Michigan State Grange
2014-2015 Michigan State Grange Officers



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Have you met Chuck?

Chuck the Badger is the Michigan State Grange's Official Herd Member.  He is here to help raise excitement about the Grange and promote membership.

Chuck went thru some extensive training over the summer and was given to us at National Session.  We had a rough start with Chuck as he went missing and then was held for ransom, but since his return we have been keeping a closer eye on him.

Like him on Facebook at "Chuck the Badger" as well as "Grange Herd" to see what the other states' herd members are doing.

Chuck has already started some Grange work with helping to pass out dictionaries, but if you have an event that you would like Chuck to be at, just let Chris Johnston know and we'll see what we can do to get Chuck there.

It has been asked why we got a Badger when our official state animal is a Wolverine.  It was explained that they didn't want to give us a sports mascot that would have some prejudice from a conflicting sports team. (So MSU fans wouldn't be upset with a UofM mascot.)
Grange Items Available
In keeping with our fiduciary responsibilities, the Executive Committee must scale back to a smaller storage unit. At present, there are a number of items in storage that would be better off someplace where they could be truly wanted and enjoyed. One of these potential places is at local historical museums, where Grange history and impact could be preserved. Some items have already been given to Michigan State University Museum and Archives, as
well as the State of Michigan Museum, and Bentley Library, associated with University of Michigan.

We are asking you to go to your local museums and ask them if they would like any of the artifacts listed below. Then, contact Jackie Bishop by e-mail at Jacqueline_bishop@hotmail.com or by phone message at 269-365-0401. We will make arrangements to get these items to you so that you may personally present them to your local history museums.

Items available:
Songbooks – several different ones, some quite old
Grange Seals – there might be one from your county, which could be determined
Regalia – not likely to be whole set, because some not in good condition
Possibly also MSG Proceedings and other miscellaneous items





Creative FUNDRAISING
Find a date in the next year to have an additional fundraising event at your Grange
Utilize Michigan State Grange officers to help man your event
Notify the Michigan State Grange office when the event will be and how many people are needed
Delegate tasks to the Michigan State Grange helpers
Run the event in the way you normally do
Advertise your event in the normal ways
Invite lots of people to your event
Sell to or Serve those that attend your event
Include your processes for success that are used in your other local Grange fundraisers
New concept to replace Michigan State Grange raffles
Give the profit to the Michigan State Grange

This is a new approach developed by the Michigan State Grange Executive Committee to be utilized in 2014/2015. Please help our Michigan State Grange have the funds to provide continued support to the Subordinate Granges so that they may serve local communities.

Master: Christopher Johnston
Overseer: Jeff Swainston
Lecturer: Sharon Popler
Steward: Ted Mudd
Asst. Steward: Tim Johnston
​Lady Asst. Steward: Barbara Johnston
Chaplain: Kathryn Strouse
Treasurer: Kevin Young
Secretary: Peggy Johnston
Gatekeeper: Walt Murphy
Ceres: Nancy Swainston
Pomona: Karen Strouse
Flora: Tricia Eidsmoe
Executive Committee:
     Jackie Bishop
     Ron Ely
     Dale Moore
Pianist: Kevin Young
2014 Michigan State Grange Annual Session
Chris Johnston, National Gatekeeper
Junior Awards
Junior Awards
Past State Masters
2014 State Officers
Sixth Degree Team
Feast Table
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Family Activities Speaker
Family Activities Awards
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Jeff Swainston, Past State Master
Roland Winter, Past State Master
Special Master Awards
Gold Star Grange Awards
Community Service Awards
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Membership Awards
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Deaf Activities Awards
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Agriculture Speaker
Welcome from Ryan
Talent Winners
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Talent Contest
Sharon Popler, Lecturer
Talent Contest
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Band at the Banquet
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TALENT CONTEST WINNERS!!

Elizabeth, Emily and Katie Kurburski girls will travel to Sandusky, OH to perform a Scottish Highland Dance in the “Evening of Excellence”, representing Michigan in November.  They are the daughters of Foster and Anne Kurburski of Harbor Springs.
2014 NATIONAL GRANGE
DISTINGUISHED GRANGE WINNERS!!!

MICHIGAN STATE GRANGE
GRATIOT #1898
BURNS #160
“Mark your Calendar”
MICHIGAN SCHOOL
FOR THE DEAF
CHRISTMAS PARTY
DECEMBER 18, 2014—11:00 a.m.