Michigan State Grange
2013-2014 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.)
Click Here to listen to the National Grange Public Radio!
Grange Radio Plays a Wide Variety of Commercial Free Music 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week to Appeal to Many. From Today's Country, Country Classics, Soft Rock, POP, and the "Rock & Roll" Classics from the 50's, 60's & 70's and Every Sunday Morning from 6 am until 12 Noon (ET) it's Southern Gospel & Contemporary Christan Greats!
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.
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
Session Information has been updated!
Check it out on the State Session page.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES RAFFLE
Christmas Star Quilt
Tickets are now available!!
Drawing will be at
Burns Grange #160 in Bancroft, MI
October 5th at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $1.00 each or
6 for $5.00
License #: X87357
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.
Grange Idol All-Stars Talent Show is Back!!!!!!
This program is on Wednesday night at the State Grange Convention at Lawton, MI.
Deadline for pre-registration by 4 p.m. on Wednesday of the beginning of the State Session.
- Any type of talent within reason. Keep it clean!! Singing, instrument playing, skits, stories, comedy,etc. Six minutes time limit for act.
- Taped accompaniment can be used. Notify State Lecturer prior to the State session about any equipment needs.
- One entry per person or group. Groups may have non-members but must have at least one Grange member.
Best Over-All, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded. Best Over-all will have the opportunity to attend the National Grange Convention (in Sandusky, Ohio) and perform at the “Evening of Excellence” show.
This contest was taken out of the program for last year and there were requests to have it back, so I expect to see many entries!
Master: Christopher Johnston
Overseer: Jeff Swainston
Lecturer: Sharon Popler
Steward: Ted Mudd
Asst. Steward: Ron Ely
Lady Asst. Steward: Cretta Ely
Chaplain: Kathryn Strouse
Treasurer: Kevin Young
Secretary: Peggy Johnston
Gatekeeper: Walt Murphy
Ceres: Nancy Swainston
Pomona: Karen Strouse
Flora: Tricia Eidsmoe
Pianist: Iris Stout