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.

Jun 052017
 

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

It’s hard to believe that it is time for elections; some of you may be reelected lecturer, whereas some of you may be elected for the first time. Once you have been elected it’s time to plan your program for the year. Did you know that almost every day is a holiday or celebration of something? If you’re not sure what is being celebrated there are at least a couple of websites that will tell you what unusual holiday or food is being celebrated. If you’re having trouble coming up with new ideas, these lists may give you a good place for your imagination to take off. Remember if you use any material that is not original or considered “general knowledge” always cite your sources.

The deadline for sending in entries for the Poetry, Skit and Writing contests are looming. All entries must be received by July 1, 2017. These may be submitted by email or snail mail. If you email your entry please put “contest entry” on the subject line. If you send it snail mail please write, “contest entry” on the bottom left corner of the envelope. Also, if you entered these contests last year and have a copy of your entry you may send them in and they will be judged as new entries. Rules for these contests should be available from your Grange Lecturer or can be found in the lecturer’s section under the Program Books & Information tab on the MSG Website.

For those who will be attending the Northeast Lecturers’ Conference in Vermont, parts for the program will be assigned and sent to each participant after June 30, 2017. There will not be a rehearsal prior to the conference but there is time set aside to rehearse during the conference.

May 092017
 

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

Do you like meeting new people? The Northeast Lecturer’s Conference may just be the conference for you! It is also a great place to get reenergized and get suggestions for programs that you may not have thought of before. The conference is open to all Grangers, not just lecturers or lecturers-elect.

The 2017 Northeast Grange Lecturers’ Conference will be held July 31, August 1, and August 2 and will be hosted by Vermont at Castleton University in Castleton. The conference cost will be $190 double occupancy. Pricing for single occupancy and individual days is available. All completed registrations must be sent to Linda Sanderson, Vermont State Lecturer, on or before June 30, 2017. Complete information has been sent to all Subordinate and Pomona Secretaries.

The Maine State Lecturer’s Conference will be held on September 30, 2017. The location is yet to be determined. The agenda for that will include awards for contest winners, a talent contest, and program helps. More information will be sent as the date gets closer.

Apr 112017
 

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Elder Abuse is of growing concern throughout the U.S. today, especially here in Maine since we’re one of the oldest states in the country.  Statistics show that tens of thousands of older adults in Maine are abused each year, so it’s important that communities understand the issue and the resources available.  Betty Balderston is the Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate for Legal Services and is currently scheduling presentations between now and September to civic and community organizations throughout Maine.  Her 15-20 minute presentation includes information on what Elder Abuse looks like, the Red Flags that everyone should be aware of, and the Maine resources that are available to provide assistance.  Perhaps your Grange would be interested in scheduling such a presentation?  Betty can be reached at (207) 620-3104 or at bbalderstonatmainelsedotorg  (bbalderstonatmainelsedotorg)  .  Please consider contacting Betty to schedule a presentation for your members.

Webmaster’s Note: I had a long chat with Betty that was quite eye-opening. Elder abuse can come in many forms and from many different sources. There’s not charge for her presentation — this is a great opportunity to “get the facts” and learn about the resources available!

Apr 032017
 

Maine State Grange Lecturer Margaret Morse has prepared a list of program helps for lecturers–thoughts, poems, skits, etc. It is posted to the Program Books and Information Page in the Lecturer’s Section or directly available from this post: April 2017 Lecturer’s Program Helps.  Check it out!

Mar 082017
 

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

William Faulkner wrote, “If a story is in you, it has got to come out.” Some people were just born to write, it seems that all they have to do is put their pen to paper and the words just flow, are you one of them?

The Lecturer’s Department is again sponsoring the Poetry, Story Writing, and Skit Writing contests.

  • The Poetry contest is opened to all Subordinate and Junior members. The categories are: 1. Nature, 2. Love, 3. Grange, 4. Patriotic, and 5. Other.
  • The Original Story Writing and Original Skit Writing contest are opened to all Subordinate members. Stories or skits must not exceed 10 minutes (approximately 500 words).

The deadline for submitting entries to these contests is July 1, 2017, and should be sent or e-mailed to my home. All skits, stories, and poetry entries will be printed in a booklet for all to use and enjoy. Complete rules may be found on the Maine State Grange website in the Lecturer’s section of Program Books & Information.

 

Feb 182017
 

Webmaster’s Note:  The following article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119, reprinted with permission. 


MARVEL! Maine’s Virtual Library provides every resident of Maine with access to a collection of full-text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals, and reference books that are credible, reputable resources.  MARVEL! also offers students, business people, public library patrons, and higher-education students and educators the ability to search a number of resources at one time for information.

Funding comes from the Maine State Legislature and the joint efforts of the Maine State Library, University of Maine, Colby, Bates, Bowdoin College, the Public Utilities Commission, and MTEAF (Maine Telecommunications Educational Access Fund), commonly known as State E-rate.  This collaboration makes statewide licensing of MARVEL! resources extremely cost effective and provides these resources for every school, library, and resident of Maine.

Feb 032017
 

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

Have you joined the Book Reading Club? If you’re the type of person who can find any reason to relax and read a good book then you’re the person we are looking for. The Book Reading Club is open to all Grange members including Junior members. To join all you have to do is keep a list of the books you have read (include the author and number of pages for each) since September 1, 2016, and send this list to me before September 1, 2017. All those who join the club will receive a special gift. Prizes will be given for the most books read and the most pages read. This is a great way to participate in a contest while doing an activity you already enjoy!

Hold these dates! The Annual Northeast Lecturer’s Conference will be held July 31, August 1 & 2, 2017 at Castleton University in Castleton, VT. If you’ve never been to a lecturer’s conference it is a great opportunity to meet people from all over the northeast and get ideas for programs. This conference is open to all Grangers, not just Lecturers. Look for more information coming out this spring.

 

Jan 142017
 

Webmaster’s Note:  The following article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119, reprinted with permission. Sounds like a great resource for a Lecturer’s Program and might fit into Family Health and Hearing.


 New Consumer Booklet Free to Maine Residents:  “On the Money – A Young Person’s Guide to Personal Finance”

Maine’s Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection announces the release of a new consumer publication, “The Downeaster Common Sense Guide:  On the Money – A Young Person’s Guide to Personal Finance.” The new, nearly 50-page booklet is online at www.Credit.Maine.gov.  Free printed copies are available to Maine residents by calling 1-800-332-8529.

Bureau Principal Examiner David Leach, who coauthored the guide, said it will help people become more “situationally-aware” when facing major decisions or making key choices about their finances, including:

  • the financing of a vehicle or student loans;
  • establishing and maintaining credit responsibly;
  • the significance of credit reports and credit scores;
  • the fundamentals of purchasing stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other investments;
  • comparison-shopping for the lowest annual percentage rate (APR) when using credit;
  • the basics of auto, home, life, and health insurance;
  • realizing that credit cards do not represent “free money,” and that charges and cash advances must be paid back, with interest; and
  • avoiding too-good-to-be-true fraudulent offers, such as foreign lottery winnings, no-interest loans, or no-risk investments.

The online version of this new guide and all other “Downeaster Common Sense” financial publications can be found at www.Credit.Maine.gov by clicking “Publications.”  Copies can also be ordered by calling the Bureau at 1-800-332-8529 (toll-free in Maine) or 624-8527.

Jan 062017
 

margaretBy Margaret Morse,
MSG Lecturer

Happy 2017! How time flies, remember when some people were concerned about Y2K and what it would do to technology?

April is Grange month and right now it probably feels like it’s weeks away. However, now is the time to solidify your plans, if you haven’t already. An open meeting, with a program that is of interest to your members and your community, is a great way to promote your Grange and get nonmembers into your hall. It may also be an opportunity to present membership certificates and community citizen awards. Remember that all certificates from National Grange need to be ordered early to make sure they arrive in time for your meeting.