Michigan State Grange
2019-2020 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!
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CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST
The purpose of the contest is to encourage members to develop and share their talent as a writer.

Rules:
1. One entry per member per class may be submitted.
2. All entries must be the original work of the member.
3. All entries must be completed after October 1 and before September 30.
4. Entry may be handwritten or typed. If handwritten, entry must be legible and neat, and written in either blue or black ink.
5. Each entry may include one illustration, photo or drawing related to the topic.​
6. Judging: Creativity and Interest: 40%; Composition: 60%
7. Note number of words for each class, as they are different. Please count!
8. Division I Junior members 6 years old or younger
    Division II Junior members 7-10 years old
    Division III Junior members 11-14
    Division IV Subordinate members, including Associate members
    Age of Junior Granger as of January 1st, must be on the label.​​​​​​
8. 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

​​Divisions I – III Junior
Class A. Poem (3-15 lines); must be in stanza form (not paragraph form); need not rhyme; Topic: I am happy when.....
Class B. Story (up to 200 words);
​Topic: My favorite toy

​​Division IV. Subordinate
Class A. Poem (3-26 lines); must be in stanza form (not paragraph form); need not rhyme;
​Topic: My Grange Experience
Class B. Story (400 – 600 words);
​Topic: My Favorite Holiday
OR
​ Topic II: Recalling My School Days​​
Class C. Book Report (400 – 600 words);
​Describe setting, characters, basic plot, what you liked or didn't like about the book.

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

​​Rules:
1. One entry per member per class may be submitted.
2. All entries must be the original work of the member.
3. All entries must be completed after October 1 and before September 30.
4. Entries will be judged according to the class designated by the artists.
5. All two-dimensional entries must have a firm backing so that they can be properly displayed.
6. No glass covering is permitted with any entry, and if submitted, will not be judged.
7. Judging criteria: use of medium selected, craftsmanship and skill, composition and presentation; originality
8. Division I: Junior members 6 years old or younger
    Division II: Junior members 7 - 10 years old
    Division III: Junior members 11 – 14 years old
    Division IV: Subordinate members
    Age of Junior Granger as of January 1 must be on the label.
9. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons awarded in each class; Juniors receive $3.00, $2.00, $1.00 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd

​​Class A. Drawing or painting (two dimensional) in any media (pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, or oils, etc.) - size must not exceed 24” X 36”
Class B. Three-dimensional art objects – any medium (size no larger than 24” in any direction)

FAMILY HERITAGE:
​The purpose of this contest is to learn more about and to celebrate our family heritage.

1. One entry per member per class may be submitted.
​2. Presentation of the entries must be the work of the member.
​3. All entries must be completed after October 1 and before September 30.
​4. The size of entry shall be a maximum of 24”X 24”, all on one firm backing.
​5. Judging: Clarity; Creativity and Interes, Presentation
​6. Division I Junior members 6 years old or younger
​    Division II Junior members 7-10 years old
​    Division III Junior members 11-14
​    Division IV Subordinate members, including Associate members
​7. Age of Junior Granger as of January 1st, must be on the label
​8. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons awarded in each class in each division; Juniors receive $3.00, $2.00, $1.00 for 1st, 2nd, and 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 of illustration.
​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. 

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.

​Rules:
1. One entry per member per class may be submitted.
2. All entries must be the taken by the member.
3. All entries must be completed after October 1 and before September 30.
4. Only prints are accepted for judging. No slides.
5. Photographer must select the class of their entry.
6. Participants may enter all classes using different photos.
7. Prints may be made by a commercial process.
8. All entries must have a firm backing so that they can be properly displayed.
9. No glass covering is permitted with any entry, and if submitted, will not be judged.
10. Photo size: up to 8” X 10”
11. Judging criteria: composition and arrangement, interest, presentation, technique
12. ​​Division I: Junior members 6 years old or younger
      Division II: Junior members 7 -10 years old
      Division III: Junior members 11 – 14 years old
      Division IV: Subordinate members
      Age of Junior Granger as of January 1 must be on the label.
13.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons awarded in each class; Juniors receive $3.00, $2.00, $1.00 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd
14. A best of show ribbon will be awarded to the best entry from all photography entries.  This entry will be sent to National Grange for entry in the contest there.

​​Class A. Animals
Class B. People in Action
Class C. America the Beautiful
Class D. Michigan, My Michigan
Class E. County Fair

​PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
The purpose of this contest is to promote and encourage the 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 5 minutes, and no shorter than 3 minutes.
4. Judging: Content, addressing the topic, effectiveness, grammar, delivery (including stage presence, voice, expressiveness)
5. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons awarded

Class A: Extemporaneous speaking​
Topic of speech will be drawn from the topics just before the person's turn to speak.​
​​Topic 1: My favorite toys as a child
Topic 2: Foods I like/don't like

Class B: Readings​
The readings may be any topic, appropriated to the audience.
Participants will bring their chosen reading with them.
Readings need not be memorized.

​​ORIGINAL GRANGE PROGRAM
The purpose of this contest is to challenge members (not just Lecturers) to design a program that could be presented at a Grange meeting. This contest is for Subordinate members.
1. The designed program may include presenters or portions (poems, games, etc.) from other sources, as well as original material crafted by the submitter.
2. The program description may be up to five (5) pages in length, and must include:
a. Theme of the program
b. A description of the expected audience (age range, number, members/non-members, …)
c. Identification of media used, if applicable
d. Details of the program
  • Presenters must be indicated either by name, or by qualifications of the presenter in the description of the program.
  • All portions of the program that are not created by the submitter must have the sources provided (tell where you got the content).
  • If a speech is part of the program, a brief outline should be provided indicating the content.
  • Specifically identify the manner that audience participation is included in the program.
3. The program description must be typed or neatly written; no digital media will be accepted.
4. The expected length of the program should be no longer than one hour.
5. The program may have been presented already in a Grange meeting.
6. Judging will be based on: 50% - educational impact; 20% - use of audience participation; 20% - clarity; 10% - ability to hold interest for expected audience