Aug 032017
 

Christine Hebert1Contest Winners

Make a Boat that Floats, Ages 5-7

  • First place-Reagan Crockett

Make a Boat that Floats, Ages 8-11

  • First place-Carter Pike
  • Second place-William Stinson-Barone
  • Third place-Cameron Rae
  • Participant-Hailey Pike

Stick Frame with Picture,  Ages 8-11

  • First place–Rowen O’Hanlon
  • Second place–Hailey Pike
  • Third place–Carter Pike

Ag Stick Frame with Picture, Ages 12-14

  • First place–Isaac Benn
  • Participants–Elijah Benn, William Stinson-Barone

Creative Writing, Ages 8-11

  • First place–Hailey Pike
  • Second place–Rowen O’Hanlon
  • Third place–Carter Pike

Creative Writing, Ages 12-14

  • First place–Jillian Frechette

Birdseed Mobile, Ages 8-11

  • First place–William Stinson-Barone
  • Second place–Elijah Benn
  • Third place–Rowen O’Hanlon

Birdseed Mobile, Ages12-14

  • First place–Jillian Frechette
  • Second place–Isaac Benn
  • Participants: Hailey Pike, Carter Pike

Smore’s Bars, Ages 8-11

  • First place–Carter Pike
  • Second place–William Stinson-Barone
  • Third place–Hailey Pike

Smore’s Bars, Ages 12-14

  • First place–Jillian Frechette
  • Second place–Isaac Benn
  • Participants: Rowen O’Hanlon, Elijah Benn

Congratulations to all our winners and participants. Nice work kids!!!

Contest reminders:

Because of our friendly pest at Junior Camp our Bread Dough Ornament Contest will be judged at Maine State Convention in October along with the Fall Place Mats and Decorated Squash. Check the Juniors Program for rules and regulations. Decorated Squash is open to all Grange members.

All entries need to be at the Junior’s table by 10:00 am on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

 

Jul 242017
 

Porter Grange #569 got a well-deserved face lift this summer. The outside of the building was painted and a new porch light was added in memory of Dottie Locke who we lost last year. On Saturday, July 22, we had an open house with refreshments to celebrate the National Grange 150th birthday. Porter Grange was delighted to pass out four applications to interested visitors. They were in impressed with our Words for Thirds Program and our local School Scholarships.

Our Grange was able also to put up flags in Porter Village with special donations from Jana Mayotte and Gary Nickerson in memory of Francis Mills and Ron and Marie Nickerson respectively.

Porter Grange will be holding a Bean Supper, Friday, September 22 from 5:00 pm. until 6:30 pm. We have also scheduled a Free to Veterans and their families breakfast on November 11 at 7:00 am.

For more information on any event or just to say, “Hi!” contact portergrang569atgmaildotcom  (portergrang569atgmaildotcom)  

Porter Grange Hall Before

Porter Grange After!

Front Porch Light

Front porch plaque

Jul 222017
 

Flagg (640x640)First of all, I salute all of you ladies and your many talents as I recently found out that I can’t even use a lawn mower or bush cutters without being wounded so with that being said let’s get going on needed information.

This year’s conference is scheduled for August 26th, starting time is by 10:00 A.M.If at all possible this year I would like everyone to get their entries to State headquarters a week before the conference so there will be more time to check the items in, for those that have issues with items sitting at state that long, you can be assured they will be locked in the office or if necessary I will keep them at my home.

Baking and Dress-A-Doll will be due by 9:00 A.M. on the day of the conference.We will not be having a paid lunch as we will be taking a short break but we should still finish up by 1:00 P.M. (something new to try).

I would appreciate it if you would put a note on your report sheets as to whether or not you use the Grange iron on labels when you donate quilts, pillowcases, etc.

A thank you goes out to Cynthia Maxwell as there are errors on the annual report sheet: Class O – should be Decorated Item, Class P – should be the Decorated Wooden Chest and Class Q – Should be Juniors. Baby Quilts are listed in the quilt categories and they are added in with the method of how they were put together. I hope that will clear up some of the confusion. As always check with Headquarters to make sure someone will be there when you want to drop off items.

As you all know, please call if you have any questions (524-2011) and on that note, I am going to try and put up a blind using a step stool and a drill. Look forward to seeing many of you next month.

Recently, Cynthia Maxwell of Excelsior Grange hosted a pillow case workshop and she showed several ladies on how to do the “hotdog method” and they were all fascinated on how little time it took but they also learned how to do French Seaming for a very nice finish. Ladies in the picture are Cynthia Maxwell, Barbara Strout, Catherine Farrell, Carolyn Bennet, Louise Roberts. Picture by Patricia Hall. Good job, ladies.

Jul 202017
 

We had 35 people participate in all or part of the campout weekend.   The weather had its good and bad times but mostly comfortable for outside activities.

Friday morning 23 went to play mini golf, having lots of cheers, jeers, and laughter. Rick got the low score of 49. He did have some help to get it and his hole in one was questionable. He did receive something very special for his “one-holer.” Holly outscored everyone with 72 “duds.” Isabel, Judy, Jim, Bill, and Rick each got a hole in one to receive a special award.  King size assist award went to Greg for him helping with Rick’s shot. Bill got a “do goodie award” for proving the score. Several of our competitors received “whopper” awards for scoring a 7 on one hole–William, Tracey, Greg, Bill, Holly, Berta, Mike, and Susie.

Potluck was shared Friday evening.

Junior judging and Chinese auction items were taken care of on Saturday morning.  Some of the auction winners needing a box for all their treasures.

Ten ambitious folks pitched horseshoes, the rest of the group doing a lot of encouraging and heckling. Helen and Greg took the first place honors. Jim and Tina second and Mike and Dennis finished third.  Each received a mini horseshoe pit for awards. (Mini chocolate cakes)

Bocce ball rounded out the afternoon with 18 rolling/throwing balls and even using a tape measure for top spots to be decided.  Katelyn and Rick won the challenge but again Rick had additional help with Terry as his first partner.  Berta and Greg came in 2nd and Norma & Jim taking third. (Awards were Lindt chocolates of the appropriate color.)

An ice cream social with all the fixings topped off the activities with “awards” being given out.  We joked that some actually “earned” them and some not so much.

It was another successful and fun time.  We have set a date for next year at the same place July 20, 21, and 22, the third weekend. Join us! Maybe you’ll get an “award.”

Jul 162017
 

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By Walter Boomsma

“…The springing seed teaches us to increase in goodness, and the growing trees to aspire after higher and broader knowledge.” These are words spoken by the Chaplain during the celebration and instruction of the Second Degree.

Later in the degree, the master explains, “There is no object in which, to appearance, life and death border so closely together as in the grains of seed buried in the earth; but when life seems extinct a fuller and richer existence begins anew.” Near the close of this degree, the master reminds us that “The salutation of this degree ‘places faith in God and nurtures Hope.’”

Grange ritual and teachings take great advantage of the lessons of nature and those lessons are many. “The tools used by us in this degree are the hoe and the pruning knife. The hoe, with which we cut up weeds and stir the soil, is emblematic of that cultivation of the mind which destroys error and keeps our thoughts quickened and ready to receive new facts as they appear, thus promoting the growth of knowledge and wisdom.”

“The pruning knife, used to remove useless and injurious growths from our trees, plants and vines, should remind you to prune idle thoughts and sinful suggestions… Bear in mind that moral and metal worth rank before worldly wealth or honors…”

I wish I could remember where I recently read the observation that “in order to become a butterfly, you have to be willing to give up being a caterpillar.” The words are not exactly Grange teaching, but the thought surely is. “When life seems extinct a fuller and richer existence begins anew.”

If you have some remaining seeds from planting your garden (the second degree uses corn) I’d encourage you to find one and hold it in your palm and hear the master’s words, “Behold these inanimate kernels of corn! But the germ has life—the future plant is there…” In a workshop I’ve presented, I point out that all of the life potential and a complete set of instructions to create it are within that small seed. That’s H-O-P-E and a powerful lesson nature teaches.

The lesson is certainly about individual potential, but I think it can apply to our Granges which, after all, are a collection of individuals. If each of us has that much promise and potential, does not our Grange? When we consider our heritage, our principles, and our teachings… do we not have within us the potential for a “fuller and richer existence…” are not all the instructions there that will allow us to grow into something wonderful? Is our order placing faith in God and nurturing hope? Are we collectively increasing in goodness and aspiring after higher and broader knowledge?

I wonder what a caterpillar thinks—or for that matter, if it does. Does it know what its future is going to be? Nature clearly has programmed it to wrap itself up in a mummy-like state without questioning whether or not it’s a good idea. The caterpillar doesn’t have to decide to give up its existence and become a butterfly. That’s a grand plan because if caterpillars were like people, the situation would be a lot different. Many caterpillars would be quite content to remain caterpillars. Some would fear becoming a butterfly and needing to fly. They would be quite content to crawl about munching leaves. But some would look forward to the adventure and the freedom that comes with flying. They would be willing to go through the metamorphosis required. Those who remain caterpillars would cling to their existence and perhaps even complain that there aren’t enough caterpillars left because everyone is too busy being a butterfly.

The Grange way of life, like nature, is meant to be filled with hope, promise, and potential. We just have to decide to give up being caterpillars and commit to becoming a butterfly—to becoming something that is different and beautiful. The challenge we face is accepting that who and what we are may not be who and what we become. But let us let nature remind us that while the butterfly is found in the caterpillar, it is equally true that the caterpillar is found in the butterfly. Nature does not resist change, it depends on it, understanding that a seed is not meant to stay a seed and a caterpillar is not meant to remain a caterpillar. Life is about becoming and when we think things are dying what is really  happening is. “a fuller and richer existence begins anew.”

 


Any degree or ritual quotations are from the forty-sixth edition of the 2013 Subordinate Grange Manual. The views and opinions expressed in “Exploring Traditions” are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official doctrine and policy of the Grange.

Jul 152017
 


The July Issue of the National Grange Newsletter is now available. This issue is jam-packed with information and articles like:

  • Let Your Voice be the Reason for Change
  • Three More Interns Join National Office in July
  • Fun 150th Birthday T’s Are Here
  • Donate So They Get Pie’d
  • Recognition Program Unveiled for Legacy Grange Families
  • Online Membership Database, A Step Towards Better Communication
  • Promo Kit on Sale for Summer Fairs
  • Great American Quilt & Handicraft Expo
  • Seeking to Promote Your Sesquicentennial Items
  • Lecturer’s Contest Soon to Close
  • Youth: Learning to Serve
  • Junior Ambassador an Asset
  • Healthcare: Where Are We Now?
  • 2017 Four-Minute-Movie-Contest

Read the July Issue of The Patrons Chain

 

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.

Jul 142017
 

karen-gagne-webBy Karen Hatch Gagne, Director

Summer has arrived and it is a busy time for all.  Gardens are beginning to produce and the Agricultural Fairs have begun.  I encourage all Granges to think about putting together a Grange Exhibit at your local Agricultural Fair. I also want to thank all the Grange members who have volunteered to judge grange exhibits throughout the state this summer. The Grange rules/guidelines and judging sheets are available online if you need a copy.

The Agricultural Committee is disappointed we did not have a Farm Family application this year.  I would love to receive feedback from Granges on how to solicit applications for this award.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Agricultural Fairs and then at State Grange.  Enjoy a safe and happy summer.

Jul 132017
 

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

The photography contest is open to all Subordinate and Junior members, also children and grandchildren of Subordinate members. All photo entries must have been taken after September 1, 2016. Members maybe submit as many entries as they wish in each category. The categories for this year’s photo contest are: 1. Animals & Other Creatures; 2. Buildings & Other Structures; 3. Nature & Scenery; 4. Grange; 5. People; 6. Others. The minimum size allowed for the photo entries is 4” x 6” and the maximum size is 11”x 14” this includes the matting/backing which all entries must have. Frames and glass are not permitted on photo entries. A first, second, and third place ribbon will be awarded in each category. One entry deemed “Best in Show” will be chosen by the judges and will go to National Grange for judging.

The Art Contest is open to all juniors and children and grandchildren of subordinate members. Children’s artwork will be separated into three age groups: ages 5 -7; ages 8 – 10; and ages 11 – 14. Art entries must have a frame with suitable hangers or hard matting/backing suitable so they may be displayed. NO GLASS on any entry will be accepted, however, plexiglass is allowed. A first, second and third place ribbon will be awarded for each medium. The mediums are: oils and acrylics; watercolors; charcoal or pencil drawings; markers or crayons.

Entry labels for the photography contest are available on the MSG website in the lecturer’s section under the Program Book & Information tab. They also will be available at the MSG Lecturers’ Conference in September and at the State Grange Session.

Entries for both the photography and art contest are due on October 19, 2017, no later than 10 a.m.

Jul 132017
 

By Terry Lee LaCombe-Stevens
Youth Director

The Northeastern Youth Conference was held at UMASS in Amherst MA last weekend. Approximately 80 people attended! Jared Grienier represented Maine–you may recognize his name from Ag in the Classroom, a program he is passionate about.

Jared competed in the Youth Impromptu Speech Contest and won second place. In Adult Impromptu, I won second place.

We ended the Conference with a prayer service led by Jared, the Drill Competition and a passing of the books and sign to Maine! As many of you are aware Maine will be hosting next year’s Northeastern Youth Conference on July 13-15, 2018. Please consider having a fundraiser for the Youth Department.

Send the name and contact information for any Youth between the ages of 14 to 35 affiliated with your Grange to me.