MICHIGAN STATE GRANGE MASTER/PRESIDENT Christopher D. Johnston 6241 Grand River Road Bancroft, MI 48414 (989)634-9350 (H) (989)666-6648 (C) firstname.lastname@example.org
MICHIGAN STATE GRANGE OFFICE 404 S. Oak Street Durand, MI 48429 (989)288-4546 email@example.com
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 GRANGE NEWS
Is Fall Finally Here? It seemed as though Fall may never find its way to Michigan, However, if you have stepped outside in the last day or so you may have noticed a significant decrease in the temperatures. While I am excited for this season I am most definitely not looking forward to the next. But let’s remember that the third degree of our order is emblematic of the harvest season. While it seems that it is getting too cold outside to be doing too much, I think it would be awesome if a Grange were to do the exemplification of the third degree outside with the natural decorations mother nature has provided. Convention Recap During the recent Convention many issues were discussed and decided upon. One of the many topics of discussion evolved around the idea of finding a central location for the hosting of the annual convention. It was determined to establish a committee to research the impact of having the convention in the same location for several years. It was intended that the now 4 hosting regions would continue to bare the expense of hosting just in the central location chosen. If you are interested in being on the committee please get a hold of me and let me know. Also passed this year, was the By-Law being changed from 5 regions to 4 regions. The New regions as set by the Michigan State Grange Executive Committee are as follows: Region 1: Barnard, Harbor Springs, Torch Lake, Summit City, Fern, and Oceana Center. Region 2: Gratiot, Studley, Burns, Capital, Maple Leaf, Kinney, and Carlisle. Region 3: West Oshtemo, Home, Fredonia, Colon, White Pigeon, Burr Oak, and Community. Region 4: Mosherville, Adams, North Adrian, Rome, Lime Creek, Pittsfield Union, and Plymouth/Westland.
I would like to extend the gratitude of the National Grange Youth Department on our contributions of $444.77. These funds are donated to the National Grange Foundation Youth Leadership Fund. For those of you who are connected on Facebook might recognize this as the Pie in the Face campaign. For certain designated amounts, when funds raised meet the amount, another selected individual will have the pleasure of receiving a pie to the face during the National Convention. When the goal amount of $10,000 is raised, the National Master will receive a pie to the face. During the banquet the youth department did their annual 50/50 raffle with the funds being used to help a youth member with her travel expenses to National Grange. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Sister Kathryn Strouse, the raffle winner, who graciously donated a large sum of her winnings back to the youth department. Finally, we were honored to have the Past Secretary and Past Executive Committee member of the Michigan State Grange Sister Wilma Howe with us for the convention for the first time in several years. It was great to see her smiling face in the crowd once again. National Grange Gala In December, the National Grange is planning a Gala to celebrate the 150th birthday of the National Grange. Senator Debbie Stabenow is now planning to attend the event to be hosted at the historic Decatur House located in the same block as the National Grange building. I will also be in attendance and will be serving as host to the Senator. This is a great opportunity for the Grange in Michigan to be able to discuss different topics of concern for our members here in Michigan. There are also opportunities to be a sponsor of the Gala. Go to the National Grange website to make a donation and have your name listed as a sponsor.
New Grange Pin The Executive Committee has commissioned a new Michigan Grange Pin, with the proceeds going towards our 150th celebration coming in just 6 short years. The cost of the pin will be $5.00 per pin, and will be available through the State Secretary. All efforts will be made to hand deliver the pins if someone will be in the area. However, if the pins are to be shipped there will be a small charge for shipping. Until next time…….
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 GRANGE NEWS
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.