Sep 122015

McBurnieby Laurie McBurnie, Junior Director

The Junior Committee will be having its traditional raffle table during the State Grange session as well as running the kitchen. A letter has gone out to all Granges about food donations and responses are coming in. If you have any questions or want to help in this area, please contact Laurie McBurnie, 563-5347 or lmcb293atgmaildotcom.

The 2015-2016 Maine State Junior Grange program will be available at State Session.

Junior Grange hand fans ($1, Baker’s dozen – $12), Grange Memorial Flags ($7) and a limited number of Grange Flag Holders ($30) will also be on sale at the Junior table at State Grange.

If you know of any youngsters who would like to be involved as junior members, please contact Jr. Director Laurie McBurnie, lmcb293atgmaildotcom  (lmcb293atgmaildotcom)  .

The flyer for the Memorial Bricks, the National Junior Grange Program and the National Junior Merit Badge programs are posted on the state Grange website.

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Snack with Junior Grange

Snack with Junior Grange

The Junior Committee will again be handling the food concessions at the State Grange conference in October. Granges will soon be receiving a letter (if you haven’t already!)with the details as well as a list of items that can be donated. Copies of this letter and list are also posted on the State Grange website for ready access: Junior Grange State Conference Concession.

Please email Junior Director Laurie McBurnie  (lmcb293atgmaildotcom)   or call her at 563-5347  by September 24 with what you plan to bring so the committee can plan to purchase the remaining items. She’d also like to know if you’d like to volunteer to help. Thanks!

Aug 142015

Claire LoganMaster Vicki is pleased to announce that Sister Claire Logan, Ceres of the National Grange and her husband Steve Logan, Past Master of the RI State Grange, will be our National Rep and guest at State Grange Convention in October. Claire was elected National Ceres in 2013 in Manchester, NH. She is a committee member of the Washington County Fair and a Certified Food Safety Manager of the Pomona kitchen which not only runs during the five days of fair but is open for many special events all summer long.  She is lovingly referred to by her family and others as the “food police” because she is always asking “did you wash your hands”, “where are your gloves”, “put a hat on”, etc.   She enjoys cooking, baking, sewing and crafts and definitely camping.  But most of all she enjoys spending as much time with her grandchildren as she can.

Claire will be present throughout the conference and will address the body on Friday evening before conferral of the Sixth Degree. In making the announcement, Master Vick said, “Claire and Steve are inspirational Grangers and the Grange is at their core. Along with family, which we all know is a big part of the Grange, they make Grange a priority. They love to meet and talk with people, are good listeners and are comfortable with offering other strategies and ‘thinking outside the box.’”


Aug 062015

McBurnieby Laurie McBurnie, Junior Director

Junior contests have been judged; it wasn’t an easy task and the Junior Committee appreciates Bobby Faulkner and Richard Harriman for their work. Regional and National entries will soon be sent to the next level. The other entries will be used for the Junior Grange display at the Litchfield Fair in September.

The Junior Committee will be running the kitchen again at the State Grange session. Donations of food (sliced ham, sliced cheese, mayo, chips, cookies/bars, etc.) and beverages (soda, water, coffee) are much appreciated. Please let Junior Director Laurie McBurnie, 563-5347 or by email  (lmcb293atgmaildotcom)  , know what you are planning to bring so items aren’t duplicated. (We are all set on paper goods for this year.)

Junior-made bird houses--from soda bottles!

Junior-made bird houses–from soda bottles!

The Junior Committee will also be having its traditional raffle table. Donations for this have already started coming in! Items in new or good quality used conditions are welcome.

Judging of the squash growing contest will also be held during State Grange Conference. This contest is open to all ages so bring your entry on the morning of Thursday, October 22.

The 2015-2016 Maine State Junior Grange program will be available at State Session.

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. These items will also be on sale at the Junior table at State Grange.

If you know of any youngsters who would like to be involved as junior members, please contact Junior Director Laurie McBurnie and let her know.


Jul 272015

Submitted by Steve Haycock

The Maine State Grange Family Campout was a great success. More than 40 Grangers including three from New Hampshire gathered at Silver Springs Campground in Saco in July.  There was truly something for everyone during the weekend.  This event is a great example of what the Grange is all about, Food, Fun, and Fellowship.

On Friday, a group of 29 Grangers descended on Martel’s Ice Cream and Mini Golf.  The competition was fierce, but there was a lot laughing along the way.  In the end, Bill Small came out of top with his score of 50.  After mini golf the group of Grangers had ice cream for a treat.  Friday evening found many of the campers at the potluck.

Saturday was the big day, although a bit dreary in the morning, plans were amended to have a cribbage tournament in place of the traditional horseshoe tournament.  This was done right after the judges of the Junior Grange crafts finished their near impossible job selecting the winners of the crafts of the various contests.  While everyone was preparing for the cribbage tournament, the Chinese auction was in full swing along with the 50/50 raffle.  Those not playing cribbage played a round of Sherry’s Dice Game with C.J. Roy winning.  The cribbage tournament featured seven teams and was won by Roberta & James Meserve.  After the games were over Junior Director Laurie McBurnie announced the winners of the Jr. Grange crafts and the winners of the auction and raffle were drawn.  In the afternoon the weather improved and the vast majority of the Grangers participated in the Bocce Ball tournament, with Judy Meserve and Rick Grotton eventually coming out on top of the large field.

This was followed by a scaled-down Horseshoe tournament won by Mike Flagg and Jim Meserve.  Saturday evening featured a delicious ice cream social, with State Lecturer Sherry Harriman passing out awards for the day’s activities, followed by fellowship around the campfire.  Many thanks go to Wilbur and Jane Heath of the New Hampshire State Grange who hung out with us this weekend.  Wilbur and Jane even brought ice cream with many toppings to choose from.  Their son Chris Heath, Master of the New Hampshire State Grange visited with us on Saturday afternoon.  A great weekend was had by all, plans were made for the 2016 Maine State Grange Family Campout Weekend which will be held at the same campground July 15 – 17, 2016.

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Jul 102015

Harriman 1By Sherry Harriman, Maine State Grange Lecturer

The Maine State Lecturer’s Conference will be held on Saturday, September 12 at HQ in Augusta from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. New programs and awards scheduled at noon.

The Maine State Grange Talent Contest will also be held on Saturday, September 12 at HQ in Augusta at 11 a.m. What a fun day whether you compete or just observe. Pre-registration not necessary but helpful. Open to all Subordinate Members.  (Note: You may use Junior Members in your act.) There are three categories:   vocal, instrumental and variety act.  You may enter one category but all acts are judged with one winner as best of show act. Maximum time limit is six (6) minutes.

Lecturer’s Reports are due September 1. Please mail or email to State Lecturer’s home. (Form will be mailed in July and available on the MSG website.  A certificate will be awarded to all who send in their report which may be picked up at the Lecturer’s Conference or State Session.


Jun 292015

by Sherri Harriman, MSG Lecturer

There has been a mix-up at the post office in Eliot for Margaret Morse.  All her incoming mail was returned to sender.  If you sent in registrations for North East Lecturers Conference and get them back — please put them in another envelope and resend them to Margaret at the same address listed.  We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this has caused.  We certainly did not intentionally refuse your registration for the conference. Remember the July 10th deadline is fast approaching.

Thank you for understanding.   Hope to see you there.

Any questions, call me on my cell 432-6386 or email me.

Jun 262015

thermometer_blank_banner_400_clr_6651By Walter Boomsma,
Communications Director

Thought you’d like to know we are currently up to three Degree Days scheduled in July! Details for each of these is available on the MSG Website Events Calendar.

July 7 at Huntoon Hill Grange conducted by Lincoln Pomona. Lincoln is seeking some help: Master for the First, Second, and Fourth Degrees and a Steward for all four. If you are interested or know of anyone who would like to help, please contact Rick Grotton at 582-5915 or rictiataoldotcom.

July 12 at Bangor Grange conducted by Bangor Grange. Contact Rolf Staples at 973-3976.

July 26 at Union Harvest Grange conducted by Union Harvest. Contact Lois Zezima at 382 3315. Lois is looking for some Harvest Marchers.

As state session approaches so does the demand for Fifth Degree opportunities. (You will need Fifth Degree credentials prior to receiving Sixth Degree instruction during state session.) Conferral of the Fifth Degree is currently scheduled on August 6 at Garland Grange conducted by Piscataquis Pomona. Contact Bill Bemis at 934-5357 for more information.

Degree conferrals are an important part of our rich heritage, in part because they are traditionally shared events and an opportunity to celebrate Grange growth. If you are an obligated member who has not received your degree instruction, by all means consider attending one of these events. Subordinate Granges who have obligated members should consider organizing a “field trip” to participate in one of these events. Let’s increase the degrees!

Jun 012015

Harriman 1By Sherry Harriman, Maine State Grange Lecturer

REMINDER: The deadline date for North East Lecturer’s Conference is July 10.
Everyone must pre-register, you cannot just show up except Monday evening for Maine’s program “Transportation” at 7:00 p.m. If you are coming to “Spirit Night” only, Tuesday evening at 7:00, there is a $10.00 registration fee (sent to Margaret). Questions contact Sherry.


Congratulations to our story and skit writers. I enjoyed them all very much. I agreed that each should receive a first place award. Stories will be printed in the book with poetry entries and made available September 12 at the Lecturer’s Conference 10:00am to 1:00 pm (no lunch). Awards will be presented at noon. Those submitting stories, skits or poetry will receive a free book.

Story Writing:

Grangers Lead the Way, First Place Non-Fiction to Chuck Alexander, Merriconeag 425
A Grange Hall Saturday Night–a Tradition Not Forgotten, First Place Non-Fiction to Joanne Boyington, Androscoggin 8
My Angel Cat, First Place Non-Fiction to Helen Brooks, Robbinston 443
King’s Sad Face, First Place Non-Fiction to Mary E. Hunter, Bangor 372
Woodchucks in the Peas, First Place Non-Fiction to Mary E. Hunter, Bangor 372 (This story was published in “New Words Digest” Bakersfield, CA Spring of 1991 edition.)
My Creative Paper Denim Jeans History, Autobiography, Mary E. Hunter, Bangor 372 (This story was published in “Maine Words” Collection of Adult Student Writing Bangor, ME Fall of 1990 edition.)
Hello Grangers, Song Parody, Mary E. Hunter, Bangor 372

Skit Writing:

Let’s Move Quickly, First Place to Ceneretta Ward, New Norland Grange # 580