965 108th St SW
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.


As many of you know from the Thank-you’s for the contributions to the Deaf Awareness Fund, we contribute to the Michigan Chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Summer Camp Fund.

The Michigan State Grange received a thank you letter from the Chapter. I would like to share this letter with you.

Dear Michigan State Grange,
You made the difference in the life of a deaf or hard of hearing child today. Thanks to your generous donation of $150.00 a deaf or hard of hearing child was able to participate in an incredible camp experience! The MI A.G. Bell Summer Camp is a place where children with hearing loss have the opportunity to take part in summer camp as well as have amplification support and a 1- hr daily language enrichment program. The AG Bell staff offers 24 hour consultation support to cabin counselors, activity leaders, and camp staff to make the experience truly meaningful! Thank you for your support of this program.

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention through advocacy, education research and financial aid. AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.

​​It is wonderful to see what can be accomplished when individuals and organizations come together to support projects that so directly impact the lives of children with hearing loss MI G Bell strives to increase our programs as demand increases. Present and future goals include meeting expensive objectives: organizing a professional conference, offering scholarships to children with hearing loss that attend our mainstream YMCA summer camp, and offering worthwhile programming such as Parent Advocacy Training workshops to families with deaf or hard of hearing children.

Your donation will help fund the many activities MI AG Bell provides across the State of Michigan.

Diane Hodgin, Treasurer

MI Chapter AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

I researched information about their summer camp. The Michigan AG Bells hosts a one-week, camping opportunity for children ages 8 – 18 with hearing loss who use listening and spoken language to communicate. Camp is located on 1200 acres in wooded meadow- land at the YMCA Storer Camp in Jackson, MI. AG Bell provides professionals in the areas of Deaf and Hard of Hearing education, speech Pathology and/or Audiology on staff to support this fully mainstream program, amplification support and a daily language enrichment program for children with hearing loss. The AG Bell staff offers 24 hour consultation support to cabin counselors, activity leaders and camp staff to make the experience truly meaningful, and to educate staff members about how to best interact with students with hearing loss.

Auditory oral deaf and hard of hearing campers who attend this camp are fully mainstreamed in cabins with same age peers. Younger campers (grades 3-7) stay in beautiful, spacious cabins with showers, running water and bathroom facilities. Older campers (grades 8-10) stay in a coed village focused on teamwork and personal development. A Counselor in Training program is offered for students entering grades 11 and12.

​Some of the wonderful camp activities provided through the YMCA Storer camp are a Climb and capped wall, High and low ropes courses, Backpacking, Hiking, Rock Climbing tower, General Horseback Riding, English and Western riding. Individual and Team Sports, Archery, Riflery, General Water Sports, Recreational Swimming, Canoeing, Fishing, Rowing, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Sailing, Arts and Crafts, Horse lessons, Orienteering, Outdoor Living Skills, campouts, Team-building skills, Survival skills, etc.

​MI AG Bell depends solely on volunteers and donations to accomplish their goals. They devote their time, energy and talents towards helping children with hearing loss become successful adults in mainstream society.

Hopefully next season we will be able to contribute more for their camp fund.

Don’t forget to look at the Contests in the Deaf Awareness program booklet and enter the contests available.  ​I would like to see an increase in this area. Also I would like to know if your Grange or you might be willing to sponsor a child in the Michigan School for the Deaf Christmas Program. I have already heard from some of you and hopefully all who sponsored a child last year will this year too. If your Grange or you have not “adopted” a child this is a good time to do it!



Another State session is over. I want to thank all those who have participated in the Deaf Awareness Department this past year. I want to thank those who contributed to the Deaf Awareness Fund container that was by my display. Many Box Tops were handed in along with some quilts. Barnard Grange members contributed school supplies to the Michigan School for the Deaf all which I will deliver soon. Thanks you Granges and Grangers for you support. It is really appreciated. I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Home #129, Gratiot #1898, Carlisle #812, Studley #1174, Fredonia #1713, Mosherville #1351, St. Joseph/ Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona #4, Mid Michigan Pomona #61, Barnard #689, Burns #160, Lime Creek #712, Fern #803,
​Rome #293, Kinney #754, Harbor Springs #730

Subordinate: Janie Lerchen—Plymouth/Westland #389, Iris Stout—Rome #293, Sharon Popler– Gratiot #1898, Janice Merten– Oceana Center #1047,
​Luanna Swainston-Kinney #754, Peggy Johnston– Burns #160, Dawn Laupp– Home #129, Jessie Cunningham—Barnard #689, Lena Young—Community #1675, Andrea Peck— Fredonia #1713, Helen Mudd—Studley #1174, Doris Buehrer—Mosherville #1351, Phil Swainston—Carlisle #812.

Pomona: Dale Moore—Mid Michigan Pomona #61,
​Lois Hicks — St.Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona #4

1st: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160

Claudia Libbey Family, Burr Oak #1350, Burns #160, Gratiot #1898, Barnard #689, Oceana Center #1047, West Oshtemo #1630, St.Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona #4, Marhsall & Jackie Bishop, Fredonia #1713, North Adrian #721, Rome #293, Plymouth/Westland #389, Ted, Helen Mudd & Tricia Eidsmoe, Mid Michigan Pomona #61, Studley #1174, Mosherville #1351, Phil & Luanna Swainston, Carlisle #812, Kinney #754, Burns #160, Peggy Johnston & Dale Moore & Sharon Popler, Michigan State Grange Deaf Awareness.