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).
JANUARY/FEBRUARY GRANGE NEWS Welcome to 2024! A new year which means it is a chance for a fresh start and clean slate for your Grange year.
The Program Book contains the 2024 membership program which is a repeat of the 2023 membership
program. I would love to see EVERY Grange participate in the program this year! Here are the pairings for this year.
Burns #160 Maple Leaf #940
Community #1675 Burr Oak #1350
Fredonia #1713 Plymouth/Westland #389
Gratiot #1898 Kinney #754
Harbor Springs #730 Barnard #689
Home #129 West Oshtemo #1630
Mosherville #1351 Colon #215
North Adrian #721 White Pigeon #1345
Oceana Center #1047 Summit City #672
Pittsfield Union #882 Adams #286
Studley #1174 Fern #803
I attended the National Grange convention in Niagara Falls and there is a buzz in the air again this year about grange growth. Many granges and state granges across the country had a net increase in membership. And better yet, the National Grange as a whole had a net gain! Let’s ride this wave and have Michigan be among the net gain states next year!
Have a safe and warm winter!
MARCH/APRIL 2024 GRANGE NEWS
Welcome to spring!
In the January/February Michigan Grange News were the pairings for the sister Grange program.
There is a change for a couple of Granges from last year. Hopefully each Grange has noticed this.
I still believe this will be a great opportunity to share information with each other which is why the
program is being repeated. Please make a plan to reach out to each other soon.
I st ar t e d t o r e a d t he bo o k “MemberShift” by Sarah Sladek. I plan to use this information for the next
Membership Bulletin. As many Granges are discovering, it is not easy to recruit and retain members. I hope to provide information to be able to help all Granges overcome this obstacle.
The end of the first quarter is almost here. That means the end of the membership year is fast approaching! The Grange year for the membership department ends June 30. I would love to see every Grange gain a member or two!
Wishing you a Happy Easter! Tricia
GROWTH THRU ACTION WORKSHOP
If you weren't able to attend the "Growth Thru Action" Zoom workshop on January 16th presented by Joe Stefenoni, Director of Membership & Leadership Development for The National Grange, you can access the PowerPoint presentation and the participation packet: