MARCH/APRIL 2021 GRANGE NEWS
Well almost, we can hope can’t we. In a few short weeks, the snow will be melting away, grass will be turning green, tulips will start to emerge from dormancy, and a new life will come to Michigan. Then the
mosquitoes will return and we will be waiting for the first hard frost to send them back to hiding. We have to pick which we prefer the frozen tundra or the vibrant summer… I am always excited for Spring when we can get back outside and enjoy the fresh air that doesn’t slap you in the face from the freezing temps. Yet I enjoy the thoughts of relaxing through the Winter. But seriously, as we prepare to get back to our favorite outdoor activities, and begin to watch Earth spring back to life, I am hopeful that our Grange halls can open, our meetings can resume, and life as we knew it returns to some sort of normalcy.
As the stipulations allow and we are able to open our Grange halls, let’s pack them especially in April during Grange month and remind our friends and neighbors we are still here and still serving the needs of our communities. National Grange is again offering materials for Grange Month with the theme “Cultivating Connections”. You can go to their website to get flyers and such to advertise an open house or an activity you might have planned. Remember this is usually when we honor those special people in the community with deserving awards. The Community Service program promotes the VIP (Very Important Patron) award for Grange members as well as Dedicated Worker for a member in your community. Also remember there are awards for Police, Teacher and Firefighter of the Year that are part of the National Grange Community
National Grange announces a new Membership and Leadership Director. Amanda Brozana-Rios is making the leap from the Communications Directors post to membership and will still be working on the Good Day magazine publication. Joe Stefanoni, the former Membership Director, has recently accepted a position outside the organization, however he still serves as the Overseer of the California State Grange. Kennedy Gwin, from the state of Washington has been working as an intern with Amanda, is now taking over the Communications department in the role of Communications Manager. She will continue to work with Amanda as she gains her way in the new position. Congratulations to Amanda and Kennedy, we look forward to seeing what you have to offer in your new positions, and we wish Joe good luck in his future endeavors.
150th Anniversary Committee
I’m pleased to announce Rich Hazen has agreed to chair the committee to celebrate our 150th Anniversary. He’ll be getting his committee together to come up with ideas for this celebration in 2 years. If he should
happen to contact you for your assistance with the celebration, I hope you will consider participating. As a reminder, we still have plenty of pins for sale that will help raise funds for his committee to put to good use.
Please consider purchasing one, two or more so they can put together a special celebration.
Until next time…….
Stay Safe and Stay healthy.
MAY/JUNE 2021 GRANGE NEWS
Grange Revival 2021
If you are planning or even thinking about going to South Dakota this summer with fellow Grangers from across the country, now is the time to register and get your sites reserved. July 20-25 are the dates for when Sturgis, South Dakota won’t know what hit them. There will be Grange members just like you and me from all across the country converging on their town, and having a good time. In the plans is of course food (can’t have a Grange function without food), fishing, cards, campfires, and a lighting ceremony at Mt. Rushmore. Some of you remember the days of the Michigan Camping Patrons, this is similar only on a much bigger scale. Consider making the journey, and making new friends. If you don’t have a camper or a tent, they do have cabins available or there are a few hotels near the campground. Go to for more information such as the campground, cost, and registration information.
150th Celebration in Michigan
In just 2 short years Michigan State Grange will be celebrating its 150th annual session. We will be in the host region 5 that year and the plans for our celebration will be coming together in the near future. I have asked Brother Rich Hazen to chair the committee, and he will most likely be asking for some assistance in one form or another.
Michigan State Grange session is only 6 months away and we will be (restrictions permitting) meeting in Bay City at Bay Valley Resort. Keep your eye on future editions of the Michigan Grange News for further information.
During the Pandemic
While we are continuing to struggle with this pandemic, remember our elderly members who are unable to get out. Maybe send them a card or a phone call to see if they need anything. Many times we get so wrapped up in what we are doing we forget about those who really need the help. We as Grangers have always been known for helping the less fortunate and sometimes we forget that some of those people are our Brothers and Sisters.
Remember our motto:
In essentials; Unity,
In non-essentials: Liberty.
In all things; Charity
Be safe, enjoy the Springtime, have some fun, live life to the fullest.
Until next time……………..