Feb 182018
 

Short messages from your Communications Department

The February Bulletin is now available on the website! Get your copy: MSG Bulletin February 2018. While all of the content has also appeared as posts on the site, it’s a great summary and could be printed (legal-size paper) and posted on your Grange Bulletin Board and handed out to members.

While it doesn’t quite qualify as “going viral,” there are some comments posted on this month’s “Exploring Traditions…” column. Check out the discussion by clicking the responses link just under the title on the righthand side of the post. (You can comment on any post this way.) It is especially rewarding to hear that this has helped “explain the Grange’s relevance in this fast-paced society.”

Don’t forget that Grange Month is fast approaching… additional information and some resources are available in this post. If you plan to include a Community Citizen Award, you’ll want to order it soon!

Coming soon! Information on the first quarter results of the Amazon Smiles Program… and some information about how Valley Grange “hired” a bunch of “ad managers.”

What’s happening at your Grange? Inquiring minds want to know… photos are encouraged! (Attach them to an email.) Please understand that I do not have time to search Facebook for posts–as most regular Facebook users know, they have recently changed their algorithms and I may not even see your post. When you post news to Facebook, copy the post and paste it into an email addressed to the webmaster. It only takes a few seconds.  The best way to distribute your Grange news is still through this website, where we don’t use algorithms to decide what others should see. It’s available to all–especially subscribers!

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Feb 162018
 

Grange Month is fast approaching.  Have you made plans yet? Have you ordered your Certificates and/or Plaques you may need? Have you invited your guests?  It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant as long as you celebrate the Grange.  Have a discussion within your own membership – What is the Grange – What the Grange means to me – What are the benefits of being a Grange member – What are the benefits of having a Grange in your community – Do we need to rethink our goals and purposes – Why did you join – Why are you needed in the Grange and the Community?  There are no right or wrong answers but be respectful of everyone’s opinion.

During the year, we encourage you as members to come up with resolutions to be acted upon in some way or another.  Some are legislative, beneficial or helpful, regulate by-laws, some to make changes to an idea, some supportive and others against something.  Each of these resolutions is valuable to us as an organization, agree or disagree.  It was brought to my attention at the officers meeting back in December that these “ideas” are great, however after the initial discussion at the Grange where they originated, then the floor discussion at State Session, the idea is “noted in the records and placed on file” then promptly forgotten about. In many cases, the action recommended, is not done or followed through.  Even the sponsoring Grange doesn’t complete the task.  For example:  With the pedestrians being more vulnerable when walking after dark, why not purchase and hand out reflective vests.  Vests can be purchased at the dollar store.   This was only one of the resolutions voted on at state Grange.  Did anyone follow through with the purchase and distribution of the vests? Did the sponsoring Grange ACT on the resolution?  I encourage you to make these resolutions actually happen even on just a small scale.  Something to think about which will go along with Grange Month or whenever we work on it.

I do realize some of our Granges do not hold regular meetings in the winter time so communications get a little behind. During February important letters were sent to the secretaries of each Grange with more to come. Please ask your secretary to find these letters and read them at your next meeting.  The information, even though they may be dated January or February affects us all and should be part of your records, discussions and appropriate action taken.

I know I am repeating myself but feel the need to do so with another reminder about handling of Grange funds. There are still concerns and questions coming to me about the accountability of funds in the Grange.  The head of a committee raising funds, no matter what the funds are raised for or how they are raised, needs to report to the Grange.  The funds go through the secretary to the treasurer.  All expenditures you have for an event, project, bingo, refreshments, kitchen fund, food, supplies, yard sales, etc. need to be brought to the Grange with all receipts showing the purchase(s). If you are in charge of fund raising you should not just go set up an account/CD, etc. on your own, those funds still need to be reported to and go through the Grange.  That includes donations also.

We still have lots of special edition session theme t-shirts at HQ to assist with fund raising for the NE Regional hosting of National Session. If you are interested, get your “Unique as a Snowflake” shirts now, contact the office at 1-800-464-3421.  National session will be in Stowe, Vermont November 12-17, 2018.

Feb 072018
 

Short messages from your Communications Department

A couple of additions to your website today…

We’ve uploaded the most recent “VA Wish List” — you’ll find a link to it in the Community Service Section of the Program Books and Information Page. Remember, it makes sense to check this list to also learn what is NOT needed at this time!

We’ve created a new link to National Grange Legislative Bulletins in the Legislative Section of the Program Books and Information Page.  These Bulletins are issued monthly and are chock full of useful news and updates. Just one example this month–some great information on the work that’s beginning this month on the Farm Bill.

Thanks to those Exciting Granges and Grangers who have been submitting news and photos… Please keep ’em coming! Your fellow Granges and Grangers love hearing good news about what’s happening around our state.

Remember, we’re still counting down to Grange Month 2018. Rather than repost all the National Grange Resources on the MSG website, use this link to download what you need: 2018 Grange Month Page on the National Grange website.

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Jan 212018
 

Let the nagging begin!

Seriously, this is your first reminder to start planning for Grange Month… National Grange recently announced, “One hundred fifty years—what a milestone! This year’s Grange Month should be filled with celebrations in every Grange, coast to coast! We have a proud history of supporting, educating, advocating, and entertaining rural Americans. Very few organizations last for 150 years so this is our time to celebrate.

Our theme for 2018 Grange Month is “That’s the Grange Way.”  Following up our Doers theme from 2017, it’s the Grange Way to be doers, to volunteer and give and contribute to life where we live.  To be outstanding citizens and be the bridge between two sides who won’t compromise. To teach the world how to get along, what faith, hope, and charity really mean in everyday life.  How to love others even if you don’t like them or don’t agree with them.   We want to tell the world what the Grange Way means, and why they should care, why they should want to join us and help with our efforts to improve lives from the grassroots up.”

And the really good news is the following resources are already available from the National Grange website:

There are a few more items, so you may just want to visit the 2018 Grange Month Page on the National Grange website. (The one thing that’s currently missing on the page is the order form for community service awards–that was available in the January issue of the Patrons Chain, but I’m also working on making it readily available, perhaps on the MSG website. More to come on that!

While it is traditional to think of April as “Grange Month,” when your Grange celebrates it is truly optional. Here in Maine, some Granges choose to wait until May when the weather tends to be more cooperative.

You’ll need to start making decisions soon, though! A good Grange Month Celebration should include advance planning and publicity. Celebrating a “Community Night” that includes honoring a local citizen is one of the more common practices. But this would be a great year to think outside the box! How about planning a special community service project that ties in? Would it make sense to have a special guest speaker or a panel discussion regarding community… or to announce the start of a community garden? 2018 is a great year to put your Grange “on the map” and in the public eye.

Here’s a publicity idea for you. At your next meeting, have someone snap a photo of members sitting in a circle having an intense discussion. Write a short “cutline” (caption) describing how members are planning your Grange Month Celebration, then send both to your local newspapers–and the MSG website. (Email the photo as an attachment–photos cannot easily be sent using the “submitting information” tab.)

If you need some help or have some great ideas to share, let us know! Let’s work together for the most successful Grange Month ever! That’s the Grange Way!

Email the Maine State Grange Webmaster

 

 

 

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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Apr 212017
 

by Marilyn Stinson

Enterprise Grange #48, Richmond, Maine will celebrate 150 years of Grange by honoring citizens of Richmond and Dresden with Community Citizen Awards, Sunday, April 30th at 3:00 pm. at Enterprise Grange #48 Community Room, 15 Alexander Reed Road, Richmond.

The recipients are Laurie Saunders of Richmond and David Probert of Dresden. The public is invited and encouraged to share stories about the two great citizens of our respective towns. This is a free program and light refreshments are included.

Laurie is well known to Richmond residents for her work with the Senior Center and taking care of so many of our older residents’ needs as well as her being the producer and director of The Richmond Players. She has served on the Selectboard, Richmond Days Committee, and has been a very important part of Richmond’s past and present days.  She had The Front Porch Boarding home for many years, doting on older women to help them stay out of nursing care. She has two adult children and was able to start a Senior Citizen Group in Gardiner.

Dave was on the recycling committee to get the center going and later was the “Recycling Coordinator” for 16 years. He has served on The Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Conservation Committee, and is currently on the Budget Review Committee and Recreation Committee. He and his wife have one daughter and grand-daughter living in Freeport and Auburn. He is currently active with Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) and on the Pownalborough Court House Stewardship Committee.

The Grange is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, fraternal organization with more than 160,000 members across the United States. Our more than 2,100 Granges contribute millions of volunteer hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars to our hometowns each year. We have a proud past and an exciting future!

Apr 202017
 

We’ve made some minor updates and changes to the ODD Directory (Officers, Directors, and Deputies) and uploaded it to the website! Please download and print some copies for yourself and your members: ODD-Directory-04-17.

Also, note that we’ve added a new section to the “Program Books and Information Page” for the soon to be officially announced Agricultural Education Committee. There are already a few resources listed under this heading!

Happy Grange Month! If your Grange did something special, send us a report for featuring on the website! Photos are great–just attach them to an email to the webmaster. (Smaller file sizes are really helpful. If you are using a photo program that allows you reduce resolution and file size, please consider doing so before sending!)

Communication Consideration:

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.

Heinrich Heine

Mar 192017
 

Betsy Huber, National Grange Master

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Master Betsy will arrive from Massachusetts.

  • Event: Legislative Luncheon at 12:00 p.m. at Maine State Grange Headquarters. Legislators are invited.
  • Event: Androscoggin Pomona Meeting.  There will be a 6:30 p.m. $5.00 supper with a 7:30 p.m. meeting.  Members of Oxford and Cumberland Pomona have been invited to attend as well.  The meeting will be held at Danville Junction Grange.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Master Betsy will travel north and be available for media interviews in the Bangor area.

  • Event: Piscataquis Pomona Potluck Supper at 6:00 p.m. and Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meeting is being hosted by Valley Grange, 172 Guilford Center Road, Guilford. The public is invited. Click for more information about this event.

Friday, April 7, 2017
Master Betsy will be available for media interviews in the Augusta area.

  • Event: Potluck supper will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Maine State Grange Headquarters. A Grange “town hall forum” will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and include questions and answers as well as discussion of ideas and challenges facing the Grange at the national and local levels. The public is invited.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Master Betsy spends the day at Maine State Grange Headquarters

  • Event: Morning reception from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Maine State Grange Headquarters. Officers, Deputies, and Directors are invited.
  • Event: Junior Grange sponsored contests from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • Event: Lincoln Pomona Potluck Supper at 6:30 p.m. and Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Meeting is being hosted by Meenahga Grange, 860 Main Street, Waldoboro. The public is invited.

Maine State Grange Headquarters is located at
146 State Street
Augusta, Maine

Media Inquiries should be directed to

Walter Boomsma  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  , Maine State Grange Communications Director
207 343-1842

Amanda Leigh Brozana  (communicationsatnationalgrangedotorg)  , National Grange Communications Director
(202) 628-3507 • ext 102

Mar 172017
 

By Marilyn Stinson

Exciting times coming to Enterprise Grange. We are Do-ers at 15 Alexander Reed Road, Richmond, ME. Contact Marilyn Stinson, beedlehillatroadrunnerdotcom  (beedlehillatroadrunnerdotcom)  ,  737-2611 or on facebook.

April is ‘Grange Month’ and lots of activities are planned. ‘Art by the Kennebec’ and ‘Art in the Schools Month’ will be celebrated April 1st & 2nd . Sat from 10:00-4:00 and Sunday from 1:00-4:00. Free for the exhibit, art will be for sale.

Dresden Elementary students and some RHS/RMS students will have exhibits as well as Scott MacMaster, Lawreston Crute (Distinctive Views) and Grangers with photos, Jim Decker, Ernest Deraps and Samantha Merrill with their paintings, Brian Seigars and his drawings, Melanie Stout with stained glass, Janet Clement with quilts, and SpinOff creations.! Jim will be painting as the days go by – interesting to watch his work come together.

Free coffee all day and baked stuff for sale to benefit Building Fund. Check out Enterprise Grange #48 Facebook page and see what will be there.

Saturday, April 15 is Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & egg hunt. From 7:00 – 10:00 am. Pancakes & eggs, $5.00 per person with family rates.

Scott MacMaster will be taking pictures with the Easter Bunny; donations for the pictures will benefit Grange charities – Barbara Bush Hospital, Home for Little Wanders and House in the Woods.

Then, to top off the month with Awards Day!! Laurie Saunders has been chosen to receive the Community Citizen Award for Richmond, and David Probert for Dresden. Sunday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m. Free, followed by Birthday Cupcakes.

We have been donated items for a raffle to benefit the Building Fund (we need new roof, tighter windows, and more handicap access) A quilted throw from Janet Clement, value $150.00, a ‘Canvas Wrap’ photo from Maine Made Photos with $50.00 value and gift  certificate to Village Café for $25.00. Expected donations for the tickets are $1.00 each or 6/$5.00. Tickets will be sold during every activity until the drawing on Awards Day.

FMI Marilyn Stinson, 737-2611