JULY/AUGUST 2019 GRANGE NEWSLegislative Issues Continued
Last month I mentioned that I was about to be boarding a plane for Washington D.C. Well I made it out there and back all in one piece. I was hoping that similar to years past I would be able to get into Sen. Stabenows office for a visit with her staff. That did not happen, I was however, able to get an appointment with Congressman John Moolenaar. I had a 10:30 appointment that was to last 15 minutes, however I finally walked out of his office shortly after 11. Some people in his waiting room did not look happy. We had a lot of good discussion about issues concerning the National Grange as well as the Michigan State Grange and the people of Michigan. While at the National Grange office for the weekend we had many visitors come to talk with those of us there for the Fly In. Many dealt with rural broadband and the relativity of those in rural community being able to benefit from faster internet service and being able to operate businesses at a more productive rate than they currently are able to. Some discussion was held about urging congress to pass the disaster relief bill that would help many farmers and ranchers in the Great Plains dealing with the over abundance of rain and flooding they had earlier this year.
State Grange Session
As many of you are well aware the annual session is quickly approaching. In the next issue of the Michigan Grange news you will find more information in regards to places for lodging in the Adrian area. Region 4 will be hosting the convention at the Lenawee County Fairgrounds in the community building. As in years past I am sure that everyone will have a great time seeing old friends and getting acquainted with new friends.
National Grange Session
National Grange session will be quickly following the state session. With only 2 weeks between sessions there will be little time for rest before we head to Minnesota. Which also means that in order to assist National grange in the preparations for the delegate body we need to do our due diligence in making sure that the resolutions we pass are in proper form and are relevant to the times and events of the country and organization.
We may still be looking for some volunteers to assist at the National session with various projects. If you are planning to attend please contact either Sharon Popler or Peggy Johnston and they will assist you in finding something to help occupy your time.
Michigan State Grange Pins
The newest pin of the Michigan State Grange is available for purchase through the state Secretary the cost is only $5.00 per pin and the proceeds are going to helping with the Michigan State Grange 150th celebration that we will have in 2023.
Until next time…….