- Celebrate Grange Legacy by Facing Your Fear of Change
- Attorney suggests checking credit after Experian data breach
- Junior Contest Deadlines Fast Approaching
- Junior Merit Program Being Revamped
- Time to Register for the 151st Convention
- Members Encouraged to Partake in 7th Degree
- Sail the Seas: Grange 150th Anniversary Cruise
- Quilt & Handicraft Expo Changes Announced
- Seeking Communications Fellows
- How Deep do Your Grange Roots Go?
- Benefit Spotlight
- National Grange Foundation Lecturer Fund
- 2017 Quilt Block Contest
- 2017 Photography Showcase
- 2017 Evening of Excellence
Several months ago, a “little birdie” sent me a news tip and a copy of a poem written by Wes Ryder of Danville Junction Grange along with the explanation I might be able to use it on the website since it was about the Grange’s 150th Birthday. I read it and decided not to use it. (Wait for it!)
Instead I forwarded it to National Grange for further consideration. Now we need a Grange Cheer for Wes. His poem is featured as a full page of the current issue (Fall 2017) of “Good Day,” the magazine of the National Grange. This issue is hitting mailboxes all over the country as we speak.
When your copy arrives, tear open the plastic cover and turn immediately to page 20 to enjoy Wes’s ability to turn a phrase and rhyme a word. Then congratulate him by commenting on this post. As a writer and publisher, I can attest to the fact that getting poetry published in a National publication is not an easy achievement. Many try, few succeed. Congratulations, Wes–you’re part of a very elite group and our poet laureate!
To comment and congratulate Wes, click the link in the upper right corner of the post. If possible, shake his hand in person! And remember, we love contributions from local Grangers and Granges.
On Sunday, Sept. 3, National President Betsy Huber will appear as a panelist at 6 p.m. EST on MSNBC speaking about the nomination of Dr. Sam Clovis as USDA under secretary of agriculture for research, education, and economics. Make sure to set your DVR’s or tune in!
We were contacted by Jeffrey Roth of Lancaster Farming asking for contact information of Maine farm families or organizations who are either going to help flood victims in Texas or who are providing support in other ways. The editors at Lancaster Farming are planning coverage of farmers and farm organizations which are mobilizing to help flood victims in Texas in some way. If you know of any such families or organizations, you may contact him directly:
Jeffrey B. Roth
Note this is not just a request for Grange efforts… any individuals and organizations who are mobilizing to aid victims should contact Jeffrey. A secondary challenge in a situation like this is making certain folks know how they can help. Thanks to Lancaster Farming for making this effort.
I also contacted Amanda Brozana Rio, National Grange Communications Director, who advised she is “coordinating with our National Junior Director who lives in San Antonio about how our Juniors may take this project on and invite adult members to be part of the process. At this point, I think we’re all waiting for the rains to stop and figure out what the need is that could be most adequately met by our members.”
As additional information becomes available, rest assured we will share it on the Maine State Grange website!
- Summer 2017 National Grange Chiller Thriller
- Educate yourself, others on Immunizations
- Grange gets ready to party in D.C. Style
- Be a part of the 150th Birthday Gala
- Good Day! fall issue coming soon (Subscribe Now)
- Letter from the Lecturer
- Set Sail with the Grange on Cruise
- Lecturer’s Fundraiser: Metal emblem
- Don’t forget: 2017 Jr. Awareness Award
- Register now for convention to save
- Convention Crossword
- Benefit Spotlight: Life Line Screening
- Great American Quilt & Handicraft Expo
- Grange Supply Store Items on Sale August 2017 Patron’s Chain
Patrons Chain Newsletters are available as PDF files on the National Grange Website. You can also subscribe and contribute to the Patrons Chain. (National Grange has occasionally published articles from the Maine State Grange Website!
Highland Lake Grange celebrated the 150th Birthday of National Grange with an open house August 13, 2017. Over 25 neighbors joined current and former Grangers to enjoy an afternoon of food, door prizes, birthday cake, tours of the Grange and a local trivia game “Duck Pond Jeopardy” with host “Monty Grange Hall.” Pennies were collected for House in the Woods and several guests left with membership applications….two applications were turned in!
In honor of the Grange’s 150th birthday, the National Grange is starting the Grange Legacy Family Recognition program to honor those families who have five or more generations involved as Grange members.
“We give recognition to individuals who have been a Grange member for 25, 50, 75, 80, and even 90 years, and we want to recognize families and encourage the next generation to keep up with that and keep that legacy going,” said Huber.
Printable applications for recognition are available to be printed and mailed to National Grange, or an online application is also available. Applications should be mailed to the National Grange office. Anyone can nominate a family, including family members themselves, but they must include information as to whom of the family was a member in what Grange with clear five-generation or more lineage.
The first honorees will be recognized at National Convention in Spokane, Washington in November. The family will receive a certificate, and each family member can receive a copy upon request.
Webmaster note: The printable application is also now available on the Maine State Grange Website, Program Books and Information Tab.
- Let Your Voice be the Reason for Change
- Three More Interns Join National Office in July
- Fun 150th Birthday T’s Are Here
- Donate So They Get Pie’d
- Recognition Program Unveiled for Legacy Grange Families
- Online Membership Database, A Step Towards Better Communication
- Promo Kit on Sale for Summer Fairs
- Great American Quilt & Handicraft Expo
- Seeking to Promote Your Sesquicentennial Items
- Lecturer’s Contest Soon to Close
- Youth: Learning to Serve
- Junior Ambassador an Asset
- Healthcare: Where Are We Now?
- 2017 Four-Minute-Movie-Contest
The census – which should take less than two minutes to complete – helps us understand our membership and your needs, best prepare products and services for members and better represent them in our advocacy.
Please complete this (only once per member). Feel free to gather information from your Grange friends who are not online and complete one for each of them with their details. We would love all members to complete these (even those who don’t often attend meetings or events) as soon as possible, but definitely before the 151st Annual National Grange Convention in November.
Complete the census here: https://form.jotformpro.com/71773113062954
And while you’re filling things out, don’t forget to subscribe to the Maine State Grange Website!
The Sesquicentennial Committee of the National Grange has researched and compiled a packet of interesting information designed to assist Granges in making the most of the opportunity to learn about and to celebrate the rich history of Grange. The packet – which was earlier sent in hard copy to your State Master and Secretary – contains interesting historical facts, short biographies of important Grange leaders as well as suggested ways to celebrate. Lecturers or any other Grange member who is in charge of sesquicentennial events should find the information very helpful.
Webmaster’s Note: Lecturers will love this packet… there are some great suggestions for programs and discussions! But it’s also chock-full of historical information that should be of interest to every Granger. You can read a letter written by Susan B. Anthony to the National Grange in 1895… learn what various presidents have had to say about the Grange… be amazed at the amount of legislation the Grange has promoted over the years… discover some well-known people who were Grangers (I didn’t know Norman Rockwell was a Granger)…