Since there are several March and April special days, I decided to wish you well on all of them.
Happy Ash Wednesday (March 6); Happy beginning of Daylight Saving Time Day (March 10); Happy St. Patrick’s Day (March 17); Happy Purim (beginning at sundown, March 20); Happy April Fool’s Day (April 1); Happy Passover (beginning sundown April 19); Happy Easter (April 21); Happy Administrative Professionals Day (April 24)
April is Grange month! Although not mentioned below, this is a great time to recognize people in your community with the Community Citizen and Public Service Award. Plan now for your event(s).
Grange: A fraternity training heroes for our hometowns since 1867 In 2019, it’s time to celebrate our everyday heroism as Grangers! This year, our Grange Month theme – that we encourage you to keep going all year long – allows our members to tell the story of our organization one good work at a time. It’s “The Grange Way” – in 2019 we recognize the magnitude of impact the sometimes seemingly small acts can have. From free or low-cost meals helping to meet the needs of our neighbors struggling with food security to providing dictionaries to third-graders, which helps to bridge the gap for those without internet or connected devices at home, Grangers are often the uncelebrated heroes that help our hometowns be places to live, love and learn. Take part in the celebration this year with an open house, by sending a
letter to your local newspaper editor and by telling our story in a way that connects with a new generation. (from National Grange website)
There are several announcements that I wanted to highlight from the National Grange Lecturer, Chris Hamp.
2019 Quilt Block Contest. This is an easy one this year (Pride of Quillisacut), based on the Split Nine Patch. It is likely that you have some fabric scraps to make this block. I will send the rules and directions in the next Lecturer’s Bulletin, but feel free to contact me if you want them sooner than that. You can opt to have your block judged or not. Blocks are made into finished quilts sold later to raise Grange Foundation (National) funds. All blocks will go to the National Grange. There is a Junior group for judging, as well as Subordinate.
Veterans will once again be recognized at the National Grange session November 6 to be held in Minnesota this year by receiving “Quilts of Valor”. The National Lecturer is looking for Granges in the Midwest Region to provide these. There are specific rules that must be followed – patriotic in nature, machine quilted, size, etc. Burr Oak Grange already has one of these ready to go! All the information regarding how to make a Quilt of Valor is on the website at https://www.qovf.org.
The Grange is in partnership with the NOAA National Weather Service. Grangers can become Citizen Scientists! Here are several possibilities: 1) Become a Storm Spotter under the NWS SKYWARN Program, 2) Become an NWS Cooperative Observer, 3) Use mPING to Report Precipitation. Contact me for more information or see http://www.nws.noaa.gov.