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).
MAY/JUNE 2020 GRANGE NEWS
COVID-19. Coronavirus. Social distancing. Pandemic. These are words none of us thought we would be hearing this year! I hope everyone is safe in your Grange family. This is really going to change how we deal with our Grange year.
Back to business. The Grange year for the membership department ends June 30. I hope to see many pledge cards returned to me in the next few months. If you need additional cards, please contact me.
The membership Grange year deadline tends to sneak up on us as it runs July 1 thru June 30. Most of us are more focused on the Grange year which runs October 1 thru September 30. I would strongly suggest Granges create a membership plan during the summer. This can then be used right before the holidays hit or right after and you won’t have to scramble for ideas early in the next calendar year.
Please take time to review the Program Book if you haven’t done so yet. Even though this is not a National Grange contest, I would love to see the displays done by the Granges in Michigan. Granges that send me the required information (check the program book for details) will be recognized at State Session.
I wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Memorial Day – the unofficial start to summer! Hopefully we will be able to attend gatherings again soon.
JULY/AUGUST 2020 GRANGE NEWS
Welcome to summer! It’s hard to believe another
Grange year is almost done. Hopefully your Grange
has been able to have virtual meetings or are back to
meeting in person. It has been quite a year so far!
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.
Pledge cards were mailed in January to membership
directors or masters. Please take the time to return
these. You can take a photo and text or email them
I asked Granges to create a membership display
for the MSG membership department. The goal is to create a display promoting your Grange and to use it in the community your Grange serves. Hopefully you were able to create this display and have it in your community prior to COVID. 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.
I hope to see many submissions of what you did
to promote the Grange! Reminder that your entry