60822 Creek Road
Niles, MI 49120

Hello Fellow Grangers of Michigan. I am writing to you today as the newly “appointed” (I offered) Chairperson of the Michigan State Grange Fundraising Committee. As of right now, the committee consists of myself and Russ Hoag of Community Grange #1675. The main reason for this informational letter is to announce a project that we are looking for help with from our knitters and crocheters. Russ has offered his talents but needs help from each of you. Russ has offered to sew together knitted or crocheted squares into an Afghan that will then be raffled off with all proceeds going to the MSG General Fund.  

Here are the requirements: each square must be 10”x10” and use yarn of any color or thickness you would like but just no WOOL please. You may knit or crochet and it can be any stitch or design (must be a square). The goal is to make the Afghan a 10 square by 10 square size, of course keeping the knit from the crochet. DO NOT block your square(s). Once we have the finished item, we will then have Connie Johnston apply to the State of Michigan for the raffle license and print up the tickets to start selling. If anyone would like to donate a few gift cards for places that are located throughout Michigan, we would put together a 2nd prize for the raffle as well. We would like the squares to be mailed to our address which is 60822 Creek Rd, Niles, MI 49120 or to PO Box 714 Niles, 49120. All squares need to be received by March 1st. This will give Russ the rest of March to get it put together with hopes of applying for the license in April.

Have no fear about the number of squares needed! We do not expect all the squares to come from just Grange members. Russ has an active YouTube channel called “It’s Raining Yarn” with over 1,600 subscribers within the United States and in several other Countries. He has asked them if they wish to help us with this to do the same size square and send them to his PO Box in Niles. If we receive more than the number of squares needed for one Afghan, then he will put another one together or whatever size allowed by the remaining squares.  

Our Tupperware Fundraiser has been extended to Jan 19th at 5pm. There is a link on the State Grange’s website to view items and place your order online. All orders ship directly to your address. Our Tupperware consultant is one of Community Grange’s vendors at our Bi-Annual Rummage sales. She is sharing 50% of her commission as our fundraiser income! We do not have any costs to do this fundraiser.

We are looking to bring back “Pennies from Heaven” and “Grange Dollars”. We will take your loose coins at the next State Session in October 2024. The “Grange Dollars” we will be happy to take those at the State Session as well. What we mean by Grange Dollars, on each Dollar bill there is a large letter. We would like to collect any of them that has a “G” on them.  

If you have any other fund-raising ideas, please let me know. We might look at trying another Tupperware Fundraiser later in 2024 as well. Until then…   

Kevin Young
MSG Fundraising Committee