Feb 182018

Amazon Smiles LOgoA big thank you to all the Grangers who made purchases on Amazon in October, November, and December and chose the Maine Grange Foundation as your charity. While it is a relatively small amount, all monies raised this way will be paid once a year in June to the Educational Aid Fund. Many Grange families have received scholarships from this fund and your continued support is noteworthy.

Please encourage your fellow Grangers, friends and family members to make the Maine Grange Foundation their charity of choice when shopping on Amazon Smile. Please remember it must be AmazonSmile and not just Amazon for the charity to receive your support. This is at no cost to you.

I challenge you to see if we can double this amount in the next quarter. Download the Amazon Smiles Program Flyer, post it on your Bulletin Board and make copies for your members. Thanks for all that you do to support Granges and Grangers in Maine.

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Feb 152018

As I write this the temperature is rising and there is a ray of sun, shining off the ice in my driveway! Has everyone seen enough ice for the winter? I know I have.

It is time to look ahead and make plans for warmer weather. One of the things to look forward to is the annual State Grange variety show on April 29th at Topsham Grange. We are still looking for more acts so you’re not too late. One of the highlights of this event, for those of you who have never attended, is actually intermission. We sell pieces of delicious pie donated by Grange members. (We all know what great cooks Grangers are!) Also during intermission, we will be selling chances on a number of gift baskets. Much like the ones at state grange session. We are asking for volunteers of individuals or granges to donate a basket for this worthy cause. If you or your grange would be willing to donate a basket, let us know.

One of our other big fundraisers of the year will be the State Grange yard sale. This will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The location will likely change this year. We will be finalizing plans on this at our committee meeting this week and I will pass along the details. Once again we will be offering tables for rent to individuals or Granges who would like to join us. It would be great to build up this annual event into something everyone plans on and looks forward to each year.

For more information on either of these events or if you’d like to donate a basket to the variety show or items to the yard sale, please contact me or a committee member. Thank you in advance for your support.

Until next month, watch your step on the ice and look out for the flu bugs!

Jan 142018

Greetings and Happy New Year! From the fundraising committee of the Maine State Grange.

Many thanks for all of your help in making last year a very successful one for us and for you, as we are contributing to the future of the Maine State Grange.

Another Grange year has begun and we are busy making plans and talking over ideas for this year’s fundraisers. Our first event of the year will be the annual variety show, which has become more popular each year. The show will be held at Topsham Grange #37, 47 Pleasant Street, Topsham on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 3:00 pm (note the change in the day of the week and the time). As always, we are looking for family-friendly acts to participate at this event. Acts in the past have included musical numbers, humorous stories, jokes, skits and singing (including a performance by the Grange Singers!). This year we are hoping to include some other acts, such as dancing (tap, clogging etc.). So, if you know someone in your area who would like to showcase their talents, please let us know. Participants do not have to be Grange members and will have approximately five minutes to perform. For more information contact me at 998-2586 or email me.

If you have any fundraising ideas you’d like to share please send them to a committee member. On-going items for sale include Grange cookbooks ($5 each or two or more $4 each), Agricultural Pride t-shirts ($12 each), Grange pens; with flashlight and stylus! ($1 each) and Grange magnets ($3 each).

Until next month, stay warm and safe!

Dec 142017

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!  We had a great State Grange Session, we took in around $1,600!  The Grange jewelry was very popular and I’m sure we will try to have it again next year.  We released two out of three cookbooks, Pickles and Preserving and Desserts.  These cookbooks sell for $5.00 each or two or more for $4.00 each.  You can contact us or State Grange HQ to buy some.  Many thanks to Nate Pennell who supplied State Grange pens for us to sell.  They are not only pens but a stylus and flashlight too.  They were very popular for the Sixth Degree.  We asked Pomona Granges to donate a basket for us to use for a raffle and they came through for us.   I would like to thank the following Pomona and individuals:

  • Sagadahoc Pomona – Spaghetti Dinner Basket
  • Mike Griffin & North Scarboro Grange – Halloween Basket
  • Somerset Pomona – Tasty Snacks Basket
  • Cumberland Oxford Pomona – Home Canned Goods Basket
  • Marzie Burnell – Adult Coloring & Puzzle Books
  • Richard & Sherry Harriman – Grilling Basket
  • Steven Haycock – National Grange Coin & Solar Dancer Basket
  • Norma Meserve – Beanie Baby Basket
  • Oxford Pomona – Toiletries Basket
  • West Washington Pomona – Fall Décor with Rug Basket
  • Waldo Pomona – Puzzle Basket
  • Lincoln Pomona – Breakfast Basket
  • Penobscot Pomona – Seasonal Basket
  • Androscoggin Pomona – Scratch Ticket Basket
  • Cumberland Pomona – Money Tree
  • Hancock Pomona – Fall / Halloween Basket

Ruby Bryant donated the following baskets:

  • Dog, Christmas Plate, Harvest, Ice Cream, Soup & Crackers & Fall

I would also like to thank all those who worked in the kitchen selling meals and goodies which was another fundraiser we had.

It has have been my honor to serve as your fundraising chairman for the past two years.  Together we have raised a lot of money and had lots of fun.  We have had the annual Variety Show and Yard Sale.  You’ve been generous and bought many candy bars and t-shirts.  As State Grange Session the delegates gave me the privilege of electing me Steward of the Maine State Grange and the Worthy State Grange Master has asked me to serve as Deputy for Oxford Pomona.  As I prepare to assume these new duties I’m pleased that the Sister Sherry has appointed by roommate and best friend Norma Meserve to serve as Chairman of this committee with me continuing to serve on the committee.

Finally, please mark your calendars and save these dates:

  • Variety Show – Sunday April 29, 2018 – 3 pm at Topsham Grange – Pleasant Street, Topsham
  • Yard Sale – June 2, 2018 – 9 am to 2 pm – Location T.B.D.
Oct 172017

Brothers and Sisters, we have had a great fundraising year!  Together we have raised over $2,100!  For a complete summary of the last year please visit the Maine State Grange website and read our annual report.  I think next year will be even better with the two of cookbooks available beginning at State Grange.  Also, we know we have a winner in our agricultural pride t-shirts.  We just now need to find the best way to market and get these products to non-members, any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I know this information will be a bit dated for the Granges who receive the paper copy of the bulletin, but here is a list of what we will have at State Grange for sale for those who see these articles digitally.

  • 2017 Convention Pin
  • Chair Cushions (the metal chairs at State Grange session can get be brutal after a couple of days.)
  • Assorted Grange jewelry and accessories from Monroe Classic
  • Basket Raffle with baskets donated by Pomona Granges etc.
  • Agricultural Pride T-Shirts
  • Candy Bars
  • Cookbooks Desserts – Pickles & Preserving
  • Pens

Until next month… Happy Halloween!

Oct 132017

A big thank you to those Maine Grangers who contributed to the success of the store at the New England Grange Building this year. As a Trustee I want to thank you and so does the Store Manager and Building Managers who run the store for us. Below is this year’s preliminary report:

This year’s fair weather had several variables, the first week was hot and humid, Grange weekend was very sunny & hot which started 95+ degree heat wave for 5 days. On Wednesday evening the cold weather moved in. There were 3 days of rain but 1,525,553 attended the 17 days of the Eastern States Exposition.

Total receipts for the store/crafts were $28,200. In the store cookie cutters were a new item and went very well as did the candy sticks. The new varieties of jams, syrups, pickles, and relishes did extremely well so did the colored popcorn. We had the pleasure of seeing many empty shelves at the end of Fair! The store took in $12,809.

A big thank you to all you crafters that supplied us with crafts: Scrubbies ran out the second Monday. We have only a few hanging towels, baby afghans, and mittens at the end of the fair. People are still asking for adult mittens, slippers, ladies sweaters, aprons, plastic bag holders, new unique Christmas ornaments, children’s stuffed toys, Halloween, fall and Christmas decorations, skillet handle pot holders, and door draft stoppers just to name a few. The craft section was $15,500.00.

Tom Gotauco had to complete the ladies and work on men’s bathroom as the contractor that was hired was not satisfactory. A little more work is needed in the men’s bathroom. Also, all the State Flags were moved from around the sides to the front of the hall over the stage. A new backdoor was installed and the cement steps were repaired. There was a lot of rot found in the process which had to be replaced/repaired. George Thomas and Steve Logan installed the window blinds and Linda says they look great!

On Grange Day, Linda picked up pastries, brewed coffee and Claire poured apple cider for the people that work or volunteer in the Avenue of States buildings for just under $300 saving us $2,300. The Blues Crew family entertainers perform 2-one hour’s sets during the day. We were graced with the presence of the National Lecturer-Chris Hamp and her husband Duane, who came to visit the Big E all the way from the state of Washington. Chris was able to cross off a few items on her bucket list by visiting the Big E and riding an elephant. Chris and Duane also marched with about 40 Grangers in the parade.

The managers want to thank all the volunteers who work the cash register in the Grange store, and the Raffle table where $4,075 is being split between the Veterans Home in Bennington, Vermont and Hurricane Relief.

Overall – A great year!

Oct 052017

On behalf of the MSG Educational Aid and the Howe’s Nurses Scholarship Fund, I am issuing a plea for your support.  This goes out to non-members, as well as to members of the Grange.

The cost of a college education is increasing each year, and our funds to help these young people are limited.  Any donation, however small it may be, made by individuals, Granges, or any other organization would be so appreciated!  You do not need to be a Granger in order to donate to this worthy cause.

There are many creative ways that a Grange can use to raise money, such as a supper, a raffle, or a program.  Think outside the box!  Come up with an activity that would be lots of fun for those participating as well as would raise the funds for some young person’s dream to come true.

Last year, the Maine State Grange was able to award ten $500 scholarships to ten deserving students.  With your generous donations, perhaps we can do even more this year.

Please send your donations to J. Patrick Elwell, Secretary/Treasurer, Educational Aid Fund, 136 Quaker Lane, Smithfield, ME 04978.

Thank you for doing your part in helping young adults, who will be our leaders of the future.

Sep 132017

The Fundraising Committee has some exciting things planned for State Grange Session this year.  I’m happy and a bit relieved to say that two out of three cookbooks have been sent to the printers and will be available for sale.  Desserts and Pickles & Preserving are going to be $5.00 each or two or more for $4.00 each.  The third book Main Dishes will be available at a later date.

We are also happy to announce the return of Grange Jewelry from Monroe Classic including Membership, Past Master, Secretary, Lecturer, & Degree Pins.  Earrings, necklaces, novelties and more!  These items will only be available at State Grange so don’t miss out on this opportunity to save some money on shipping and handling.

This year we have designed a convention pin that commemorates the 150th Birthday of the Grange.  We will be having a basket raffle on our table with baskets donated by Pomona Granges.

In addition, we will be selling Maine State Grange pens, our Agricultural Pride T-shirts, candy bars, and car magnets.  This will be a great opportunity to get in some early Christmas presents and support the Maine State Grange at the same time.

Sep 032017

The American Red Cross is encouraging people to donate money on its Web site, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.  Apple is also accepting Red Cross donations via iTunes and the Apple App Store.

Americares, an emergency response organization based in Connecticut, is delivering emergency medicine and relief supplies and is working with a local clinic in Houston.  Make a donation at americares.org.

United Way Worldwide has a relief fund to provide shelter and basic needs, as well as long-term recovery efforts.

The Salvation Army is accepting donations for hurricane relief at give.salvationarmyusa.org.

To help pets stranded by Hurricane Harvey, donations are being accepted by the Humane Society of the United States.

For volunteer opportunities or other places to donate, check with National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

Aug 272017

Amazon Smiles LOgoFor those unfamiliar with the Amazon Smile Program, it’s a way for Amazon Shoppers to direct Amazon contributions to nonprofits (501(3)c) based on purchases. With a huge Grange Thanks to Executive Committee Member Vicki Huff, the Maine State Grange Foundation is now enrolled in the program!

Amazon describes the program, “AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.”

This is from my Amazon page–yours will look slightly different.

For Grangers and Grange friends, it’s quite easy. All you have to do is use this special link to the Amazon Website: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/34-2041352. (We have a button with the link readily available in a sidebar on the website.) You’ll know you’ve succeeded when the upper left corner looks something like the photo included. The key is the words “Supporting Maine Grange Foundation.”

Amazon is already tracking your purchases… they will, at regular intervals, send the Foundation a donation based on one-half percent of all purchases made using the Amazon Smile link. It costs you, the shopper, nothing. Other than using the link, you need to nothing to make this happen. Your shopping habits and purchases remain confidential–the only thing Amazon sends to the Maine Grange Foundation is money! The only thing you do (other than using the URL) is shop!

You can download an Amazon Smiles Program Flyer to post on your bulletin board and distribute to members and friends… the more shoppers we have, the more money we raise.

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*If you can’t remember this link, just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ where you’ll be able to search for the Maine Grange Foundation. And speaking of remembering… this is a great time to subscribe to the Maine State Grange Website!

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