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.

Shop Amazon Smiles

*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!

Subscribe to Maine State Grange Website!


Aug 142017

Who can believe that State Grange Session is only two months away?  The fundraising committee has many plans and ideas for State Grange including; a convention pin, Grange promotional t-shirt, basket raffle, cookbooks, pens, seat cushions (perhaps), and copper tool box mystery raffle and probably more.  These are just some of the projects were going to work on.  This is a long list and I’m hoping to get most of it accomplished. I have lots to do so, sorry for the brief column this month, I hope to have many updates of these projects for everyone next month!

Jul 152017

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

The yard sale held in June was a huge success!  Even though it rained when we were first opening the doors and setting up, it didn’t seem to dampen sales.  We raised $660.00 and donated $30.00 to the each of the scholarship funds of the Maine State Grange.  There are so many to people to thank, that I would be afraid to leave someone out, you know who you are and your help was greatly appreciated.  Thank you notes will be coming in the near future.  When the State Grange gets closer to selling the headquarters building in Augusta, we will be having another yard sale to sell some the contents of the building that have been acquiring for the past 50 years.

With the yard sale being over the fundraising committee has completed its two major fundraisers for the year, but the work is not over by a long shot.  We still have our Agricultural Pride T-Shirts for $12, Grange car magnets for $3.00 and candy bars, pins, bracelets, and keychains.  The cookbooks will be ready for State Grange, and I know everyone is going to enjoy them.  We are also working on a few other projects, which we will be announcing soon.

May 232017

by Steven Haycock, Fundraising Chair

It’s that time of year again for our Yard Sale fundraiser at State Grange Headquarters in Augusta.  This year the yard sale will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24.  We are seeking donations of gently used items for us to sell.  Please no clothing, exercise equipment or televisions.  Donations can be dropped off at State Grange HQ in advance, please call to arrange a time.  We may be able to pick some items at your home.  All donations need to be at State Grange before Friday, June 23.

This year we are renting tables for $20.00 to individuals, Granges, committees, etc. to sell items.  A portion of the table rent income will be donated to the scholarship funds of the State Grange.  Please contact Steven Haycock at 998-2586 or granger04071ataoldotcom  (granger04071ataoldotcom)   to reserve your space.

A special thank you to Dave and Kathy Gowen who donated two pick truckloads of items when they recently moved.

A light lunch will also be available that day, so please plan on stopping by and to see all the treasures that we will have to sell.  Thank you in for continuing to support the fundraising efforts of the Maine State Grange.

May 122017

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

If you couldn’t attend the Variety Show on April 29th at Topsham Grange, you missed a great show!  We had many wonderful musical acts and hilarious skits, jokes and stories.  During intermission, we all ate delicious pies for refreshments.  This was organized by Ruby Bryant.  Our raffles were a big success and many thanks to the following businesses that donated an item for the raffle:

  • Walmart in Brunswick
  • Fiore Olive Oils and Vinegars in Brunswick
  • Tractor Supply Company in Brunswick
  • Firehouse Subs in Topsham
  • Main Street Sweets in Brunswick
  • Tire Warehouse in Topsham
  • Hannaford in Topsham
  • Day’s Jewelers in Topsham

Thank also go to Ruby and Christine Hebert for bringing additional raffle items.  I’m happy to announce we raised over $600.00 after expenses and of that we’re donating more than $200.00 to the three scholarship funds of the Maine State Grange.  We put out containers for people to donate directly to the scholarship of their choice and people were very generous.  A special thank you to Shirley Hatch who won the 50/50 and then donated it to the scholarship funds!  We had so much fun that night, everyone seemed to have a great time and we’re already looking forward to next year’s show.

The fundraising efforts are always continuing and now we’re focusing on the upcoming Yard Sale on June 24, 2017 from 9 am to 2 pm at State Grange HQ.  I really want to take a moment to thank David and Kathy Gowen of Highland Lake Grange for donating two truckloads of items for the sale!  We are asking members to donate gently used items for us to sell on our white elephant table.  Please, no clothing, TV’s or exercise equipment.  Pick up of items might be able to be arranged.  You can also drop your items off in Augusta, please call ahead to arrange a time.  We will be selling lunch that day as well.

In addition, we are renting tables for $20.00 if you would be interested in selling your stuff at the sale.  For more information or to rent a table please contact me at granger04071ataoldotcom  (granger04071ataoldotcom)   or 998-2586.

Please remember that we still have our Grange car magnets for $3.00 and Agricultural Pride t-shirts for $12.00, I can ship them for a small fee.  Thanks again for supporting the fundraising efforts of the Maine State Grange!