Michigan State Grange
2014-2015 Michigan State Grange Officers

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

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

Junior & Youth/Young Adult Camp
July 31 - Aug 2
Oceana Center Grange #1047
Hart, MI

Cost - FREE


Midwest Youth/Young Adult & Junior Camp
July 24 - 26
Hosted by Illinois

Walcamp Family Campground
32653 Five Points Road
Kingston, IL 60145

Click here for prices and info

Family Activities
Quilt Raffle

Drawing held on Oct. 4, 2015
at Burns Grange 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $1 each and 6 for $5.00

Contact Peggy Johnston, Secretary, for tickets.  989-288-4546

Quilt donated by Helen Mudd

Elizabeth Kurburski
Harbor Springs Grange #730
Jessica Swainston
Kinney #754
Nicholas Eidsmoe
Studley #1174
Taya Bower
Colon #215
We have obtained a new container to collect pennies (or other forms of money) to help with the expenses that the Michigan State Grange will have when we again help to host the National Grange Convention in 2019.

Please save your coins, bills or even checks and either send them to the Michigan State Grange office at 404 S. Oak Street, Durand, MI 48429 or bring them to the Michigan State Grange Convention in Lenawee County this October. The jug will be on my station throughout the convention.

Expenses that we have vary from convention to convention but normally amount to a large sum. This is just one way we can help “in a small way” to come up with the amount needed. I’ve got the bottom covered!

SAVE!               SAVE!                  SAVE!                 SAVE!                  SAVE!