SHARON POPLER, LECTURER
3640 E. Bath Road
Morrice, MI 48857
(989)634-5748
gma4hugs@hotmail.com
MARCH/APRIL 2017 GRANGE NEWS

START SOMETHIN’
When your Order doesn’t grow,
Dues a’ comin’ awful slow,
Start somethin’.
Don’t act like you’re full of dope,
Don’t lose every bit of hope,
Don’t just sit around and mope,
Start somethin’.
Don’t just open up and close,
There’s young members, think of those,
Things are slow enuf, goodness knows,
Start somethin’.
Find a subject for debate,
Don’t go home until it’s late.
Start a ‘visitin’, Fix a date,
Start somethin’.
Get your social committee workin’,
Take a hand and don’t be shirkin’.
When you’re loafin’, trouble’s
lurkin’.
Start somethin’.
Start a sale or a dance,
Have a picnic, take a chance.
Ask your brothers, friends or
aunts.
Start somethin’.
Start somethin’ that will take,
No matter if you lose or make,
But for thunderation’s sake,
Start somethin’.

THE SHIP GAME
1. What ship do you find in the country?
2. What ship is the most romantic?
3. What ship applies to your guests?
4. What ship belongs on the bench?
5. What ship belongs in church?
6. What ship is most hated in this country?
7. What ship is needed by political parties in the country?
8. What ship is shared with somebody else?
9. What ship is bought and paid for?
10. On what ship does Einstein travel?

ANSWERS
  1. Township        4. Judgeship               7. Leadership
  2. Courtship        5. Worship                 8. Partnership
  3. Friendship       6. Dictatorship           9. Ownership
10. Scholarship


NATIONAL GRANGE MONTH - APRIL 2017
This year Granges across the country are being asked to do or try something different for Grange month. So put your thinking caps on and see if you can plan a special event. Take pictures of your event and write an article about it.

In the program booklet, under the Lecturers category you’ll see one of the stories that you can write about is on the same topic, something different your Grange did this year and write about it. What a Great opportunity to get an entry done for State Session along with having a fun Grange event!!

HAPPY GRANGE MONTH EVERYONE !!!!!!!!!!!
MAY/JUNE 2017 GRANGE NEWS

TORNADO SAFETY
Once again, its that time of year when Spring bring severe storms and our eyes go to the skies. Here are some precautions that we all should know in case of an weather emergency;

At home, have a family tornado plan in place, based on the kind of dwelling you live in. Know where you can take shelter in a matter of seconds. Have a pre-determined place to meet after a disaster. Store protective coverings (e.g. mattress, sleeping bags, thick blankets) in or next to your shelter space, ready to use on a few seconds notice. If there is no basement, know the smallest room in the center of the home with no windows. Get as low as possible and cover yourself. If there’s a basement go to an area where you know there isn’t any heavy items above you that might fall down on you. Under the stair well is usually a good place to go. If in a mobile home GET OUT. Get to a shelter. Even mobile homes that are tied down are not safe. If you have a pet, put them on a leash or in a carrier and take them with you.

Know the signs of a tornado: Weather forecasting science is not perfect and some tornadoes do occur without a tornado warning. There is no substitute for staying alert to the sky. Here are some things to look and listen for:
  • Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
  • Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base,—tornadoes sometimes have no funnel. Also a dark, often greenish sky.
  • Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast , intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can’t be see.
  • Day or night—loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder.
  • Night—Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm. These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH: Conditions are conductive to the development of severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area. These storms produce hail of 3/4 inch in diameter and/or wind gusts of at least 58 mph.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: Issued when a severe thunderstorm has been observed by spotters or indicated on radar. And is occurring or imminent in the warning area. These warnings usually last for a period of 30 to 60 minutes.

TORNADO WATCH: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes in and around the watch area. People in the affected areas are encouraged to be vigilant in preparation for severe weather.

TORNADO WARNING: Spotters have sighted a tornado or one has been indicated on radar, and is occurring or imminent in the warning area. When a tornado warning has been issued, people in the affected area are strongly encouraged to take cover immediately.

When a tornado warning is issued, you should open all the windows in the house (MYTH) Get to shelter FIRST

Tornadoes won’t cross over rivers or other bodies of water (MYTH) Doesn’t matter what’s in front of it, it will cross over it.

The best place to be during a tornado is the southwest corner of your basement (MYTH) The truth is, no one part of your basement is any safer than another.

If in a car go under an overpass. (MYTH) An overpass is one of the most dangerous things you can do when a tornado is approaching. You have no protection from flying debris or the winds.