MARY ANN ROCCO
145 Beadle Lake Drive
Battle Creek, MI 49014

​​Tel: 269-209-6640

​​Email: roccomaryann@yahoo.com

THE DICTIONARY PROJECT

"The Dictionary Project" started in South Carolina. The purpose of the project is to put dictionaries into the hands of third graders. These dictionaries are theirs to keep. The organizers of this project are well organized, and have structured the project to make it a success with a minimum of effort. The website includes sample letters, suggestions for labeling the dictionaries, press releases... in short they have thought of everything you need to make the project a success. You may even send for samples of the dictionaries that are offered for sale. Since the current school year is at an end you will have plenty of time to collect information on you school, ordering the dictionaries and make presentation to the school.

There are four things to recommend this project:

GOOD PURPOSE — The Grange has always supported the advancement of education

MEDIUM EXPENSE — The dictionaries are available at a reasonable cost. The books are sold in case lots.

MINIMUM EFFORT — The instructions are very complete. All the thinking work has been done for you. And it would take very few people to finish the project. A small committee could handle it easily.

GOOD PUBLIC RELATIONS — This project would make a very newsworthy story for print or radio.

Please consider this project. If you are interested please contact:

http://www.dictionaryproject.org  or

Mary L. French
P.O. Box #1845
Charleston SC 29402
COMMUNITY SERVICE
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 GRANGE NEWS

Summer is coming to an end and Fall is right around the corner. Colored leaves and pumpkins will be
here before we know it.
Our Granges have been working hard to this year to resume their normal community service projects.
Some of your Community Services Projects may still look a little different and that’s okay.

​Hopefully you have completed your Community Service Report or are working on completing it. If
your Community Service activities have been on hold or not what you anticipated for this year, you can still
fill out the Community Service Summary Report Form and submit it as your Community Service Report without a booklet.

​All nominations for the VIP Award, Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter/EMT and Teacher of the
Year nominates, along with your Community Service Report are due to me by September 10th. You may mail all your nominations and your Community Service Report in the same package.

​I have tried to pass along information in pervious Grange Newsletters as a guide and have mailed out
your registration form along with the guidelines for your report. Your Community Service letter and
Nominations forms have also been posted on the Michigan Grange website. If you have any questions at all
please give me a call or email me.

​Remember your Community Service Report and Award Nominations need to be to me in Battle 
Creek by September 10th, 2022 to be judged.

​With the start of the new Grange calendar year, lets try and find a new Community Service Project to
do this year.

​As you prepare for State Grange remember to bring the Community Service and History items
(pictures, etc.) you want to display on your Sesquicentennial Board. We will be holding a Workshop on
Thursday to help you with your board. You’ll need to bring your lettering materials, mounting materials and
any accent item you want to place on the boards. You can refer to the May-June Michigan Grange New or the Michigan Grange website to review the Grange Display Board materials.

​Enjoy the remaining days of summer, and I’ll see you at the Michigan State Grange convention.
JULY/AUGUST 2022 GRANGE NEWS

Summer Is Here !!!!!
Summer is a busy time for all families. We have many Grange Community Service Projects happening in the next few months.
Fredonia Grange has a new activity they would like to share and invite you to attend. On the 4th Saturday of the month, the Barnyard 7 Band plays many familiar songs for your listening and dancing pleasure. Fredonia Grange Hall, 7:00 P.M.
As you are working on your community service projects, I hope you were able to expand and add a new project this year.
It’s never too late to give a helping hand to your community.
Here are a couple of ideas:
  • Summer is a great time to read to children.
  • Tutor a child during summer break.
  • Volunteer to help with Vacation Summer School in your area.
  • Continue to collect coupons for local food pantries and shelters.
  • Small Bag for the Needy, Hygiene items like soap toothpaste shampoo etc. given to Homeless shelters
  • or Shelters for the Abused.
​No project is too small when helping others.
August 31st marks the end of our Community Service year. Your Community Service Report is due on September 10th, 2022. That means it needs to be delivered to the State Community Service Director on or before that date.  (If special arrangements need to be made for the delivery of your Community Service Report please contact me.)

​Mary Ann Rocco
145 Beadle Lake Drive
​Battle Creek, Michigan 49014
(Just a little note, when mailing your materials please put Drive on the address. There is also Beadle Lake Road and a Beadle Lake in the same zip code.)
​269 209-6640
​roccomaryann@yahoo.com

​Here is a review of information and organization of our Community Service Report. Your Community Service Report 
is for reporting the community service you have done during this Community Service Year.

​The Notebook Reports
  • Please place the summary report at the beginning of the Notebook. It is required!
  • Please do not send more than one Notebook. Notebooks cannot be larger than a 2 inch binder
  • Videotapes and computer discs cannot be used in place of a report for judging.
​Organize the Notebooks.
  • Tell the your story as you organize your projects
  • Group the projects together
  • Keep items that support your projects, like thank you letters and newspaper articles, with or without photos.
  • Simplify your notebook by selecting the best couple of photos for each project.
  • Be concise and stick to the point. More is not always better.
Ways to Organize
  • Organize by New Projects and Continuing Projects
  • Or-Organize in chronological order from the beginning to the end of the year
  • Or -Organize by the largest projects to the smallest projects
  • Keep the page clean and concise
  • List all project at the beginning of the book (Index)
  • Donations for a project should be noted
  • If tabs are use make sure they are secured so they don’t fall out
  • Remember the notebook maximum size is a 2-inch binder.

Grange Display Board

1. Decide on the subject/items you want to display. Community Service Projects History Community and Grange information that tells your Grange story to others Title, Grange Name 

​2. Collect items to be displayed on your board

3. Decide and collect the materials you need to assemble your display board. 
  • A display board (A white, 30” by 20” Bi-fold foam board will be provided for you at the workshop)
  • Lettering (size and type --Avery assorted labels another good option)
  • Mounting materials, tape, hot glue, glue, sticky dots, adhesive foam dots, etc.
  • Added accents, sparkles, beads, 3-D Stickers, flowers/leaves/actual items, etc.
  • Color, shapes and borders (card stock weight paper is best for mounting items)
  •  (Most schools and ISD’s have an Ellison die cutter and if you supply your own paper they should let you use it. This makes letters and other objects.)
  • An circuit cutter and a computer and printer (for labels) will be available for your use at the workshop
4. Lay out all items on the board.
  • Placement so board is balanced
  • Room for all materials you want to display
  • Labeling of materials are correctly spelled
  • Looks pleasing to the eye (Don’t over crowd the Board)
  • Your message needs to have clear, clean and concise content
5. Attach materials to your display board.