TRICIA EIDSMOE, CO-DIRECTOR
1451 S. Grey Road
Midland, MI 48640
989-631-0079
tennisbums@charter.net

HELEN MUDD, CO-DIRECTOR
1757 Stewart Road
Midland, MI 48640
989-631-3708
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 2018 GRANGE NEWS

Sixteen pages. That is the size of the Community Service book that took 2nd place in the country at National Grange. This Grange is from Bangor, Maine and has 31 members.

​​I attended the National Grange Convention in Spokane and was able to view all the community service books from across the country. There were 26 books sent to National Grange. It was very interesting to see what other Granges are doing for projects!

​​Studley Grange was the winning book from Michigan. They were one of three Granges to receive honorable mention at National Grange. 16 pages. Think about this when compiling your book for next year. We can all learn a lesson from this.

Have a safe and warm winter! Tricia and Helen

MARCH/APRIL 2018 GRANGE NEWS

Welcome to spring – maybe. The weather certainly has been unpredictable. 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 would like 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 outstanding contribution to the Grange in the past year. Only one entry from a Grange may be submitted to the State Grange per year. Submit a biography and a summary of the contributions the VIP has made to the 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.

​​Community service books – Reminder that the maximum size of the community service books that will be allowed is a 2 inch binder. Only one book may be entered. 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