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


Grange Month
As we know April is Grange month, and April is right around the corner. We should be making plans to celebrate us during the month of April, by inviting our friends and neighbors to come in and join us for a meeting where we recognize our members, and community members for all they do. This is a great time to recognize members for their years of service to the Grange. Many if our community Granges also use this time of year to recognize our Teacher and Law Enforcement Officer of the year.

State Session
Just a quick note and reminder that the Michigan State Grange annual session has been pushed back by one week this year and will be held in Adrian at the Lenawee County Fairgrounds October 24-26, 2019. More information will come in later issues.

​National Session
In just a few short months we will be joining the Grange members in our region and assisting in hosting the National Grange session in Bloomington, Minnesota. Many hands make short work. We have been assigned to help with the preparations of the seventh degree regalia, which will take many hands to accomplish. There will be several areas that can always use extra hands whenever they are available. If you are planning to attend the convention and are willing to help please let us know. We are also looking to see if there are any Military Veterans from Michigan that are planning to be in attendance at the National Session.

​National Grange Mission Statement
During the recent Masters Conference held in Wichita KS. The leaders in attendance worked diligently on a new revised Mission Statement.

​“The Grange strengthens individuals, families and communities through grassroots action, service, education, advocacy and agriculture awareness.”

​If your Grange does not have a mission statement please feel free to adopt and use this one.

​Raffle tickets are available from me for the National Grange Foundation annual quilt raffle. The quilt is made of tender heart quilt blocks submitted last year to the National Grange quilt block contest. The quilt is queen size and the raffle tickets are $5.00 each.


Until next time…….


Welcome to Spring?
As Mother Nature is doing her best to keep us guessing if this is spring or winter or summer, farmers are trying to stay one step ahead. I have seen some fields that have been partially tilled, some have been completely tilled, many have not been touched. I am sure that in the next few weeks many farmers will have gotten their crops in and the magic of the growing season will have begun.

Legislative Issues
A couple weeks ago I was invited to attend a 2018 Farm Bill Specialty Crop Forum hosted by the staff of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. At this forum, I learned that there were no funds removed from the base line of the Farm Bill from the previous version. Also, Michigan is now ranked 4th in the country in production of Hops. Michigan has always been a diverse production state; however, I was unaware of the commercial production of hops.

​In a few short hours from the time of me writing this article. I will be boarding a plane and heading to Washington DC to join many other Grangers during the National Grange Legislative Fly-In to discuss topics of current importance on Capitol Hill. While I currently have a confirmed meeting set up with Congressman John Moolenaar, I am planning to stop by Senator Stabenow’s office and Senator Peters’ office in hopes they will be able to meet with me. We will be discussing the Grange’s position on topics such as Healthcare, Agriculture, and telecommunications.

​State Convention
As I am sure you are all aware by now, we have our State Grange Convention coming up in October. What you may not know is that we have changed the dates from our usual dates to the next week due to facility availability. Mark on your calendar the new dates which will be October 24, 25, 26, 2019. The location is at the fairgrounds in Adrian as we have been in the past. Hotel and meal information will be in later editions of the Grange News.

National Convention
This is our year to be part of the region that will be hosting the National Session in Bloomington, Minnesota. Lots of help is needed, either in manual help or in donations for the hospitality room. Check with the State Office on how you can help us host the best National Session. The session is November 5-9, 2019.

​State Grange Pin Sale
We still have lots of pins to sell so that we can celebrate our 150th Anniversary in style! They are $5.00 each and shows your Michigan Grange pride. Order a bunch for your Grange and sell them to your members, friends and family.

National Foundation Quilt Raffle
National Foundation is selling raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt made of last years Tender Heart quilt block entries. The tickets are available for $5.00 each for a queen size quilt. The drawing will be at the National Session on November 8th. Get your tickets from me or the state office.

Until next time………