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Durand, MI  48429


Corrections to the Roster:
I can remember years ago when working with Sister Beulah Winter, her saying when we would send the roster out each year…well that is outdated, someone who is listed in here has moved, changed a phone number, passed away or quit the Grange before we could even get these delivered. I think of that each year...only some of the time its because I don’t get updated information from the Granges and I don’t always catch the changes.

Well this year there are some “mess-ups” that have been brought to my attention and these I can’t blame on the info that was provided or typo’s but just mistakes I made. So here are the changes that need to be made in the 2017 Roster:
  • Page 2 Steward: Barb Castle, 8157 Paige Road, Bellaire, MI 49615
  • Page 7 All of the officers/Dept. Chairmen who live in Kalkaska should have a zip code of 49646
  • The Secretary should be listed temporarily as Barb Castle and all mail should be sent to P.O. Box 282, Alden, MI 49612
  • Page 9 under Home Grange— the Membership Chairman is presently same as Secretary
If you find others, please let me know…I have never claimed to be perfect, however, I can’t read minds either.

Coming Soon!
Several mailings will be sent out soon, hopefully within the month of January. For the last couple of years we have tried to cut the cost of postage for various mailings such as the Roster, Journal of Proceedings, and Legislative Policy. These mailings were emailed to at least one in every Grange. This might mean that if you want a printed copy you will have to print it off yourself. We always print a number of copies to have in the office and if need be, we can mail one to you or deliver it if we are going to be in your area anytime soon. I encourage you to either file the email where you have it when needed or print your own copy off.

This past Convention there was a resolution to have one copy of the updated By-Laws sent to each Grange. I would imagine that these will be sent to the Master or Secretary. That one copy should be kept available where all members can refer to it when needed.

I will also be sending out the quarterly report forms for 2017. Every Secretary should have forms already for the December 2016 quarter. These are for March, June, September and December of 2017. There will be two forms for each quarter, one to be sent to the State Office and one to be kept in your records. Remember dues are to be paid within 30 days of the close of the quarter.

Once these mailings are done, I will be working on another one which will be new forms for the membership awards. Please, when you receive these, dispose of any old ones you have. There are some new price changes with NG on some of these awards.

As Secretary of your Grange be sure to keep up to date on membership awards due to your members and order them early enough to have them to present to your members when earned. Grange month is a great time to have a special program and present awards. Every member is entitled to a 10 year, 25 year, 50 year certificate and pin. After the 50 year award is earned, every 5 years there is a seal that should be ordered to be placed on the Golden Sheaf Certificate.

If you have questions regarding any of the above or anything that you feel is the Secretaries duty please don’t hesitate to call. If you get the answering machine...leave a message, I will get back with you.