Jun 142017
 

Annisby Jim Annis, Legislative Director

The last resolution submitted to the Legislative Committee to eventually be sent to the Maine State Legislature to be sent out as a bill currently resides in limbo.

The resolution, submitted by Cumberland Pomona, requests that automobile inspections for automobiles younger than five years of age be inspected by the state once every two years.

The Legislative bill, LD 623 and titled An Act To Require Biennial State Motor Vehicle Inspections, has been tabled twice. It currently is listed as “unfinished business” as of April 20, 2017.

What its chances are for being made law are pretty remote at this point in time. But I will maintain contact with the bill’s sponsor.

Unfortunately, Grange bills haven’t had much luck this year. But this bill isn’t really dead yet. There’s still hope for it. I’ll keep you informed.

 

Jun 102017
 

Nine Grangers and friends spent two days recently at Maple Grove #148 meeting hall preparing 12 quilts for Project Linus. They will be donated to Center for Grieving Children in Portland.
Pictured here are Pauline Spencer, White Rock Grange, Norma Haines, Mount Etna Grange, Jackie Morgan, Lyn Carter and Ann Burns, Maple Grove Grange. Back row: Sue Farrington, Edie Maynard, and Holly Welch all of Maple Grove. Absent when photo was taken, Pat Smart, of Bridgton.

Jun 052017
 

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

It’s hard to believe that it is time for elections; some of you may be reelected lecturer, whereas some of you may be elected for the first time. Once you have been elected it’s time to plan your program for the year. Did you know that almost every day is a holiday or celebration of something? If you’re not sure what is being celebrated there are at least a couple of websites that will tell you what unusual holiday or food is being celebrated. If you’re having trouble coming up with new ideas, these lists may give you a good place for your imagination to take off. Remember if you use any material that is not original or considered “general knowledge” always cite your sources.

The deadline for sending in entries for the Poetry, Skit and Writing contests are looming. All entries must be received by July 1, 2017. These may be submitted by email or snail mail. If you email your entry please put “contest entry” on the subject line. If you send it snail mail please write, “contest entry” on the bottom left corner of the envelope. Also, if you entered these contests last year and have a copy of your entry you may send them in and they will be judged as new entries. Rules for these contests should be available from your Grange Lecturer or can be found in the lecturer’s section under the Program Books & Information tab on the MSG Website.

For those who will be attending the Northeast Lecturers’ Conference in Vermont, parts for the program will be assigned and sent to each participant after June 30, 2017. There will not be a rehearsal prior to the conference but there is time set aside to rehearse during the conference.

Jun 052017
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director
 

Community Service Corner

Summer is just around the corner and hopefully with it the warmer weather. I hope everyone’s gardens are planted and everyone planted a few extra for donating to a local food pantry or neighbor who you know is not able to plant. We are getting closer and closer to another State Session and contest deadlines.  Remember Community Service Books are due to me by August 15, 2017. The easiest way for me to receive them is to mail them directly to me: Christine Corliss, 162 Center Road, Lebanon, ME 04027. If you do not do a Community Service Book at least send in the Activity Sheet a copy can be printed from the Maine State Grange Website or you can email me directly at Christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (Christinecorlissatymaildotcom)   and I will forward one over to you.

Family, Health & Hearing

August is World Humanitarian Awareness Month, National Immunization Month, National Goat Cheese Month and Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month, just to name a few.  Have a local farmer bring in Goat Cheese and discuss how it is made and its benefits vs processed cheese.  Bring in a local person and open your Grange Hall to discuss the importance of immunizations in regards to the spread of diseases who have long since become almost dormant due to vaccinations.

No matter what you do bring awareness to your Grange, promote education to your community, and always have fun.

Maine State Grange Community Service making a difference “ONE” project at a time!

May 302017
 

Hello Grange Brothers and Sisters,

Hopefully by now everyone has had their fill of snow and rain, for those that have tried contacting me for the last two months, I apologize for not being available as Mike and I bought a new home and it took almost two months to get an address, phone and mail it is was very surprising how quickly one can be out of touch.

I would like to mention that there will be a yard sale at State Grange on Saturday, June 24, 2017. CWA will be having a table with many new Craft Kits plus baked goods if anyone would like to donate any items, they can either call me or a Committee Member or drop them off at State Grange as long as you call first.

As in previous years,any Grange or person that makes a ten dollar donation to the New England Grange Building, House in the Woods, State Grange or Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers will receive a Certificate signed by the State Master and the CWA Director if you choose to send your donation directly to the organization ,that is fine but a certificate will not be sent.

I am enclosing all of the information received from National Grange about the Quilt Contest if you would like to bring the finished block and /or any other entries to State Session in October with the submission form attached then I will mail them the following Monday please be sure and read the directions thoroughly as they have included information for 2016 that I did not know about their are also different age groups included.

I’m not sure if everyone is aware that we have Certificates of Appreciation to be given to non-members for any items that they make for any of the Organizations that we support. The certificates were designed by Laurie McBumie of Nobleboro.

Enjoy your summer, I look forward to seeing you at the Conference on August 26th.

Sincerely,

Karen L Flagg , DWA
3 Jeanie Drive
Leeds , Maine 04263
207-524-2011
flaggkaren52atgmaildotcom  (flaggkaren52atgmaildotcom)  

Webmaster’s Note: You can find the 2017 Quilt Block Contest information on the Program Books and Information Page. The packet includes the rules, a pattern and submission form.

May 302017
 

By Heather Retburg,
Ag Ed Committee Member

While the farm spring rhythms beat louder and stronger each day, the work to fully realize food sovereignty grows to a fevered pitch just now, too.  Last weekend, the small town of Greenwood, Maine, in Oxford County adopted the Local Food & Community Self-Governance Ordinance, making it the 19th town in eight counties across Maine to do so.  And, this, just before the vote in the Maine Senate to require the state to recognize these ordinances!  Such nice timing.  When the vote on LD 725 (An Act to Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems) happened last Wednesday afternoon, the tone had changed considerably for the better.  With all the outreach from people across the state, with all the work done under the dome by our legislative allies to bring more of the opposition on board, with a LOT of dialogue and several drafts of an helpful amendment, the vote on Wednesday, that we expected to win or lose by one or two votes, was unanimously in favor of LD 725!  This was a moment long in the making. We’re not over the finish line yet, but I have learned to celebrate the moments of victory–each one a monumental undertaking of sorts!  The food sovereignty bill proceeds to the house this week for a vote. If it passes there and is subsequently enacted by both chambers as we expect, it will head to the governor’s desk for a signature, another unpredictable hurdle.   Meanwhile, the food freedom bill, LD 835 An Act to Promote Small Diversified Farms and Small Food Producers sponsored by Rep. Ralph Chapman, is tabled in the Senate awaiting enactment before it goes to the governor’s desk.  So much as we can tell from out here,  the Senate is waiting to see what happens with LD 725 before it passes Rep. Chapman’s bill in final enactment to the governor.  We are urging them to enact both and send both to the governor’s desk. If any of our Grange brothers and sisters across the state have the governor’s ear, now would be a great time to ask them to bend it in the direction of small farms and our community’s local control of food systems!

 

May 272017
 

Members of the Ocean View Grange #463 replaced American flags on Veterans’ graves at the Ridge Cemetery in Tenants Harbor, Maine on May 20, 2017. We had help from some members of the Port Clyde Sailing Club. This is always a somber and rewarding function to honor those who served us and our country.

May 262017
 

On May 16, Mill Stream Grange members (l to r) Pat Rawson, Jill Sampson, Lisa Goucher and Carole O’Connell helped Gordon Webber (far right) place flags on veteran’s graves at the Franklin Cemetery in Vienna as a community service project. Note: If any family member or friend notices that their loved one who served was missed, please contact Gordon at 293-2275 or Jill 293-4960 and they will place the flag and add the name to the list for the future

May 232017
 

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

by Walter Boomsma
Communications Director

Some important changes and notes:

The ODD (Officers, Directors, and Deputies) Directory has been updated… a current copy is available for downloading: ODD-Directory-05-17. There has been a minor change in deputy assignments to reflect recent changes in Pomona alignments and two positions are now listed as “TBD” (to be determined)–the chairperson of the Ag Ed Committee and a Youth Director.

The Journal of Proceedings 2016 has been updated with a minor correction at the request of MSG Secretary Sharon. Action on Resolution #12 was missing from the original copy posted. A corrected copy is available for downloading: Journal-of-Proceedings-2016-Convention

Several “In search of…” requests have been added recently… please check the page and see if you can help!

Over the next few days, I will be testing a new method for subscribing to the website and you may notice some “weirdness” at the tope of the home page. Once testing is complete, I hope to announce a major change that will be of great benefit to everyone!

Remember to check the Conferences Page occasionally for information about upcoming national, regional, and state events. Those responsible for events should especially check the page when scheduling events to avoid conflicts. Also, those responsible please make sure you email me information about the events you are planning.