Michigan State Grange
2016-2017 Program
Lecturer
 It’s your turn; YOU are now the Lecturer of your Grange. For some it may seem like a year of the “same old thing,” others of you are new, overwhelmed, scared and wondering why you ever said yes, when asked to run. For whatever reason, it happened, and you will be glad you did say yes.

The Lecturer in the Grange is the third person in line for leadership. When the Master, and Overseer cannot attend YOU are the elected person to be in charge. Don’t let this upset you either. You have help. Every Granger you meet with is your helper.

A committee should be assigned to you, with input from you on people you want to work with. The State Lecturer has such a committee, and if you are a Subordinate or Pomona Lecturer, with enough members you should work with a committee.

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 all sides of issues to YOUR Grange. Many TV news shows are slanted; many newspapers get on a crusade and push their viewpoints. Here’s where you come in: sort it out, or bring in speakers, for both sides. The National Grange and their directors send all of us ideas to present to our Granges. Delegates have agreed upon these ideas at State and National Convention.

The Legislative Policy books are big with subjects to discuss. Use them; you have one in your Grange from your State Grange and from the National Grange.

COORDINATED EFFORT
Don’t forget other sources — The Youth, Junior, Deaf Awareness, Family Activities, Agriculture and Legislative committees, in your own neighboring Granges and from State Officers. We are all here to help YOU...you are not alone, when you become Lecturer.

Don’t forget Fun…recreation...a program for each meeting should include these too. Lots of us look forward to a Grange meeting to get away from the “world.” We can be revitalized for a little while and good humor is a very positive thing!

You will have some fees so a budget is in order. Talk to your Master to see what your budget consists of. Your local Grange should be willing to supply fees if needed for prizes, speakers, Lecturers Conference, etc. Using your own money is not a good habit to get into.

Brothers/Sisters in the Lecturer’s Department let your programs educate, and stimulate positive actions!

Now, on to the contests that have been successful for Michigan. All the details are here.

CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST
The purpose of the contest is to encourage members to develop and share their talent as a writer.
Topic 1. Pick your favorite season and tell us a story about it.
Topic 2. Something your Grange did this year that they've never done before.
Topic 3. If you were a vegetable, pick one and tell us about your life in the garden.
Stories only — 300-600 word limit! Please count!

Division I Subordinate Members
Division II Junior Members - 6 & under
Division III Junior Members — 7-8 years old
Division IV Junior Members - 9-11 years old
Division V Junior Members — 12-14 years old

Rules:
1. Eligibility — Subordinate Grangers including associates, Junior Grange members or family members of a Subordinate member
2. Division II - 6 & under can dictate story to an adult to be written.
3. One entry per member per topic may be submitted.
4. May be handwritten, or typed. If handwritten, must be legible & neat — no pencil. Must be written in either black or blue ink.
5. Judging: Interest 50% Composition 50%
6. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbon awards in each division.

HAND CRAFTED ART CONTEST

The purpose of this contest is to promote and encourage the creativity of our Grange members.
Rules:
1. Must be a Subordinate or Junior member or family member of a Subordinate member to enter.
2. Items must be finished within the contest year Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
3. ALL work must be original from start to finish with the exception of ceramics where purchased molds or green ware may be used.
4. ALL entries must be small enough to place on a display table. Large articles of furniture will not be accepted.
5. Any members may submit an entry in all classes, but only one entry per class.
6. Each article must be labeled securely: ***Must use label which is supplied by the State Grange. Ask your Lecturer for one and include all pertinent information.
A. Name and division of entry.
B. Address — Street, City, State and Zip
C. Grange name, number and county.

AWARDS:
Division I — Subordinate Members, includes Associate members.
Division II — Junior Members - 6 & under
Division III - Junior Members - 7 -8 years old
Division IV - Junior Members - 9-11 years old
Division V - Junior members - 12-14 years old
1st, 2nd, & 3rd place ribbons awarded in each Division, Juniors receive $3.00, $2.00, $1.00 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd

CLASSES:
A. Christmas Wreath
B. Something made with Pinecones
C. Decorated Christmas sweatshirt
D. Recycle an old purse into something
E. Decorate an Easter Basket
F. Make something with kitchen towels

JUDGING CRITERIA:
Originality of Design 30%
Workmanship 30%
Technique 30%
Neatness of Work 10%

ART CONTEST:
Two Categories:
1. Pencil art work
2. Water Colors
3. Adult Coloring book (1 page) Subordinate members only

Criteria for Judging:
  • How well the artist used the medium selected
  • Craftsmanship and skill
  • Composition, presentation or subject
  • Originality
  • Theme and its treatment
Rules:
1. All entries must be the original work of the member.
2. All entries must be completed after October 1 and before September 30.
3. Entries are judged according to the category designated by the artist, regardless of the medium used.
4. Nude entries will not be accepted or if sent will not be displayed.
5. Size for all classes: Art work must not exceed 24” x 36”. There is not a minimum size.
6. All entries must have a firm backing so they can be properly displayed.
7. Non-breakable covering (such as Plexiglas) is acceptable. Glass covered entries will not be judged. DO NOT SEND ANY GLASS WITH ENTRIES.
8. Ages of Junior Grange members as of Jan. 1, MUST be on the label, otherwise the entry will not be judged.

Division I — Subordinate Members, includes Associate members.
Division II — Junior Members - 6 & under
Division III - Junior Members - 7 -8 years old
Division IV - Junior Members - 9-11 years old
Division V - Junior members - 12-14 years old
1st, 2nd, & 3rd place ribbons awarded in each Division, Juniors receive $3.00, $2.00, $1.00 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
Five Categories
1. A single "wild flower" in the field
2. A Court House
3. A Pet
4. A Sunset
5. Your Grange members WORKING together at something
6. Black and White picture (not of any category above)

Criteria for Judging:
  • Composition and Arrangement
  • Interest
  • Presentation
  • Technique
Rules:
1. Only prints are accepted for judging. No slides
2. Photographer must select the category for his/her entry.
3. A photograph may be entered in only one category.
4. Captions are optional
5. Participants may enter all categories, using different photos.
6. Participants may submit only ONE entry, per category.
7. Entries must have been taken after Oct. 1 and before Sept. 30.
8. Print may be made by a commercial process but must have been taken by the entrant personally
9. MATTED ONLY — NO FRAMES OR GLASS!
10. Only traditional printed photos will be accepted.
11. Age of Junior Granger as of January 1 must be on the label.
12. Members are reminded that while there are not separate categories for close-up and black and white photos, they are welcomed in all categories.
13. Photo size: no smaller than 5" x 7" or larger then 8" x 10"

Division I — Subordinate Members, includes Associate members.
Division II — Junior Members - 6 & under
Division III - Junior Members - 7 -8 years old
Division IV - Junior Members - 9-11 years old
Division V - Junior members - 12-14 years old
1st, 2nd, & 3rd place ribbons awarded in each Division, Juniors receive $3.00, $2.00, $1.00 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd