"The Dictionary Project" started in South Carolina. The purpose of the project is to put dictionaries into the hands of third graders. These dictionaries are theirs to keep. The organizers of this project are well organized, and have structured the project to make it a success with a minimum of effort. The website includes sample letters, suggestions for labeling the dictionaries, press releases... in short they have thought of everything you need to make the project a success. You may even send for samples of the dictionaries that are offered for sale. Since the current school year is at an end you will have plenty of time to collect information on you school, ordering the dictionaries and make presentation to the school.

There are four things to recommend this project:

GOOD PURPOSE — The Grange has always supported the advancement of education

MEDIUM EXPENSE — The dictionaries are available at a reasonable cost. The books are sold in case lots.

MINIMUM EFFORT — The instructions are very complete. All the thinking work has been done for you. And it would take very few people to finish the project. A small committee could handle it easily.

GOOD PUBLIC RELATIONS — This project would make a very newsworthy story for print or radio.

Please consider this project. If you are interested please contact:  or

Mary L. French
P.O. Box #1845
Charleston SC 29402

Helen & I would like to thank everyone for being part of the community service program.We greatly appreciate all who took the time to send in reports and promote community service in their cities. It has been an honor to be your community service directors for the past eight years. I will move into the position of membership director for the Michigan State Grange. Helen will be retiring but still active at Studley Grange!I was asked at state session to compile the list of community service projects done by all the granges and include it in an article. Here it is:
  • Local county fair food stands & Grange booths
  • Relay for Life
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Dictionaries
  • Rural Education Days
  • Collected Food for Pantry
  • 4th of July Parade
  • Easter Baby Bonnets
  • Adopt A Highway
  • Farmers Hall of Fame
  • School supplies to local schools
  • Apple Day
  • Stuffed toys
  • Adopt residents at local nursing home
  • Scholarship to graduating high school senior
  • Paws with a Cause
  • Holiday care packages for troop
  • Care bags for homeless
  • Hats for Cancer
  • Picnic for handicap adults
  • Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser
  • Booster Night
  • Quilting Days
  • Cruise the Fountain Teen Movie Night
  • Wheelchair bags for nursing homes
  • Candidates Night
  • Grand Rapids Home for Veterans
  • Adriannah’s Journey Bags
​Please continue to promote community service in your areas and support whoever will be the new director.Have a safe and warm winter!

​Tricia and Helen

I’m Mary Ann Rocco, your new Community Service Director. I am a member of the Fredonia Grange and live in Battle Creek, Michigan. My husband and I have 4 children and 9 grandchildren and are both retired schoolteachers. In my 40 years of teaching my experiences includes: elementary classrooms, Title One coordinator, Gifted and Talented Coordinator and extended work with Odyssey of the Mind and Destination Imagination Programs. I have also held several State offices for these Problem Solving Programs.

Community Service is an integral part of the Grange. The Community Service is a way to share and inform our fellow Grange members what we are doing to support our communities. If you need to contact me via email, please put your full Grange name on the subject line (ex. Fredonia Grange).

Hopefully Spring is just around the corner.

​​A review of the Community Service Rules:

The Community Service program period is September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019.

Community Service Reports should be sent to the Community Service Director by September 10th.

Granges are divided into two categories. Small Granges with 40 members or less and large Granges with more than 40 members. Membership numbers are determined by the second quarter (June 30) membership report to the State Secretary. Granges will compete within own category.

A summary report form will be supplied to each Community Service Chairman. A report may be submitted alone or with a notebook to receive full credit as an entry. Reports may be typed or neatly hand written.

Notebook reports MUST contain the Summary Report as the first pages of the report. Materials should be organized and indexed in a manner that effectively tells the story of your Grange’s Community Service work.

Maximum size for a notebook is a 2 inch binder. Only one book can be entered. Any notebooks larger than this will not be judged.  (Materials such as DVDs and computer generated programs should not be included with reports and may not be used in place of a notebook report.)

Descriptions of projects should answer the questions, What? Who? Why? How? And When?