MICHIGAN STATE GRANGE MASTER/PRESIDENT
Christopher D. Johnston
6241 Grand River Road
Bancroft, MI 48414
(989)634-9350 (H) (989)666-6648 (C)
msgprez19@yahoo.com

MICHIGAN STATE GRANGE OFFICE
404 S. Oak Street
Durand, MI 48429
(989)288-4546
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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 GRANGE NEWS

WOW!!!! What a fantastic convention. It really seemed good to be semi back to normal. I feel that the discussion we had on the various topics brought before us in the resolution form was excellent. I am thankful for the input from all of the members present during the discussion about the National Grange Building. I feel that Connie and I have a good idea about what you would like to see happen with that building.
Huge thank you to Chris Hamp, Lecturer of the National Grange for being our National Rep. and sharing about your past experiences in Grange and the fire service. Thanks Again to Rich Hazen for filling in as
the Assistant Steward and to Connie for filling in as Lady Assistant Steward and to Maria Lopez for filling in for Ceres, team work really helps to get the job done..
I had some concerns when we added the third silent auction tables to the session, however I am grateful for the amount of support each of the tables received, even with the limited number of members we had
in attendance this year.

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Thank you to Region 2 for hosting this year's convention. The facility was very nice and the location was great being right off the freeway.
I hope that everybody stays healthy and happy. From Connie, the boys and I, we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
Until next time……………..

STATE SESSION AWARDS

​Gold Star Grange
Burns #160

Special Master Awards
Hosting Region 2 for hosting the convention
Richard Hazen for filling in for the office of Assistant Steward
Maria Lopez for filling in for the office of Ceres

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER​ 2021 GRANGE NEWS

Michigan State Grange Convention
As you are all aware the convention is just a month away. We have started planning and will aim to return the convention back to the normal schedule and routine, but with preparations in regards to the Coronavirus. In a repeat of last year, the seating in session will be placed with social distancing in mind. As for masks, we will be continuing to monitor the CDC and MDHHS guidelines. At this time it is recommended to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, so masks will not be required. Should they make it a requirement, we will follow suit. The meals will be plated to eliminate the need to stand in a line. And finally, hand sanitizer will be available at several officers stations.
The remainder of session plans are back to their usual with session starting Thursday night with the Family Activities Baking contest and the Lecturer’s public speaking program. The display room will be back so I hope everyone is working on their projects for those programs.
We will be having the full exemplification of the 5th and 6th degree as we have for many years. I am planning to have the officers march in to return to some form of normalcy.
Honored Guests
National Lecturer Chris Hamp will be our National Representative this year at session. She has also held the positions of National Lady Assistant Steward and National Pomona. With her will be Brother Duane Hamp, who has served as the Master of the Washington State Grange. The two of them also were instrumental in starting the Grange Revivals with some assistance from the National Grange office. Planning has already begun on the next Revival that is held every other year and will next be held in Curtis, Michigan in 2023. We are looking forward to enjoying their visit with us this year.
Resolutions
To date I am aware of one resolution. Resolution work is one of the primary events at our convention. Please take some time and write those resolutions. The only way things change is through the resolution process.
150th Celebration Committee
The committee has met a couple times and already have some great ideas. Be on the lookout for communications from them. They are hoping to make it a grand celebration but will need help from all the members to make it happen.

Until next time……………..