SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 GRANGE NEWS
Summer is coming to an end and Fall is right
around the corner. Colored leaves and pumpkins will
be here before we know it.
This has been a very interesting year for all
our Granges. Our Community Services Projects may
look a little different this year with the restrictions of
Hopefully you have completed your Community Service Report or are working on completing it.
All nominations for the VIP Award along
with your Community Service Report are due to me by September10th.
You may mail both your VIP Nomination and
your Community Service Report in the same package.
I have tried to pass along information in pervious Grange Newsletters as a guide and have mailed
out your registration form along with the guidelines
for your report. If you have any questions at all
please give me a call or email me.
If you have done any services helping others
in this time of Covid-19 restrictions, please fill out
your National Grange Community Service Covid-19
form. It will be great to have Michigan Granges represented at the National Grange.
Remember your Community Service Report
and VIP Nominations need to be to me in Battle Creek by September 10th, 2020 to be judged.
Enjoy the remaining days of summer and
hopefully we can all get back to our regular Grange meetings soon.
I’ll see you at the Michigan State Grange
JULY/AUGUST 2020 GRANGE NEWS
As our communities are opening up, we are able to
hold small gatherings and meeting. We still need to
be aware of the Coronavirus Pandemic. I recently
saw a program that outlined some safety guidelines
for potlucks or other gatherings where food is served.
- Use paper plates and plastic silverware
- Bring pre-portioned individual servings
- If you have a dish that needs to be served, wearing a mask and gloves, you serve all participants
- Outside areas are the best for functions if possible
- Remember to wear a mask, social distance and
wash your hands
Recently we were notified about a new program
from National Grange called “Outreach Graduation.”
Operation Graduation is a program where
personal letters will be sent to Grange members
nominated by their local granges, who have
graduated from Kindergarten, 8th grade, High
School or College. National Grange President
and National Grange Junior Director will be
signing/sending a letter to the Kindergarten and
8th grade graduates. National Grange President
and National Grange Youth Director will be
signing/sending letters for high school and
College graduate. Local Granges may also want
to send a letter of reorganization to their
graduates. Another way to honor our graduates is
to invite then to a meeting or dinner to honor
Community Service Report
The due date for the Community Service Report is September 10th, 2020. This means
that your book needs to be delivered to the State Community Service Director on or before that date. (If a special arrangement needs to be made for the delivery of your Community Service Report please contact me.)
Mary Ann Rocco
145 Beadle Lake Drive
Battle Creek, Michigan 49014
(Just a little note, when mailing your materials
please put Drive on the address. There is also a Beadle Lake and a Beadle Lake Road in this area.)
August 31st marks the end of our Community Service
year. We have all missed many of our annual community services projects. In these unusual times we have had to find smaller individual community service projects to help our neighbors.
The Notebook Reports
- Please place the summary report at the beginning
of the Notebook. It is required!
- Please do not send more than one Notebook.
Notebooks cannot be larger than a 2 inch binder
- Videotapes and computer discs cannot be used in
place of a report for judging.
Organize the Notebooks.
- Tell the your story as you organize your project
- 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
couple of 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
- 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-
Something to think about
Each State Grange may submit one nominee for
each category, Firefighter, Law Enforcement
Officer and Teacher of the Year Award.
Nominees need to be turned in with your Community Service Report, as I need to mail them on to National Grange. Nomination Forms will be mailed at a later date.
FYI The first place Community Service Report that
moves on to the National Grange will be scanned and
emailed this year. This is your opportunity to tell the
story of your Grange in a neat and concise manner.
The Physical book will not be taken to the National
Grange this year.
Remember your Community Service reports are
due to Mary Ann by September 10, 2020.
Thank you and keep up all the good work you are
doing for your community during these times. No
service is too big or too small to count.
Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July. Mary Ann