Michigan State Grange
2015-2016 Michigan State Grange Officers

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
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.

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!

If you can help out the Michigan State Grange with some of the items listed on the list below, it would be greatly appreciated. Your help would reduce the office supply cost for this next year. Please consider giving.

Mail it to Michigan State Grange, 404 S. Oak Street, Durand, MI 48429. Thank you!
  • 1st class stamps. (Books or rolls)
  • Black ink cartridges HP 61XL
  • Color ink cartridges HP 61
  • 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper (reams) 20# weight
  • 11 x 17 copy paper (reams) 20# weight (for MGN)
  • #10 White business envelopes
  • 6 x 9 OR 9 x 12 Manila envelopes
  • Pencils. #2 lead
  • Bic Round Stic Grip Pens - fine tip - black ink
  • Sticky note pads
  • Paper clips - large or small
  • White address labels 1” x 2 5/8”
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Starting October 19, 2015
Registration for the 150th National Grange
Convention is now available!
Don't miss this historic anniversary of our great order!

On-line registration is now open!! Please take advantage of the $25.00 early bird registration and save $5.00. You can register now through September 2nd to receive this savings. After September 2nd, registration fee is $30.00.
On-line registration ends October 28th.

Please join us for the 150th Annual Convention of the National Grange hosted by the Eastern Region! Come join your Grange friends from across the nation at The Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel located in Herndon, Virginia
November 15 – 19, 2016.

Click here to go to the National Grange Convention Registration


1st prize: Red, White and Blue Quilt

2nd prize: Red, White and Blue Afghan and Pillow

3rd prize: Hand Stitched Pillowcases

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.00.

Drawing will be Oct. 2nd at Burns Grange in Bancroft, Michigan at 2 p.m.

Proceeds from this raffle go to help the region of northern Michigan Granges to help with the hosting of the annual convention in October.

Contact Peggy Johnston, 989-288-4546, for tickets to purchase or sell.

The Communication Fellows program will return this year to the 150th Annual National Grange Convention.

Fellows learn a great deal during their time in the program and are given quite a few opportunities to use that knowledge to the advantage of the local and State Granges upon returning home. From newsletter and press release writing, pitching stories, taking good photos for media, interviewing, editing, AP Style and other “best practices” in writing for the media and public, to live-streaming, social media strategies, communication campaigns and more, those who have completed the program have a variety of experience and tools in their tool kit to successfully prepare, complete and advise Granges on communications strategies. The relationship between programming, membership and communications is also stressed during the program and Fellows are cross-trained in development of quality programming for members and the public, as well as membership retention, engagement and attraction of potential new members. Many of these previous fellows have reported using some or all of the knowledge they gained during the program to enhance their resume and professional portfolio.

The program is open to any Grange member in good standing.

Here is the information: Click here for the 2016 Fellows Information Sheet

If you are interested in applying, contact your State President, a National Officer, National Staff member or former Communication Fellow to nominate you.