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).

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 GRANGE NEWS

I have one year completed as the Michigan State Grange Membership Director. There is a lot to learn
with this position!

I would like to welcome Audrey Ewing to my committee! She is willing to work with me to devise a plan to get additional members in Michigan. Thanks Audrey for saying “I would be delighted!”

​The National Grange is not continuing the display contest for 2019-2020, but I would like to promote it
as a state contest. The entries will be judged in Michigan. There will be one winner in each category
– digital and non-digital – with each winner receiving $25. There will not be a separation between large
and small Granges. I hope to see entries this year as I did not receive any last year!

There will be a mailing soon to all membership chairmen. At National Grange I picked up a package
of pledge cards. I would like each Grange to seriously think about getting one new member in the next
Grange year! Sometimes all it takes to gain a new member is ask them to participate in a Grange event.
For every Grange that returns the pledge card to me, they will be recognized at state session next fall.

​Please take the time to read the membership information in the Program Book. The tools will be there
for your Grange to grow your membership. I will be here to give assistance.

In the meantime, have a safe & warm winter!

​​Tricia

MARCH/APRIL 2020 GRANGE NEWS

I hope each Grange has received the pledge cards I sent in January and reported at a meeting on them. I hope to see many of them returned to me in the very near future!

Just a reminder that the Grange year for the membership department ends June 30. That means there is not much time to recruit new members before this deadline. Please seriously consider adding to your membership roll!

​I want to congratulate the following Granges for having an increase in membership for the 2018-2019 grange year. I realize this seems like a long time ago. And it was. The membership Grange year runs July 1 thru June 30.

West Oshtemo #1630 4 members
Colon #215 3 members
Pittsfield Union #822 3 members
Maple Leaf #940 3 members
Adams #286 2 members
Burns #160 1 member

Hopefully you have taken the time to read the information I provided in the Program Book on a membership
display contest. I hope to see a report from many Granges!
Wishing you a happy spring! Tricia