Midwest Grange Leadership Conference The weekend is over and boy oh boy what a super weekend we had !!!! The National Master was here from Pennsylvania. Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan were also represented at the newly combined “ Midwest Grange Leadership Conference.” A really great time was had by all. Workshops, crafts, tours, super fellowship, meetings, then to top it off, a really nice worship service on Sunday Morning. A HUGE “THANK YOU” to Roland for opening his home up for everyone to come and see the Michigan St. Grange Museum . Everyone was so impressed by all the information he’s gathered there. Then to the young gal who showed us her horses and how she started her small business ( didn’t look small to a lot of us) a lot of hard work for her and family. To Home Grange for the use of their hall and to Jackie for feeding all of us through out the weekend. To Fredonia members that came and made breakfast for us on Sunday, to Kathryn, who drove over and did the Sunday worship service, And to all the people that gave up their time to come and help make it all come together!!!!! A HUGE THANK YOU. This is what GRANGERS do, we love to help !!! Connie, Thank you for a job So Well Done !!! You got it all set up and it was SUPER!!!! You could tell by all the super comments and happy faces as they left for their homes. I really enjoyed working with you !!! I met some young folks this weekend and was so impressed with all their knowledge of the Grange. I think the future of the Grange is Wonderful Hands, and I made some new friends with them !! Thank You !! So, as we say at the end of the day, its been: ANOTHER GREAT GRANGE WEEKEND! Summer is finally here and boy have we had some hot weather!! I’m hoping everyone is enjoying either some kind of vacation, family gatherings or Grange outings. As a reminder don’t forget to start working on some of the entries for State Session. Now is the time to get your camera’s out and start getting some of your pictures lined up. Maybe you’d like to write a short story about a happening this summer. The Folk Art contest has several things you might like to do. Now’s the time to start. You can take your time and en-joy a great day of creativity. But don’t forget, there are many category’s in the Family Activities Department and the Agriculture Department and also the Deaf Awareness Department that you can look at and choose to do. If you’ve got a young one, look at the Juniors Department and have a Great time helping them do crafts for that department!!! I hope everyone has a super summer and what ever your plans are have a wonderful time and please be safe. Here’s to a fun filled next few months. UNSCRAMBLE THE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION
Did You Know… Horse and Carriage The first baby carriage was made in 1733 by William Kent, an English architect. A miniature version of a horse-drawn carriage, this invention was hooked up to a small animal, such as a goat or dog, so the child could enjoy a ride.
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 GRANGE NEWS
Boy oh Boy, it’s hard to believe that the year is winding down, and just next month we will be meeting for State Session !! I know that the members of the host region are working really hard to have a Wonderful event for us. So I hope everyone is planning on attending ! Grange business and super fellowship will be had by all. I also am hoping everyone is working on their entries for the display room. FAMILY ACTIVITIES, AGRICULTURE, DEAF AWARENESS, JUNIORS, YOUTH, COMMUNITY SERVICE AND LECTURERS. HOW WE CAN SHARPEN OUR BRAIN AT ANY AGE The Best time to start your brain-improvement plan is NOW.. There’s not an age that’s too early or too late to think about better brain health. Your brain’s four favorite life preservers include some that probably look familiar: The activity, foods, and sleep your heart loves also keep your brain in shape. Add some quality thinking time to that list, and your ideal plan looks like this: BRAIN BOOSTER #1: WALK, DANCE, PLAY, MOVE.. Getting your body into action helps clean your brain of a protein fragment called amyloid, which is believed to accumulate in and “gunk up” the brains of people. There is no drug available that can lower amyloid. The only thing we know that can do it is exercise. So get moving::: Walk, dance around the kitchen, play with pets, stand up when checking your social media feed. Plus two short sessions of resistance training— squats, lunges, and the like. Every day, find ways like this to be active. Also aim for at least 20-30 min of purposeful activity most days of the week. BRAIN BOOSTER #2 Challenge Your Mind…. One of the most solidly researched ways to lower your risk of dementia is to challenge your brain so it becomes more flexible. That doesn’t mean solving crossword puzzles, it means doing new things to continually work different parts of your brain in order to build connections between them. Variety, feeling engaged, and being challenged all help build a healthier mind. BRAIN BOOSTER #3 Get the Zzz’s you need. Cheat on sleep, and you rob your mind of its potential. Shut-eye is when your brain does its housekeeping, cleaning up some of the toxic by-products that may be a precursor to amyloid proteins. Reframe sleep as a priority and a must-so, not as a weakness. Staying off digital screens for at least a half hour to an hour before bed. The blue light they emit keeps you from producing melatonin, a sleepiness hormone that rises in your body at night. BRAIN BOOSTER #4 Eat Smarter. While there’s no single food that can prevent or cure cognitive impairment, an overall healthy eating pattern can help. Try the mind diet. It includes the foods known to enhance memory and brain health and limits the ones thought to hurt it. Eating more of these: antioxidant-rich berries, vegetables ( especially leafy greens), fish and whole grains. The foods to cut down on are those with saturated and trans fats, both of which are believed to damage your cardiovascular system and thus your brain health. This showed that older people who stuck to this style of eating over five years lowered their risk of Alzheimer’s by 35% to 53%. The longer the people stayed on the diet, the more their odds improved.