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Byron Center, MI 49315
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We now have reprints of four of the previous Deaf Awareness Posters. Contact me if you wish to have posters, etc.

American Manual Alphabet: This poster is one that we did not have to reprint. This poster could be used in schools, churches, libraries, Grange Halls or anywhere that people come in contact with deaf or hearing impaired people. For example, our Grange delivered Dictionaries to a third grade classroom, along with Deaf Awareness items (one being the Manual Alphabet poster) and in one of the thank you’s we received, one of the students had learned the alphabet. Another third grade teacher had her students do their spelling words in sign language. There are many possibilities with this.

Your Noisy World Could Get Silent: This poster is a chart that shows the potential hearing hazard of the loudness of sounds combined with the length of exposure to sound and how it can create a permanent hearing loss. Preventions are suggested on this poster. It shows the decibels of many electronic devices that we are in contact with everyday.

Pledge of Allegiance: This poster could be placed in schools, Grange Halls, libraries, etc. An idea that can be used is to do parts of it at each of your Grange meetings until everyone can sign it.
Do You See the Signs: (of hearing loss) This poster could be placed in church nurseries, day care centers, pre-schools or wherever adults can view them. It is a poster to make parents aware of what an infant to 12 months should be able to do, from 12 months to 2 years, from 2 years to 4 years and 5 years old.

Grange Deaf Awareness: Awareness – communication is key to qualify of life – hearing loss is permanent- early detection and treatment is essential, etc. Education – educate the public with printed material, video programs, classroom instruction, special equipment, information, programs. Prevention- hearing protections used, hearing testing, newborn hearing screening, personal education.


​I hear the bells ringing and hope the students have a better year this year than they had last year. That 
goes for the rest of us too. With State Session approaching I am hoping to have some entries in the the various contests in the Deaf Awareness department. 

If some of you did an essay in the Essay Contest for last year you may use it this year as we didn’t have any of the programs because of the short session. If you didn’t do one last year I hope you will do one this year.
There are 2 Divisions in the Essay Contest.
     Division I: is for the Junior Grange members
     Division II: is for Subordinate Grange members.
The Essay topics are:
  1. What would your experience be with parents or loved ones that become deaf with age?
  2. What would your experience be with a child who is deaf?
  3. What do you think your experience would be if you were deaf?
​Stay within a 300 word limit. All entries are to be at the State Grange Convention by Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. and taken to where the Deaf Awareness display is with the Division and number, the entrants name, Grange name the number and the county.

​Awards: 1st, 2nd , 3rd winners in each division will be recognized with ribbon and certificates and the Junior 
Grange members will also be awarded with prize money. 1st place - $3.00, 2nd place $2.00, 3rd place - $1.00.

​Junior Grange Deaf Awareness Poster Contest
Purpose: To teach Junior Grange members about hearing loss, hearing protections, and how deaf and hard of hearing people communicate and to give the Junior members the opportunity to express their creative abilities. 
Awards: Ribbons and money awards in each age group. 1st place -$3.00, 2nd place - $2.00, 3rd place $1.00.
Judging: The judging will be on the Correction of the Message and Educational Value of poster and neatness.
Four Age Groups: 6 and under, 7 – 8, 9 – 11, 12 – 14 who are Junior Grange members or children or grandchildren of Grange members.
Rules: Poster to be made on poster board (max. size 18 x 24 inches) Crayons, markers, pencils, pens , cut out pictures and/or photos can be used. The name of the entrant is to be placed on the back of the poster along with age, Junior Grange name and number and county.
Entry Deadline: The poster is to be at the State Grange Convention by Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. Bring it in or send it with delegates and take it to where the Deaf Awareness Display is for judging.
Please encourage your Juniors to enter the contests.
Reminder: Deaf Awareness Report are to be to me by September 10th
Hope to see many of you at the Michigan State Grange Convention! MGN

It seemed so good to have the State Convention somewhat back to normal again this year!
We “broke the record” on the Essay Contest this year. We had 7 entries! It was great and sure am glad I didn’t have to judge them. I will be putting them in my bulletins so everyone can read them. Make sure your Deaf Awareness Chairman shares them with you. Hopefully this will give you an idea to enter the contest nest year. 

Thank you also for the donations to the DA container that was at the Session. Thanks also for the donations given throughout the year!

​The “Adopt-a-Child” program is a go this year! YAH! It however may be a bit different this year. The person I had 
contact with has been out due to health reasons and I am working with the secretary at the Michigan School for the Deaf at this time. She helped 2 years ago so knows what needs to be done. I am not sure yet whether we can have the pizza party with them and I will not know until later. (Depends on the Covid 19 mainly) Child names with needs and wants will be distributed to the “Santa Helpers”! The gifts of around $50.00 is still the same and only 3 packages per child. You may put as much as you can in the 3 packages. You will be getting a name and if you have done this before I will try to give you the same child if his or hers name is suggested again. If your Grange, a couple/small group or single person would like to Adopt a child it would be great. If we can’t have the party or you cannot attend, we ask that you send your gifts to Peggy Johnston or me and we will be sure to get the gifts to your child at the school. I will get the information to you ASAP. Thanks to everyone who participates. In some cases these are the only gifts these students receives
at Christmastime. Bring a smile to their faces!!!
Hopefully we will be getting a Teacher’s Wish List also. Watch for that in my bulletin or the Michigan Grange
News. Teachers can always use supplies and special items for their classrooms!

​Phil and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy New Year!

​​Essay Contest:
Division II Subordinate Members
Topic 1: What would your experience be with parent or loved ones that become deaf with age?
1st: Tom Smith, West Oshtemo #1630
2nd: Dale Moore, Studley #1174
3rd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
Topic II What would your experience be with a child who is deaf.
1st: Tom Smith, West Oshtemo #1630
2nd: Jackie Bishop, Home #129
Topic III What do you think your experience would be if your were deaf?
1st: Tricia Eidsmoe, Studley #1174
2nd: Tom Smith, West Oshtemo #1630
Annual reports Received:

​Pomona Granges:
Dale Moore, Mid Michigan #61
Claudia Libbey, Char-An #38
Sandra LaHart, Lenawee #15
Mary Beth Bower, St. Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo #4

​Subordinate Granges:
Sharon Popler, Gratiot #1898
Claudia Libbey, Barnard #689
Peggy Johnston, Burns #160
Luanna Swainston, Kinney #754
Helen Mudd, Studley #1174
Gene Rhodes, West Oshtemo #1630
Sandra LaHart, North Adrian #721
Angela Kurburski, Harbor Springs #730
Doris Buehrer, Mosherville #1351
Janice Merten, Oceana Center #1047

​Junior Granges:
Janie Lerchen, Plymouth/Westland #389

​Deaf Awareness Fund:
Rome #293
Mid Michigan Pomona #61
Burns #160
Gratiot #1898
Studley #1174
Pittsfield Union #882
Kinney #754
West Oshtemo #1630