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.
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!
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!)
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.
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
Media Inquiries should be directed to
Walter Boomsma (webmastermainestategrangeorg) , Maine State Grange Communications Director
Amanda Leigh Brozana (communicationsnationalgrangeorg) , National Grange Communications Director
(202) 628-3507 • ext 102
By Marilyn Stinson
Exciting times coming to Enterprise Grange. We are Do-ers at 15 Alexander Reed Road, Richmond, ME. Contact Marilyn Stinson, beedlehillroadrunnercom (beedlehillroadrunnercom) , 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
by Rick Grotton
Maine State Grange Master
Our National Master, Betsy Huber, will be visiting Maine April 5, 2017, through April 8, 2017. She will be attending our Legislative Luncheon on April 5 and wishes to meet with as many Maine Grangers as possible during her visit to answer questions and listen to your ideas. We will be attending Grange meetings on Thursday and Friday (April 6 and 7). Please come to State Headquarters at 146 State Street in Augusta on Saturday, April 8 to visit. She will be attending the Junior sponsored contests that day beginning at 11:00 a.m. for the Public Speaking and Alphabet Signing (Juniors only) followed by the Assistant and Lady Assistant contest (for all Grangers). This will be a perfect opportunity to come support our Junior Program and to meet our first woman National Master! She has some great ideas and has been very busy but she is trying to visit all Grange states. If you want to come down on Thursday or Friday during the day to visit please let me know ahead of time. Let’s be Doers and show our National Master how proud we are as Grangers!
by Walter Boomsma
Two additions to the website this morning:
- Added WindowDressers contact information to the original post regarding the WindowDressers Program.
- Updated the Veterans Administration Volunteer Wish List on the Program Books and Information Page. (Note this list always includes items they do not need and cannot accept.)
Hope you are counting down to Grange Month–just a few weeks to go! Remember to send us photos and stories of your programs. Be a DO-er!
by Walter Boomsma, Communications Director
April is Grange Month! For those Granges who use the Community Citizen of the Year Award or Pomona Grange Award for Public Service, you should order soon. Most of the other documents you might need are available on the Maine State Grange Website:
- 2017 Grange Month Awards Order Form--Use this form to order your Grange Month (Community Citizen) Awards. Since you should allow four weeks for delivery, this would be a good time!
- 2017 Grange Month Poster–This can be a poster or flyer… just fill in specific information about your Grange!
- 2017 Grange Month Letter–The letter from National Master Betsy Huber announcing Grange Month 2017.
- 2017 Grange Month Proclamation–The National Grange Resolution proclaiming April as Grange Month… should be posted and could be sent to local media outlets.
- How to use hashtags–For those who wonder what those #’s you’re seeing all over the Internet mean. (Hint, they are not Grange numbers!)
- I’m a DO-er Program Description–This is a complete description of the “DO-er” Program announced in conjunction with Grange Month, but running all year long.
Download and print what you need–and share with other Granges in your area! Why not share your plans at your next Pomona Meeting? (You can find all these documents in the National Grange Section of the Program Books and Information Page.
Read the February 2017 Issue of The Patrons Chain National Grange Newsletter. Print a copy to share with others!
By Kay Khalvati
MSG Membership Director
Winter is here! For many of us, our lives have changed into our winter mode, including less activity at our Grange Halls. However, this still can be an active time for Grangers…….these winter months can be a great time for planning upcoming activities.
An invitation to a Grange meeting or event received now could add a bright note, especially if it’s accompanied by a brief description of the April and May meeting programs, or better yet by your Grange’s Annual Lecturer’s Program.
If your Grange celebrates Grange Month during its April meeting, now would be a good time to ask for/select recipients for the awards that you may want to present to members of your community. These recipients come from various sources.
Often local newspapers cover the accomplishments of individuals that have wide benefit in our general community. In our area, the local newspaper recently acknowledged the work of some women who are interested in preserving an old cemetery. Interestingly, some of these women have shown an interest in supporting our Grange. Presenting them with an award of recognition (either from the Subordinate or State Grange) is possible if we start now. Undoubtedly the recipient(s) would appreciate the recognition of their good work.