Tricia Eidsmoe
1451 S. Grey Road
Midland, MI 48640

Tel: 989-631-0079

tennisbums@charter.net​
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.

Regular Membership Application

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.

Family Membership Application

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).

MAY/JUNE 2019 GRANGE NEWS

Welcome to spring! I hope by now you have taken the time to look over the membership contest that was
in the Program Book. I would love to have a lot of entries this year! If it doesn’t work to enter the contest
this year, please plan to do so in 2020!

​I do not have plans at this time to visit Granges. If you would like to have me visit your Grange, whether
it be at a meeting or with members in a non-meeting setting, let me know. I have information that I can
share with you to help you recruit members. I will be developing a plan to determine which Granges could
use my assistance immediately.

​​Please know that if you want to create an impressive display to use in your area, you will need to spend
money. You don’t need to go extravagant and spend a huge amount, but there will be expenses for a display board and other things. I just saw a display board from Keystone Grange (PA) on the National Grange Community Service Facebook page. You can find great ideas/suggestions from other Granges!

​I wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Memorial Day – the unofficial start to summer!

​Tricia

JULY/AUGUST 2019 GRANGE NEWS

Welcome to summer! Hopefully it will be arriving soon! It’s hard to believe another Grange year is almost done.

​I hope every Grange has been working on acquiring new members! I will be honest and say that my
Grange, Studley Grange, has not done much. But I have great plans for next year! I am participating in
monthly conference calls with the National Grange, looking at membership numbers in Michigan and organizing a plan. I may not have much to report at State Session this year, but watch out in 2020!!

​As I have mentioned in previous Michigan Grange News articles, the National Grange Membership Department is having a contest this year. The goal is to create a display promoting your Grange and to use it in the community your Grange serves. I won’t take the space to go into specifics about the program. It is
in your Program Book or you may contact me for information.

​Keystone Grange in Pennsylvania created a display earlier this year. I found this on the National Grange Community Service Facebook page. This is a great place to get and share ideas with other grangers! You won’t be able to see all the details on the photo, but it is filled with activities that their Grange does. If you would like to have a better view of this, let me know and I can email it to you.

​I hope to see many submissions of what you did to promote the Grange! Reminder that your entry needs to be to me by September 1 so I can have them judged and sent to National Grange by September 30.

​Enjoy the beautiful days of summer!