MAY/JUNE 2019 GRANGE NEWS
Welcome to spring! I hope by now you have taken the time to look over the membership contest that was
in the Program Book. I would love to have a lot of entries this year! If it doesn’t work to enter the contest
this year, please plan to do so in 2020!
I do not have plans at this time to visit Granges. If you would like to have me visit your Grange, whether
it be at a meeting or with members in a non-meeting setting, let me know. I have information that I can
share with you to help you recruit members. I will be developing a plan to determine which Granges could
use my assistance immediately.
Please know that if you want to create an impressive display to use in your area, you will need to spend
money. You don’t need to go extravagant and spend a huge amount, but there will be expenses for a display board and other things. I just saw a display board from Keystone Grange (PA) on the National Grange Community Service Facebook page. You can find great ideas/suggestions from other Granges!
I wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Memorial Day – the unofficial start to summer!
MARCH/APRIL 2019 GRANGE NEWS
Members: how do we get them; how do we keep them?
Every organization I know is having this same problem. The National Grange has a monthly membership teleconference program. Ideas and suggestions are also shared among the participants.
January’s topic was gaining members thru juniors.
Try to connect with parents thru their kids. The National Grange has started a 1 Plus Program where a Junior Grange can be started with just 1 junior member.
Is starting or having a Junior Grange work? Yes, but if you start with a junior, you may get the entire family, thereby increasing your membership and gaining workers for your events.
Invite home schooled families. They are looking for ways to involve their kids in community service.
Invite people to participate in projects but do not hard sell a membership.
This is a totally different approach from what Grange has done in the past!
Promote the Cape of Honor program offered through the community service department. Contact me if you need more information on this.
Hopefully you have taken the time to read the information I provided in the Program Book on a membership contest. I hope to see a report from many Granges!
I will be gathering information about each of the granges in the state and determining what I want to do with membership. Please be patient with me as this is a new area for me! I have lots to learn before putting a plan into place.
Wishing you a happy spring – if it ever gets here!!