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!
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.

Nov 192014
A mug WBBy Walter Boomsma,
Communications Director

Watch for a new feature in this month’s Bulletin! I’m going to attempt to write a short synopsis of each article at the very beginning of each issue—the goal is to help secretaries who are trying to glean the major points without necessarily reading the entire article. Please let me know how it’s working out for you!

Publicity pays! As a result of an article in the Bangor Daily News regarding Valley Grange’s Dictionary Days, I’ve been contacted by a retired school teacher who wants to start a program in his area… and thanks to the article in Maine Seniors Magazine, a second call came in for some help with restarting a program. Unfortunately, neither call involved a Grange. Is your Grange missing an opportunity?

Communication is definitely a two-way proposition. I’m not just talking about speaking and listening. I’m referring to the fact that we each have an obligation to make sure we are informed. I received a stack of thank you notes from many of the third graders who recently made a field trip to the Grange Hall to receive their dictionaries. The notes are touching, sometimes funny, and often enlightening. One thing particularly “cool” is the number of them that included questions. The kids want to know more and they aren’t shy about asking. Several rather pointedly said they’d like to make another trip to visit the Grange.

Picasso said “Adults are just obsolete children,” and I think part of that obsolescence is due to a lack of curiosity and adventure. For whatever reason, adults seem to forget that asking questions is a great way to learn and get information. So while we have a responsibility to keep your website updated and provide you with a meaningful Bulletin every month, readers also have a responsibility to show interest and initiative. Ask your secretary about the Bulletin. Visit the website and download program books and contest rules. Send an email to directors or call your deputy when you need information about a contest or program. If we aren’t meeting your communication needs, please let us know.

Just recently I received an inquiry from someone wanting to know if there was any sort of “Grange Wedding” ceremony or ritual. While there’s doesn’t seem to be anything specific, isn’t that an interesting question? In my reply, I couldn’t help by wonder if there isn’t, perhaps, some “fodder” within our ritual that would be of great value to an agriculturally-minded couple who wanted to write their own vows. It’s all about communication.

Finally, I’m pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Clip ‘n Win contest:  First Place went to Rita Stone, Granite Grange #192, Second Place to Gail Butterfield, Lakeside Grange #63 and Third Place: to Cathie Spaulding, Mystic Tie Grange #58. Congratulations… and remember to check out the new clip ‘n win contest for this year. It’s different!


Nov 062014
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

If you haven’t yet, you’ll soon be starting to look for a 2015 calendar and writing dates on it… One important note you should have is that Maine State Session will be taking place October 22 – 24, 2015. As is traditional, the banquet will be Wednesday, October 21. We’ll be returning to the Skowhegan Community Center. Save the dates!