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 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!

Apr 102017
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Community Service Corner

Each month I write reminders from the committee on contests, suggestions, and helpful hints.  This month I am going to just ask a few questions and leave you to ponder the answers.

  1. What do you want for your Grange?
  2. What direction do you want your Grange to take?
  3. How well known do you want your Grange to be in your community, state or nation?
  4. How important is increased membership and bringing attention to your Grange?
  5. How can every member work their magic to be the best we can be?
  6. What is your place in Grange and how can you bring your A-Game to the Grange?

Once you have found out your true answers to these questions put them into action and what your Grange grow in all aspects of Grange.  Community Service, Membership, Agriculture, Family, Comradery, and Fun.  Sit back, smile and have fun.

Family, Health & Hearing

June Awareness Items – Men’s Health Month, World Ocean Awareness Month, National Safety Month, International Picnic Day is June 18, 2017.

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

Mar 152017
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Remember August is fast approaching and community service still hosts the community service book contest. Prizes range from $250.00 to $50.00, I am sure most Granges could use this money. All instructions and activity forms are available online on the Maine State Grange Website.

As spring approaches everyone tends to leave the winter blues behind and puts on the spring sunshine feeling.  Let’s spread the cheer. Remember if planting a garden put an extra plant or two and donate all those vegetables to a local food pantry.  Food pantries are very happy to be able to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, Lupus Awareness Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, & National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Please take the time to invite speakers from some of the services in the area to bring awareness to the community and members of the Grange.  Some issues are silent killers and the more awareness people have the better off they will be.

Please spread the word and feeling of Grange, family, fun and belonging every time and everywhere you can.

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

Feb 042017
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

The great Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”  This is very true in all aspects of life.  Do you help neighbors? Do you do things for others with no expectation of receiving anything in return?  Do you like to just help people?  Are you the person everyone tends to venture to when in need?  Well, if you answered “yes” to any of these questions then you are already doing community service.  Why not inspire, encourage, and spread that throughout your Grange?  I know what you are saying, “Between work, kids, grandkids, adult responsibilities I just don’t find the time.”  Well, maybe you could spend ten minutes while watching your favorite TV program in the evening to send out emails and try to get some donations of food for a local food pantry or collect your toilet paper and paper towel tubes into a bag for the local animal shelter.  Have the grandchildren and children help, make it a fun and inspire the next generation to give back.  Maybe just set aside one Clynk (recycle bottle account) and direct it to a charity of your choice.  Simple, easy and inexpensive but you are still doing community service.  Just remember to always have fun.  It takes fewer muscles to smile than frown.

April is Grange month. Why not hold an open meeting and invite the public? Invite a guest speaker to talk about one of the many causes during April.  Just to name a few: National School Library Month, Parkinson’s Awareness Health Month, National Oral Health Awareness Month, National Autism Awareness Month, IBS Awareness Month.  Invite local, county, and state legislators and give the public the opportunity to talk to them close and personal.  Just please enjoy!!!

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

Jan 112017
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Community Service does not mean your Grange or members of your Grange have to spend lots of money.  Open your hall to the public and have guest speakers from different organizations.  Ask representatives from MS Foundation, American Red Cross, the local hospital to discuss brain injuries or hemophilia which are four of the categories for Family, Health, & Hearing for the month of March.

Contact your town and volunteer to clean up a local cemetery in the spring and fall, talk to a town representative and if your town doesn’t already have a “Keep our Town Clean Program” work with them to set up one.  Keep your town clean – help clean up the roads once a year, volunteer for different services in your town.

Community Service ran a stocking gift certificate raffle over the holidays with proceeds to benefit Breast Cancer Research.  I am happy to say thanks to all the individuals and Pomona’s who participated we raised a total of $375.00.  The committee is currently organizing another raffle to benefit Breast Cancer Research. We will be running it from April, 2017 to October, 2017.  The committee is currently working on the prizes for that raffle. Winners will be drawn at the State Session.  I want to sincerely thank those that participated, it is very much appreciated and wonderful to see what we can accomplish together.

Winners of Stocking Raffle:   Nancy G., $100.00; Daniel C, $75.00; Dean D., $50.00; York Pomona, $25.00; David H. $25.00.

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

Dec 092016
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

The holiday season has been upon us and those feelings of giving, magic & love have surrounded us.  Watching the faces of those around us light up is the most delightful thing of all.  Why not have that feeling all year round?  Join up with your Community Service Director and share those feelings all year long.  Just take the time and get involved.  Light up someone else’s life, spread the love and joy not just when the weather turns cold, but warm the hearts of your community all year long.

As Granges go forward to a winter schedule here in the north, why not try to make those meetings warm and inviting to the community.  Bring in some interesting guest speakers, put out some warm baked goods and warm apple cider and enjoy each other.

January is National Blood Donor Month, National Glaucoma Month, Birth Direct Prevention Month and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. February is American Heart Month, Low Vision Awareness Month, Black History Month & National Children’s Dental Health Month. Invite a speaker from one or two of the different organizations to come and speak, open your hall and your hearts to the community.  Just make sure to advertise, advertise, advertise.  If that is not an option maybe have a Family Game or Craft Night, but whatever you do just remember to have fun.

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

Nov 072016
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Community Service Corner

Community Service/Family, Health & Hearing Committee would like to give a big welcome to Sherrill Snowdeal to our committee, she is sure to be a great asset.  If anyone would like to join this great committee please feel free to contact me at christinecorlissatymaildotcom  (christinecorlissatymaildotcom)   or contact Worthy Master Rick Grotton.  Please consider the fun we can have all together the more the merrier.

The season most people call the season of caring and sharing is upon us.  Anyone who works in community service holds onto that feeling 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.  This is the time of year most people’s lives become extremely hectic, but for others this can be the loneliest time of year.  If you take just ten minutes a day to cram some of your extra work in for six days a week that can potentially give you sixty minutes free on the seventh day.  Challenge yourself this holiday season to give sixty minutes a week to making the lives of those in need just a little bit brighter.  In the next seven weeks, we have approximately 70,560 minutes, my suggestion is to use a mere 420 of them to help those in need.  Remember to have fun and enjoy yourself.

Family, Health & Hearing

Let’s remember the Family, Health & Hearing Contest and the FH&H suggested topics that are listed in the Community Service Booklet for this year.  Make sure to work with your Lecturer’s and Community Service Directors to plan great informative programs and bring awareness to important topics.

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

Oct 112016
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Community Service Corner

A new year is upon us and let’s keep up the great work with all of the community service projects that have been going on over the last several years.  I would personally like to thank everyone who has supported and continues to support community service.  It is a great way to let your community know that your Grange is alive and strong.  As much as we like to do all of our projects in our community, to support our community do not forget all those in need in other areas, such as our military overseas, animal shelters not in your towns, and disaster areas.  Everyone at some point can use a helping hand.  Please remember some kind of assistance is better than none.  Let’s keep making a difference one project at a time.

Family, Health & Hearing

Please make sure to check the CS packets for information on the FH & H contest and suggestions from the FH & H List.  Reminder of:

  • November – National Epilepsy Month, National Sleep Comfort Month, National Stomach Cancer Month & National American Heritage Month
  • December – Tomato & Winter Squash Month, Bingo Month, World Aids Awareness Month, & Write a Friend Month.

Use your imagination and expand the horizons of the Grange.  Maybe, you can start a pen pal program with our Military, or a children’s hospital or maybe get involved with a local school and have them draw pictures to send to children at local hospitals.  No matter what you do always have fun.

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

Sep 072016
 

Corliss

By Christine Corliss, Community Service/FHH Director

Community Service Corner

September is upon us and we have started a new year of community service projects.  I hope everyone is as excited as I am for the new opportunities we can create to get out there in the community and do some well-deserved projects.  As you are thinking of new and exciting projects don’t forget about those year to year ongoing projects, revamp them make them exciting and fun to do.  Please always listen to all the members of your Grange the ideas can come from anywhere.  New program books will be available at State Session so please make sure your delegates are coming over to all the tables for information.  Thank you all for another great year.

Family, Health & Hearing

I have said this one hundred times and I will probably say it one hundred more: combine community service, family heath and hearing, and lecturer’s programs and bring some interesting guest speakers into the Grange.  Advertise and get the community involved.  November is National Epilepsy Month, National Sleep Comfort Month, National Stomach Cancer Month and National American Heritage Month.   If you would like a speaker on genealogy during this month pleases contact me, Riverside Grange #475 has a great speaker on this subject for National American Heritage Month.  Make it an open meeting, invite the public, historical society, maybe even the local librarian.  One thing I cannot stress enough is to advertise, advertise, advertise, and personally invite, invite, invite.

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