Nov 102020

By Marilyn Stinson  (beedlehillattwcdotcom)  
207 824-2291
and Terry LaCombe Stevens  (terryllcacombeatgmaildotcom)  ,
207 356-2492

We are posting a reminder because the next edition of the Bulletin comes out after our video meeting.

Juniors will meet at 10:00 am on November 21, 2020, by video and everyone is welcome to join us. Check it out and see what the Juniors are doing. Get your 5-14-year-olds to join you, please.

Sister Terry will be setting it up and our officers for our meeting will be selected by family groups. Let us know if you want the codes and passwords to connect.? They will be posted on our Maine State Junior Grange #17 page on Facebook or just send one of us a message and we’ll clue you in. We don’t want to use the word ’Zoom’ because some young people associate it with doing school work, but that is the service we will use and it’s for 40 minutes to be free.

Juniors – please have your Thanksgiving decoration/wreath made to exhibit and plan to share how your family will celebrate Thanksgiving. If you have earned a badge or need to do something with the group to earn a badge, let one of know so we can plan the time correctly. ?To earn the Kelley Farm Support Badge, you need to do some research 1. Find out what the Kelley Farm is and why it is important to the Grange. 2. Help your Junior Grange raise money to send to the National Grange. Those who have had items displayed last year helped earn the money we sent to the Kelley Farm from Litchfield Fair. Thank you! We look forward to seeing everyone then. It was a good meeting last time. Please reserve the third Saturday in January and March for future meetings.

Our winter schedule is: November – Make a Thanksgiving decoration or wreath to share on the Virtual Meeting @ 10:00 am on November 21. Share your Thanksgiving Crafts and tell what your Thanksgiving plans are.

December – Make a Christmas or Hanukkah Card for someone in your Subordinate Grange or your FRamily  (Friend-Family).

January – Do a Re-cycle Craft to share at the Virtual Meeting at 10:00 am. Share your Re-cycle Craft.


Create a Seasonal Wreath from any type of form – cardboard, foam, wire, vines, etc. either handmade or store-bought. OR make a decoration for any season. If you use a hot glue gun, be sure to have parental guidance, please! Use ribbons, acorns, cones, ornaments, plastic eggs, colored leaves, toys, etc. Anything added must be secure! Size not to exceed 20 inches.


Use your own imagination for your own project… plastic lids or tubs, paper towel or toilet tissue rolls, used greeting cards, jars or cans that have no sharp nicks, any clean item that might be thrown away! Turn it into a decoration or usable object. Use ribbon, colored paper, stickers, whatever strikes your fancy. If you use a glue gun or super glue, have parental guidance, PLEASE!!

Save your crafts, ?please, so we can use them when we are able to set up any Fair Exhibits again and earn money for Kelley Farm and our activities.

Nov 102020

Winthrop Grange is offering free sewing classes at the Winthrop Legion Post #40, 16 Bowdoin Street in Winthrop on Monday evenings.

  • November 30, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • December 7, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • December 14, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • December 28, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • January 4, 2021, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Sign up is mandatory. We can only host 6 persons at each event. Contact Kathy at 207 500-9864 to sign up!

Nov 102020

By Sherry Harriman  (SHarrimanattwcdotcom)  ,
Maine State Grange Master
207 490-1029

I hope this mailing finds you all well and remaining safe and respectful of others around you. The upcoming National Grange session held November 17 & 18 is going to be totally virtual this year, with committee work done in advance the same way.  A challenge, but we will give it a go.    

The Resolution and Budget Results, Master’s Annual Address, State Secretary, and Treasurer’s Reports which you usually receive at State Session have been mailed to the Secretaries of each Sub & Pomona Grange and posted on the web. The State Lecturer, Memorial Service by the State Chaplain, Agriculture, Communications, Community Service, Family Health and Hearing, Women’s Activities, Fund Raising, and Junior Department reports were mailed to each Grange a couple of weeks ago and also posted on the web. If you want copies of any or all of these please let us know.

I will be sending a letter to each Grange, letting them know the 2020-2021 printed department program books must be requested either by an individual person or a Grange; you may ask for all the new books or a single department.  Most are posted on the web. If you want printed copies, please request them from me; I will get them printed and mailed to you. 

Brother Merton Ricker has retired as our State Musician. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your many years of wonderful, valued service to the Grange. We all appreciate your dedication!

There will be no in-person Officers or Directors, nor Deputy School meetings this fall, as the virus is still a concern. Paperwork will be mailed. These meetings are usually scheduled for early December, but I plan on doing officer meetings and area instruction meetings in the spring. If you have any suggestions we need to cover or something you want discussed, let me know. 

Please encourage Granges to get back into the swing of meetings in person (small groups and following rules) as soon as they can and can feel comfortable doing so. In the meantime, even if you can’t meet in person, keep in contact with others, I recommend Grange business be conducted by conference calls, virtual meetings or an old fashioned ‘calling tree’ to make decisions and check on people (one person calls 2 or 3 people, they each call 2 or 3 more to pass on information, also asking how they are doing and pass that info on to the next person – with their permission). Secretaries check with your members, confirming addresses and phone numbers, and share reports and information. It doesn’t have to be done all on one call or at one meeting, but can be spread out, but definitely share this information with the members.  

Please continue to check in with your fellow Grangers. Isolation and loneliness can be a tough row to hoe, so let’s do what we can to help prevent a tragedy. 

I will be in touch.  Hope to see you all soon.  Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas from Richard and I. Thank you for all the kindnesses at the time of Richard’s brother’s passing.

Nov 102020

By Clay Collins  (claycollins1atyahoodotcom)  , MSG Chaplain
207 837-0564

“When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Psalm 61:2

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Be thankful each and every day. We have made it this far in our journey. We can be grateful to the Lord for this.

This year’s celebrations, as we have witnessed in the early part of this year, will have to be changed drastically due to Covid-19. To be safe, we shouldn’t congregate in large groups as we have in the past. No huge family celebrations for Thanksgiving and other holiday celebrations (i.e., Christmas, Hanukah, etc.). We can still keep God in our hearts and celebrate.

I have a friend that is always coming up with heart-warming stories that she shares on the web. I want to share one here with you if I may.

“I was at the grocery store this morning and heard a loud crash and something shattering. Being nosy, I walked towards the sound and saw some people whispering and looking back to the end of the next aisle. When I walked down that aisle, I saw an older lady had hit a shelf and many things had fallen to the ground and broke. She was kneeling on the floor, embarrassed, frantically trying to clean up.

I felt so bad for her, and everyone was just standing there staring at her. So I went and knelt beside her and told her not to worry and started helping her pick up the broken pieces. After about a minute, the store manager came and knelt beside us and said, “Leave it. We will clean this up.” The lady, totally embarrassed, said, “I need to pay for all this first.” The manager smiled, helped her to her feet, and said, “No ma’am, we have insurance for this. You do not have to pay for anything!”

If you have read this far, I would like for you to give me a minute. Wherever you are, close your eyes, and imagine God doing the same for you!

Collecting the pieces of your broken heart from all the blows life has thrown at you. The bill for your faults, sin, and folly has already been paid through the precious blood of Christ. God will heal all your wounds. He wants to gently lift you to your feet again, clean up your mess, and pick up all the broken pieces. He wants to heal you! He wants to take care of your soul!

We can have that same insurance, and it’s called GRACE!  Amen.

Remember this story the next time something horrific happens to you! We all have had something happen to us that was very embarrassing. Something that made us want to dig a hole, crawl in, and pull the dirt in over us.

To put it very bluntly: crap happens! We just have to pick ourselves up (literally and figuratively!), brush ourselves off, and ask God’s forgiveness and help. If anyone is laughing, laugh with them. Most importantly, forgive them for they are the ignorant ones especially if they didn’t come to your aid when you needed it! If I may, I’ll use a catchphrase from a commercial: don’t get mad, get glad! Be glad God is in your corner, and He will make everything right if you give Him a chance!

Until the next time, I am continuing to pray for good health for you and yours, and remember, “Be well, do good work, keep in touch. May God’s love and understanding reach you all!” Don’t forget to thank a veteran for his/her service in defense of our country!!

Benediction: “Gracious Father, as we are getting closer to the end of this trying year, I pray that our families, friends, and many acquaintances stay healthy, positive, and have faith in their hearts that You will bring them through this stronger than ever. ?Amen.” ?

Thought for the month:
May your neighbors respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And heaven accept you.”??

Irish Good Blessing

Nov 092020
This article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119.

Maine corporations have recently received misleading solicitation mailings with an offer to file annual reports for the corporation for a $185 fee.

The Secretary of State is reminding all corporate and non-profit entities that the Division of Corporations does not mail out the annual report form.

The “solicitation form” from an organization identified as C.F.S. looks similar to the Division of Corporations’ annual report form, but it is not prescribed nor recognized by the Maine Department of the Secretary of State and this mailing does not come from the departments Division of Corporations. Maine corporations have received similar solicitations in recent years from entities operating under various names.

The 2021 annual report is not available until January 1, 2021. At that time, the updated form will be available online at and corporate entities will have until the deadline of June 1, 2021 to complete the report filing with the Secretary of States office. The annual report filing fee for established domestic business entities is $85, nonprofit corporations is $35 and foreign business entities is $150. Any corporation that has questions about the solicitation they received is encouraged to obtain advice from a lawyer or business advisor. In addition, those with questions about corporate annual report or other business entity filing requirements can contact the Maine Division of Corporations at (207) 624-7752.

Nov 082020

By Walter Boomsma  (webmasteratmainestategrangedotorg)  ,
MSG Communications Director
207 343-1842

Communication Shorts are brief (short) but important items posted for your information and use, including Degree Days and Officer Installations.

COVID 19, Governor’s Recent Order

Here are a few resources regarding the latest Governor’s Executive Order:
The Actual Order
Summary of major changes from previous orders
WMTW’s “Frequently Asked Questions”

Winter Farmers’ Markets Guidelines

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry recently updated COVID-19 Guidelines to include indoor markets. Read those Guidelines Here. (Note these Guidelines were issued prior to the Governor’s most recent order.)

Annual Reports Posted

Recently posted annual reports include:

Website News

Just a reminder that we are happy to list links to Community Grange Websites and Facebook Pages, but we have to know they exist! Let us know if your Grange has one or both!

Do You Have FOMO?

“FOMO” is, of course, a Fear Of Missing Out. One strongly recommended treatment is to subscribe to the Maine State Grange Website. We’ll send you a daily summary whenever news and columns are posted, and we won’t share your email address with anyone!

Online Directories Available 24-7

The ODD Directory features all state officers, directors, and deputies with contact information. The Directory of Granges features all Granges in the state with a contact person. Please make sure your listing is correct! We are in the process of updating these directories based on the newest roster information.

Bulletin Reminder

As a reminder, columns and news items for the monthly printed Bulletin are due by the fifteenth of the month. Columns and news items for the website can be submitted at any time.

Note that when you subscribe to the Maine State Grange Website we do not share your email address with others and only use it to send you–at the most–one email per day when new information is posted.

Nov 082020

RESOLVED, Insurance agency’s in The State of Maine be mandated to report to The State of Maine Motor Vehicle Department any and all insured motorists who let their policies lapse.


RESOLVED, that the Maine State Grange permit Subordinate Granges with such accounts to make withdrawals to meet current financial obligations;  the total withdrawn not to exceed 10% of the account balance unless there are special circumstances which have been approved by the appropriate Maine State Grange committee or officer.


RESOLVED, that Congress devise incentives to encourage the production of food, pharmaceuticals, energy, and defense supplies in the United States or other countries considered allies of the United States.


RESOLVED, that the Maine State Grange seek legislation to forbid all Maine election methods and systems from being connected to the internet.


RESOLVED,  that any Executive Order issued by the Governor of the State of Maine during a State of Emergency, that is expected to last for more than 30 days, must be approved by the Legislature before the end of the 30th day after issue. 


RESOLVED, that the Master of the Maine State Grange appoint a committee to prepare for a yearlong celebration of 150 years of the Grange of Maine. 






Nov 082020

It is an honor to present my 2020 Maine State Grange report.  Jim Owens and I represented Maine last November in Minnesota as delegates, participating in all meetings and activities. I served on the Citizenship and Taxation Committee once again.  I attended the Master’s Conference held in Maryland in Feb which was again informative and very worthwhile. 

I hosted Instructions for Deputies and others, held Officers & Directors’ meetings early in the Grange year, gaining a lot of input and ideas from those attending.

Meetings, activities, and scheduled events, both Grange and public events had to be canceled, once the pandemic hit. Sharon and I have worked mostly from our homes only spending limited time in the office but still continuing with Grange work. Some Granges met by conference calls or by zoom, finding this a useful way to conduct business. Some smaller Granges still met in their halls practicing social distancing protocols and wearing masks and once the weather improved, many met outside.

Our membership stays about the same with an overall loss of Granges and membership.

A few Granges have consolidated or closed not necessarily because of the COVID-19 but had been struggling for some time. Attendance at meetings is still vital to our order, let’s make the effort to be part of it whether in person or use of technology.  

I certainly appreciate the efforts of our Directors and Committees who worked diligently on behalf of the Grange with the restrictions being in place during the past year and wish them success in the coming year, with renewed excitement, new ideas, enthusiasm and energy being infectious to say the least.  It is hard work, no doubt about it, but the rewards are worth it.     

We presented Agricultural, Educational Aid and Howes Nurses Scholarships during the year, Annual Tree Farmer Award, Community Service Awards and Membership Awards, and had a modified Junior Camp. Thanks to the generosity of our Granges, we donated to a Veteran’s Program here in Maine (House in The Woods Military and Family Retreat), donated cash and Christmas gifts to Home for Little Wanderers, and received other donations for different departments and projects. We enjoy going to Grange, but we need to continually work to make our meetings and activities productive and interesting.

Many Granges and Grangers stepped up even more during this difficult time, assisting in their communities, setting up drop/pickup boxes at the halls providing needed items to those in the community such as bottled water, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, cleaning products, wipes, and other items.  Some even providing grocery staples in their swap boxes, many members helping with home delivers or doing errands for their neighbors.  Masks quickly became a necessary item and the Grange crafters and stitchers from all over the state took up the call and got involved adding those to the swap boxes or just handing them out to all who passed by.  Many new people tried “grow your own” this year and received advice and assistance from local Grangers. Community gardens picked up in number. Granges reported providing free to-go meals to communities and also transported meals, munchies, and deserts to health care workers. 

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Nov 072020

Articles in this issue include:

  • Participating in the Process by National Grange President Betsy Huber
  • Election in Review
  • National Grange Convention by Amanda Brozana Rio, National Grange Communications Director
  • innovation from Farm to Table Recap

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