JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 GRANGE NEWS
Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a safe and wonderful Christmas season. Lets hope the New Year brings our communities safe and free of COVID 19.
Many of our Granges are still on hold with restrictions about meeting and doing our regular community services in our communities.
Many of our activities have taken on a new look. Our sewing group has taken to sewing our quilts at home. Each person does her specific job at home and then she passed it on to the person doing the next step. Usually doing multiple quilts at one time. We miss getting together but we are still making quilts for the community.
Here a couple of areas that you might consider for Community Service:
- Donating snacks to local hospitals and front line worker
- Collect food for the local food bank
- Develop “Operation Warm Coats” for children in your community
- Call a home-bound neighbor; a call can make all the difference in their day.
- Plan and organize a Community Garden in the Spring
- Participate in the Spring Community Cleanup
Here is a brief description of what your Community Service report should include.
Community Service Report Rules and Suggestions.
Program Date: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021
Community Service Report Due: September 10th, 2021. This means that your book needs to be delivered to the State Community Service Director on or before that date. Mary Ann Rocco 145 Beadle Lake Drive Battle Creek, MI 49014
Divisions: Granges are divides 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 their own category.
Summary Report: 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 nearly hand written.
Notebook Report: 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. Some choose to arrange projects from large to small and others choose to arrange materials in chronological order. You might also want to include newspaper articles, flyers and or pictures of your events. Remember if a couple of pictures cover the event it isn’t necessary to use a couple of pages of materials.
Awards: Our Granges have several ways to honor its members. You can nominate them for the VIP Award or the Dedicated Person Award. We also have the privilege of honoring a Firefighter/EMT, A Law Enforcement Officer or Teacher of the Year Award in your area. These individuals deserves special recognition for services in your area, helping with Grange service projects or very special projects/service they do.
More in depth information will be coming in the next months
If you have something happening in your grange you would like to share in the Michigan Grange News Community Service Report please let me know. If I can do anything to help you, please contact me.
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 GRANGE NEWS
Another State Session has come to a close. I
would like to thank all our Grangers who helped to promote Community Service in their communities during the very difficult year.
Granges, let’s all think about one new project/
service we can do this next year for their community.
We have 25 subordinate Granges and 12 Granges submitted Community Service Reports with a total of
10,216 service hours with 3 Granges not submitting
any service hours.
Thank you to all Granges for promoting Community Service and taking the time to complete a report
and summiting it to me.
2020 Michigan State Grange Community Service Winners 40 members and over
st Place Fredonia Community Grange #1713
nd Place Burns Grange #160
rd Place None this year
Michigan State Grange Community Service
Winners Under 40 Members
st Place Studley Grange #1174
nd Place Kinney Grange #754
rd Place Home Grange #129
The NG requests our 1st through 4th place winners. Based on total number of points from the
judging. Following are the Granges recognized as the top winners.
st Place Fredonia Community Grange #1713
2nd Place Studley Grange #1174
rd Place Burns Grange #160
th Place Kinney Grange #754
2020 Very Important Patron
Mary LaFountain . Fredonia Grange #1713