"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

There are 25 Subordinate Granges in the state and reports were received from 15 of them. Congratulations to these 15 Granges for promoting Community Service in their areas and taking the time to complete a report and send it to me.

​​Grange winner under 40 members:
1st: Studley #1174
​2nd: Mosherville #1351
​3rd: Kinney #754

​Grange Winner 40 & over members:
1st: Burns #160
​2nd: Fredonia #1713
​3rd: Home #129

​The NG requests 1st through 4th place winners. Based on the total points from the judging, the following Granges are recognized as the top winners.

​​1st: Studley #1174
​2nd: Burns #160
​3rd: Mosherville #1351
4th: Fredonia #1713