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 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.