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 2021 GRANGE NEWS

Now is the time…

​To get new members.

​The Grange year for the membership department ends June 30. Which means there is 
not much time to get new members on your membership roll. Remember these new members need to receive the obligation!
To get input from your members about the Growth through Action packet.
Take this information and form a plan for your Grange!
To complete the Growth through Action participant packet. 
Once completed for your Grange, send me a photo or email of it for credit towards the membership program.

​Just a reminder there are five parts to the Growth 
through Action membership program. The first item
was the workshop in January. There is still time to complete the remaining four items and help your
Grange succeed this year. These items are:
  • Show that the program has been completed.
  • Take in a new member (or more).
  • The new member receives the obligation or degree work.
  • Complete and submit the annual membership report.
Hopefully your Grange has been able to either meet in person or via Zoom. Take advantage of the
Michigan State Grange Zoom link. Studley Grange has been using it monthly since November.
I wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Memorial Day – the unofficial start to summer!

​​Tricia
MARCH/APRIL 2021 GRANGE NEWS

Welcome to spring! Or let’s hope it will be arriving soon!
I want to congratulate the following Granges for participating in the Growth through Action workshop held in
January.
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Burns #160     Fern #803      Home #129     Studley #1174

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Even though many Granges missed the workshop, there is still the potential to participate in the membership program this year. You will not be eligible for the total 5 points (participating in the workshop was one of the points) but it is still worth your time to complete the program.

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The PowerPoint presentation as well as the Participant Packet from the Growth through Action workshop have been added to the Michigan State Grange website. Please take the time to review these two pieces of information. If you have questions about any of this, please reach out. I am even willing to do a one-on-one session with your Grange.

​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 2019-2020 Grange 
year. Keep up the good work!
​Gratiot #1898 2 members       Maple Leaf #940 5 members

​Hopefully you have taken the time to read the information I provided in the Program Book. I believe this
Growth through Action workshop can be helpful to Granges that are willing to put in the work.

​Wishing you a happy spring! Tricia