Michigan State Grange
2021-2022 Program
Lecturer
It’s your turn
You are now the Lecturer of your Grange. For some of you, this may be a continuing leadership role; others of you are new and may be a bit overwhelmed. In either case, you have accepted a key role in your Grange that has much to do with keeping the Grange energized with programs that you plan for each meeting.

Your responsibility is education in the Grange
In today’s world with the information overload, and dozens of ways to get it, you need to bring information on current issues to your Grange – whether they be local, state or national issues. The National Grange and their directors distribute ideas to present to our Granges. For those that have Internet access, you should ask to receive the National Grange “Patron’s Chain”. You will receive quarterly newsletters from the State Grange, as well as the Michigan Grange News. Your role also includes broadening member’s knowledge by educating them on new ideas to keep them “up to date” in a fast-moving world. An-other key role that you have is to assist in developing leaders in the Grange. This requires involvement of members in programs – you are not a “one-man” show, and do not need to be the sole presenter or participant in your programs.

Consider having a team approach
A committee should work with you, which allows a broader input of ideas to meet the needs of your Grange. The State Lecturer has such a committee. Don’t forget other resources that you can draw from available in your Grange and State Grange - Deaf Awareness, Family Activities, Agriculture and Legislative committees. You are not alone when you become Lecturer.

​Don’t forget fun and recreation
Each meeting’s program should include these. This is also a means of involving everyone in your programs.

​May your programs educate and stimulate positive actions among members in your Grange!

​New this year: Lecturer’s Department contests are open to Grange members and Grange friends, with the exception of the Public Speaking Contest.
All entries will be judged at the Michigan State Grange Convention.

​CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST
The purpose of the contest is to encourage members to develop and share their talent as a writer.

​Rules:
  • One entry per member per class may be submitted.
  • All entries shall be the original work of the submitter.
  • All entries should be completed after October 1 2021 and before September 30, 2022.
  • Entry may be handwritten or typed. If handwritten, entry must be legible and neat, and written in either blue or black ink.
  • Each entry may include one illustration, photo or drawing related to the topic.
​Judging: Creativity and Interest: 40%; Composition: 60%
Note number of words for each class, as they vary.
Division I: kids 8 years old or younger
Division II: Kids 9 – 14 years old
Division III: Grange members or friends, age 14 or older.
Age of kids as of January 1, 2022 must be on the label.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons awarded in each class in each division; Kids receive $3.00, $2.00, $1.00 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Divisions I – II. Junior
Class A. Poem (3-15 lines); must be in stanza form (not paragraph form); need not rhyme ​OR Story (maximum 200 words);
      Topic: Any topic child wishes to write about

​Division III. Subordinate
Class A. Poem (3-26 lines); must be in stanza form (not paragraph form); need not rhyme
     Topic: Holiday Traditions
Class B. Story (400 – 600 words)
     Topic 1: My Grange Experience

​AR​T CONTEST:
The purpose of this contest is to promote and encourage creativity in visual arts of our Grange members and friends.

​Rules:
  • One entry per member per class may be submitted.
  • All entries shall be the original work of the submitter.
  • All entries must be completed after October 1, 2021 and before September 30, 2022.
  • Entries will be judged according to the class designated by the artists.
  • All two-dimensional entries must have a firm backing (minimal card stock) so that they can be properly displayed and should not exceed 23” x 36”.
  • Three-dimensional objects should not exceed 24” in any direction.
​Judging criteria: use of media selected, craftsmanship and skill, composition and presentation, originality
Division I: Kids 8 years old or younger
Division II: Kids 9 – 14 years old
Division III: Grange members or friends age 14 or older.
Age of kids as of January 1, 2022 must be on the label.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons awarded in each class in each division; Kids receive $3.00, $2.00, $1.00 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd

​Division I —II Kids
Class A. Any art piece, e.g., drawing, painting, multimedia, or 3 dimensional object.

​Division III. Subordinate
Class A. Drawing or painting (two-dimensional) in single or mixed media (pencil          charcoal, ​ink, pastels, oils, etc.)
Class B. Three-dimensional art objects—any medium
FAMILY HERITAGE:
The purpose of this contest is to learn more about and to celebrate our family heritage.
  • ​One entry per person per class may be submitted.
  • Presentation of the entries must be the work of the submitter.
  • All entries must be completed after October 1, 2021 and before September 30, 2022.
  • The size of entry shall be a maximum of 24” X 24”, all on one firm backing (minimum card stock)
Judging: Clarity; Creativity and Interest; Presentation
Division I: Kids 8 years old or younger
Division II: Kids 9 – 14 years old
Division III: Grange members or friends age 14 or older.
Age of kids as of January 1, 2022 must be on the label. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons awarded in each class in each division; Kids receive $3.00, $2.00, $1.00 for 1st, 2nd,3rd
Class A. Chart, illustration or drawing showing a minimum of 3 generations (through grandparents), including  each person’s name
  1. May use pre-printed chart or illustration; may include additional information for persons in chart.
Class B. Family Photo Story
  1. Entry will include three or more photos, which need not to have been taken by the participant
  2. Photos need not be taken in the past year
  3. Descriptions and/or labels are encouraged for photos
  4. Family portrayed should include more than one generation
Note: A best of show award will be made from all entries in Creative Writing, Art, and Family Heritage.
PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
The purpose of this contest is to promote and encourage the creativity in photography of our Grange members and Grange friends.

​Rules:
  • One entry per member per class may be submitted.
  • All entries must be the taken by the submitter.
  • All entries must be completed after October 1, 2021 and before September 30, 2022.
  • Only prints are accepted for judging. No slides or digital files.
  • Photographer must select the class of their entry.
  • Participants may enter all classes using different photos.
  • Prints may be made by a commercial process.
  • All entries must have be unframed with a firm backing (minimum card stock) so that they can be properly displayed.
  • No glass covering is permitted with any entry.
  • Photo size: up to 8” X 10”
Judging criteria: composition and arrangement, interest, presentation, technique
Division I: Kids 8 years old or younger
Division II: Kids 9 – 14 years old
Division III: Grange members or friends age 14 or older.
Age of kids as of January 1 must be on the label.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons awarded in each class in each division; Juniors receive $3.00, $2.00, $1.00 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd

​A best of show ribbon will be awarded to the best entry from all photography entries.
Class A. Animals
Class B. People
Class C. Farm Crops Scene
Class D. County Fair
Class E. Winter Scenes
PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
The purpose of this contest is to promote and encourage public speaking skills, an important skill for all existing or developing leaders.
This contest will be held at the Michigan State Grange session on Thursday evening for Subordinate members only. Subordinate and Pomona Granges are encouraged to have a local contest as well, although the local contest will not limit the number of entries from a single Grange at the state session. Judging will be by vote of persons in attendance at the event.
Rules:
  1. One entry per member in each class.
  2. Entrants will draw for order to present their speech or reading.
  3. Speeches and readings shall be no longer than 4 minutes,and no shorter than 2 minutes.
Judging: Content, addressing the topic, effectiveness, grammar, delivery (including stage presence, voice, expressiveness)

​Class A. Extemporaneous Speaking
Topic of speech will be drawn from the topics below just before the person’s turn to speak:
  • Topic 1: My favorite toys as a child
  • Topic 2: Foods I like/don’t like
  • Topic 3: My idea of a best friend.
Class B. Readings
  • The reading may be any topic, appropriate to the audience.
  • Participants will bring their chosen reading with them.
  • Readings need not be memorized.