This is the first article that will be posted about the Michigan State Grange Sesquicentennial that is happening in 2023.
President Chris Johnston, asked me (Rich Hazen) if I would be in charge of the celebration and I graciously accepted. Our committee consists of; Chris and Connie Johnston, President and First Lady of the MSG, Jackie Bishop, Lecturer of the MSG, Mary Ann Rocco, Community Service Committee Coordinator of the MSG, and the rest are members of Fredonia Grange; Randy Nail, Alayna Nail (graphic designer), Jill Rocco, Jen Rice (advertising and promotion), Lori McPeck, and myself.
We have had two meetings and a lot of ideas are being thrown around, i.e., brochures promoting our celebration; a video presentation on past and present grange halls and possibly members; an anniversary celebration, in a centrally located facility, the day that MSG was founded with guest speakers; press releases throughout the state where there were or still are granges; visits to local fairs promoting this huge milestone; celebration during our 2023 state convention.
I am sure that I have missed some ideas that were brought but will update after our next meeting that will be held September 25th.
We are going to have to hold fundraisers to help fund this celebration/event. The MSG Executive Committee has bequeathed to us $1500 for this event but I am sure we will need more.
We plan on having a silent auction during our upcoming conventions and we are also asking individual Subordinate Granges and Pomona Granges to assist us also if they are financially able to.
Chris has also contacted me about the National Grange Revival that will be held in 2023 up in Curtis Michigan and would like the committee to come up with some ideas for the week-long camping trip.
This is attended by grange members from all over the nation and we need to put our best feet forward to show them that the grange is strong in Michigan.