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


Spring is in the air
At least at the time of me writing this article. I have just returned home from the Masters Conference in Baltimore Maryland. It was wonderfully in the high 40’s to low 50’s when I arrived, and well into the low 30’s when I left. Since I had arrived a bit early, I took the opportunity to jump on the metro and head into DC. I walked around our nation's capital for a few hours enjoying the sights of the town. I did notice that the middle of February is really the right time to go to the Nation's Capital since there are very few tourists there. The downfall of that is that there are very few food trucks, so no cheap meals.

I returned to the hotel and enjoyed the fellowship of fellow National Officers and State Masters for the remainder of the evening. In the morning we were treated to a tour of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. My tour was guided by a retired Captain, who had also served as the director of admissions at the academy. If you ever have the chance take the time and go on the tour and remember as our guide told us this academy does not belong to the Navy it belongs to the American citizens who pay for it. The rest of the weekend was filled with exciting speakers and discussions about the various tasks before us over the rest of this year.

Grange Month
April is Grange month, this is the time of year we blow our own whistle. Some Granges hand out membership awards, VIP awards, Law enforcement, Fire, Teacher of the year awards, some have an open house. If you have an open house at your Grange hall, please let us know about it. Whatever your Grange decides to do in Grange month, if you have a social media that you prefer to use, please create an event two weeks ahead of time and post reminders 2-3 days before your event.

The theme for Grange Month is “Cultivating Connections”.

National Grange
The National Grange Lecturers department has a new quarterly publication entitled “A quarters worth”.

If you are interested in receiving this publication please contact Jackie Bishop, your Michigan State Grange Lecturer, who happens to have been featured on the front page of the first edition.

The National Grange headquarters conference room on the first floor is being completely renovated, from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. The objective of this renovation is to modernize the audio and video equipment as well as the decor of the room and make it more appealing for tenants of the building to utilize, as well as generate some income from outside businesses.

The membership director Joe Stefinoni has released a new resource manual. The manual includes seven sections titled: Business Information, Grange meeting Information, Grange Law, Officer resources, Grange program information,State Grange Information, Miscellaneous.

State Grange
As we are ever gaining speed towards the 150th celebration of the Michigan State Grange, I am looking for dedicated members to join the celebration committee. This committee will be looking at the ways to celebrate during our 150th convention. Also to help with the cost of this celebration we are still selling the newest Michigan State Grange pin for $5 if you are interested in a pin or two please contact the state Secretary.


If any of you are like me, you are sick and tired of hearing about Covid-19. While watching the news and hoping there is something else going on, be sure to pay attention to what is being said about the Coronavirus. Pay attention to the ways to prevent it from coming into your house. But with all the confusing partisan arguments surrounding the virus please do your own research if you have the ability. For those of us on social media the arguments have been going back and forth on how to prevent it, how long to shelter in place.

There have been some rules in Gov. Whitmers Shelter in place extension order that I don’t agree with, yet at the same time for the safety of myself, my family, and my community I will abide by those orders. (Side note, the weather has not been conducive to putting the boat in the water yet anyways.)

During the “Shelter in place” National Grange has been providing some Facebook live episodes. They have included Lecturers Programs, Membership programs, Grange Ritual discussions and the relevance of the ritual in today's society, and the Saturday evening date night with talented members from across the country sharing their talents. I encourage you if you have Facebook to check out the National Grange Facebook page and follow them and listen in on their various shows. Past National Grange Executive Committee member Marty Billquist is doing weekly auctions on Facebook with the proceeds going to the National Grange Foundation, he is auctioning off different items from the Montana Silversmith, This is on his personal page.

Michigan State Grange Activity Suspension
​I want to thank you all for abiding by my directive to suspend all Grange activities in Michigan. While at the time of me writing this article, the Michigan Legislature has announced that they will not extend the Governor’s shelter in place order again. Make sure that as we prepare to reopen the economy that we are still taking precautions to protect our members and our guests at Grange events from any possible spread of this virus. Thank you.

Grange Revival 2.0
​July 20-25, 2021 Save the date. For all of the campers and those less adventurous, we will be traveling to Sturgis, South Dakota. There will be excursions to Mount Rushmore, Devils tower, and many other activities for everyone to participate in. Coming soon to MSG website will be more information about the revival.