Jan 282018

The Mid Atlantic Grange Leaders Conference will be held in Westminster, MD, March 16-18. It is for ANY Grange member but includes all the fun of a Regional Junior/Youth Conference and resources of a Leader’s Conference (with the addition of Lecturer’s materials).

National Grange Master Betsy Huber, National Lecturer Chris Hamp, National Junior Director Sam Wilkins and Youth Director Charlene Espenshade are just a few of the presenters. There are options for every age and every member type/interest; food, fellowship, fun… a tour, a service project, membership workshops, nuts and bolts leadership training, and lots of things to take home to your members. Please share this information with your members.

Some of you may not typically attend our regional or be hosting your own (NC/ME) this year, but you may have members who are unable to make your regional due to work or school schedules and wish to have this opportunity to qualify for Youth/Junior programs and more.  You can read the full schedule (and share it) below or with the attachment and register online at tiny.cc/MAGLC18 or using the form included in the information packet (available on the MSG website): Mid-Atlantic Grange Leaders Conference 2018.

Oct 042017

The State Lecturer’s conference was held September 30. The new program guide was reviewed. There are a few changes to the ongoing contests as well as a new candlelight ceremony contest. Please review these changes when you receive your program guide. Program helps for October, November, and December were also handed out. Those who did not attend may pick up their Granges booklets at State Session.

Certificates were given to all Subordinate and Pomona lecturers who sent in a report. Certificates, ribbons and writing journals were awarded to all the winners of the various creative writing contests. Certificates and bookmarks were given to all who participated in the book-reading club. Ribbons were awarded to those members who read the most books and/or the total number of pages.

Members then participated in an activity based on a program workshop presented at the 2016 Northeast lecturer’s conference. A subject was given and groups came up with the following ideas that you could use to plan a program. The areas used were Recreation (R) (games, jokes, activity, exercise), Inspiration (I) (uplifting poems, quotations, stories, speakers), Music (M) (can be sung, instrumental, recorded), and Education (E) (factual or informative material, speakers, visual).

Subject: Fire Safety
R: Halloween flaming cauldron, Game unrolling fire hose (use lawn chair webbing), fire extinguisher practice, Campfire safety rules, putting on fireman outfit and equipment
I: fire survivor, movie-“Hot Shots”, Fireman’s Creed, invite a fireman, poem
M: Ladybug song, One Little Candle, Come On Baby Light My Fire, Ring of Fire, Pass it On
E: speaker, Word quiz fire, fire safety paper, Word Search
Refreshments: S’mores

Subject: Apples
R: Relay-first person peels, second person cores, third person eats, Apples to Apples game
I: Apple poem, apples seed to tree and then to fruit
M: I’ll be With You in Apple Blossom Time, In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
E: Johnny Appleseed story, identify a variety of apples, a skit with a kid giving the teacher an apple with a worm in it
Refreshments: Apple Crisp and ice cream

Subject: Poetry
R: Act out a poem, illustrate poetry
I: short inspirational poems read by different members, inspirational music
M: If you ask Me I Could Write a Book, Give member a rhythm such as a limerick
E: Teach constructive poetry

Sadly, there were no contestants entered in the Talent Contest but there’s always next year.

Jun 272017

The information following is reprinted from the July-September Lecturers’ Newsletter by Margaret Morse, MSG Lecturer. You can download a copy of the newsletter from the Program Books and Information Page.

The theme for 2017– 2018 will be the following quote:

“FAMILY is like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. “

Author Unknown


List sent or emailed to the State Lecture. Please put “books” on the outside of the envelope or on the subject line.

GROUPS: Subordinate Members & Junior Members 5-9 & 10-14 (age Oct 1 of current year)

All entries MUST include: Name, Address, Grange Name & Number

Total number of Books read & Total number of pages read

List all books separately include: Title, Author, and Number of pages

September 30, 2017  — The Maine Lecturers’ Conference will be held at Topsham Grange from 9:30 until 11:30.

The agenda for the day will include a review of new programs and awards for the poetry, skit and story writing contests as well as the book reading contest. The annual Talent Contest will also be held.

The Talent Contest is open to all Subordinate Grange members (you may use Junior members in your act.)

Categories include: vocal, instrumental, or variety acts

Judging will be done with one winner as Best in Show. Time limit: six (6) minutes.

The winner of the Maine Talent Contest will be eligible to participate in the “Night of Excellence” at National Grange in November.  Ability to attend National Grange is not required to enter this contest.

Jun 052017

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

It’s hard to believe that it is time for elections; some of you may be reelected lecturer, whereas some of you may be elected for the first time. Once you have been elected it’s time to plan your program for the year. Did you know that almost every day is a holiday or celebration of something? If you’re not sure what is being celebrated there are at least a couple of websites that will tell you what unusual holiday or food is being celebrated. If you’re having trouble coming up with new ideas, these lists may give you a good place for your imagination to take off. Remember if you use any material that is not original or considered “general knowledge” always cite your sources.

The deadline for sending in entries for the Poetry, Skit and Writing contests are looming. All entries must be received by July 1, 2017. These may be submitted by email or snail mail. If you email your entry please put “contest entry” on the subject line. If you send it snail mail please write, “contest entry” on the bottom left corner of the envelope. Also, if you entered these contests last year and have a copy of your entry you may send them in and they will be judged as new entries. Rules for these contests should be available from your Grange Lecturer or can be found in the lecturer’s section under the Program Books & Information tab on the MSG Website.

For those who will be attending the Northeast Lecturers’ Conference in Vermont, parts for the program will be assigned and sent to each participant after June 30, 2017. There will not be a rehearsal prior to the conference but there is time set aside to rehearse during the conference.

May 092017

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

Do you like meeting new people? The Northeast Lecturer’s Conference may just be the conference for you! It is also a great place to get reenergized and get suggestions for programs that you may not have thought of before. The conference is open to all Grangers, not just lecturers or lecturers-elect.

The 2017 Northeast Grange Lecturers’ Conference will be held July 31, August 1, and August 2 and will be hosted by Vermont at Castleton University in Castleton. The conference cost will be $190 double occupancy. Pricing for single occupancy and individual days is available. All completed registrations must be sent to Linda Sanderson, Vermont State Lecturer, on or before June 30, 2017. Complete information has been sent to all Subordinate and Pomona Secretaries.

The Maine State Lecturer’s Conference will be held on September 30, 2017. The location is yet to be determined. The agenda for that will include awards for contest winners, a talent contest, and program helps. More information will be sent as the date gets closer.

Dec 122016

Northeast Leaders’ Conference theme this year is “Branching Out” and the conference will be held in Rutland, Vermont, January 27, 28, and 29. Program specifics and a registration form are now available on the MSG website. Note that you must make hotel reservations by January 9, 2017 and the deadline for the conference and meals registration is January 20, 2017.

As a reminder, Maine State Grange Leaders should submit information about any conferences you are planning–get the dates and a minimum of information listed on our website early so folks can plan! If you are aware of any regional or national Grange Conferences, please share the information with others by arranging for it to be listed on the site! Members can’t attend conferences and events if they don’t know about them! All it takes is an email  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  

Nov 062016

pinReceived from California State Grange

Brothers and Sisters

As the Western States prepare for the 151st Convention in Spokane, WA in 2017, we have developed a fund raising pin to be sold throughout the year celebrating the Granges 150th year birthday. This pin is a similar to the original founder’s button, produced nearly 150 years ago. All proceeds will help defer costs related to the 151st convention.

Pre-orders and individual purchases will be available at the upcoming 150th convention (supplies are limited and first come first served). Purchases are also being taken NOW and will be available for shipment after the 150th Convention in D.C.

Cost $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 + shipping. Order using this link: Button Order   (ekomskiatCAStateGrangedotorg?link_list=3297783)  

Sep 292016

by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

Help needed for State Session 2016!

The Junior Department is running the kitchen once again, and we need help with donations and possibly workers, if you can help please call Christine at (207)743-5277 before 10/15/16.

Items Needed:
1. 3 Cases of Water
2. Soda: Case of: 2 Pepsi 12 oz.
1 Orange, 1 Coke, 1 Diet Pepsi, 1 Sprite, 1 Root beer, 1 Diet Coke
3. Chicken (white meat)4 Large Cans
4. 3 (32oz.) Jars of Mayonnaise
5. 4 Lbs. sliced Ham
6. 4 boxes of Little Elbow Macaroni
7. 1 Decaf. Coffee
8. Splenda, individual packets
9. Salt Packets, individual packets
10. Heavy Duty Dinner Plates 100+
11. Hot Cocoa individual packets
12. Crackers: PBJ, Cheese, etc.
13. Butter: Individual pats
14. ½ & ½= individual containers (2) Cases
15. 2 Gallons of Milk

Aug 232016

by Glenys Ryder, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Maine State Grange

At the request of the state officers, I am sending the following reminder.

October will soon be upon us, and with its arrival, the Maine State Grange session will soon be here on October 20, 21, and 22 in Skowhegan.  It is of vital concern that EVERY Grange in the state of Maine should have a voice during this convention.  Many important issues will be discussed and decided upon, one of them being the sale of the Maine State Grange Building.

If the Master of your Grange and their spouse cannot attend this convention, then two of your members should be elected to attend the session to represent your Grange.  Their names should appear on the form that you send in to register your delegates.  This form will soon be on its way to your secretary!  Without a representative, it is as if your Grange doesn’t exist, and it is short-changing your members and purpose for existence!  EVERY Grange needs to take an active part in the state session!  Please send someone to present your viewpoints on the resolutions.

Whether you are a delegate or not, you do not have to be a Sixth Degree member to attend.  Any Subordinate Member, having had the first four degrees, may attend.  I hope that you will consider coming to this session.  Many people return from State Grange Convention with new enthusiasm and purpose, ready to take on new projects and increase interest in their Grange!

I hope to see you and your Grange members in Skowhegan!  Plan now!

Webmaster note: My apologies are due. In my haste, I changed the word “convention” to “conference” and should not have done so… while it seems to me a relatively small matter, I’ve been corrected in the past for using the word “conference” to describe state session. Folks who saw or received the original post should know that it was my error, not Glenys’. For some reason my brain got it backwards this morning. Sorry!