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.
posted by Walter Boomsma
This 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.
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.
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.
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
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 webmastermainestategrangeorg (webmastermainestategrangeorg) 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!
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 GrangeEdward and Jane McCall Bingham Grange #237
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!
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.)
Junior Department Laurie McBurnie laurie_mtidewaternet 563-5347
The Junior Committee thanks everyone for their support at the State Grange session, whether donating food, paper goods or money for the kitchen; purchasing raffle tickets, memorial flags or fans; taking nourishment during the day; or jumping in to help serve food.
Congratulations to the winners of the Potato-Growing contest (36 & older division): 1st, Wes Ryder; 2nd, Stanley Douglas; and 3rd, Steve Verrill. Many thanks to our expert judges: Walter Elwell (Rhode Island), Cal Chase (Massachusetts), and John Brigance (West Bath-Seaside Grange). The 2014 contest is Pumpkins and, hopefully, there will be entries from some Junior Grangers.
The sale of Grange Memorial flags continues ($7 each). There is also a limited supply of Grange flag holders for sale ($30 each). Please contact me if interested in either of these items or the Memorial Bricks or hand fans.
As I write this, the National Grange session has just started in Manchester, NH. I look forward to attending the National Junior Director Lillian Booth’s workshop on Saturday morning when I hope to receive a copy of the 2014 National Jr. Grange program guide. Sister Lillian has also been working on re-vamping the Junior Grange merit badge program to include age-appropriate learning objectives and skill/accomplishment requirements. I look forward to seeing this new program and plan to develop several “mini-series” that can easily be offered by a subordinate grange to attract youngsters and introduce them to the Junior Grange program.
The 2014 Maine State Junior Grange program and the National Jr. Grange program books will be posted on the state Grange website when finalized.
As most know, National Conference is underway in Manchester NH. Those who are subscribed to the National Grange Newsletter are receiving a daily “Convention Crier” newsletter with short stories of conference activities. These newsletters can also be found on the National Grange website. I’ll do my best to post a link to them here as they become available.
(This post will remain at the top of the site throughout National Conference.)
NOTE: This post will be moved from top position in the next day or two… I received no further newsletters after the first day!