JOIN THE GRANGE FOR FAMILY, FOR FUN, FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
A community organization bringing together friends and neighbors, striving to achieve a higher degree of community is the aim of the Grange. Our organization is non-partisan and non-sectarian. We believe in goodwill and mutual respect for individual positions while working toward the common good of all.
The Michigan State Grange has several programs to make your membership in the Grange worthwhile. Those benefits can be found by following the link to the National Grange Website members benefits page.
Each year that goes by will make your Grange Membership more valuable to you and your family.
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP
REGULAR MEMBERSHIP is those persons who are initiated into the fourth degree and who are not eligible to be considered in the family membership plan or as a Golden Sheaf member. Dues per member to be paid by the Subordinate Grange to the Michigan State Grange are $50.00 per year, and are to be paid quarterly.
FAMILY MEMBERSHIP is for persons with teenage or college-age children. Dues to be paid to the State Grange are $100.00 per year. This type of membership is for the parents and their children only. The resolution is as follows: families consisting of parents and children living at home who have not attained the age of 19 and/or children living at home and attending school full-time, who have not attained the age of 25.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP is for those persons who are willing to support the Grange but who do not want to attend meetings or take an active part in the Grange's activities. They are not initiated, are not given the password, and do not have voting rights. They are eligible to participate in the insurance programs and to receive the Michigan Grange News. The Subordinate Grange pays to the Michigan State Grange the same amount per quarter on an Associate as for Regular members.
E-MEMBERSHIP is a unique tool that is available to anybody who supports our efforts but does not have the time or the ability to attend Grange meetings on a regular basis; though they still wish to have a link to the organization. E-membership is a class of membership that started this past November following the National Grange convention that is designed to give people a membership status which allows them to receive all of the publications and programs that are available through National Grange electronically. This is a tool that if used productively will help to increase membership in our subordinate Granges across Michigan as well as across the country. For each new e-member that is gained in Michigan, the Michigan State Grange gets $7.50 of the yearly $12.00 dues that National charges.
GOLDEN SHEAF MEMBERSHIP is for those persons who have been Grange Members continuously for 50 years. A special certificate is available for them and is issued by the National Grange. An application is to be made by the Subordinate Grange Secretary to the Michigan State Grange, (on a special form which is available from the Michigan State Grange office) where the membership is verified. The application is then sent on to the National Grange office (accompanied with a check for $10.00 made out to the National Grange) who issues the certificate. The application should be sent to the State Grange Office no more than 60 days in advance of the anniversary date. A Golden Sheaf Pin maybe purchased by the Subordinate Grange. The Subordinate Grange is required to pay on those having become a Golden Sheaf Member after January 1, 1989. (Delegate Action, 1988).
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 GRANGE NEWS
Another Grange year is almost over. Which means summer is almost over. Time for the annual reports to the Michigan State Grange! Hopefully you have completed your membership report. It needs to be at my
house by Friday, September 10.
If you completed any parts of the Growth through Action program, make sure you send me that information. Reminder of the four parts you can receive credit for:
Completion of the program
Scanned pages or photos are acceptable to send via email
Take in new member(s)
Member(s) receive the obligation or degrees
Submit annual report
The new membership year has already started. The membership year runs July 1 to June 30. Now is the time to start planning a membership program for the upcoming year.
Enjoy the remaining days of summer! I hope to see many of you at state session at Bay Valley Resort in October!
JULY/AUGUST 2021 GRANGE NEWS
Welcome to summer! I hope your Grange has been able to complete the Growth through Action packet. There is a lot of good information that can help your Grange evaluate its growth potential.
June 30 was the end of the membership year. Hopefully your Grange was able to take in a new member or two. If your Grange completed the Growth through Action program, please send me a photo or email of it so you can receive credit at the Michigan State Grange session. It does not need to be 100% complete. I realize there are parts that may not pertain to every Grange.
My program year of the Growth through Action is wrapping up. Just a reminder of the parts you need to complete for credit:
Participated in the online Growth through Action workshop in January.
Show that the program has been completed. Photos or scans sent via email will be accepted.
Take in a new member (or more); can be associate or subordinate. Only 1 point total possible; not based on how many members gained.
The new member receives the obligation or degree work by August 31.
Complete and submit the annual membership report by September 10.
I hope to see an increase in membership for Michigan this year. Of course this also means each Grange needs to do their part to get members.