JOIN THE GRANGE FOR FAMILY, FOR FUN, FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
A community organization bringing together friends and neighbors, striving to achieve a higher degree of community is the aim of the Grange. Our organization is non-partisan and non-sectarian. We believe in goodwill and mutual respect for individual positions while working toward the common good of all.
The Michigan State Grange has several programs to make your membership in the Grange worthwhile. Those benefits can be found by following the link to the National Grange Website members benefits page.
Each year that goes by will make your Grange Membership more valuable to you and your family.
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP
REGULAR MEMBERSHIP is those persons who are initiated into the fourth degree and who are not eligible to be considered in the family membership plan or as a Golden Sheaf member. Dues per member to be paid by the Subordinate Grange to the Michigan State Grange are $50.00 per year, and are to be paid quarterly.
FAMILY MEMBERSHIP is for persons with teenage or college-age children. Dues to be paid to the State Grange are $100.00 per year. This type of membership is for the parents and their children only. The resolution is as follows: families consisting of parents and children living at home who have not attained the age of 19 and/or children living at home and attending school full-time, who have not attained the age of 25.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP is for those persons who are willing to support the Grange but who do not want to attend meetings or take an active part in the Grange's activities. They are not initiated, are not given the password, and do not have voting rights. They are eligible to participate in the insurance programs and to receive the Michigan Grange News. The Subordinate Grange pays to the Michigan State Grange the same amount per quarter on an Associate as for Regular members.
E-MEMBERSHIP is a unique tool that is available to anybody who supports our efforts but does not have the time or the ability to attend Grange meetings on a regular basis; though they still wish to have a link to the organization. E-membership is a class of membership that started this past November following the National Grange convention that is designed to give people a membership status which allows them to receive all of the publications and programs that are available through National Grange electronically. This is a tool that if used productively will help to increase membership in our subordinate Granges across Michigan as well as across the country. For each new e-member that is gained in Michigan, the Michigan State Grange gets $7.50 of the yearly $12.00 dues that National charges.
GOLDEN SHEAF MEMBERSHIP is for those persons who have been Grange Members continuously for 50 years. A special certificate is available for them and is issued by the National Grange. An application is to be made by the Subordinate Grange Secretary to the Michigan State Grange, (on a special form which is available from the Michigan State Grange office) where the membership is verified. The application is then sent on to the National Grange office (accompanied with a check for $10.00 made out to the National Grange) who issues the certificate. The application should be sent to the State Grange Office no more than 60 days in advance of the anniversary date. A Golden Sheaf Pin maybe purchased by the Subordinate Grange. The Subordinate Grange is required to pay on those having become a Golden Sheaf Member after January 1, 1989. (Delegate Action, 1988).
JULY/AUGUST 2022 GRANGE NEWS
June 30. The calendar year is half over and the Grange membership year just ended. Hopefully your
Grange was able to take in a new member or two. I would love to see an increase in membership from
every Grange. More importantly, it would be great to see Michigan have an increase!
A reminder of the membership program for this year – take in new members! I will recognize every
Grange at state session that has new member(s). And associate members count too. The breakdown is:
Gain 1 new member
Gain 2-5 new members
Gain 6-10 new members
Gain over 10 members – I will have a great reward!
Enjoy the beautiful days of summer! Tricia
MARCH/APRIL 2022 GRANGE NEWS
Welcome to spring!
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.
Hopefully each Grange has been working on a plan to recruit members. I know, it is a difficult thing to do. I do believe that people are looking for an organization to join and be part of something great in their community.
How do you go about this? Ask. Invite them to assist at an event. Ask again. It may take some time to get them on board. Show the community that you are an active Grange. Write an article for your local paper about activities you have done. Keep a current website and Facebook page. It can be done!!
If you haven’t read the Program Book yet, the membership program is very simple this year. Get members! The more members you gain, the better the reward/recognition will be at state session. Associate members can count in this gain too!
Wishing you a happy spring! Tricia
GROWTH THRU ACTION WORKSHOP
If you weren't able to attend the "Growth Thru Action" Zoom workshop on January 16th presented by Joe Stefenoni, Director of Membership & Leadership Development for The National Grange, you can access the PowerPoint presentation and the participation packet: