Jan 212018
 

The revised National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry Digest of Laws, 2018 Edition, that applies to all Granges of the Order, including Junior, Subordinate, State and Pomona’s, is available for free download on the National Grange website. Click below to save or print the PDF.

You may also order a printed copy of the Digest through the Grange Supply Store for $20 plus shipping.  It includes all 112 pages with cover hole-punched and bound in a three-ring binder that allows you to quickly slip in updated pages as they become available each year.

There were few changes in 2018, mainly regarding language about trusts, now referred to as custodial accounts. Please do take time to familiarize yourself with the Digest.

Download the 2018 National Digest

 

Jan 212018
 

Let the nagging begin!

Seriously, this is your first reminder to start planning for Grange Month… National Grange recently announced, “One hundred fifty years—what a milestone! This year’s Grange Month should be filled with celebrations in every Grange, coast to coast! We have a proud history of supporting, educating, advocating, and entertaining rural Americans. Very few organizations last for 150 years so this is our time to celebrate.

Our theme for 2018 Grange Month is “That’s the Grange Way.”  Following up our Doers theme from 2017, it’s the Grange Way to be doers, to volunteer and give and contribute to life where we live.  To be outstanding citizens and be the bridge between two sides who won’t compromise. To teach the world how to get along, what faith, hope, and charity really mean in everyday life.  How to love others even if you don’t like them or don’t agree with them.   We want to tell the world what the Grange Way means, and why they should care, why they should want to join us and help with our efforts to improve lives from the grassroots up.”

And the really good news is the following resources are already available from the National Grange website:

There are a few more items, so you may just want to visit the 2018 Grange Month Page on the National Grange website. (The one thing that’s currently missing on the page is the order form for community service awards–that was available in the January issue of the Patrons Chain, but I’m also working on making it readily available, perhaps on the MSG website. More to come on that!

While it is traditional to think of April as “Grange Month,” when your Grange celebrates it is truly optional. Here in Maine, some Granges choose to wait until May when the weather tends to be more cooperative.

You’ll need to start making decisions soon, though! A good Grange Month Celebration should include advance planning and publicity. Celebrating a “Community Night” that includes honoring a local citizen is one of the more common practices. But this would be a great year to think outside the box! How about planning a special community service project that ties in? Would it make sense to have a special guest speaker or a panel discussion regarding community… or to announce the start of a community garden? 2018 is a great year to put your Grange “on the map” and in the public eye.

Here’s a publicity idea for you. At your next meeting, have someone snap a photo of members sitting in a circle having an intense discussion. Write a short “cutline” (caption) describing how members are planning your Grange Month Celebration, then send both to your local newspapers–and the MSG website. (Email the photo as an attachment–photos cannot easily be sent using the “submitting information” tab.)

If you need some help or have some great ideas to share, let us know! Let’s work together for the most successful Grange Month ever! That’s the Grange Way!

Email the Maine State Grange Webmaster

 

 

 

Jan 202018
 

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Happy New Year to each and every one of you. For those of you that sent me cards on the loss of another brother last month I thank you and will be sending notes out shortly as I finally had “my last surgery” I hope.  With the weather we have been having I hope everyone is working on their Craft and Baking entries. I do not have internet right now so if you have any questions please call me at my home: (207) 524-2011. the only time I will not be beside my phone is when I have Dr. appointments. Until next month, take care, my friends.

This year’s Quilt Block for National Grange is called “Tender Heart.” I’m not sure if it is on the National Granges website. I will include all the information in my April donation request for the year.


Webmaster’s Note: Unfortunately, this update arrived too late for inclusion in the January Bulletin, but we’re happy to post it here. There was fairly complete Quilt Block Information in the most recent National Grange Patrons Chain Newsletter.  Click the link to access it from the National Grange website.

Jan 192018
 

The January issue of the Patrons Chain National Grange Newsletter is now available! It contains stories like;

  • Get ready to share ‘Grange Way’ in 2018
  • Get ready for Grange Month!
  • Have you missed us? Special double issue to arrive in mail soon
  • Youth Focus: Community Service Award
  • Make plans to attend a region conference
  • Trump, Purdue make rural broadband a priority
  • Program possibilities abound from Lecturer
  • Legislative Fly-In 2018
  • Grange Month Community Citizen and Public Service Awards
  • 2018 Subordinate Grange Survey
  • Proclaim Grange’s great Legacy in 2018!
  • Fundraiser: Grange Foundation challenge coins
  • 2018 Quilt Block Contest
  • 2018 National Grange Photography Showcase
  • 2018 Evening of Excellence participants guidelines
  • National Grange Building Fund pledge form
  • 1 in 1,000 Club of the Grange Foundation

Read the complete issue (and back issues if you’d like!) on the National Grange Website. (This link is always available on the Program Books and Information Page.)

Grange Month information is available in this issue!

Jan 162018
 

Short messages from your Communications Department

We’ve just added a link to another subordinate/community Grange Facebook Page. Welcome, New Sharon Grange!

This might be a good opportunity to point out an “easy peasy” way to share Grange Information. I hope those who are responsible for Grange Facebook Pages also subscribe to the MSG Website! At the bottom of every post, you’ll find several social media icons. If you click the Facebook one, a window will open allowing you to share the post. You’ll need to change the setting at the top of that window from your timeline to the page you are responsible for. (You are also welcome to share it to your personal timeline, of course!) If I’m counting correctly, it’s about three mouse clicks to share the post. Those clicks might count as participation in the Communication Department’s “Plus Two” initiative–a focus on what we are doing right in the Grange.

Also as a reminder, I do check Facebook Pages created for subordinate/community Granges from time to time. If a page is not being kept current, I remove the link on the MSG website so we’re not doing the equivalent of sending people to a closed store! The same is true of websites. (National Grange Policy regarding websites and social media is included in the Communications Handbook.)

Some other recent additions to the site include

  • the National Grange Handout of twenty tips to retain members (National Grange Section)
  • an updated (every month) wishlist of the Veteran’s Administration (Community Service Section)
  • the January Bulletin (Communications Resources Section)

All this and more can be found on the “Program Books and Information Page.”

Subscribe to Maine State Grange Website!

Dec 192017
 

The December Issue of the National Grange Patrons Chain Newsletter is now available!

IN THIS ISSUE:
• During season of giving, don’t forget the Grange
• Grange shines at 150th Birthday Gala
• Junior Pen Pal program unveiled
• December merit badge spotlight
• Long-standing partner gets makeover
• Like people, Granges can benefit from ‘preventative health screenings,’ too
• 1 in 1,000 Club of the Grange Foundation
• Lecturer’s round up and preview
• Guidelines for Grange Leaders, a new Supply Store item
• 2018 Quilt Block Contest (Note that detailed information is included: instructions, entry form, etc.!)
• Legislative Fly-In 2018
• Proclaim Grange’s great Legacy in 2018
• Celebration of the National Grange Sesquicentennial Anniversary
• National Grange building fund pledge form

Remember, there is a link on the Program Books and Information Page that will allow you to read the current and back issues of this e-newsletter at any time.

Dec 012017
 

National Grange LogoJoin our online silent auction benefiting the Grange Foundation and bid on one or more of the more than 40 items or packages that just might make the perfect holiday gift for someone on your list or for yourself!

Go to: www.32auctions.com/Grange150 and make an account. You can pay online if you win through your credit card or PayPal. A few of the items may not be shipped. Shipping cost for each item is listed.  Items may also be picked up on site at the 150th Gala at Decatur House at 9 PM Monday, Dec. 4 or make arrangements with a gala attendee to transport your winning items to you. We will require verification for transfer of responsibility for auction items won.

The auction closes at 8:30 PM Eastern Time MONDAY, December 4. Don’t miss out!

Subscribe to Maine State Grange Website!

Nov 172017
 

Master Sherry reports from National Grange Convention, “Under this whipped cream is Jimmy Owens, Priest Analyst and State EC Member of Maine, on the receiving end of the pie in the face fundraiser for the youth dept. at National Grange.  Amanda Brozana Rios held the winning ticket and she asked Lew Bryson to assist.  High Priest Bruce Croucher and Preist Archon Roger Bostwick were also recipients.”

Nov 102017
 

Short messages from your Communications Department

We’ve had several reports from people attending National Grange Convention… Bangor Grange has won second place for their Community Service Book! Congratulations!

Check out their website. and Facebook Page!

Nov 092017
 

National Grange “fellows” assist in publishing a daily issue of the Patron’s Chain during Convention. Read each issue here:

Patrons’ Chain, Day 1

Patrons’ Chain, Day 2

Patrons’ Chain, Day 3

Patrons’ Chain, Day 4

Patrons’ Chain, Day 5

We will try to keep updated links on this post which will remain at the “top” of the MSG website during National Convention. Note that subscribers will not receive the post every time it is updated, you’ll need to revisit the site… Day 5 marks the last day and, I believe, last issue. This post will remain at the top of the site for a few days…