MARY ANN ROCCO
145 Beadle Lake Drive
Battle Creek, MI 49014

​​Tel: 269-209-6640

​​Email: roccomaryann@yahoo.com

THE DICTIONARY PROJECT

"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:

http://www.dictionaryproject.org  or

Mary L. French
P.O. Box #1845
Charleston SC 29402
COMMUNITY SERVICE
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 GRANGE NEWS

Happy New Year to all Grangers!!!

May the New Year find you happy and surrounded by the love of family and friends.
Here is a brief description of what your Community Service report should include.

​​Community Service Report Rules and Suggestions:
Program Date: September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020

​Community Service Report Due:
September 10, 2020. 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 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) members report to the State Secretary. Granges will compete within 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 my be typed or neatly 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 is isn’t necessary to use a couple of pages of materials.

​Awards:
Lets be thinking, do you have a member of your Grange that you want to honor them by nominating them for the VIP Award or Dedicated Person Award. We also have the privilege of honoring a Firefighter/EMT, A Law Enforcement Officer or a Teacher of Year Award in your area that deserves special reconciliation for services in your area, helping with Grange service projects or very special projects/services they do.
More in depth information will be coming in the next months. What’s happening in your Granges. If you have something you would like me to feature in the Michigan Grange News let me know.

If I can do anything to help you, please contact me.
MARCH/APRIL 2020 GRANGE NEWS

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?

​​GRANGE AWARDS
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.

​DEDICATED WORKER 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.

VIP –VERY IMPORTANT PERSON
The purpose of the VIP Award is for each Grange to honor a member who has make an outstanding contribution to the Grange.
Submission:
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.