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


What a challenge these last few months  have been. I appreciate everyone who followed my decision to shutdown all Grange operations in the state. I know this has been especially difficult for those of us who have fundraising functions during this time. I understand the financial hardship this has put on our Granges and we can only hope for the best in the future

In the meantime as we await the Governor to allow everybody in the state to again assemble and meet as we need to, the Michigan State Grange Executive Committee has purchased a subscription to  Zoom that is available to all of our Granges for meetings. If you are interested in using this option let me know and I can set up your meeting for you. For those who are not familiar with this program it is typically  used as a video conference call on the internet, however you can also use any phone to call into the meeting. 
State Session
Due to the pandemic we are making  changes to the convention (Hopefully) just for this year. We will be meeting only on Saturday October 24th. During this meeting there will be no display room, no committee meetings, no conferral of the fifth and sixth  degrees. We will open in the Sixth degree at 8 am, break for lunch, and finish in the afternoon. We will also be approving the budget, electing the officers, discussing the resolutions on the floor, having a short memorial service, and a short version of installation of officers. We will conclude with a banquet. 

​​Side note, as soon as 
possible, please get your resolutions into the state Secretary. I would like to email a copy of the resolutions and the proposed budget to the delegates ahead of the convention to give them ample time to review those before we get to the session to limit discussion time. In addition to that, when you fill out your delegate information please include a good email for the delegates. The earlier in October I have that information, the earlier I can get it back out to the delegates. 
I do realize that our By-Laws indicate what  time and day we will begin our convention, however, due to everything we have going on today in the world, due to the susceptibility to our members contracting this virus, we really want to limit the amount  of time we are together. The various department directors are outlining their plans for their respective departments in this edition of the Michigan Grange News. 

are also asking that the session be limited  to Officers, Department Directors, and Delegates only.  More information is to come,but if you have  any questions please let me know and I will answer them to the best of my ability. 

National Grange
The National Grange had decided, before  we decided on our session, that they were also going to limit the attendance and length of the National Grange Session. National will only be Tuesday and Wednesday instead of a full week. There will be no  conferral of the seventh degree. And National is also being limited to Officers and Delegates and a few members of staff. 
Until next time…….
Stay Safe and Stay healthy.

Welcome to the fall of 2020!!!
As we are entering the fall season, let's be cautious as we start heading to the cider mills, or harvest  events, the virus that has plagued our spring and summer is still around. Remember to keep your social distance and to wear your face masks when we are with groups. At the same time, remember that this virus has a 99.6% survivability rate. Therefore  meaning you have a really good chance that if you 
should happen to be lucky enough to catch the “Rona” you will live to tell about it. Given the survivability rate, I encourage you to be mindful of your own health status but don't forget to live your life, check on your neighbors, friends and fellow  Grange members. 
Also as the weather is starting to cool down, so a nice cup of warm  cider and doughnuts sounds really good with a slice of  pumpkin pie. ( Don’t forget the Whipped Topping) 
State Session
This year has been a year of  many changes in our normal way of conducting life. This year’s convention will reflect changes that the virus has brought about. We are having a ONE day session, with only delegates, officers, and department directors in attendance. There will not be any degrees conferred at this year's session, there will be a memorial service, election and resolution work. In avoiding close groups we will not be having any session committees meeting prior or during the session. So with that being said the State Secretary has not  received any resolutions at this time. I have said this for many years that as much complaining as there is  on social media about everything, I have a hard time believing there isn’t something to write a resolution  about. This year is a full election year with all state officers being up for election and 2 Foundation  members. 
Please make sure you get your delegate registration forms into the State Secretary as soon as  possible with a good email for your delegates or if  they do not have one, an email we can send resolutions and other things prior to convention. 
Michigan Grange Pins
Reminder that we still have pins for sale. The  money raised from the sale of the pins will be used for our 150th celebration coming up fairly soon. For  Pins contact Peggy Johnston, the cost is $5 per pin plus shipping unless we can hand deliver them.