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

September 1, 2017  —  GRANGE BOOK READING CLUB ENTRIES DUE

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 152017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

We had seven Juniors attend camp this year. It started out with a friendly game of Frisbee where everyone got to meet each other. We worked on several of our crafts throughout the day and many more. I think the pictures on the website speak for themselves. One of the crafts we made was the Bread Dough Ornament where it starts out with tearing up two slices of bread and adding glue to it. We set it out to dry and a dog got into it and ate a couple of them, so we had the juniors (that had been eating) make theirs over.

We were joined by our Maine State Grange Master: Rick Grotton—who got to see us make and enjoy our S’mores Bars. The winners of this contest were: Carter Pike and Jillian Frechette, Congratulations!

Our guided tour started out with candle making, then proceeded with a scavenger hunt in the barn where we learned how to strip corn from the cob, then off to the mill we went where we got to see how they put together a dry barrow. It was a hands-on event making the cover, everyone had to sign the cover and we got to keep it. Then off to the shingle shed we went and learned how to make shingles. We finished up at the homestead where we took a tour of and learned how to churn butter and make corn muffins. We finished the tour by eating the muffins we made. Sister Sherry Harriman joined us near the end of the tour and got to enjoy a corn muffin we had made.

We finished up with going to Norway Grange #45 where we put on a supper for the members. Each junior got a chance to memorize the junior’s pledge and did some creative writing. We set the tables, served the members, and enjoyed a nice dinner. After cleaning up we returned to Scribner’s Mill for some free time.

On Sunday, we woke up to find that a raccoon had gotten into the tent and helped himself to all of the ornaments and other items. We have decided that we will be changing the due date of this contest to October at the State session.

New friends were made, lots of laughter shared and a great time was had by all.

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May 142017
 

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

I am pleased to hear all you juniors are working hard on your projects, and this is the year our juniors are going to shine.

Remember:  I need pictures from adults showing our juniors hard at work, or just having fun. I do have some pictures but need more.

The list of projects that need to be at Family Camp Out on Saturday, July 15, 2017, before 9:00 am for judging are as follows:

  • Bread dough ornament
  • Stick frame with picture
  • Birdseed mobile
  • Your boat that floats.

Many Hands make light work.

Our Boats are “sailing across America”

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.