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

269-858-8305​




FAMILY  ACTIVITIES
JULY/AUGUST 2020 GRANGE NEWS

No Family Activities Contests will be held this  year...please save them until next year ...program will be the same. 
Did everyone make it through the last 2 or 3  months without going crazy? Only in America could 100,000 people die and it becomes a political issue. 
At least there was plenty of time to work on contest entries. It really gave me a lot of time to think about the Grange, and how I miss it when it’s not  there. No fellowship, activity, discussion, or potlucks! Here’s hoping that when able, we all will be able to get back in a “Grange Frame of Mind”. By that I mean service to our communities, tolerance for others, ideas and views and a willingness to try new things and do a little more for our organization. 
You know, we have Grange Halls and meeting places throughout the state, but only use them once or twice a month. What kind of message does this  convey to those who pass by? I thought about this quite a bit while we were more or less homebound  and decided that there are many ways to take better advantage of our Grange. 
While people were confined to home, many people were forced to actually prepare a meal. Flour  flew off the shelves, but how many people had ever baked from scratch? 
Here’s the idea! Why not use our Grange halls to  ​host classes, open to the community, in case we go through this again. 
Here’s just a few Family Activities ideas off the  top of my head that might work, and I am sure your Grange can come up with many more. 
Classes in home canning, scratch baking, ethnic  cooking, quilting, various craft and needlework, time management, etc. I’m sure your local Cooperative  Extension service could assist you. 
And why stop there? How about boating safety,  crafts for kids, local history, or a local issue of concern, health issues on many subjects. 
Maybe once every quarter, host a coffee hour with  your State Representative or Senator, open to the public. Just try to discuss issues and not politics and  personalities. 
These are just a few ideas I came up with, feel free  to add to it. Utilize the media in all forms. Who knows, you might even gain some new members, but  at least, lets show our communities we’re more than a 1 day a month, couple hours, club like many others. 
Quarterly Bulletins
Does your Grange take advantage of and use the  quarterly bulletins from the Lecturer’s, Deaf Awareness and Family Activities departments? We all try hard to present things to help you in your work at the local level, but we never get any feed back. Let us know if they are of help to you and if you have material to shave, send it in! 
Tips for Effective Leadership
Do’s
  • Consider yourself honored to be a leader and say so to  those who place you in that role. 
  • Show your followers sincere appreciation.
  • Speak in terms of your listeners’ interests.
  • Be careful of the tone of your voice.
  • Take up only one solution to a problem at a time in  group meetings. 
  • Have an eager desire to learn and communicate.
  • Set an example by being at least twice as animated as  you expect others to be. 
  • Give encouragement in every comment you make.
  • When correcting someone's mistake, first praise the  person for something they are doing right, then work 
  • on the problem.
  • Read, study and think.
  • Have a keep sense of timing and tempo. Keep your  group moving at top speed. 
  • Be a good listener. Half of communicating is listening.
  • Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing others.
Don’ts 
  • Never imitate others. Be yourself
  • Don’t play yourself up. Be modest.
  • Don’t say “I” , say “we”.
  • Never interrupt others.
  • Don’t resent criticism. Welcome it.
  • Instead of making direct assertions, ask questions.
  • Don’t emphasize trivial things.
  • Never excuse yourself from people who feel they have failed. Work with them until they are satisfied 
  • with their progress.
  • Don’t talk about things that you know nothing  about.
MAY/JUNE 2020 GRANGE NEWS

Time flies (unless we’re all still trapped indoors) and the 2020 Convention is getting close (well, maybe). Anyway our friends in the north, I’m sure will have everything ready and we need to fill up the display room. All but photography should be easier with all of our home time.

​Remember, not that long ago, when there was a “Michigan Week” in May? Sturgis used to host the Kick-off parade, there was Mayor Exchange Days, and each day of the week was a spotlight on our state like Education Day, Agriculture, Industry, etc. A tradition of my Grange for many years was a Michigan Dinner. All foods brought to the potluck, the main ingredient had to be a product of Michigan. Guaranteed a good meal, and fun, too. Perhaps your Grange could try this as a means of something a little different.

​Here’s a few Did You Knows about or great state…
  • ​That the world’s first stop sign was a hand-held sign used by a traffic policeman in Detroit?
  • ​That over 100 railroad freight cars a day were manufactured in Detroit in the 1890s?
  • ​That Detroit became the leading producer of stoves in the 1890s, not only in Michigan but in the world?
  • ​That the first operating railroad in Michigan was a horse-drawn train running between Adrian and Toledo in 1836? By 1850, railroad companies had completed the rail link from Detroit to Chicago.
  • ​That the first United States Land Office in Michigan was located in Detroit in 1818? Persons wanting to buy surveyed land could only purchase it through a land office.
  • ​That the Ambassador Bridge, linking Canada and Michigan, was completed in 1929 at a cost of more than #16 million? It was the first bridge to connect to countries. In 1930, the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel was completed at a cost of $22 million.
  • ​That Michigan was the first state to develop roadside parks with picnic tables?
  • ​That the telephone was first introduced in Michigan in 1877 on an experimental basis, just one year after it was displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia?
  • ​The first telephone directory in Michigan appeared in 1878, listing 124 Detroit customers who subscribed to Michigan’s “Speaking Telephone?”
  • ​That because of the availability of wood in Michigan, our state led the country in shipbuilding in the 1890s?
  • ​That Ruth Thompson, a probate judge in Whitehall for 18 years, was the first Congressman from Michigan? She was elected in 1950, served three terms, and was the first woman to sit on the House Judiciary Committee.
  • That in 1918, before the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Michigan amended its own constitution to give women the right to vote, thus ending a long struggle by suffragists.
  • ​That the small town of Belding, Michigan, in 1925, produced 95 percent of all the silk thread sold in the US?
  • ​That celery, long the leading product of Kalamazoo fields, was reputed to have medicinal qualities? Celery was acclaimed as a cure for nervousness, depression, headaches, and insomnia, and was even used in cough drops!
  • ​That logging companies, owning over 12 million acres of forested land in Michigan, today plant more trees than they cut? Michigan now has over 19 million acres of trees on both peninsulas.
  • ​That a policeman in Detroit named William Potts designed the first traffic light in the early 1900s? He discovered that he could direct three intersections at once with an electric contraption using a red, a green, and a yellow light installed in a tower.
  • ​That Pearl Kendrick, a Grand Rapids native, developed the first vaccine against whooping cough?
  • ​That the first newspaper in Michigan was printed in 1809? It went out of business after one issue because of lack of sales. However, the Detroit Gazette printed its first copy in 1817 and newspapers have been a part of Michigan ever since.
  • ​That several Michigan teams were a part of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, which the movie A League of Their Own was based upon? Just like in the movie, the league was created to fill the void left by men who joined the armed service in the early 1940s. The league lasted about a decade.
  • ​That the Native Americans believed that Arch Rock, a natural limestone formation on Mackinac Island, was built by spirits as a gateway to the island? The Arch Rock stand 149 feet above water and has a span of 50 feet.
  • ​That, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Bertha Van Hoosen, a talented doctor and skilled surgeon and raised in Michigan, was denied entrance into the medical societies because she was a woman? She later taught obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois and Loyola University medical schools. She paid her own tuition to the University of Michigan by teaching because her parents objected to her career choice.
BARBARA JOHNSTON​, CO-DIRECTOR
2028 Robbins Road
​Tipton, MI 49287

​Tel: 517-431-2546

Email: tnbjohnston@pc.com​