Nearly every month we receive and post an updated list from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs of their needs. The list includes volunteer opportunities as well as items needed, plus a short list of items that are not needed or cannot be accepted at this time. We’ve just posted the December List: VA-Wish-List-December-2017.
Hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving. Now just Christmas to get through. If anyone sent fudge to State Session and did not get their container back, please let me know so that I can get it to you.
I would like all the members to consider making items for the sewing contests as we only had six entries last year and if we do not get more than we may have to consider dropping that contest.
On another note, all handcrafts, as stated in the CWA booklet, MUST be judged at the Pomona Level. This year I was just as guilty as some other members. There CANNOT be more than one item in the same category from each Pomona, so please make sure all items are judged before being sent on.
Attention Lecturers, Community Service, FH&H Directors…
The Maine Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division wants to help consumers become better informed about the latest scams and how to identify them, how to be a smart consumer, explain how the implied warranty law works, and offer assistance in the event of a dispute a consumer may have with a business.
To arrange for a free speaker to discuss consumer issues with your community group or organization, contact Complaint Examiner, Martha Currier at marthacurriermainegov (marthacurriermainegov) or (207) 626-8847.
Community Service Corner
We on the Community Service Committee would like to say “Happy Holidays” to everyone. It is the season of giving, but on this committee, the season of giving is year round. Can you remember as a child the feeling you had on Christmas morning when you ran out into the room where the Christmas Tree was and looked at the presents sitting under that tree? The red wagon with the big red bow around it, the handmade doll that years later you realize must have taken a family member a long time to get just right, sitting around the dinner table sharing laughs, memories, and fun for Christmas Dinner. Then you became an adult and wrapping your child’s first Christmas present, the preparation of that first Christmas as a couple, the joy in your heart when someone in your family opened that gift you gave them that you knew was just right. Your children have grown and now your wrapping your grandchildren’s gifts for their first Christmas and those feelings just come floating back again and your heart just seems to grow more and more each year, each memory. That is the feeling we should all hold in our hearts and minds each day of each year. People, organizations, and events that we do give those feelings to others that may not be able to feel this way because of life circumstances. When you think about a project, put aside the work it is going to take to get it done and sit back and remember a time when something was a lot of work but the reward was worth it. Put on a smile and do it. Community service projects give you those feelings every time they are completed. Let’s all make a difference one project at a time.
Family, Health & Hearing
Here are just some of the subjects that you can promote for December and January. Bring awareness and join one of these great organizations for a community service. Remember work with your Lecturer and set up a program for promoting awareness of these items. Play a game, share a poem, promote a fun fact. Invite the public and a guest speaker. Let’s show our community Grange is alive and well making a difference any way we can.
Tomato & Winter Squash Month
- December 1, World Aids Day, www.worldaids.org
- December 3, International Day of Persons with Disability, www.timeanddate.com/holidays
National Blood Donor Month, www.americanredcross.org
Thyroid Awareness Month, www.aace.com
Glaucoma Awareness Month, www.americanglaucomasociety.net
- January 4, World Braille Day, www.acbmaine.org
Happy New Year Everyone! There are some exciting events coming up this year.
One event is on March 31, 2018, at Highland Lake Grange in Westbrook, Me. the Juniors and Youth will be teaming up for Public Speaking, Sing-A-Song and/or Sign the Alphabet. (Craft material will be provided in case we finish early.) A meal of mac & cheese with hot dogs will be served between 4:00 -5:00 p.m. Junior’s and youth who enter the contests eat for free—Adults $4.00. All proceeds go to the Youth Department.
All the Junior Members should be working on all the events that they choose to enter. Remember to bring a Friend!
Make sure you are looking over your new program books, I would love to see at least five Creative Writing Entries using this year’s theme: Stand Up and Speak Out for the Junior Grange.
And eight Creative Art Projects, showing what the theme means to you—be as creative as you can, and remember to look at your programs for the rules. Programs are available if you need one just contact me at (207) 743-5277.
Join our online silent auction benefiting the Grange Foundation and bid on one or more of the more than 40 items or packages that just might make the perfect holiday gift for someone on your list or for yourself!
Go to: www.32auctions.com/Grange150 and make an account. You can pay online if you win through your credit card or PayPal. A few of the items may not be shipped. Shipping cost for each item is listed. Items may also be picked up on site at the 150th Gala at Decatur House at 9 PM Monday, Dec. 4 or make arrangements with a gala attendee to transport your winning items to you. We will require verification for transfer of responsibility for auction items won.
The auction closes at 8:30 PM Eastern Time MONDAY, December 4. Don’t miss out!
Here’s a great story about the St George Grange Christmas Craft Fair. Published in the St George Dragon, you have to love the headline:
It’s Christmas Fair time at a Grange that has become an important community center
The article talks about a lot more than this Grange’s Christmas Fair… you’ll learn about a fund the Grange has created for teachers to purchase school supplies–St George’s way of “giving back” to the community that helped them as they repaired and upgraded the hall. St George Grange also runs an important Window Dressers Program that assists in providing energy-saving window inserts and strives to be a center for community activity. This is a Grange that seems to have boundless energy… after the Christmas Fair, they actually are going to offer a Grange Supper. Check out this story of an exciting Grange with some exciting Grangers.
Shop Grange for the holidays! Here are some Grange Craft Fairs and Holiday Events being held around the state! Granges are invited to submit their holiday-related events for posting. Visit this post often for updates and more events! Shoppers… when you visit, be sure to tell a Granger you saw their “ad” on the Maine State Grange Website!
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Grange Name: Danville Junction Grange
Event we are having: Christmas Craft Fair – Many vendors, selling jewelry, soups, dips, cheesecakes, knit goods, and much more. Raffles, 50/50, and door prizes. Hot dogs, sandwiches, and homemade soup for sale.
Where our Grange is located: Old Danville Road & Grange St., Auburn
Time we’re having it: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Who/Where to get more information: Glenys Ryder, 783-6898
Grange Name: Enterprise Grange #48
Event we are having: Pictures/breakfast with Santa. Donations for pictures with Santa will benefit Grange Charities – House in the Woods, Home for Little Wanderers, BBCH. $5.00 for breakfast will benefit Grange Building Fund. Pancakes, Eggs, beverages, fruit. Games, coloring, with breakfast and Santa will have some treats.
Where our Grange is located: 15 Alexander Reed Rd., Richmond, ME -Alexander Reed Road is in town Richmond, off Rt. 197, across from the fire house and library.
Time we’re having it:
Who/Where to get more information: Marilyn – beeldehilltwccom (beeldehilltwccom) or 207-737-2611
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Grange Name: Wilson Grange #321
Event we are having: “Happy Holidays Yard and Bake Sale.” This is your chance to perhaps find that unexpected gift at a great price or buy some sweets for that holiday gathering.
Where our Grange is located: 1338 Maine Street in East Wilton, across from Shelly’s Hometown Market
Time we’re having it: 9:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m.
Who/Where to get more information:
Master Sherry has asked me to remain the Junior Director of the Maine State Grange. I am honored and have accepted.
We have a wonderful team again this year with some new committee members. Let’s welcome: Priscilla Locke and Brenda Frechette. Many Thanks to Judy Meserve who will be greatly missed.
I believe this will be the magic year that a new “Junior Grange” will open in our state and I look forward to working with them.