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).

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019 GRANGE NEWS

Summer is coming to an end. It is already late August and county fairs are taking place all over the
state. As I write this, it is still in the 80’s though
!

Fall means it is 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 Tuesday, September 10.

​I also hope to receive many entries to the National Grange Membership contest. Reminder that you will
send to me a short write-up (up to 2 pages) of where your Grange placed its display and what interest the
display generated. The goal was to create a display promoting your Grange and to use it in the community your Grange serves. Your display could be either digital or non-digital. I do not need the display sent to me; just the summary.

​The National Grange Membership contest summary needs to be at my house by Sunday, September 1. I will be on vacation September 10-25 and need to have these summaries judged then sent to National Grange by the end of September.

​If you have any questions, please contact me. I am willing to work with you so that your membership report and display summary can be entered in these contests.

​In the meantime, enjoy the remaining days of summer! I look forward to seeing you at the Michigan State Grange convention in Adrian.

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019 GRANGE NEWS

There are 25 subordinate Granges in the state and reports were received from 11 of them. Congratulations to these 11 Granges for taking the time to complete a report and send it to me as well as working on growing their membership!

​These Granges completed their membership report:
Burr Oak #1350 Fern #803 Mosherville #1351 Rome #293 Studley #1174 Summit City #672 White Pigeon #1345

These four Granges took in new members during the 2018-2019 Grange year. Their membership numbers
may be down according to their year-end report, but I am rewarding them for getting new members!
Burns #160 1 new member
Harbor Springs #730 3 new members
Home #129 1 new member
Plymouth/Westland #389 1 new member

Thanks again to all Granges participating in the membership program! Keep up the good work and I hope to see more reports next year with lots of new members!