145 Beadle Lake Drive
Battle Creek, MI 49014

​​Tel: 269-209-6640



"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

Goodbye winter and hello spring. Hopefully we will see sunshine, and warmer weather soon.

​Fredonia Grange lost a very special and lifelong member on March 22. Athol Hazen, the father of Richard Hazen passed away. He will be truly missed.

​The past couple of months have been very different for us.

​Our Community Services activities have been cancelled, and we have had to discover other ways to help in our communities. Many of us have been making masks, delivering food to family members, neighbors and local food banks.

​ This being said our Community Service Reports might look different this year. I know some of the community service activities that were cancelled cannot be rescheduled or happen this year.

​ Please remember a Community Service notebook is not required. Completion of the summary report form is totally acceptable. If doing a notebook the summary sheet MUST be at the front of your notebook filled out and completed.

​Spring is a time to clean and organize. Here is quick review to help you with organizing your Community Service notebooks.

Organize the Notebooks. 
  • ​​ Tell the your story as you organize your projects
  • ​ Group the projects together
  • ​ Keep items that support your projects, like thank you letters and newspaper articles, with or without photos.
  • ​ Simplify your notebook by selecting the best photos for each project.
​Ways to Organize
  • ​Organize by New Projects and Continuing Projects Or-Organize in chronological order from the beginning to the end of the year Or -Organize by the largest projects to the smallest projects 
  • ​ Keep the page clean and concise
  • ​ List all project at the beginning of the book (Index)
  • ​​ Donations for a project should be noted
  • ​ If tabs are use make sure they are secured so they don’t fall out Remember the notebook maximum size is a 2-inch binder. 
The Community Service program period is September 1,2019 thru August 31,2020. 

​Notebooks or reports are due to Mary Ann by September 10, 2020.

​When you need to contact me via email, please put your full Grange name on the subject line (ex. Fredonia Grange).

​Thank you for all you do in your community.

​ Have a Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Father’s Day!

​ Mary Ann

​ Remember to Stay home Stay safe and Save lives

A review of the Community Service Rules:

PROGRAM PERIOD: The Community Service program period is September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

​REPORTS: Community Service Reports should be sent to the Community Service Director by September 10th, 2020.

​DIVISIONS: 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.

SUMMARY REPORTS: 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. Re-ports may be typed or neatly hand written.

NOTEBOOK REPORTS: 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.

NOTEBOOK SIZE: 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 pro-grams should not be included with reports and may not be used in place of a notebook report.) 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.)

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

We would like to encourage Granges to nominate a person in their community for the Dedicated Worker Award and a Grange member for the VIP (Very Important Patron) Award.

This award has its importance to the granges presenting the award. This award will no longer be judged at the state level. We hope that Granges will continue to present this award to people in their community.
The purpose of the Dedicated Worker Award is to honor someone in your community that has made a difference. Giving public recognition's to those who have given outstanding effort is important. This recognition is our way of saying “Thank You” for a job well done.

The purpose of the VIP Award is for each Grange to honor a member who has make an outstanding contribution to the Grange.
Only one entry from a Grange may be submitted to the State Grange per year. Submit a biography and a summary of the contribution the VIP nominee has made to the Grange. If possible also submit a photograph of your VIP. The submission shall be sent to the State Community Service Director postmarked by September 10th Judging will be the responsibility of the State Community Service Director. An award will be presented at the Annual Session of the Michigan State Grange

​National Grange Awards
Do you have any nominations for National Grange Awards for the Firefighter/EMT, Law Enforcement Officer and/or Teacher of the Year Award in your areas.