With each new year, it is common to establish goals for the year, sometimes called New Year’s resolutions. I am hopeful that more Michigan Grangers will check out the Program booklet included in this newsletter and resolve to enter at least one of the Lecturer’s contests to be displayed at the Michigan State Grange session in October. A great time to work on these contests is during the Winter months when weather may be limiting our time to be doing other things.
Typically, there is a great display of photography each year, and I encourage continued participation, including those that have not entered before in this area. The classes remain the same this year, and are intentionally made broad so that many can enter. It was a bit disappointing this past year to have limited entries in the Art Contest. There are two very broad categories in this contest for the upcoming year – 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional objects. Some of you may be “doodlers” – this kind of object would be a great 2-dimensional entry. I heard from a couple people that they wanted Ceramics added – these items may be entered into the 3-dimensional category. I know there are a lot of creative Grangers out there, and look forward to their work! The topics for the Creative Writing contest have changed, and one class has been added, so now this contest includes classes of poems, stories, and book reports.
A new contest this year is Family Heritage. This is the result of discussions with several people at the State Grange session. The entry for one class is a chart, illustration, or drawing showing a minimum of three generations of a family including each person’s name. I will be including some examples in the Lecturer’s Bulletin this year, but there is no set format for this class. This could be started in a Grange meeting Lecturer’s Program. The other class is a Family Photo Story, for which there are few rules. Descriptions and/or labels are encouraged for the photos, and a minimum of three photos are to be included. This entire contest is meant to encourage creativity in display of family heritage information.
Last year was the first year for the “Original Grange Program” contest. Only one entry was received. This contest does not require the person entering the program to be a Lecturer, nor does it require that the program was presented/executed in a Grange meeting. Use your creative juices to think of what might be a “perfect Grange program” – it could be a “regular” Lecturer’s program during a meeting, or it could be a special program that may or may not be within a Grange meeting.
Five entrants participated in the Public Speaking Contest in October, each giving an impromptu speech of 3-5 minutes. Winners were judged by those in attendance. This contest will continue with new topics in the coming year. Several people have already indicated they are planning to enter! A second class has been added of “Readings”. For this class, participants will bring their reading with them. Both of these classes will be held on Thursday evening at the Michigan State Grange session, but local Granges may wish to have a contest at their level as well.
I am hoping that each of you create resolutions and take the time to create something in the coming year for the Michigan State Grange Lecturer’s Program. I can’t wait to see the results.