Apr 242017
 

With apologies for the last minute announcement, the Youth Committee has announced a Youth Public Speaking Contest (not to be confused with the Junior Public Speaking Contest to be held in June). The contest will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Topsham Grange Hall on Pleasant Street in Topsham at 4:30 pm, before the Maine State Grange Variety Show which is at 6:00 p.m. The rules as provided are:

There are 3 age divisions based on their ages on January 1, 2017: 1. Youth 14 – 21 years of age, 2. Young adult 22-35 years of age, 3. Adult (Sr. Youth) 36 + years of age.

Props are allowed but must be appropriately sized for the room. Points can be deducted for props.

For all categories, voice and stage presence are important. Speak clearly, easy to understand; dress appropriately and neatly; expression, emotion, enthusiasm, confidence all matter. Points will be taken away for going under or over the time established.

Category A: PREPARED SPEECH

Contestants choose their topics and will be given an impromptu question, relating to the speech, at the end. A minimum of three minutes and maximum of fivc minutes.

Category B: RADIO SPOT CONTEST

A radio spot is an advertisement promoting the Grange. Pretend you’re a “DJ” and you’re doing a commercial for the Grange. Can include one or two people in the radio spot.

Radio spots should be exactly 60 seconds in length and may include a musical or sound effect introduction and/or background, but may not include a spoken introduction or “tag” by another other than the contestant. If music or sound effect is used, the contestant must provide and operate the sound-making device. The contestant will provide a complete written script (including notations about music/sound effects) to the timekeeper to aid in timing accuracy. Musical/sound effect introductions and endings are considered a part of the radio spot and must not cause the 60 second time limit to be exceeded. The spot should relate to the Grange, be original and created by the contestant.

Category C: IMPROMPTU SPEECH

An impromptu speech is delivered without preparation or thought ahead of time. No note cards are used, and topics are generally drawn.

  • We hope that by establishing an impromptu speech category that members will build confidence and in the future participate in the prepared speeches or the radio speech category.
  • Impromptu speeches should be at least one minute in length and not longer than 5 minutes.
  • Time keeper will hold up hand when the 1 minute mark has been reached and then 4.30 minute mark has been reached so speaker knows when he/she can stop.
  • Participants will draw two topics, select their choice of the two and return the other one.
Apr 152017
 

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

By the time some of your read this article the Variety Show fundraiser for 2017 will be in the books.  If by chance you’re reading this online, the Variety Show is on April 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Topsham Grange on Pleasant Street in Topsham.

Looking ahead we have a Yard Sale at State Grange HQ on Saturday, June 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We’re again seeking donations of gently used items for us to resale.  You will need to contact State Grange HQ at 1-800-464-3421 to arrange a time to drop your items off.  We may be able to arrange pick up of some items.  Gently used clothing is acceptable, but please no exercise equipment or old TVs.  A light lunch will also be available.

We’re also renting tables for $20.00 if you would like to sell your stuff that day as well.  Please contact Steven Haycock at 998-2586 or granger04071ataoldotcom  (granger04071ataoldotcom)   by June 21 to rent a table.

Please keep in mind that we know have a supply of the green agricultural pride t-shirts $12.00, & Grange car magnets for $3.00.  If you would like to order on of these items contact me at the information above.

Apr 122017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

On April 8, 2017, we had our junior grange meeting, with special guest Betsy Huber—National Grange Master. During our meeting, we obligated two new members. Welcome to our family, Jillian and Reagan.

Judging for our sign-the-alphabet and the public speaking contest has been postponed until Saturday, June 10, 2017, during junior camp so Jillian, one of newest junior members, can participate.

The Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest was held later that same day. The Judges were all special guests: Betsy Huber—National Grange Master, Rick Grotton—Maine State Grange Master, Chris Heath—New Hampshire State Grange Master. Many thanks to all our guests. Winners were Jim Meserve and Laurie McBurnie, followed by Sharon and Henry Morton, and Mike Griffin.

The dates of Junior Camp have changed to June 10-11, 2017. The schedule has been finalized. Information will be mailed to all who have not already received it.

We will be camping at Scribner’s Mills Preservation in Harrison, Maine where a guided tour is planned and much, much, more. I am very excited and honored to be staying at the homestead. If you would like more information about this place I encourage you to check out their website at  www.scribnersmill.org or email: infoatscribnersmilldotorg  (infoatscribnersmilldotorg)  .

 

Mar 162017
 

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

We’ve got about a month to go before the Variety Show at Topsham Grange on Pleasant Street in Topsham.  The date is Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. The admission fee will be $6.00.  There will be a raffle with items donated by local businesses, and during intermission Ruby Bryant is coordinating refreshments featuring slices of pie.  We are starting to get some nice acts signed up, thanks to Merton Ricker who is our recruiter-in-chief.  If you have a talent and you would like to share it, please contact me as soon as possible as Merton will be in Japan.  (Don’t worry he’ll be back in time for the show.)  Also, do you own a local business?  Want some free advertisement, consider donating something to the raffle?  We will mention you in the program for the night, and on the State Grange Facebook page. A portion of the proceeds from the Variety Show will be donated to the Maine State Grange’s scholarship funds; agriculture, educational aid, and Howe’s nurses.

On June 24, 2017, we will be holding a yard sale at State Grange HQ from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We are seeking attic treasures and other gently used items. Also, you can join us, we are renting tables for $20.00. We will be selling lunches and having a cooked food table as well.  More information coming soon!

I’m so happy to say we have gotten a supply of the Agricultural Pride t-shirts in for sale.  These are the green t-shirts we were showing at State Grange! They depict a farmer standing in corn field and the caption says, “Farmers… Outstanding in Their Field.”  These t-shirts don’t promote Grange, so they are suitable for anyone, especially those interested in agriculture.  The cost is $12.00 and we have sizes Medium – 4X.  We can ship these to you if you would like for an additional $5.00.

We also have the Grange car magnets back in stock for $3.00.  These are not only great on your vehicle, but also on mailboxes, metal doors, refrigerators, and similar items.  These make great gifts and are also a super promotional tool.  We can also ship these to you for $1.00.

If you would like to purchase one of the above items or have any questions about the Variety Show or Yard Sale, please contact me at 998-2586 or Granger04071ataoldotcom  (Granger04071ataoldotcom)  .

Mar 082017
 

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

William Faulkner wrote, “If a story is in you, it has got to come out.” Some people were just born to write, it seems that all they have to do is put their pen to paper and the words just flow, are you one of them?

The Lecturer’s Department is again sponsoring the Poetry, Story Writing, and Skit Writing contests.

  • The Poetry contest is opened to all Subordinate and Junior members. The categories are: 1. Nature, 2. Love, 3. Grange, 4. Patriotic, and 5. Other.
  • The Original Story Writing and Original Skit Writing contest are opened to all Subordinate members. Stories or skits must not exceed 10 minutes (approximately 500 words).

The deadline for submitting entries to these contests is July 1, 2017, and should be sent or e-mailed to my home. All skits, stories, and poetry entries will be printed in a booklet for all to use and enjoy. Complete rules may be found on the Maine State Grange website in the Lecturer’s section of Program Books & Information.

 

Mar 062017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

Here is a list of events going on at State Grange Headquarters on April 8, 2017. I will need to know by March 27, 2017 who will be participating and in what event.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.            Junior Grange Members’ Meeting

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Sign the Alphabet and Public Speaking Competitions (Juniors only)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest (All Grange Members)

Maine State Grange needs the help of all Junior Grangers! You will need to “Make a Boat that Floats.” (Milk cartons from school lunches work great!) This is the contest for the Big E and we should have as many entries as we can get. Boats need to be at Family Campout on July 15 by 9:00 a.m.  Judging starts at 10:00 a.m.

Junior Camp has been moved to July 7, 8, 9 and will be held at Norway Grange #45.  Junior camp packets will be mailed out soon. This may be the last year for Junior Camp due to lack of attendance.

Pictures! We need pictures of our Junior Grange Members as they work on projects and participate in events. Please mail pictures to me so I can make a poster of our juniors for the Big E. Poster must be ready to send in by the end of July.

Contact Information:

Christine Hebert
63 Old Stage Road
Norway, Me. 04268

(207) 743-5277 or christinehebertatoutlookdotcom  (christinehebertatoutlookdotcom)  

Feb 152017
 

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

Do you have a talent??

  • So far, we have around four acts for the Variety Show on April 29, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at Topsham Grange, so we still very much need your help to fill out the program.  We’re looking for singers, dancers, musicians, skits, & comedy acts.  Don’t forget also at the show we will have a raffle for items donated by local businesses, delicious refreshments and more.

Cookbooks:

  • The work is progressing on the cookbooks, and my goal is to have them available for sale at the Variety Show.  There will be three separate cookbooks, Appetizers & Main Dishes, Desserts, & Pickles and Preserving.  Be sure to plan on picking up the whole set.

Ag Pride T-Shirts:

  • The Agricultural Pride T-Shirts have come in and I’ll have them for sale as soon as I can pick them up in Augusta.

Car Magnets:

  • The Grange car magnets are back and have come in.  I’ll have them for sale as soon as I can pick them up in Augusta.

Yard Sale:

  • The fundraising committee will be having a yard sale at State Grange HQ on June 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We are again asking people to donate some attic treasures for us to sell.  We will also be renting tables for individuals or Granges that would like to join us.  Lunch will also be available.  Save the date and more information will be available soon.
Feb 042017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

I hope all you juniors are working hard on your craft projects which are listed in the Junior Program that each of you have.

Change Alert

The measurements have changed on your Make a Boat That Floats to 6”x6”x6” and not 7”x7”x7.” All entries must be at Family Camp Out no later than 9:00 am on Saturday, July 17, 2017 with judging to begin at 10:00 am. Let’s have nine or more entries to be sent on to the Big E.

Reminder:

Junior Committee Meeting will be held on March 4, 2017, at Applebee’s in Oxford, Maine, at 1:00 p.m. Please try to be there.

The following events scheduled for April 8, 2017, will be held at State Grange Headquarters

  1. Junior Grange Meeting, 9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.
  2. Sign the Alphabet and public Speaking, 11:00 a.m — noon    (Junior Grangers Only)
  3. Assistant and Lady Assistant Judging, 1:00 — 4:00 a.m.    (Open to All Grange Members)

Please take pictures of your Junior Grange Members working on different things such as a craft project, practicing for the A.S. and L.A.S. contest, helping others. etc. and send a hard copy of them to me along with written permission to use their photos.

Jan 132017
 

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

Do you have a pen ready?  Here are two dates you need add to your calendar:

  • April 29th, 6:00 p.m. – Variety Show at Topsham Grange
  • June 24th 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Yard Sale at State Grange HQ

We are still searching for acts for the variety show, so if you have some talent and would like to share please contact me.  We will also be having raffles and selling pie for refreshments.

For the yard sale, we are asking members to donate gently used items for us to sell.  Please contact State Grange HQ or me to set up times to drop your items off.  We may also be able to arrange to pick up some items.  We are going to be renting tables out as well. Each table will be $15.00 and approximately feet long.  You can sell whatever items you wish on your table, but please remember that this will be advertised as a yard sale, so yard sale items/pricing is what the customers will be expecting.  Please contact me to rent a table.

We have received a new shipment of the Grange car magnets, and I will have them with me to sell as I travel to Grange meetings.  I should also have some of the Agricultural Pride green t-shirts available as well.

 

Jan 072017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

Let’s make this a year we start a new Junior Grange, I will work with you to arrange a plan to Obligate all of our new Junior Members.

Reminder: Committee meeting March 4, 2017 at Applebee’s in Oxford, ME. (Route 26) at 1:00 p.m. Please make sure you have enough finances for yourself.

Keep this date open: April 8, 2017. All of the day’s events will be held at Maine State Grange Headquarters.

  • Junior’s meeting: 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
  • Signing and Speaking Contest judging: 11:00 a.m. until noon.
  • Lunch: Noon until 1:00 p.m.
  • Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest judging: 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. or when finished.

So I hope everyone is working hard on their signing of the alphabet and/or public speaking, these two contests are just for juniors.  However, the Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest is for everyone.