TOM SMITH, CO-DIRECTOR
816 4th Street
Three Rivers, MI  49093

269-858-8305​




FAMILY  ACTIVITIES
MARCH/APRIL 2021 GRANGE NEWS

RED ALERT!! Danger Will Robinson! Those lines by the robot of peril on the old Lost in Space might apply a little here. In your last issue of the Grange News, in the Program Book included, the program for the Family Activities Department was one from 2 years ago, please disregard that. The one printed here on this page is the official 20-21 Family Activities program and is also available on the web site. PLEASE be aware of this and keep this issue as well. Any questions give us a call. I’m sure there will be none of those evil space aliens the robot talked about, but we don’t want any misunderstanding or problems in October.

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Hopefully with spring we’ll all be a little more able to get back to our Grange routine. Hopefully, everyone will remember what night the meetings are and proper procedure. I know when a month goes by with no Grange, I really feel like I’m missing something? 

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Just asking…
  • What is the speed of dark?
  • How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?
  • What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
  • Why is it that psychics have to ask you your name?
  • If you could travel a the speed of light, would your headlights still work?
“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting 3 dog biscuits in your pocket and give him only 2 of them?”

​HOME ARTS CONTESTS
PROGRAM YEAR 2020-2021
Sponsored by: The Family Activities Department
Anyone who is 14 and older are encouraged to enter any or all of the categories:

​General Rules:
  1. All entries must be labeled with an official label and entry forms must be completed prior to entering in competition. Contact your Family Activities Chairman for labels.
  2. Workmanship must be that of entrant.
  3. Only one entry per class: (classes —knitting, crocheting, clothing, etc.)
  4. Adult entries will receive ribbons for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places and all entries will receive a participation ribbon.
  5. Junior entries will receive ribbons for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place plus a $3 cash prize for 1st prize, $2 cash prize for 2nd place and $1 cash prize for 3rd place. All entries will receive a participation ribbon.
  6. Best of Show award will be awarded by the Judges. All entries will be eligible to receive this honor.

​Adult Home Arts Categories
All Grange members 14-100+ (Men and Women) are encouraged to enter any or all of this year’s categories.
I Baked Goods (men and women)
*Must include recipe, typed or legibly printed.
*Must be made from scratch, no mixes.
*Display should be on a disposable plate or pan.
*Judging will be based on appearance, texture and flavor.
A. Cherry Pie (from scratch)
B. Angel Food Cake or Sponge Cake (from scratch)
C. Quick Breads (from scratch)
D. Peanut Butter Cookies (from scratch)

​II Homemade Candies
A. Any type of fudge (from scratch)
B. Any other type of candy (from scratch)
III Canning
A. Pickles (any variety)
B. Salsa (any style)
IV Dried Foods
A. Dried Meats (jerky, summer sausage, etc.)
B. Dried Fruits or Vegetables

​V Knitting
A. Any knitted item
VI Crocheting
A. Any crocheted item
VII Quilting (open to members and non-members)
A. Any form of quilting
VIII Clothing
A. Decorated T-shirt (anything)
B. Apron (any style or format)
IX. Pillow Cases
 A. Any format
X. Greeting Cards
 A. Any holiday
XI. Woodworking
 A. any item (must be small enough to display on a table)
XII. Garden Sparklers
 A. Any style (check on line for description and ideas)
XIII. Antique Home
 A. Grandma’s Kitchen or Home items
 B. Grandad’s Tool Shed
XIV. Miscellaneous Crafts
 A. Anything goes! Any article that does not fall into an
 existing class
JUNIOR BAKING CONTEST
Division I: Ages 5-9
Division II: Ages 10-14
 A. No Bake Cookies

​Be sure to check out other contests for Juniors in the 
Lecturer’s , Juniors and Deaf Awareness Programs.​

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MAY/JUNE 2021 GRANGE NEWS

Greetings from the south-west corner of our great state. Seems as though when you watch or read the news, there’s a lot of craziness out there. But, I’ll still take our state easily over any other.
Has everyone still got their 2021 Program book? Hope so, because my co-director and committee as well as the judges want to be busy with tables covered with articles made by our talented Michigan Grangers.

​I’ve said it for ten years as your State Lecturer and the last 5 with Family activities, if you have any questions or concerns don’t be afraid to get a hold of Barb, Russ or myself so we can help avoid any misunderstandings later.

​One of the pharmacies I use (a well known national chain) sent a letter that their 
“security was breached...nationwide. It was no fault of the pharmacy themselves, but by another firm who does file transfers for them. The good news is that no debit or credit or financial information was impacted.

​But they do have names, phone numbers, E-mail addresses, prescription info, medical 
history and many more.
You never really think about these things until it impacts you.

​Anyway, it’s getting worked out (slowly). Here are some tips from a flyer I picked up at my local bank, 
with some good common sense ideas to help protect you and your family from this bit, worrisome headache.

​Identity Theft…
Identity theft is a crime in which an impostor obtains key pieces of information, such as a social security or drivers license number to obtain credit, merchandise, and service in the name of the victim.
They may obtain this information by:
  • Stealing wallets that contain personal identification information and credit cards.
  • Stealing bank statements from the mail.
  • Diverting mail from its intended recipients by submitting a change of address form.
  • Rummaging through trash for personal data.
  • Stealing personal identification information from workplace records.
  • ​Intercepting or otherwise obtaining information transmitted electronically.
​The victim is left with a ruined credit history and the time consuming and complicated task of regaining financial health. Failing to shred banking and credit information is just one of the ways you increase your risk of being a victim of identity theft.
Tips to Prevent Identity Theft…
  • Guard your mail box from theft. Consider setting up electronic statements from your bank and others who may send personal information via mail.
  • Be suspicious of telephone solicitors, never provide information unless you initiated the call.
  • Carefully destroy papers you throw out especially those with sensitive or identifying information.
  • Check credit reports from all three credit reporting agencies once a year.
  • Pay attention to your billing cycles. Follow up with creditors if your bills don’t arrive on time. Consider online bill payment to better monitor your bills.
  • Check account statements carefully to ensure all charges, checks or withdrawals were authorized.
  • Guard your social security number. Don’t carry it with you and never give it to anyone unless they have a good reason for needing it. Don’t put this number or your driver’s license number on your checks.
  • Before you reveal any personally identifying information, find out how it will be used and whether it will be shared with others Watch for people who may try to or overhear information you give out orally.
Till next time,
Happy Granging!
BARBARA JOHNSTON​, CO-DIRECTOR
2028 Robbins Road
​Tipton, MI 49287

​Tel: 517-431-2546

Email: tnbjohnston@pc.com​