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 082017
 

Betsy Huber, National Grange Master

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!

Feb 012017
 

by Walter Boomsma, Communications Director

I’m pleased to announce that your communications department of one is working on more resources for Granges and Grangers. We’ve recently added a Roster Order Form for copies of the 2017 Roster. Please note there are a limited number of copies available and they are only available to Grangers for Grange business.

I’ve heard some folks say they are having trouble finding insurance for their Grange Halls. I have been researching this and finding agencies and companies who may be able to help and will be posting a list soon! You can help with this. Contact the agency currently insuring your Grange Hall and ask if they would like a listing on the Maine State Grange Website. If so, have them (or you can do it for them) send me basic information  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  : company/agency name, person to contact, phone number, email address and website address if they have one. Several folks have already been very helpful with this… thank you!

One of the more frequent inquiries we receive through the website comes from folks interested in purchasing Grange Halls. We are very close to being able to post a list! Special thanks to State Master Rick for helping assemble this information.

Lastly, I am working towards updating the Grange Directory posted to the site (currently 2014) based on the most recent Roster Information.  This is a “limited” directory–it only includes Grange Name, Address, Pomona, and meeting schedule. If your information is either missing from or incorrect in the Roster, this is your “one-time” opportunity to get it corrected in this directory which, unlike the Roster, is made available to the public. (This directory is often used by people seeking a Grange in their area either to attend or rent a Grange Hall.)

Do you have suggestions for additional resources? Let me know!  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)   Speaking of that, please note that the “midmaine” email address listed for me in the roster is not a working email address. Also, I am having a long-standing issue getting email delivered to those who have TWC (Time Warner Cable) email addresses. In Maine, this includes addresses ending “roadrunner.com” and “maine.rr.com.” TWC has not been at all cooperative in resolving this, but I haven’t given up. If you do not get a reply to an email you send from those addresses, it’s not for lack of trying on my part.

Jan 142017
 

A mug WBBy Walter Boomsma,
Communications Director

One of my ongoing goals as MSG Communications Director goes beyond keeping members informed to providing you with resources—both internal (Grange “stuff”) and external (resources from other organizations and individuals that may have value to Grangers.

Grange month is coming! For several years now, National Grange has not mailed information packets but has rather made material available on the National Grange website. This year, I have added that Grange month material to our Maine State Grange website to make it readily available. It really is time to start planning your Grange Month celebration!

Officers and directors are certainly encouraged to submit information and documents we can make accessible. Visit the “Program Books and Information” section of the site and check out what’s there! You’ll be amazed!

In terms of “external” information, I am always on the prowl for articles, information, websites, etc. that may hold interest and have value for our members and site visitors. Recent examples of this include a wish list from the VA with community service opportunities in Maine and a link to a free fifty-page book regarding personal finance (lecturer’s program? Family health and hearing material?).

This was an extremely busy month for our “In search of…” feature. Not only have there been several requests for Grange information ranging from cookbooks to history, we’ve also had a number of requests for information regarding using Grange Halls for personal and community events. One that is particularly rewarding involved some volunteers who wanted to sponsor a benefit for a young family whose unborn child has a severe medical issue. In short, we were able to facilitate an exciting connection to Fairview Grange #342 that is resulting in an informal partnership an opportunity for the folks at Fairview to support the family and the community. The Communications Department even got involved, helping with promotion.

Shared events like this are just plain awesome. Not only do they increase the likelihood of success, they also introduce new people to the Grange, increase the visibility of the Grange in the community, and demonstrate what the Grange is all about. Just make sure your hall looks good and your Bulletin Board is current—filled with lots of positive information about your Grange, your members, and your needs.

While we were on vacation this past summer, we attended a concert in a rather large church. Their foyer area was truly amazing—it communicated a sense of welcome and demonstrated opportunities and needs. They freely used small, topic-specific bulletin boards, clipboards with sign-up sheets and small tables with brochures and flyers. There was one corner with several comfortable chairs where one could sit and review material. For someone interested in communication, it was close to nirvana! Admittedly, they had a large area to work with, but the ideas can certainly be adapted.

Find someone in your Grange and offer him or her an opportunity to create at least one “communications area” and see what he or she can come up with! When it’s finished, take a photo and send it! If you’re not feeling particularly creative, you could start with a welcome mat at the front door!


Grange Month Clarification

If you find Grange Month information a bit confusing at first, the idea is to base the celebration on the National Grange Program called “I’m a doer.” The Grange Month material appears to follow a line of,  “When the do-ers are gone…”  Unfortunately, (in my opinion) that sounds like a prediction unless you read the details explaining that Grange Month celebrates “do-ers.” This could make a great link to the community citizen award many Granges present during Grange Month. Your headline for a press release might be “Local Grange Honors a Do-er…

Dec 202016
 

By Kim Stefanick
National Grange Intern

Grange Radio has returned to the web-airwaves with a face-lift.

In November, just before the National Convention, the station re-launched with new voices and music. A greater diversity of music and programming is expected after the new year.

Found online at www.grangeradio.org, the station Grangers now have a place where they can go to listen to family and farmer-friendly music while staying up to date on the latest Grange news and events. The station also has an active Facebook page at www. facebook.com/GrangeRadio.

The goal of the station is not only to serve the Grange community but to be used as a way to reach potential members and diversify the Grange’s audience, National Grange Communications Director Amanda Leigh Brozana said.

Brozana, who has been tasked with heading the project said, “It’s important for us to make sure we are communicating with folks outside our membership. We cannot expect to draw new members unless they know we are lively and fun. We hope Grange Radio becomes a touch point in their lives.”

During the holiday season, you’ll hear the first episodes of a weekly hour of fun music and talk by Connecticut State Grange’s Bob Charbonneau. The show will continue in the new year. Charbonneau also produced a short radio play, Santa’s New Suit that will air twice a day starting Dec. 15 through Christmas. Be sure to tune in!

You can add your voice to Grange Radio by recording a short “bumper” or becoming a contributor. To learn more, go to the website.


This article is reprinted from the December Issue of The Patrons Chain.

Dec 192016
 

By Loretta Washington
Sales, Benefits & Programs Director

In our 150th Anniversary celebration year, it is so important to promote the Grange and be part of our next member gain!

For only $12 plus shipping, you can receive the new Grange Promotion kit (COM 117) with everything you need to grow your Grange. Brochures, comic book, and rip cards are all part of this affordably priced kit.

Ask your community what the Grange means to them, invite them to be DO·ers with you and the other Grange members across the nation, and provide them the printed material to apply for membership.

Kit comes with:

  • 25 Declaration of Purpose brochures
  • 15 Junior brochures
  • 10 Youth brochures
  • 25 Adult Members brochures
  • 10 E member brochures
  • 25 Recruiting brochures
  • 25 Rip Card
  • 25 A Grange Story Comic book

All for the price of $12.00 plus shipping.


This article is reprinted from the December 2016 issue of The Patrons Chain… since there are no ordering instructions, I’d suggest you contact Loretta via email: salesatnationalgrangedotorg  (salesatnationalgrangedotorg)  .

Follow up… another email from National Grange provides this link for ordering.

Dec 142016
 

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Just a quick “bullet” to let you know that the “Lecturers Programs in  Box” on the National Grange Website are now accessible. In addition to this post, the link is now included on our “Program Books and Information Page.” During the National Grange Website makeover, several programs have been added including one yummy one about A & W Root Beer that includes recipes! There are currently ten programs to choose from, so even if you’re not “stuck” for a lecturer’s program visiting the site makes sense!

Dec 102016
 

The shortest month of the year will bring about one of the biggest new things in our Grange communications arsenal. Good Day, a hard-copy quarterly publication will hit mailboxes this February. A subscription only based magazine costing $14 per year will include great features, the latest information about the Grange, contests, programs, benefits and more. This publication is being made possible by “grant money that has been obtained to provide the start-up funding,” stated National Grange President Betsy Huber in her Master’s Address at the 150th Annual Session of the National Grange.

At the Virginia State Grange Session, they voted that for the first year to provide a subscription for each subordinate Grange, “the hope is that each Grange will see what it is like, enjoy it and order it for themselves next year,” said Jimmy Taylor, Virginia State Grange President. “We’ve got to get it in people’s hands for them to know they want it,” Taylor said.

In addition to the magazine being a communication and advertising tool for Granges, Huber hopes, “you will use it as a membership tool to show all the great things Granges are doing and the various opportunities people have as a member of the organization.”

The Good Day magazine will be self-supporting through advertising and subscriptions. Granges can submit stories for approval and pay for advertising in the magazine.

Don’t forget to fill out your Good Day Magazine subscription cards and get them submitted before the first issue. You don’t want to miss a copy. (Additional cards are available from your Deputy and the Maine State Grange website on the Program Books and Information Page under the “National” heading. Please print a copy and post on your Bulletin Board!)

Dec 052016
 
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

The missing edition of the Patrons Chain from day one of National Conference has been found and added! You can download it here: Patrons Chain Day 1 or visit the original post for all five editions.

Also, with thanks to Agriculture Director Karen Gagne, we’ve posted the agenda for the Agriculture Committee Meeting scheduled for December 8, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at MSG Headquarters: MSG Ag Committee Meeting Agenda 12-8-2016.

 

Nov 282016
 
Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Communication Bullets are short but big news!

Given the National Grange website is still a “work in progress,” we are making the Patrons Chain Newsletters issued during National Convention Available on the Maine State Grange Website. These newsletters include some future plans, news about the status of Grange Radio, etc. and we encourage members to give them all a read! Apparently there was no “Day 1” issue — or I missed it!

Patrons Chain Day 1

Patrons Chain Day 2

Patrons Chain Day 3

Patrons Chain Day 4

Patrons Chain Day 5