Granger’s Making 50 Toys or More 1. Ted Mudd, Studley #1174 2. Helen Mudd, Studley #1174
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 GRANGE NEWS
Women’s Department A few weeks ago, when we were trying to select ideas for the contests and activities in the Family ActivitiesDepartment, it go me thinking how much it has evolved.
Well over 100 years ago there was a Committee on Women’s work. You can just imagine what this entailed. Remember, women were just getting the vote, so I’m guessing this committee discussed sewing, cooking, child rearing and how to be a supportive farm wife. Then, it became the Home Economics Committee. Again it involved those things listed above, but also included national sewing and needlework contests. And how many new Grange Halls were built using the talents of Grange women for public dinners, bake sales, food at auctions, etc. And they started to think in broader terms, too. Support for the CARE programs brought many needed services to third world countries, and the basis was laid for Grange Deaf Activities. And then it became the Women’s Activities Committee and Grange Women were encouraged to be more active in their communities. The Golden Quill project of the late 70’s –early 80’s urged women in the Grange to Get involved in legislation and community action issues. All this time the many contests continued. Today, we call it Family Activities. I’ve always heard it said, “In the Grange, we are one big family”, so the emphasis of the program has shifted to finding activities and projects for all ages, all interests and all concerned. We’ve tried in the New Grange program to find some contests that will appeal to a broader range of interest. But this committee needs to do more in their Granges than just push for entries. We need to find projects and activities for all to participate in. Here are a few of my ideas to better involved our family and Grange family in making the Grange experience a good one.
Put together a Grange family cookbook. Everyone loves potlucks and every Grange I have ever visited has special people, known for a special dish. Collect the recipes and let all share in the good taste. It could be used as a fundraiser, too.
Plan a special outing. Visit a local museum, zoo or attraction as a group. More people make for more fun, and if enough can go, group rates might be secured.
Do something this year you have never done before and let everyone help with the planning. It might be a community service project, a dinner, an awards night or whatever, but include as many as possible in the planning. This should help to get greater interest as well as attendance.
The big holidays are over (thank-you) but that doesn’t have to mean that the joy of giving has to stop. I found this years ago & clipped it for use sometime. Hope you enjoy it and practice it.
Eight Wonderful Gifts That don’t cost a cent. The Gift of Listening But you must really listen. No interrupting, no day dreaming, no planning your responses, no second- guessing. Just listen.
The Gift of Affection Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, and pats on the back. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for your family and close friends. The Gift of Laughter Clip and share cartoons and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”
The Gift of a Written Note It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a lift. The Gift of a Compliment A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job,” or “Thant was wonderful,” can make someone’s day. The Gift of a Favor Every day, go out of your way to do something kind. The Gift of Solitude There are times when you want nothing more than to be left alone. Be sensitive to that same need in others and give the gift or solitude when it seems needed. The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition The easiest way to feel good is to offer a kind word to someone. Really, just a cheery “Hello” or “How are you?” can go along way.