JULY/AUGUST 2021 GRANGE NEWSSummer has arrived
We are back to the season of the Second degree of Summer. Where the weather is warmer (well frankly hot) and gardens are growing. Rain has been an issue all over the state. Getting spotty showers. While that is still rain, we really just need a few good steady soaking rain or two to help the crops and to keep the lawns green.
So far the state appears to be heading in the right direction with vaccinations and reaching the herd immunity. Plans are for all restrictions to be lifted July 1st. This opens up our Grange Halls and allows us to get back to our regular activities. Time to plan a “Re-Opening” celebration open house to welcome
back members and to attract potential new members.
It has come to my attention that some Granges around the state have not been presenting years of membership awards. So as a reminder the Michigan State Grange has a 10 year award and the National Grange has 25, 50, 55,60,65,70 and so on year awards. All awards need to be requested through the State Secretary. After members have given any number of years to the organization, recognition awards are just a small token of showing our appreciation for all they have done over those years.
I believe there is still time to join fellow Grangers across the country in the second Grange Revival being held in Sturgis, South Dakota. There are currently over 120 registered. The dates are July 20-25th. There is a bus trip to Mt. Rushmore Friday evening to watch the night lighting of the monument. A few other activities are planned throughout the week such as a corn hole tournament, dutch oven breakfasts and dessert days, a s'mores night, bingo, quilt blocks and other random activities. Not to mention all the
sites around there to see! Go to www.grangerevival.com to get more information on costs, lodging options
and registration. It’s gonna be a fun time that you don’t want to miss.
150th Celebration in Michigan
The committee is beginning to meet to plan a celebration of our 150th birthday. Keep watch for exciting things from this committee. There may be fundraisers coming up so that they can make this a grand celebration. I’m sure if you have an idea or suggestion, they would be willing to hear them.
With the Covid restrictions lifting, it looks like the Michigan State Grange session will go on as planned. Of course, this is being said with hopefully no other restrictions being placed between now and then. Hope to see you at Bay Valley Resort in October.
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 GRANGE NEWS
Michigan State Grange Convention
As you are all aware the convention is just a month away. We have started planning and will aim to return the convention back to the normal schedule and routine, but with preparations in regards to the Coronavirus. In a repeat of last year, the seating in session will be placed with social distancing in mind. As for masks, we will be continuing to monitor the CDC and MDHHS guidelines. At this time it is recommended to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, so masks will not be required. Should they make it a requirement, we will follow suit. The meals will be plated to eliminate the need to stand in a line. And finally, hand sanitizer will be available at several officers stations.
The remainder of session plans are back to their usual with session starting Thursday night with the Family Activities Baking contest and the Lecturer’s public speaking program. The display room will be back so I hope everyone is working on their projects for those programs.
We will be having the full exemplification of the 5th and 6th degree as we have for many years. I am planning to have the officers march in to return to some form of normalcy.
National Lecturer Chris Hamp will be our National Representative this year at session. She has also held the positions of National Lady Assistant Steward and National Pomona. With her will be Brother Duane Hamp, who has served as the Master of the Washington State Grange. The two of them also were instrumental in starting the Grange Revivals with some assistance from the National Grange office. Planning has already begun on the next Revival that is held every other year and will next be held in Curtis, Michigan in 2023. We are looking forward to enjoying their visit with us this year.
To date I am aware of one resolution. Resolution work is one of the primary events at our convention. Please take some time and write those resolutions. The only way things change is through the resolution process.
150th Celebration Committee
The committee has met a couple times and already have some great ideas. Be on the lookout for communications from them. They are hoping to make it a grand celebration but will need help from all the members to make it happen.
Until next time……………..