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


Great Lakes Grange Leaders and Midwest Youth Conference
This year for the first time the Great Lakes Grange Leaders Conference and the Midwest Youth Conference will be held at the same time in the same location. This is Michigan’s turn to host the Midwest Youth Conference and will also host the GLGLC at the same time. Home Grange #129 has graciously offered their hall as the general location for the weekend long conferences. The conferences will be held June 15-17. Plan to attend what could be the beginning to future conferences like this. The cost will be $50.00 for the conference. Plan to sleep on the hall floor, bring a camper (no hook-ups) or pay to stay at one of the hotels nearby. Watch for more information coming soon.

Spring is in the air
As we are starting to experience warmer temperatures, let us remember the ritual work. As we prepare the fields and gardens for planting, let us also prepare our Granges for summer activities. We all have projects and programs that we do during the Spring and Summer months. If we start planning early everything will go smoothly. Much like working the fields if we plan early enough everything will fall into place and we will have a fruitful harvest.

National Grange Legislative Fly-In
Get your reservations in early and plan to attend the National Grange Legislative Fly-In. This is an excellent opportunity to visit with your Congressmen and Senators to discuss Grange policy. The National Grange has a block of rooms reserved at Quality Inn until March 15th. If you are thinking about going you may want to get your reservations in early. You can get more information from the National Grange Website. So, clear your calendar for April 15-18th. As Junior and Youth are encouraged to attend, hopefully this will be during some school’s spring break and school trips to Washington D.C.

April is Grange Month
During the month of April, we should work towards opening our halls and inviting the public to celebrate our organization while we present awards. While we can celebrate our great organization the entire year, the National Grange strives to push self-promotion during the month. As a whole we have a lot to be proud of, let us take the time to let everyone know we are proud of our achievements, and that we would like them to come and join us.

Grange Pins
I would like to remind everyone we still have Michigan Grange pins available for sale. They are $5.00 each. (shipping extra) The proceeds from the sale of these pins will go towards our 150th celebration a few short years away in 2023. Let’s show our pride for the Michigan State Grange wearing the pin while supporting the future celebration of a great organization. Purchase a few extra’s and give them to the community members you honor during Grange Month.


One of the highest honors we can bestow upon our Brothers and Sisters is to be recognized as a Very Important Patron. Brother RICH HAZEN, Fredonia Grange #1713, received this honor during the recent Michigan State Grange Convention in Owosso. However, with everything else going on in the last issue of the MGN this was overlooked. I personally apologize to Brother Rich and to the members of Fredonia Grange #1713. Brother Rich is very deserving of this award. I have had the pleasure to work with him in the past and know that he has earned his ranks as the 2017 Very Important Patron.

National Grange
With this being a full election year at National Grange here is the run down of officers: Master, Betsy Huber PA, Overseer, Phil Prelli CT, Lecturer, Christine Hamp WA, Steward, Chip Narvel DE, Asst. Steward John Plank IN, Lady Asst. Steward, Brenda Rouselle VT, Chaplain, Barbara Bordereux FL, Treasurer, Dwight Baldwin IA, Secretary, Judy Sherrod TN. Gatekeeper, Chris Johnston MI, Ceres, Cindy Greer CO, Pomona, Susan Noah OR, Flora, Lena Shufeldt OK, Exec Comm, Leroy Watson NH, Lynette Schaffer IL, Steven Coye NY, Duane Scott WI. High Priest of Demeter Bruce Croucher NY, Priest Archon Roger Bostwick KS, Priest Annalist James Owens ME.

​​I look forward to working with this group of individuals over the next two years.

After we had made the journey back home from the convention in Spokane WA. We started looking forward to the National Grange Gala that was held on December 4th at the Decatur House and Carriage House in Washington D. C. This was the official 150th birthday celebration of the National Grange. During the reception I had the pleasure to meet and speak with Sen. Debbie Stabenow. While we talked about issues facing rural Michigan, we got the opportunity to learn more about each other’s background. After a brief meet and greet we moved into presentations where National Master Betsy Huber presented two Champions of Rural America Awards. One was presented to Sen. Stabenow and the other was presented to Sen. Susan Collins from Maine. Before the Gala, two Congressmen were presented the same award in their office. They were Rep. Collin Peterson from Minnesota and Rep. Greg Walden from Oregon. The awards were presented to these four due impart to their unwavering dedication to the advancement of rural America. It was an honor to be on hand to help present these awards.

State Grange Pins
A few months ago, the Executive Committee approved a pin to be commissioned to be sold to raise funds for the Michigan State Grange’s 150th celebration coming up in 2023. The cost of the pin is $5.00 and can be ordered thru the State Secretary. If shipping is required to get them to you there will be shipping costs added to the total cost.


Also available are Grange “Do-ers” Challenge coins. The cost of those is $20.00. These can be requested through me and I will see how many are still available from the Washington State Grange.