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


Legislative 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…….


Grange Revival (Camp Out)
For those of you who are wondering, Connie, the boys, and I attended the National Grange Revival (that has been renamed Camp Out for future events) the last week of July in Ozark, Arkansas. While we have determined that my truck is not ready to handle the mountains anytime soon again with our new camper, the event as a whole was exciting. We had been notified that there was fishing opportunities available so we took several tackle boxes and most of our fishing poles. Many children did not have any fishing equipment with them so they used ours, while I have no problem sharing and getting kids involved in outdoor activities, we did come home with one less fishing pole, and much lighter tackle boxes. Joan Smith from Potomac Grange #1 setup different events through out the camping area, these events became known as Grange Olympics and were set up with the intent that everyone could participate and take part in the Olympics. We did keep scores and turned them in, then awards were presented on Saturday evening. Sister Joan also learned a valuable camping life lesson, to not leave food out while camping in a bear infested area. Many of the nights we were there a bear visited the camp to see if Sister Joan had left any new goodies out for its snack. Prior to the event some of those who had registered had been asked to prepare a workshop or an outing. There were trips to a local river for swimming, a trip to the quilt shops, as well as to the site of the world’s largest Budweiser can. Workshops included card making, tin punch art, line dancing and many more. It was determined to continue with the campouts every other year. The camps will be moved around the country. I highly recommend you attend; this is a chance to get with our friends we only see at the National Session or at Regional Conferences with the purpose of the camp out being all fun without work to do.

As you all know we are arriving at that time of year when we start making our final arrangements for the state convention. The resolutions are due to the Michigan State Grange Secretary by October 1st, in a hard copy with the signature of the Master and Secretary of the Grange adopting the resolution and the date on which the meeting was held that the resolution was adopted.

​State Session
This year’s convention is being held at the Lenawee County fairgrounds community center and the meals will be held there as well. More information is found elsewhere in this issue. Meal prices will be coming soon while we find and work with a caterer. I’m looking forward to seeing all of our great state members at this convention.

National Session
As you should be aware, we are cohosting the National session this year with a few of our closest neighboring state Granges. The National session will be held in Bloomington Minnesota beginning just nine days after the completion of our state session. I would love to see many of you at the National Session.

Several years ago, the Michigan State Grange received a donation of an enclosed cargo trailer for the purpose of hauling the session supplies from place to place. As with many things age has not been kind to the trailer. We are in the process of making many improvements to the trailer to ensure that it will last for many years to come. The first trip with the trailer completed will be to the state convention. I will have pictures of the trailer in the next edition of the Michigan Grange News.

Until next time……