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


Welcome to Summer!!
I hope that everyone is enjoying this hot and sticky summer we have been experiencing, I would assume cautiously that you are all soaking it up and storing it away since there is only 25 more Mondays until Christmas!! Which means there are only 17 more Mondays until we start packing up and getting ready to head to the Comstock Inn in Owosso, Michigan for the Michigan State Grange Convention. As we contemplate those useful numbers, contemplate writing resolutions. Over the last few years our resolution numbers have dropped significantly. I have said before that I have a hard time believing that everything in Michigan is just honkey dory. I am sure that each of us can find at least one thing that we would like to see changed whether it be with laws or governmental policies or within the Grange itself. A suggestion I had received some time ago for a resolution writing workshop was to gather some newspapers and take them to a Grange meeting. Hand them out and have everybody write a resolution with one thing that bothered them that they had found in the paper.

National Grange GROW Club
The National Grange GROW club is doing a raffle this year and Connie and I have tickets. The money raised from the raffle will be used to help pay expenses for the National Youth Ambassadors who have the opportunity to travel to different states for the five regional conferences, as well as to assist the National Youth department with non-budgeted items. The tickets are available up to National Session for a price of $1 each.

Who wants me to get a pie in the face?
That’s right by making a donation to the National Grange Youth Leadership fund I could end up with a pie in the face. The goal is for this fundraiser is $10,000.00 if we reach this point the Worthy National Master has agreed to also take a pie in the face. For each milestone reached, starting at $250.00 another National Officer or National Staffer will receive the glory of having a pie launched into their face by a well deserving individual who gets to take out all of their frustrations on us. While I look forward to doing whatever I can to assist the youth department I encourage all of you to make a donation so that as many of us as possible can enjoy in the opportunity of advancing the experience of our youth and helping them in their Grange journey.

MSG Officer Visits
In accordance with a resolution passed at the convention last October, the Michigan State Grange officers having been given the list of Granges they are expected to visit between now and October 2018. When they call wanting to find a time to visit with your Grange I would anticipate the Granges would be ready with welcoming arms to have a State Officer visit.

Until next time!!!!


Spring has Sprung
The grass is green, and a million leafy banners are beginning to be unfurled. Temperatures are rising, we are seeing rain fall and not snow. What does this all mean? Yes it means that as you drive through the rural areas of our great state, you will be seeing the big machines that can, through modern engineering, transform brown boring fields in to these amazing production plants without many workers. These production plants from all across the country have the ability to feed millions of individuals around the world. In the last 150 years of the National Grange we have influenced education to our farmers on methods of increasing production without increasing tillable soil. Over the next 8 years the agriculture industry has to again revolutionize their means of producing products to be able to feed approximately 25% more individuals around the world. So, the question is what can we as Grange members do to assist in this process? Just to let you all know of our impact on Federal legislation that impacts the local farmers ability to do their job and to do it better and still turn a profit. We have been invited to take part in the beginning process towards the 2018 Farm bill. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has invited us to be part of the open house style discussion on the process to organizing the Farm Bill.

State Grange Session
This year’s annual session will be held at the Comstock Inn and Conference Center in Owosso, MI. In the next issue of the Michigan Grange News, we will have more pertinent information pertaining to the convention.
Also as a reminder to the members of Region 3 that we should have a location for next year’s convention announced at the convention this year.

National Session 2019
It has been announced that in 2019, we will be helping to host the National Grange Session in Minnesota. We are looking forward to taking the National Grange back to the home state of the Father of the Grange, Oliver Hudson Kelley. In the coming months and years the Midwest region State Masters will be working diligently to make this another great successful convention.

National Grange Announcement
The National Grange has proudly announced that Worthy National Master Betsy Huber, has been appointed to the Federal Communication Counsel’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. Congratulations Betsy!!!