1451 S. Grey Road
Midland, MI 48640

1757 Stewart Road
Midland, MI 48640

"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

We hope everyone is having a nice spring. Hopefully you are working on projects in your grange.

We are using this issue of the Grange News as a reminder to Community Service Chairman, both new and old, on how to organize the notebook and the new size requirement. Please remember a notebook is not required. Completion of the report form is totally acceptable.

Simplify the Notebook!
  • Select the photos that best represent the project
  • If 30 pictures are taken of a project, does not mean all 30 need to be used!
Organize the Notebook
  • You want your notebook to read like a book
  • Keep projects grouped together
  • Keep supporting evidence, such as thank you letters and newspaper articles, with the photo and text of the project
Examples of Organizing
  • Organize the book in 2 separate sections:  New Projects & Continuing Projects
  • Organize each section in chronological order from beginning of grange year to the end
  • OR – Organize each section in order from largest project in terms of hours involved to smallest project
  • Keep the pages clean & concise
  • List all projects at the beginning of the book
  • Try to keep 2 pages of a project as a 2 page spread, so the judge can see they go together
  • May have to go to 3 or 4 pages, depending on the project
  • Do not use tabs with paper inserts – they fall out!
  • If a donation was made to a project, make sure it is listed somewhere
Notebook Size
  • The maximum size notebook that will be allowed is a 2 inch binder.
  • Your grange will be disqualified from judging if the notebook is larger than this requirement.
The Community Service program period is September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017. Notebooks/reports will be due to Tricia by September 10.

Wishing you a beautiful spring, Happy Mother’s Day & Happy Father’s Day!

Tricia & Helen


Welcome to spring! Hopefully. At the time of this writing, it has been in the mid 50’s for 6 days now. My dogs are missing the snow!

Helen and I 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. Both of these awards has importance to the Granges presenting the award.

The purpose of the Dedicated Worker Award is to honor someone who has made a difference in the community. Giving public recognition to those who have given outstanding effort is important. This recognition is our way of saying “Thank You” for a job well done. Though this award will no longer be judged on the state level, we strongly encourage Granges to honor someone in their community. We encourage Granges to submit their award winner for others to view at the Michigan State Grange session.

The purpose of The VIP – Very Important Patron Award is for Granges to nominate a member who has made an out-standing contribution to their Grange in the past year. Only one entry from your Grange may be submitted to the State Grange per year. Submit a biography and a summary of the contributions your VIP has made to your Grange. If possible, also submit a photograph of your VIP. Your submission should be sent to the Community Service Director by September 10th. This will be judged and an award presented at the Annual Session of the Michigan State Grange.

Reminder: The size of the community service books has changed for this year. This reminder will be in each of my articles! I do not want to hear “I didn’t know that” when it comes time to submit your book. The maximum size that will be allowed is a 2 inch binder. Contact me if you have questions about this new requirement.

Remember – Granges that have active members and the help of non-members in their community service projects are getting their name out in the community. This is very positive and cheap advertising for the Grange!

Wishing you a happy spring! Tricia and Helen