Christopher D. Johnston
6241 Grand River Road
Bancroft, MI 48414
(989)634-9350 (H) (989)666-6648 (C)

404 S. Oak Street
Durand, MI 48429


Convention Recap
During the recent convention, many resolutions were presented and discussed. Several of them were passed. This is what this organization is about, Grassroots! These resolutions came from Grange members and were presented to their Subordinate Grange. Those passed came to State Session where they are discussed, debated about and finally voted on. Those that passed will then go on to National Session if they aren’t a local or state issue. It makes me proud that we have several resolutions going to the National Session this year.

I would like to extend my thanks to the members of the host region for a job well done. I think everyone enjoyed their time there and a lot of work was accomplished. Thanks to the Fifth Degree Team for a great degree presentation.

During the banquet the Juniors sold 50/50 raffle tickets with the funds going to the Michigan School for the Deaf Christmas party and sponsoring a child or two. We would like to thank everyone that purchased tickets. And a huge thank you to Ron Ely who donated half his winnings back to the cause. The total amount given for the MSD Christmas party was $302.00.

A couple officers changes to note are Overseer, Sharon Popler; Lecturer, Jackie Bishop; Assistant Steward, Bob Persons; Lady Assistant Steward, Sandy Persons; and Pomona, Marybeth Bower. Welcome to your new positions, I know you’ll do great!

​​There may be some department director changes coming soon. I’m hoping to have a full slate of directors for the departments set this year. In the next MGN, you’ll want to watch for the program book. With new directors, I’m sure there will be some exciting programs and contests to enter!

National Session
In a couple weeks, Connie and I will be attending the National Grange Convention in Stowe, Vermont.  We are excited to continue representing Michigan as your delegates. Next year we are part of the hosting region. If you are planning to attend this year’s session, we could use some help manning a booth in the showcase of excellence room to promote the 2019 National Session. If you are able to help out, please let me know.

Michigan Grange Pin

At session, many of you had the chance to see the pin in person and even purchased a few. Now if you have one, show it off and encourage everyone to purchase their own. The proceeds are going towards our 150th celebration. The cost of the pin will be $5.00 per pin, and will be available through the State Secretary. All efforts will be made to hand deliver the pins if someone will be in the area. However, if the pins are to be shipped there will be a small charge for shipping.

Christmas and New Year
As we are headed into the Holiday season let us be mindful of the shut-ins that would love to hear from you. We should also remember those who are less fortunate; so, make some time for those who could use just a little bit more. Also, lets take some time to slow down and think about what we need to be planning so as to make next year a Great Grange year.

Until the next time.......

Burns Grange #160

Net Gain:
White Pigeon #1345
​Burns #160
Studley #1174

Oceana Center #1047
​Gratiot #1898
​Rome #293
Kinny #754
​Mosherville #1351
​Community #1675
Home #129
​Plymouth/Westland #389
​Burr Oak #1350
​Barnard #689


2018 State Grange Convention
This past October our convention was held at a Grange hall for the first time in many years and I believe that everything went quite smoothly. I want to thank the members of West Oshtemo Grange for the use of their hall, also to the members of the Region 3 for a job well done. Again, thank you as well to Lynette Schaeffer National Grange Executive Committee member and Illinois State Grange Master and her husband Don, First Gentleman of the Illinois State Grange who attended as representatives from National Grange.

​2019 State Grange Convention
The Executive Committee of the Michigan State Grange has decided to allow Region 4 to alter the time of the convention by one week later, so the dates for the 2019 Michigan State Grange convention will be October 24-26 2019. This will be held at the Lenawee County fairgrounds community building. More information on this will come in a later issue of the MGN.

​2018 National Grange Convention
The week started off on a somber note, as Ed Komski, Master of the California State Grange suffered a heart attack and was transported to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to the event. We send our condolences to Cynthia and the family as they embark on a new chapter in their life, and the challenges they now face. Brother Kent Westwood, then Overseer of the California State Grange, was installed as the Master of the California State Grange during the installation of National Officers by Joseph Stefenoni, member of California State Grange and National Grange Membership Director. The National Officers were installed by Bruce Croucher High Priest of Demeter of the National Grange and his team.

​Much discussion was had on the various resolutions from around the country. Having the pleasure to serve as the chairman of the Labor, Judiciary, and Transportation committee we were tasked with the most resolutions in our committee compared to the rest, with 32 resolutions in our committee alone. I had an awesome committee and I thank everyone of them especially Sister Joan Smith (Potomac Grange #1) for her job as Secretary of the committee and keeping us on track and Brother Walter Hartley (Rhode Island) for filling in for me when I had other duties to tend to.

Congratulations to Sister Susan Noah (OR) and Leroy Watson (NH) on being elected to the Executive Committee and Sister Kay Stiles (MD) elected to Pomona to fill out the term now vacated by Susan Noah. I look forward to working with them as fellow National Officers for the year to come.

New Department Directors
As of now Tricia Eidsmoe has agreed to take on the Membership Directors position, Kevin Young has agreed to continue as the Agriculture director, Tom Smith has agreed to take on the Family Activities Department, Luanna Swainston has agreed to continue as the Deaf Awareness Director, Peggy Johnston has agreed to continue as the Information director. I’m waiting to hear back from a possible Community Service Director and I’m still in search of a Legislative Director and a Junior/Youth & Young Adult Director. If you or know someone who would be interested in either position, please let me know.