May 072017
 

After a successful baked bean supper, Victor Grange #49 honored some of their most deserving members in two award ceremonies. In honor of Grange month, members chose to give posthumously a Patrons of Husbandry Flag and Grave marker to the families of some of our most dedicated members. Their contribution to Victor Grange at the local, State and National Levels were significant and instrumental to a well-run community organization. This being the first year of this award, we felt it appropriate to acknowledge those members who had belonged to our Grange the longest. Family members accepted the grave markers and flags for the following; Burleigh Crockett – 71 yrs.; Madeline Hill 73 yrs.; Coleman MacKay 73 yrs.; Constance (Babe) MacKay 60 yrs.; Muriel Tupper 81 yrs.; Robert Tupper 80 yrs.; Douglas Taylor 78 yrs.; and Clifton Wood 70 yrs.;. This represents a total of over 586 years that these members served the Grange and their Community. Family members were pleased to receive the Flag and Grave Marker in time for Memorial Day.

The second ceremony was a complete surprise to the recipients, Roger Shorty, & Don “Rick” Duperry longtime Grange members. The Sixteenth Community Service Award was given for their outstanding dedication and service to the Victor Grange #49 and its community. They are the epitome of volunteerism in every sense of the word. There is no need too small or challenge too great and by bringing the Grange and community together; they keep the Grange’s flame burning.

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May 072017
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Community Service Corner

Spring has arrived.  Everyone should have that lighthearted feeling with the sun shining, birds singing and crocus’s blooming. What a great time to get out there and spread some spring cheer with community service.  Remember even though spring is just arriving, soon it will be the end of summer and contest items will be due. Please make sure you are looking for that Fire Fighter, Teacher or Police Officer of the Year in your area. Put those books together for all the community service your Grange has been doing and don’t forget Family, Health & Hearing Reports.  All items are due to the Community Service Committee by August 15, 2017. If anyone needs help with any of these items, filling out the forms or just questions in regards please feel free to contact me.  Email is the easiest option christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (christinecorlissatymaildotcom)   or via cell phone 207-651-6494.  Just remember have some fun!!

Family, Health & Hearing

July is National Park Month, National Hot Dog Day (7/23), National Picnic Month, UV Safety Awareness Month.   Try combining all of these items into one fun-filled day.  Invite the community to a meet and greet at your local park, make it a picnic where everyone brings an item, have your Grange serve hot dogs and don’t forget to promote the sunscreen to protect against UV rays.  Put together games, scavenger hunts and social time.  Just remember have fun.  Smile and Enjoy.

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

May 062017
 

By Walter Boomsma,
MSG Communications Director

Check out this feature article in the Bangor Daily News Homestead Supplement! Granges featured in the article include Halcyon in Blue Hill, Fairview in Smithfield, and Valley in Guilford. I might be a little biased, but I think it is one of the most positive and well-documented articles we’ve seen recently. How cool is it to see a headline announcing that Maine Granges are making a comeback?

Grangers in the BDN coverage area may want to pick up a copy of the weekend edition, including the Homestead Edition. You can also read the entire article online. Feel free to add a comment to the article, letting folks know what your Grange is doing–several Grangers have already done that! (Make sure to mention the name of your Grange and community!)

 

May 062017
 

Community Service Award Night at Highland Lake Grange was held May 4, 2017. This year’s recipient is Mr. Robert Barton. Retired teacher and US Army Colonel, Bob has been active in many organizations in Westbrook and beyond for decades. His work with American Legion Post 62 and the Memorial Day parade has been tireless. He has also served on a number of city committees and volunteers with the Masons and ROTC. Mr. Barton is most deserving of recognition–it’s long overdue.

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May 052017
 

After a long and snowy winter, Porter Grange #569 has once again started meeting at our Grange Hall. Reading through our Grange Bulletin, we were reminded to “Save our pennies!”

We are all getting old and forgetful down this way and our penny collections are usually forgotten after two meetings! Master Gary Nickerson had an idea. On one of his trips to our local Bangor Savings Bank, he asked the bank if he could get a dozen of their piggy banks. Our next meeting all our members were given a piggy bank to take home and fill so we will have the best penny collection ever (as long as we remember to bring them to the meeting)!

A great idea with little fuss and lots of smiles. We all look forward to piggy bank day!


Note: Pennies collected are brought to State Convention every year and donated to a worthy cause.

May 042017
 

This year at State Session (October 19-21, 2017) the kitchen will be run by the Maine State Grange. State Pomona Laurie McBurnie will be coordinating this undertaking, but she needs assistance from other Grangers.

On Thursday and Friday, the kitchen will be open for business as usual: early morning (coffee, beverages, a limited choice of breakfast items); lunch time (sandwiches, hot meal, beverages, desserts); breaks (beverages, snacks, etc.). On Saturday the kitchen will be officially open only in the early morning.

People to coordinate the various tasks (such as serving lunch, making sandwiches) have been lined up, but they can’t do it alone. Assistance is needed at the following times: early morning (coffee, set-up, etc., two people), sandwich-making (early morning, three to four people), serving lunch (five to six people), and breaks (one to three people). If you are able to help only one day, that is fine.

Grangers have always been supportive of the kitchen with their food and beverage donations. Cookies and bars for dessert as well as bottled water and soda would be much appreciated. Other items needed have not yet been sorted out, but if you would like to donate something else, please say so.

Please contact Laurie McBurnie and let her know if you are available to help in the kitchen (what you want to do and when you are available) or if you would like to donate items for the kitchen. Knowing ahead of time will help prevent duplication. Please email Laurie, LMCB293atgmaildotcom  (LMCB293atgmaildotcom)  , or call her at 563-5347 (leave a message).

Apr 302017
 
Bruce and Bear

“Bear” and “Joker” at a recent Valley Grange Meeting

Valley Grange recently demonstrated their support of Veterans with a donation of collected items and cash for the Garry Owen House in Searsmont, Maine. We also learned about some of the work being done on behalf of our Veterans from Alex “Bear” Allmayer-Beck, LCSW and Program Director for the Garry Owen House. Alex later wrote, “I particularly enjoy events like this because they restore my faith in what America is really about. As a person who immigrated to the United States to leave the atheistic dictatorship of Tito in Yugoslavia, a day never goes by that I don’t thank God that I am a citizen of the U.S.A.”

Joining Alex was Bruce “Joker” Marshall, an active member of the Maine Chapter 3 of the Patriot Riders. Bruce shared several success stories demonstrating how the Riders have help Veterans in many different ways.

In “other business” Grange Members voted to support the “4 Friends for Smiles Campaign” –a Dexter-based program run by four third grade girls (“K-Kids” who, with the help of their Moms are making and delivering baskets to kids who are in the hospital on the EMMC pediatric floor. The girls created the project so they could “pass along some niceness” and the folks at Valley Grange are happy to help! Since they received their dictionaries from Valley Grange last year maybe the looked up the word “niceness,” but defining words with actions such as theirs truly gives the word meaning!

Apr 282017
 

By Steven Haycock, Fundraising Chairman

We’re only a few days away for the Maine State Grange’s Variety Show at Topsham Grange on Saturday 4/29/17 at 6 pm.  Admission is $6.00 and $2.00 from each ticket sold will be donated to the scholarship funds of the Maine State Grange.  A portion of the profits from this evening will also be donated to the scholarship funds.  The hall is located 47 Pleasant St, which is just off Route 201 (Main St.) in Topsham.

We have a great lineup of acts including music, comedy, vocals and more!  During intermission, we will be selling slices of delicious pie and beverages.

We will also be holding a Pick Your Prize Raffle with tickets costing 2 for $1.00 or 12 for $5.00.  Items for this raffle have been generously donated by local businesses.  Prizes include:

  • $25.00 Gift Certificates to Day’s Jewelers x 3
  • $20.00 Gift Card to Hannaford
  • $50.00 Gift Card to Walmart
  • Free Front Alignment from Tire Warehouse
  • 2 Packages of Gourmet Jelly Belly Jelly Beans from Main Street Sweets
  • 4 Free Medium Subs from Firehouse Subs
  • Assorted Wall Décor from Tractor Supply
  • Pink Baby Camo Set from Tractor Supply
  • Wallet and Head Lamp Set from Tractor Supply
  • Artisan Olive Oil and Vinegar Gift Sets from Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegar x 3
  • And More

Plus a great door prize as well!

Also available for sale will be the Agricultural Pride t-shirts for $12.00 and Grange car magnets for $3.00.

This is sure to be a great fun, family friendly evening for one and all.  So load up the car and come to Topsham and support the Maine State Grange!

 

Apr 272017
 

Front row: Mary Street of Chelsea Grange # 215, Susan Farrington of Maple Grove Grange # 148.
Back row: Bert Welch of Maple Grove Grange # 148, Charley Hayford of Winthrop Grange # 209.

On Sunday afternoon, April 23, 2017, thirty-six people attended the Degree Day at Danville Junction Grange, sponsored by Androscoggin Pomona.

Special guests were MSG Master Rick Grotton, MSG Overseer Sherry Harriman, and members of the MSG Executive Committee James Meserve and Victoria Huff.

The four degrees were conducted by the following officers:  Master Wayne Sherman, Overseer Greg Johnson, Lecturer Glenys Ryder, Steward Norma Meserve, Assistant Steward Steven Verrill, Lady Assistant Steward Roberta Meserve, Chaplain Kenneth Footer, Treasurer Wes Ryder, Secretary Linda Sherman, Gate Keeper William Hatch, Pomona Kathy Lorrain, Ceres Cynthia Maxwell, Flora Ruby Bryant, and Pianist Louise Roberts.

Taking part in the Harvest March were Gladys and Maynard Chapman, Tracey and Bill Small, and Judy and Jim Meserve.

A light luncheon was served between the second and third degrees.

Apr 242017
 

With apologies for the last minute announcement, the Youth Committee has announced a Youth Public Speaking Contest (not to be confused with the Junior Public Speaking Contest to be held in June). The contest will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Topsham Grange Hall on Pleasant Street in Topsham at 4:30 pm, before the Maine State Grange Variety Show which is at 6:00 p.m. The rules as provided are:

There are 3 age divisions based on their ages on January 1, 2017: 1. Youth 14 – 21 years of age, 2. Young adult 22-35 years of age, 3. Adult (Sr. Youth) 36 + years of age.

Props are allowed but must be appropriately sized for the room. Points can be deducted for props.

For all categories, voice and stage presence are important. Speak clearly, easy to understand; dress appropriately and neatly; expression, emotion, enthusiasm, confidence all matter. Points will be taken away for going under or over the time established.

Category A: PREPARED SPEECH

Contestants choose their topics and will be given an impromptu question, relating to the speech, at the end. A minimum of three minutes and maximum of fivc minutes.

Category B: RADIO SPOT CONTEST

A radio spot is an advertisement promoting the Grange. Pretend you’re a “DJ” and you’re doing a commercial for the Grange. Can include one or two people in the radio spot.

Radio spots should be exactly 60 seconds in length and may include a musical or sound effect introduction and/or background, but may not include a spoken introduction or “tag” by another other than the contestant. If music or sound effect is used, the contestant must provide and operate the sound-making device. The contestant will provide a complete written script (including notations about music/sound effects) to the timekeeper to aid in timing accuracy. Musical/sound effect introductions and endings are considered a part of the radio spot and must not cause the 60 second time limit to be exceeded. The spot should relate to the Grange, be original and created by the contestant.

Category C: IMPROMPTU SPEECH

An impromptu speech is delivered without preparation or thought ahead of time. No note cards are used, and topics are generally drawn.

  • We hope that by establishing an impromptu speech category that members will build confidence and in the future participate in the prepared speeches or the radio speech category.
  • Impromptu speeches should be at least one minute in length and not longer than 5 minutes.
  • Time keeper will hold up hand when the 1 minute mark has been reached and then 4.30 minute mark has been reached so speaker knows when he/she can stop.
  • Participants will draw two topics, select their choice of the two and return the other one.