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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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 GRANGE NEWS

Are we all glad 2020 is gone, relegated to the history books? Between the pandemic, the economy and oh yes an election like no other and talk of 2024 beginning. Here’s hoping that one is a little more civil and adult like.
With our mini-convention in 2020 with no entries in the department, the Family Activities committee decided to use 2020 contests in 2021. That means with all of the work you did in 20, you still have time to do more for this October.
The full program book for all departments is included in this issue of the Grange News. Hang on to it, so it is readily available to look up something. And even if you are not a crafty person (like me) still hang on to the paper as someone else in your Grange might need it at a later date. If anyone has any questions please get in touch with Barb or me (Tom) and we’ll try to help you.
Do people still make New Years Resolutions like we used to. I was thinking a few weeks ago just how important it is to say “please” and “thank you” where it’s call for. That was to be my resolution for myself to express gratitude a little more freely from now on. You know like thanking a waitress when your food comes to you or the pharmacy for promptly filling your prescription or the neighbor who keeps your walk clear of snow. I’m sure they’d appreciate it.

​After thinking about this I found this clipping about gratitude. Some great thoughts are in it if we practice 
them daily and often each day.

​​Get a Gratitude attitude
 A thankful heart is a happy heart — it may sound cliche, but scientific research says it’s true. Making gratitude a regular habit boosts positive emotions and helps you be more resilient when dealing with life’s challenges. The following exercises in gratitude can lead to a happier you.

​ ​Keep a journal. A dedicated journal, in which you 
write down a few things you are thankful for each day, is a simple and effective tool for cultivating gratitude. Rereading past entries can offer a healthy perspective when you need an emotional boost.
 Create a collage. Hang a bulletin board where you’ll see it every day, and pin photos of friends and family members, as well as other items that bring you joy, such as a meaningful postcard or a wise saying from a fortune cookie. This inspiration board serves as a visual reminder of the good things in your life.
 Say “thank you”, Express your thanks when interacting with food servers, store clerks, medical staff and customer service employees. Send personal thank-you notes to people who’ve left lasting impressions.
 Give back. Studies show that people who volunteer have a more positive outlook. Donating your time, skills or money to those in need gives you the chance to reflect on things you may take for granted. Helping others also increases your sense of purpose.
BARBARA JOHNSTON​, CO-DIRECTOR
2028 Robbins Road
​Tipton, MI 49287

​Tel: 517-431-2546

Email: tnbjohnston@pc.com​