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
MAY/JUNE 2022 GRANGE NEWS

HELLO SPRING!!!!! Hopefully sunshine and warmer temperatures will be arriving soon. 

Let’s all try to support other Granges in their Community Service efforts.  A small group of Fredonia Grange members attended a Burr Oak Fish Fry in April. The food was delicious and the fellowship was great.

The Sesquicentennial Committee is requesting all Granges to make a display board depicting the history of your Grange and community service projects that you are currently or have worked on in the past, to be displayed at the 150th Gala. 

To help you with this project we are hosting a workshop on May 21, 2022, 1:00 at the Burns Grange Hall. You can register for the workshop on the Michigan State Grange website.

Many of the items we will cover, can also be used when putting your Community Service reports/booklets together. 





















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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.

Before you come to the workshop you will need to collect and find the items in lines 1thru 3, and bring them with you. Except for the things we will be providing at the workshop. (The display board, the circuit cutter and the computer and printer.)  Scissors and a ruler may also be something you want to bring with you.

Lines 4 and 5 we will be doing at the workshop. You will be able to use the items we are providing and we will assist you in any way we can.

A light snack will also be provided.

Let's all get together and have a fun afternoon.



MARCH/APRIL 2022 GRANGE NEWS

Wishing everyone a Happy Saint Patrick Day and a Blessed Easter.

Spring is coming soon, hopefully it’s right around the corner. 

In January, Fredonia Grange has always held its annual Oyster Stew dinner. This year they changed it to a Shrimp Boil Dinner. Delicious!!!   Our Wednesday Music night with dancing has been meeting again and has been very successful again. Something rather new this past year, Fredonia Grange has been hosting the Barn Yard Band on the 4th Friday of the month. Good music and dancing. It’s a fun time for all.

On March 19th, Fredonia Grange will host its St Patrick’s Day celebration with a homemade corn beef and cabbage potluck dinner and its annual auction to benefit the Bonnie Rocco Words For Thirds Dictionary Project and other community service objectives. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. The more the merrier. We have such a great time. (5:00 dinner - 6:00 auction)

Community Service is an integral part of the Grange that allows local members to interact and serve the communities where they reside.  

There are numerous benefits to participating in community service, both for you and your community. 

It gives you a way to help others,
It helps improve your community,
It a way to meet new friends and
It often results in personal growth.

I am hoping everyone is trying to do some new and/or revised community services projects during these times.

Here are a couple of ideas you might want to consider:

Volunteer at your local school and read with students.
Host a Bingo Night for a nursing home.
Drive seniors to doctors appointment.
Organize an Easter Eggs Hunt for neighborhood children.

Here are a few suggestions from National Grange when putting your Community Service book together.

These are just suggestions that will help the books flow better and make it easier for the people putting them together. Some of the larger books have good projects but they were difficult to identify because of the way the books were organized.  More pages (fluff) or larger books are not always better.  Good organization is important.  This is not a history book of everything your Grange did in a year just the Community Service projects.
It is important that the name of your Grange is on the front of the book. 

Here are some of the guidelines that are considered during National Grange judging:
  • Organization of the material presented
  • Community Service Project(s), whether one big or multiple projects
  • Participation of Grange members
  • Participation of non-Grange members
  • Publicity for the Community Service Project(s) and/or the Grange
  • Fundraising
  • Benefits to the local community
These books are beautiful and are a joy to have at National Convention. 

Community Service Reports are due September 10th, 2022.