JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2023 GRANGE NEWS
Wow! A new year. Time to start your Grange year with a fresh start and clean slate. The Program Book contains the 2023 membership program. I spoke briefly about this at state session. I am pairing up Granges in the state with the intention that they can work together to improve their programs and membership. I will be mailing information to each Grange membership director in January with the Grange pairings and expectations.
As part of this program, I was looking in the MSG roster at locations for every Grange. I noticed that
some Granges are having their meetings during the day. This is great for your Grange if everyone is retired. But if you really want to grow your membership, please consider having your meetings in the
evenings or on the weekends. Nothing will stall the growth of a Grange like having inconvenient meeting
I attended the National Grange convention in Reno, NV and there is a buzz in the air about Grange
growth. Many Granges and state Granges across the country had a net increase in membership. And better yet, the National Grange as a whole had a net gain! Let’s ride this wave and have Michigan be
among the net gain states next year!
Have a safe and warm winter!
MARCH/APRIL 2023 GRANGE NEWS
Welcome to spring!
I am hoping every Grange has reviewed the membership letter that was mailed in early January and
has started a plan to meet with their “sister” Grange.
I believe this will be a great opportunity to share information between each other. Please reach out to
your sister Grange if you have not had communication yet. If you have not seen the letter, they were mailed to membership chairman, if listed for your Grange, then either master or secretary. Please contact me to receive another copy of the letter as there is important information in it. Here are the pairings. The Grange in the left column is to visit the Grange across from them in the right column. I tried to keep them as geographically close to each as possible.
Burns #160 Maple Leaf #940
Community #1675 West Oshtemo #1630
Fredonia #1713 Plymouth/Westland #389
Gratiot #1898 Kinney #754
Harbor Springs #730 Barnard #689
Home #129 White Pigeon #1345
Mosherville #1351 Colon #215
North Adrian #721 Burr Oak #1350
Oceana Center #1047 Summit City #672
Pittsfield Union #882 Adams #286
Studley #1174 Fern #803
Amanda Brozana, Leadership and Membership Director for the National Grange had a suggestion
for the Granges participating in this program. I sent her the letter that each of you received as the idea for
this program came from a Membership Matters Zoom meeting that is held monthly. She had a few
suggestions to make the visitation fun. Take along a favorite potluck item (and the recipe) to exchange a
few good bites. Or give members of the Grange a small gift/token of friendship. No need to spend a lot
of money for this last suggestion.
The end of the first quarter is almost here. That means the end of the membership year is fast approaching! The Grange year for the membership department ends June 30. I would love to see every Grange gain a member or two!
Wishing you a Happy Easter!