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 2019 GRANGE NEWS

Would you be interested in taking over the Membership Department? Scary words fromour Worthy Master Chris Johnston. I knew I shouldn’t have gone to National Grange! I did enjoy a great workshop by Joe Stefenoni, National Grange Membership Director and will be working closely with him.

​So I am jumping from Community Service Director to Membership Director. Please be patient with me as I learn this new role! I will be building a membership plan over the next couple of months. There is a lot I need to and want to learn about this position. I want to be successful and want the program to be successful.

​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 2019 GRANGE NEWS

​​Members: how do we get them; how do we keep them?

​​​Every organization I know is having this same problem. The National Grange has a monthly membership teleconference program. Ideas and suggestions are also shared among the participants.

January’s topic was gaining members thru juniors. 

Try to connect with parents thru their kids. The National Grange has started a 1 Plus Program where a Junior Grange can be started with just 1 junior member. 

Is starting or having a Junior Grange work? Yes, but if you start with a junior, you may get the entire family, thereby increasing your membership and gaining workers for your events. 

Invite home schooled families. They are looking for ways to involve their kids in community service. 

Invite people to participate in projects but do not hard sell a membership.

​This is a totally different approach from what Grange has done in the past!

​Promote the Cape of Honor program offered through the community service department. Contact me if you need more information on this.

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

​I will be gathering information about each of the granges in the state and determining what I want to do with membership. Please be patient with me as this is a new area for me! I have lots to learn before putting a plan into place.

​Wishing you a happy spring – if it ever gets here!!
Tricia