closest to you. For additional information about this meeting or Granges in the Piscataquis Area, contact Bill Bemis at 924-3537.


Several Grangers visit with State Community Service Director Christine Corliss and husband Dan following a recent Pomona meeting. Granges in our area are proud to serve our communities.

On Friday, April 10, Garland Grange will serve up a Baked Beans and Pasta Public Supper from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The menu includes baked beans, mac and cheese, homemade bread and desserts. All you can eat for $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children age 5 – 12, under age 5 eat free. Takeout is available and proceeds benefit the Garland Grange Building Fund. For more information call 924-6954.

Also on Friday, April 10, Garland Grange hosts a Family Contra Dance from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.—a great family friendly program with live music. All dances are taught. Admission is $7 per person or $12.00 per family. Caller is John McIntire and music by Some Reel People. For more information call 924-3925 or 277-3961. Garland Grange Hall is located on Oliver Hill Road in the center of Garland.

On Saturday, April 11 East Sangerville Grange will host their annual  “Cultivating Community” program from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  Conducted in partnership with the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District, this free program “Healthy Soil Matters” will be of interest to commercial farmers and home gardeners. A complimentary lunch will be served by the PRYMCA Healthy Community Initiative. For more information and a reservation contact Erin Callaway at eecallawayatgmaildotcom  (eecallawayatgmaildotcom)   or 343-0171. East Sangerville Grange is located on East Sangerville Road.

On Saturday, April 11 Parkman Grange will host their third Daddy Daughter Dance at the Parkman Grange Hall. Any girl thirteen and under may bring that “special man” in life. Tickets are $5 per person, available at the door. A DJ will be spinning tunes and running dance contests. Light refreshments will be served and door prizes give. Keepsake photos will also be taken. The dance will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. For more information contact Sue Manchester at 277-3942. Parkman Grange is also taking reservations for their Fifteenth Annual Mothers Day Tea on Saturday, May 9. Tickets are $5 and reservations can be made by calling Sue  at 277-3942. Parkman Grange is located at the four corners in Parkman.

On Friday, April 17 Valley Grange Bookworms and friends will attend the Bikes for Books Assembly starting at 8:00 a.m. at Piscataquis Elementary School. The Bikes for Books Program is sponsored by the Mount Kineo Masons Lodge to support literacy and Bookworms who visit school to listen to kids read love it!

On Friday, April 17, Valley Grange hosts a potluck supper at 6:00 p.m. followed by a CWA Program starting at 7:00 p.m. The CWA committee of the Grange celebrates domestic skills such as crafts, sewing, woodworking and all are invited. For more information visit or contact Jim Annis at 564-0820. Valley Grange is located at 172 Guilford Center Road.


Mar 182015
All roads lead to MSG Headquarters on April 12!

All roads lead to MSG Headquarters on April 12!

We’ve had some Grangers from New Hampshire contact us and ask “Can we come to the MSG Leadership Conference on April 12?” Of course we answered “Yes!”

We’ve said it before but it bears repeating. The only requirement for attending this conference is three hours of your time and a willingness to consider what’s possible instead of what’s not! You do not even need to be a Grange member to attend. We certainly didn’t design this as a regional event, but we’re more than happy to share our successes with Grangers from the area!

Will Massachusetts be next to ask? Hmmm… Maybe we should have booked the Civic Center!

Seriously, if you haven’t registered, you might want to think about what you’re missing! (Registration is not absolutely required, but it will help us anticipate how many are coming.. You can register online at this page.) Note that we are not confirming registrations, so if you register and don’t hear from us, that doesn’t mean you’re not registered!

But wait… there’s more! We’ve recently had another inquiry from someone who wants to start a Grange in their area! There is a leader in each of us!


NOTE: We may also be looking for a few volunteers to help with the conference setup by arriving a little early to help with chairs, etc. If you’re interested, please contact Master Vicki  (granger1atmainedotrrdotcom)   or Walter Boomsma  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)   and let us know!


Feb 152015
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

More resources for you…

Visit the Program Books and Information Page where you’ll find

  • The just released February Bulletin for those who just can’t wait! (Communications Section)
  • An updated Member Recognition Order Form (Secretary’s Section)
  • A flyer/poster for the April Leadership Conference (Communications Section)
  • The updated Officer, Director, and Deputy Directory (Communications Section)

We are in the information and communication business! If you need a resource and can’t find it here, please let me know  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  !


Feb 152015

by Sherry Harriman, MSG LecturerHarriman 1

Original Story Writing Contest deadline March 31st sent / email /fax to my home address. Open to all subordinate and junior members Junior age as of March 31st must be on the label. (ages 5 – 7; 8 – 10; 11 -14. Categories fact and/or fiction. Original stories only. Profanity or inappropriate items will not be accepted. Length of story must not exceed 10 minutes, 500 words maximum. Enter as many stories as you wish.  Label at the top of each story. Include all the following information: name, address, Grange and number, phone, title, category.

Original Skit Writing Contest. Deadline March 31 sent, email, fax to me at my home address.  Categories Subordinate and Junior members. Jr age as of March 31st must be on label. Ages 5 – 7; 8 -10; 11 – 14. Original skits only. Profanity and inappropriate items will not be accepted. Length of play or skit must not exceed 10 minutes. Label at the top of each skit. Include all of the following information name; address; Grange & number; phone; title; category.

Judging skits and stories will be done in April and winners announced. If you wish to perform your skits and stories this will be done at Lecturers Conference held September 12th in Augusta. Let me know so I can plan.

Date change: our Maine Lecturers Conference will be held in Augusta September 12th — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. No lunch. The conference will include new program review; workshops; raffle; material and information exchange with skit; story and poetry and all other Lecturer Awards at noon.

(August 22 will be an all-day CWA event including lunch with Karen Flag, Director. Karen and I decided that this change would benefit each of our respective departments better.)

April is Grange month. Information is available from National Grange, our publicity director and on the web for “Grange Month”. If you are making presentations using the National Grange community Citizen Award or Pomona award for public service you must order them early from National, 888-447-2643 not me.  I only have “Certificates of Appreciation” for purchase. I do not have the special plaques or awards.

Feb 152015

Submitted by MSG Lecturer Sherry Harriman

Maine is hosting 100th North East Grange Lecturers Conference. August 3, 4, & 5 (Mon, Tues, Wed) at St Joseph’s College, 278 White’s Bridge Road, Standish, Maine 04084. The campus is on Sebago Lake near North Windham a couple of miles off Route 302. There is a waterfront beach on the campus for you to use. There is also an indoor pool you may use for a fee. This is a big tourist area, so if you plan to stay at a hotel or cabins nearby, reserve early.

All are welcome to attend it is not exclusive to Lecturers or lecturer’s elect. The full conference will cost $190 for a double room and $200 for a single room. This includes two nights lodging, six meals, seven state programs, workshops, conference fee, idea sharing, fun, fellowship, and entertainment. All buildings are air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.

If you choose not to stay in the dorm a one-time $25 commuter fee will be charged. This covers you for much of the conference you wish to attend. Meals may be purchased individually in advance.

Whether you are a full-time participant or a commuter, including State Officers if attending, everyone must pre-register by the July 10th deadline date. Persons only attending the “Spirit Night” event Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. will be charged a $10 registration fee.

Workshops to choose may include Who wants to be Lecturer by National Lecturer; Fun in the Grange; Grange fundraising; programs with small numbers; state fire marshal’s office: health care reform changes (or something in this nature);  a healthier you; and Michael Martin the National Leadership/Membership Director may be joining us. Some workshops will be presented twice.

Information, schedules and registration forms will be sent to your Grange secretary in the middle of May. Be sure to register and send all money by July 10th.

I will be needing some help and contacting you later with details. Please join us to make the 100th annual conference a big success.

Feb 082015

leader at helmGrange Leadership is about a lot more than holding an office, wearing a pink sash, or  serving on a committee. In fact, some of the Grange’s best leaders may do none of that! Every member is invited to this fast-paced, fun afternoon during which we’ll explore the many forms of leadership and why it’s critical in today’s world. You just may find yourself thinking about leadership in very different ways. We’ve gotten into the habit of thinking leadership is some special gift or magical quality when, in fact, we are each a leader in many ways. An important question we need to ask ourselves is  where are we leading others–perhaps without even realizing it?

Who should attend?

This conference is for anyone and everyone who would like to make a difference in their community, their home, or our Grange. The only requirement is that you have to be interested in leadership and making things happen! In, fact, you don’t even have to be Grange member to attend!

What will be included?

We’re still working on some of the specifics, but we anticipate having some short presentations from representatives of exciting Granges who are making things happen. They’ll share what they did, how they did it and some of the benefits they are reaping. This isn’t going to be a lecture about what you have to do—it’s an opportunity to hear how it’s been done! You’ll also discover how to lead from behind…

What does it cost?

Three hours of your time and a willingness to consider what’s possible instead of what’s not. Reduce your travel cost by arranging a car pool from your Grange. You can stop for ice cream on the way home!

When and where?

Sunday, April 12 at Maine State Grange Headquarters, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

What’s next?

For now, save the date! Watch the website and Bulletin for more information!

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 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.