Apr 132014

by Harriet

Carroll JGAs you have asked me for some memories of Junior Grange for its celebration year, I will try to bring back memories of 60 yrs. ago for me! Now in my 88th year, much escapes me.

In 1950 we were known as the Juvenile Grange. I was deputy from 1950 to 1955. It was around 1950 that my older sister, Mildred Burns, and I organized the Juvenile Grange at Seven Tree #176. Our Grange agreed to purchase the regalia and supplies to accomplish this organization. My sister and I stayed with this for 15 years.

At that time I visited an active Juvenile Grange at White Oak Grange in No. Warren led by Ruth Wiley, also Pioneer Grange in E. Union led by Agnes Worthley and Frances Guyette. Later Dot Sainio began one at Evening Star in Washington. It kept me busy installing all the officers each year with my degree team.

I remember at Seven Tree Grange in Union we had several years with Ron Barker or Bobby Austin as Masters. They were outstanding young leaders! My job also was to play the piano and keep them all informed with State Grange programs. We held picnics at Highfield Campground in the summer. Attendance was usually around 25 or 30 youngsters. I used to fill my car with No. Union children to deliver home. Before the days of seatbelts! The Upham and Noyes children, now older, remember me for this.

Grangers felt at this time that the youngsters would eventually join the Subordinate Grange. A few did but the majority were taken up by high school sports and the invention of television. After graduation they left Union for college or jobs elsewhere. Times changed and they still do! I am sure many have fond memories of Junior Grange.

signed "Carroll & Grace Bean" on the back

signed “Carroll & Grace Bean” on the back

Apr 092014
By Vicki HuffVicki - Sash (2)

I am truly keeping my fingers crossed and praying that by the time you read this Spring really will have sprung.  This is truly an inspirational time of year as the flowers spring from the ground, the trees bud and leaf out and we can put those heavy jackets in the closet.

We are on the right track with communication and I am hoping for some feedback on this next topic. At the recent State Officers’ meeting we had a very lively discussion on the topic of Area Meetings. We are looking for input on the reasons Grangers do not attend. Are Saturday’s bad days to hold them? Would late Sunday afternoon be better? Is there a feeling of intimidation? Would it be better if Granges felt they could contribute more instead of being “talked at?” Are these types of meetings pertinent and useful? Is the length of time set aside for these meetings too long?

Some of the ideas that came from the meeting were to ask each Grange in that area to send at least one representative with that Grange’s ideas for topics of discussion. The ideas would be placed in a “suggestion box” pulled out randomly and discussed. The ideas could be done one at a time or those present could be broken up into small groups and each assigned a topic and after discussion in the groups the topics be presented to all. It was thought that these meetings should be called “Information Sharing” meetings and not what they have been in the past.

I am really hoping for your responses to these questions. For communication to work it needs to go in both directions. I am also hoping that some of you will share ideas of topics you would like to see covered in this column. I am here for you.



Together Each Accomplishes More

Jan 042014

At the time the program booklets were put together the dates for Leader’s Conference were unknown. Due to the conflict the Youth meetings scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 11th & 12th will be canceled. Brother Matthew Dunn is working on his committee and as soon as possible a meeting will be scheduled. Please pass this info along to your Youth chairman and any Youth or Young at Heart that may have been planning to attend. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Dec 222013

posted by Walter Boomsma

Get Real Get MaineThis always sneaks up on me! I decided to create a post as well as add this to the event calendar because it truly is a state-wide event. I try to attend every year and usually bump into a number of Grangers!

The 73nd annual Agricultural Trades Show will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on January 7-9, 2014.  Admission is FREE!  Show hours:

  • Tuesday, January 7         9am-5pm
  • Wednesday, January 8    9am-8pm
  • Thursday, January 9        9am-3pm

This show provides an atmosphere to walk through, observe, and educate the public about different areas of agriculture. Great exhibits and lots of educational opportunities! Visit the website for more information, a brochure and detailed information.

Dec 102013
Folks at the afternoon session assemble for the obligatory group photo

Folks at the afternoon session assemble for a group photo

State Webmaster Walter Boomsma explained to the assembled group of deputies that was one of the many questions third graders asked during a dictionary presentation when they learned the Grange has “deputies.” The kids also wanted to know whether or not our deputies can put people in jail.

Well, our deputies may not have badges or powers of arrest, but thanks to a meeting on December 7 for officers, directors, and deputies, they now have many more tools and information to assist local and Pomona Granges!

One of the new tools in attendees’ information packets is a “Maine State Grange Website Handbook” which includes a number of “how to” instructions and explanations of the site’s layout and purpose. You can download your personal copy from the site’s “Program Books” page.

"We've got towork as a team and try new things," State Master Vicki reminded.

“We’ve got to work as a team and try new things,” State Master Vicki reminded.

An emphasis of the day long meeting was “communication” in all forms and Grangers should see and hear lots of exciting and helpful news and information as we move forward. A number of ideas are being discussed and implemented that will make us more efficient, more knowledgeable, and even more exciting.

There was lots of singing and smiling throughout the day. We’ll have more reports and announcements in the near future. Just remember we are a volunteer organization and sometimes things move a little slower than we’d like simply because many of the people involved are “squeezing” Grange work into an already crammed schedule.

If you have questions or concerns, please ask! The deputy for your area is a good place to start… but if your question is about something that all Granges might want to know, send it to the website and we’ll see what we can do! For example, we recently had a question about the non-profit status of Granges. Thanks to several folks “in the know,” there is now summary information on this topic on our site. We’re currently researching a question regarding the seal many Granges have (and some have lost) and should be posting answers in the next day or two.

We are gradually updating the officer contact information on the site… if you are an officer, director, or deputy, please check the About our officers page to see if your information is correct. Also, directors are especially asked to check the Program Books page to make certain any books, documents, etc. listed there are current. We are not, of course, relying solely on the website as a way of providing information, but the site can become a good resource for other methods of communication.

State Master Vicki emphasized the importance of teamwork, communication, and trying new ideas throughout the day long conference.  Business leader David Zanuck once observed “If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless.” Somewhere in the middle we can find a balance where we all support each other but also challenge each other to honor our American Values, Hometown Roots and grow our Grange and our communities. Programs like this are one important part.






Nov 272013

The Northeast Leaders’ Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel, 2081 Post Road, Warwick, Rhode Island on Friday, January 10 through Sunday, January 12, 2014. This conference is open to all Grange members who would like to attend and we look forward to your participation. The conference registration fee is $10 per person and all attendees must register.

Room reservations must be made with the hotel (401-739-3000) by December 30, 2013. Be sure to mention the Rhode Island State Grange when making reservations. The single or double occupancy room rate is $79 per night plus tax. A charge of $15 per night will be added for each additional person sharing a room. Check in time at the hotel is 3:00 p.m.

Please complete and return the registration form for conference and meals by December 30, 2013. Checks should be made payable to Rhode Island State Grange and mailed to Mrs. Shirley Lawson, 120 Wilson Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916. Feel free to make additional copies of the form as needed.

Download the information sheet and registration form: 2014 NE Leaders Conference Information

Nov 232013

Those who were following National Conference may recall the first issue of “Conference Crier” — a newsletter being issued to report daily events. The issue for day two has now been posted on the National Grange Website. And while you’re on the site, why not visit the Grange Store? Some great products have been added… if you’re making cookies for Christmas, check out the cookie cutters!

The pages created for State and National Conferences this year will be disappearing soon… hang on to your memories!

As a reminder, you do not have to use the submitting button on the site to send in your news. This actually becomes problematic if you are sending photos. Instead, simply write your news in an email addressed to webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)   and include the photo(s) as an attachment. We are always looking for exciting Granges and exciting Grangers! Please proof read and spell check your submissions!

And in case you missed it, we appreciated this comment:

Though it has been out for awhile I wanted to comment on the Maine Grange directory. We find it very useful and easy to use. It helps us when we locate granges in the news. Also, when we travel about the state and spot a grange hall we look it up in the directory. So, who ever developed it you, or your team, did a super job. We thank you.

Ed and Jane McCall Bingham Grange #237

Thanks… note that the directory available on the site is a bit out of date… I created it from the roster and hope to be able to create a more current one in the near future!


Nov 222013

The Seventh Degree was our first experience of the Grange on the national level and I must say that we came away more than impressed. We were one couple that took the Seventh. We got married on the 20th but the National Convention was our way of a jump-start for our life as we were able to do the Seventh Degree together as we had all the other degrees. The Grange has been part of our lives when we first got together and everything we do has some reflection of the Grange. We are looking forward to the next National Conference when it comes back to New England. We are proud to be in the Grange

Edward and Jane McCall
Bingham Grange #237
Nov 212013

by Master Vicki

Last year the Master of the New Hampshire State Grange announced that they would have 100 candidates for the seventh degree and challenged each of the other states to have 50 candidates. Maine certainly rose to that challenge! There were 388 candidates for the seventh degree and 96 of those were from Maine while New Hampshire had 77. Nearly one-fourth of the candidates at were Mainers! Thanks for exceeding expectations–but that’s not a surprise, it’s what we do in Maine! I know there were more than 100 from Maine to watch the conferral as many went just to observe the degree again.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the folks from Maine who came down and helped host on Friday which was Maine’s Day. You all did a fantastic job. There were lots of compliments on the hospitality room and everything went very smoothly. You are the best!

Nov 182013

Congratulations to Maine’s Junior Grangers who won several awards in the National Junior Grange contests. Their work was on display at the National Grange Session in Manchester, NH.

Cameron Rae – 1st Crafts (7 yrs. & under)

Zoe Dill – 2nd Crafts (7 yrs. & under); 3rd Creative Art (7 yrs. & under)

Mia Rae – 2nd Crafts (8-10 yrs.)

Emily Dill – 2nd Creative Writing (8-10 yrs.)

Jillian Dill – 3rd Creative Writing (8-10 yrs.)