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
This past month has been a reminder that we are heading into the warmest months we get to experience. Just when you think we have a little more time before it gets really hot and muggy, you realize school is out for the summer and right around the corner is Midwest Youth and Junior Camp. This year, we as a region have deiced to try something most of the regions around the country have been doing for a few years now and have a joint Great Lakes Grange Leaders Conference and the Midwest Youth/Young Adult/Junior Camp at the same time in the same location. Last October, Home Grange #129 in Ceresco offered to be the host to the Midwest Youth/Junior conference this past June, then sometime during the winter the Masters and other leaders had a discussion leading to the decision of having a joint conference. While Sister Jackie Bishop was all for hosting the Youth and Juniors she was a little unsure about hosting a whole slew of other fine Grangers. All in all, we had a great Conference. A special Thank you to all who were involved in the planning of this conference and to those who helped supply meals and goodies to those attending. I need to give a Special Thank you to Connie Johnston and Sharon Popler whom did most of the arranging of the schedule, Jackie Bishop whom planned the meals and arranged for the food to be ready when it was meal time, the members of Home Grange who helped with providing the goodies, the members of Fredonia Grange #1713 for a great Breakfast Sunday morning, Roland Winter for opening his museum for the members of the rest of the region to view. Also, to National Master Betsy Huber for attending, National Youth Director Charlene Espenshade and her team for taking care of the Youth Programs, and National Junior Director Samantha Wilkins for taking care of the Junior portions of the conference. Once again it goes to show that when Grangers work together great things can be accomplished. During the wrap up meeting of the Conference it was decided that we should continue with this type of Conference and have jointly decided to change the name of the two separate conferences to one unified name of Midwest Grange Leadership Conference (it even has a Facebook page already up and running). Thanks again to all involved in the planning, preparation and execution of this great weekend.

Grange Revival
Mark your calendars for July 23 – 28, 2019, and get your campers or tents ready to head to Mulberry Mountain Lodge in Ozark, Arkansas. The National Grange is planning a week of activities, fun and fellowship for members of all ages. There are several members from around the Nation that have taken on responsibilities for planning activities for all members of different age groups and even one for new members. Pricing for the camp is coming soon but from what I have seen and heard it looks to be an exciting and fun filled experience for all. If you have any questions feel free to ask myself and I will see what I can do to find the answers for you. You can also stay up-to-date with information on the “Grange Revival.”

Michigan Grange Pins
As you have probably heard the newest Michigan Grange pins have arrived and are ready to be purchased. The cost is only $5.00 plus shipping. They are available from the Michigan State Grange Secretary. The funds raised from the sale of these pins is being set aside for the celebration that only comes around once very 150 years. In 2023 the Michigan State Grange will be celebrating 150 years of service to the people of the Great State of Michigan.

I know this may sound silly of me to ask, but the earlier the resolutions are submitted to the Michigan State Grange Secretary the earlier we can get them out to the chairman of the session committees. They are due no later than October 1st to the State Secretary and remember, they must be signed and dated by the Master and Secretary with the date they were adopted in your Grange. I say lets work on getting them in a little earlier than we have in years past, knowing that most Grangers are procrastinators I figured a little push early on would help this process along.

Until next time!!! Stay Cool this Summer, Enjoy Life, Enjoy Grange, and get out and enjoy this great state we live in………….


Welcome to Fall!!!
Ok well almost, there has been a few days in between those insufferable ones that have resembled fall. I am looking forward to fall, the grandeur of mother nature truly expresses herself with the changing of color of leaves. Turning Michigan into a gorgeous painting. While there are many things I enjoy about this upcoming time of year, one of my favorites is convention. We work so hard in our respective Granges throughout the year, towards the betterment of Rural and Urban Michigan. Convention is the time we get together and celebrate our accomplishments and look towards what we can accomplish next year, while reminiscing with old friends and hopefully meeting new ones, that all share the one true common interest we call a fraternity. Our fraternity has stood the test of time and we should be planning and preparing to ensure it remains in touch with our roots, and with the needs of our hometowns, our counties and our state. We can accomplish this through writing sensible and factual resolutions that can and will put our organization in closer relationships with our legislators.

We are excited to be visiting a Grange in Southwest Michigan for our Convention this fall. West Oshtemo Grange is the hosting facility for our meetings and displays with the church across the road hosting our meals. The Grange hall does have a new elevator that makes this facility handicap accessible. Region 3 is also providing lunches at either the church or the Grange hall for the cost of a donation so that we don’t have to travel into town for that meal. Elsewhere in the edition of the MGN is more detailed information in regards to the convention. I am also excited to have a long time friend as our National Rep. Lynette Shaffer, NG Exec. Committee member and her husband Don will be joining us from the state of Illinois for the duration of our convention.

Reminder that this is a full election year with all officers with the exception of one Executive Committee member will be up for election this year and we will also vote on two members of the board of Director of the Michigan State Grange Foundation.

National Information
This November we will be in Stowe, Vermont for the National Grange Convention. It would be great to see all of you make the trip and visit the Northeast Region for the National Convention.
Next Summer (2019), The National Grange is hosting a Grange Revival in Arkansas. This will be a great time to get together with Grange members from all across the Nation for some fellowship, fun, and relaxation with Brothers and Sisters of the order. Reservations are available now.
November 2019 we will be making the trek to Minnesota for the National Convention that Michigan is co-hosting with Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Many hands make light work, so if you are looking for something to do, come on out and we can find something for you to do.

Michigan Pins
The new pins are still available at the cost of only $5. They will be at the convention. The funds from the sale of this pin will be used towards the 150th Michigan State Grange Convention in 2023.
Until next time………