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.


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 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.

Dec 102016

by Guest Reporter Kathy Gowen

Junior Committee Member

Ten Lords a leaping, Nine ladies dancing… If you are a lord or lady that spontaneously taps your feet or nods your head in beat to this fun and favorite Christmas carol, then you should consider being part of the Juniors’ Assistant and Ladies Assistant Stewards Contest. The Juniors would like you to “Dare to Accept the Challenge” and join us on April 8, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 at State Headquarters in Augusta. Let’s make this a fun and educational event for all Grangers. As “not so junior” Grangers we can show the youngsters how it is done.

Dust off those hidden ambitions of being on “Dancing with the Stars” and put together a team to put your best foot forward. Find a partner and show us your best floor work. Who will shine — the youth, the veterans or a combination? Who will the judges hail — a pair from a Subordinate, Pomona, or (dare we say) State Grange?

If you are not up to the challenge, please announce this event at your Grange meetings and encourage your members. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have representatives from every Pomona at this event.

Details are in the Junior’s section of the Maine State Grange website or for further questions contact Junior Director Christine Hebert @ (207) 743-5277 or christinehebertatoutlookdotcom.

Nov 052016

Christine Hebert1by Christine Hebert, Junior Director

Hope Everyone has a great Thanksgiving, there never seems to be a shortage of food!

We will be having an Assistant and Lady Assistant Contest. Dare to accept this Challenge!!! Open to all subordinate members, Youth and Juniors. Judging will be on April 8th at 1 p.m. (Location to be announced.)  The Juniors have put together a great team that will assist with this contest, and the judges have been handpicked. For more information please go to the Maine State Grange Website and download the rules and regulations. Let’s make this a fun event with lots of entries.

Our new Juniors Program is out, there is an update that did not get added to the program and that is for the “Big E Junior Contest”


Use any material like foam, wood, paper, metal etc. to make a boat that floats. The measurement must not exceed 7x7x7 Judging will be held at Junior Camp on Saturday, June 17th along with the s’mores bars.

If you have Juniors that need to take their obligation, a team member will GOTO your Grange, please contact me.

Have a nice Christmas and God bless.

Jun 302016
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

With thanks to Steven Haycock and Norma Meserve for locating and sending it, we now have a pattern for a Grange table scarf available for download and printing in the CWA section of the Program Books and Information Page.

It’s a great idea to visit this page from time-to-time… there are lots of resources available, listed by committee or topic.

Jun 212016

The Fundraising Committee’s Craft Fair and Yard Sale is this Saturday, June 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  There will also be a bake sale, t-shirts, raffles, and vintage metal Grange signs.  A light lunch will also be available thanks to some of the members of Danville Junction. Grange.  I’m hoping for a great turn out and to see lots of old friends that day. Karen Flagg is in charge of the bake sale and I’m sure she would appreciate if people could bring some goodies.  If you would still like to donate items, our committee will be at State Grange HQ after 1:00 p.m. on Friday to accept any donations.  The weather is supposed to be nice so let’s hope for a great day!

State Grange Headquarters is located at 146 State Street in Augusta… all are welcomed!

May 152016

Flagg (640x640)By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

First of all, I want to thank everyone for all of the prayers and cards sent during my ankle replacement surgery (again) and for all of your prayers during my Mom’s hospitalization with CHF. She is doing much better but will never be 100%, but at 84 years she is still quite active.

All of you should be extremely proud of yourselves because of all your donations to House in the Woods Penny Collection in 2015 came to $1,065. Good job everyone.

Next, all entries in the Needlework Contests need to be at State Grange for August 18, 2016. Banking and Dress-a-doll entries will be postponed until the following Saturday, August 27. Due to a scheduling with the judges being unavailable, the conference will be held on August 27 instead of August 20. I sincerely hope this will not affect any entries.

Copies of the new CWA Report have been mailed and are available on the MSG Website. The same sheet is used for both Pomona and Subordinate reporting. All you will need to do is circle whichever level you are reporting for. Many thank for Ruby Parker for coming up with this simplified reporting sheet.

My usual donation requires are for the Maine State Grange, House in the Woods, Maine Childrens’ Home for Little Wanderers, and the New England Grange Building. For each $10 donation your Grange will receive a signed certificate from the State Master and CWA Director. There is no need of making separate checks for each donation, one check with the directive on what it goes to will be fine. Please be sure that if you have donations to other committees you send them to the appropriate director.

I recently received a letter from the Big E Coordinator letting me know the needs for the Grange Store this year. They are totally out of 1/2 towels, child and adult mittens, scrubbies (please be sure they are not sewn with regular thread as they do not hold up), any baby items (size them if possible, dishcloths, fingerless gloves, lap quilts, aprons, hat and scar sets (please pin together) and clothespin bags. Any Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items along with winter clothes and dresses (again, please size them). Slippers of all sizes, catnip toys for cats, pet toys sell very well, head warmers, ditty bags for walkers/wheelchairs, ornaments and refrigerator magnets are more ideas.

Items that do not sell nor are they wanted are fancy scarves, Easter/Valentine items and summer items. I personally am appreciative to know this is so that I won’t waste time and money doing these things. Each and every person should be proud of their handiwork donations as Maine is always complimented on the quality of what is sent. Also, if you have items to be donated to the Big E, they can always be dropped off at State Grange provided someone is there or I can try and meet you on the days I have a vehicle.

There will be a new system in place for checking out your items after the CWA Conference which will be explained later but it will expedite the process plus there will be less confusion. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me and leave a message (225-2328) or email flaggkaren52atgmaildotcom.

I sincerely look forward to hearing from each of you. I did decide to send this directly to each CWA director after discussing it with the Master to try a different response. There will be a paid lunch on August 27. If there is anyone attending with a severe dietary issue, please let me know before the conference. I do enjoy visiting Granges when possible.

Mar 202016

by Jim Annis, Legislative Directoreuro-870756_1280

The following should be of interest to Grangers–it is based on information provided by Representative Paul Stearns, prepared by the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services in response to several specific questions from a non-profit. Note that the last paragraph references a bill in the works (LD 1613) that could further clarify this and potentially benefit Granges in Maine! 

The issues at hand are tax-exempt, nonprofit 501(c)(3) status; casual sales; and state-based exemptions from sales and use taxes. Tax exempt 501(c)(3) status is granted by the Internal Revenue Service. The State of Maine and Maine Revenue Services does not grant tax-exempt status to organizations based or operating within Maine.

Most individuals and many nonprofit groups are protected from having to collect and remit under the concept of casual sales. Casual sales are excluded from the definition of a retail sale and are therefore not subject to a sales or use tax.

The statute defines a “casual sale” as follows: “Casual sale” means an isolated transaction in which tangible personal property or a taxable service is sold other than in the ordinary course of repeated and successive transactions of like character by the person making the sale. “Casual sale” includes transactions at a bazaar, fair, rummage sale, picnic or similar event by a civic, religious or fraternal organization that is not a registered retailer. The sale by a registered retailer of tangible personal property that that retailer has used in the course of the retailer’s business is not a casual sale if that property is of like character to that sold by the retailer in the ordinary course of repeated and successive transactions. “Casual sale” does not include any transaction in which a retailer sells tangible personal property or a taxable service on behalf of the owner of that property or the provider of that service. 36 M.R.S. § 1752(1-D)

There are many nonprofit organizations that pay sales and use tax in Maine. Unless exempted from (36 M.R.S. § 1760) Maine’s sales tax law, these organizations must collect and remit sales tax on taxable sales. Similarly, they must also pay sales tax on taxable purchases.

Schools, school-sponsored groups, and libraries are exempt from collecting and remitting sales tax to the State of Maine. They also have an exemption from collecting tax on the sales of prepared meals.

Churches and houses of religious worship are exempt from paying sales and use tax on purchases. However, these entities are required to collect and remit sales tax on the regular sales or meals. This gets back to the concept of the casual, infrequent sales.

If a church has an isolated, annual yard sale and a yearly dinner – no sales tax needs to be collected. However, if a church is regularly engaging in sales over the course of the given year, they should be collecting and remitting sales tax to the State of Maine.

The Department of Administrative and Financial Services is currently working with Sen. Tom Saviello on his bill, LD 1613, that exempts nonprofits from the meals tax. At yesterday’s public hearing, it was clarified that this bill was intended to support small tax-exempt, nonprofit groups (churches, civic, and fraternal organizations) rather than large nonprofits that could and often do compete with private businesses to host catered events.



Mar 112016

Flagg (640x640)By Karen Flagg, CWA Director

I apologize for not sending any information lately but there has not been much to report as I have been out of commission since January.

I just received information yesterday from January’s Leadership Conference. There were a couple of changes made in the 2016-2017 that I need to clarify before I pass on the wrong information.

I do have information on the Grange Store. First they sold $300. more than last year. The store is totally out of the following items: 1/2 towels, adult and child size mittens, SCRUBBIES (be sure they are not sewn with regular thread), any baby items (put a size on them, if possible).

Also need, dishcloths, hats and scarf sets, fingerless gloves, lap quilts (mark with size) aprons and clothespin bags.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and Halloween items plus winter clothes and dresses sell.

Items that do not sell are fancy scarves, summer items, Easter and Valentine. I will be collecting items throughout the year so that they are not overwhelmed in the fall. Items can dropped off at State Grange Headquarters (check with Sharon’s availability first) or when I can walk and drive again, I will gladly meet you somewhere or when I visit Granges I could collect them then. Look forward to seeing all of you. Enjoy the Spring and each other.

Almost forgot, I had to get a new email address: flaggkaren52atgmaildotcom  (flaggkaren52atgmaildotcom)  .

Oct 102015

McBurnieby Laurie McBurnie, Junior Director

Many, many thanks to all the Granges and individuals who supported the Junior Department at State Grange. Your donations (food items and/or cash), purchases, and participation in our raffle were most appreciated. This enables us to offer programming such as Junior Camp at minimal or no cost to the youngsters and their families.

I am pleased to report that Tacoma placed first in her age category in the Northeast Region Junior Grange contest at the Big E. The craft this year was duct tape. Tacoma made a complete doll outfit – skirt, top, even shoes! Congratulations.

If you know of any youngsters who would like to be involved as junior members, please contact Junior Director Laurie McBurnie, lmcb293atgmaildotcom  (lmcb293atgmaildotcom)  .

Please contact me if you or your grange is interested in purchasing Junior Grange hand fans, Grange Memorial Flags, Grange Flag Holders, or Memorial Bricks.

The 2015-16 Maine State Junior Grange program and the National Junior Merit Badge programs are posted on the MSG Website. The 2016 National Junior Grange program will be posted when it becomes available. Junior Grange applications and informational posters are also posted.