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!!!!


It seems like it was just the other day we were packing our stuff and heading home from state session, but here we are again starting to ramp up for the fun and fellowship we all look forward to. During this year’s convention, we will be once again deliberating on the many resolutions that all the Granges in the state of Michigan have composed and sent in for consideration. I am hoping to have many more than we had last year. As a reminder, all resolutions are due to the State Grange Secretary by October 1st with an original signed by the Master and Secretary of the respective Grange and dated as to when it was adopted. We will also be electing one member of the Executive Committee and two members to the Board of Directors of the Michigan State Grange Foundation.

National Grange Youth News
The National Grange Youth Department has been mostly self-sufficient through donations to the National Grange Foundation Youth Development Fund, however since the funds have started to run a little low. The youth department is looking to raise money by offering up several individuals to have a pie thrown in their face during the national convention this year. So as the amount that corresponds to the individuals whom have been assigned a dollar amount, or bounty if you will, that person will be getting a pie in the face. Currently there are three individuals confirmed that will be partaking in the fun (Myself included). In order to reach the full amount of the youth departments goal and be able to throw a pie in the Worthy Master Betsy Huber’s face the amount of $10,000.00 needs to be reached. Remember the full benefit of this event is the youth who are not only the Grange leaders of tomorrow but also the life blood of the Grange today.

​State Session
Located elsewhere in this issue you will find the full schedule of events for the upcoming State Grange convention, to be held at the Comstock Hotel and Conference Center in Historic downtown Owosso. I personally look forward to having all of you visit my home county and see what we have to offer. I am looking forward to the convention and to seeing all of my Grange Friends and Family as we do every year. Also, please take note of the program book that was distributed early this Grange year at the new contests that the Agriculture Department has set up for us this year. I’m hoping our pumpkins will last to be able to enter them.

Let’s Celebrate
While we have been asked to throw a celebration, and honor the National Grange on its 150 years of Service to Rural and Urban America, remember that we here in Michigan will also be celebrating 150 years of service to Michiganders in the very near future. In preparation for this the Michigan State Grange Executive Committee and I have been working on designing a pin that is to be sold as a fundraising plan towards our Sesquicentennial celebration coming up. I hope to be able to unveil the new pins during the convention. Also, if you or somebody you know would be interested in being part of the Sesquicentennial celebration planning committee please feel free to send me an email and I will begin working on the establishment of the committee.

Help Wanted
Next year is Michigan’s turn to host the Midwest Regional Youth and Young Adult Conference. As no one has stepped up to take on the challenge of the Junior/Youth/Young Adults Director, we need help. If you are able to assist us in hosting this conference, please let me know. We need a location, meals and educational activities to do. We aren’t opposed to camping in a yard or sleeping on a Grange Hall floor. We would like to be near the Indiana border so those traveling from the further Midwest states don’t have as far to go, but will consider all options!

Until next time, remember our Motto:
In Essentials Liberty;
In Non- Essentials Unity;
In all things Charity.