Nov 082020
 

INSURANCE COVERAGE LAPSE NOTIFICATIONS
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.

Accepted


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permit Subordinate Granges with such accounts to make withdrawals to meet current financial obligations;  the total withdrawn not to exceed 10% of the account balance unless there are special circumstances which have been approved by the appropriate Maine State Grange committee or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

Accepted


ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES
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.

Accepted


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

Accepted


EXECUTIVE ORDERS DURING A TIMES OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY
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. 

Accepted


150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAINE STATE GRANGE
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. 

Accepted


BUDGET PRESENTED TO MAINE STATE GRANGE
2020 – 2021 STATE GRANGE BUDGET

Accepted

2020 – 2021 HEADQUARTERS BUDGET

Accepted

Oct 302020
 

This monthly newsletter written by Burton Eller, National Grange Legislative Director, covers “what’s happening” in Washington on a wide variety of topics of interest to Grangers.

National Grange View from the Hill
Oct 212020
 
This article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119.

Maine’s Vote in Honor of a Veteran program was created as a “Promote the Vote” initiative for the 2000 General Election. Because of the program’s popularity, as well as the events of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath, the program continues. It offers two unique ways for individuals to recognize the military service of a friend of relative.

The Book: Maine Remembers Those Who Served is a collection of tributes to veterans. Covering over 250 years, the book chronicles the contributions of servicemen and women in all branches of the military, celebrates their selfless dedication and commitment to military service, and honors the legacy of their defense of democracy.

Now available online,?Maine Remembers Those Who Served?serves as a special way to honor a veteran. The collection shows appreciation for all who helped preserve our freedoms, including our right to vote. It is our way of saying “thank you.” New tributes can now be added to the book’s online version.

The Button: “I’m voting in Honor of a Veteran”?is personalized with the name of a veteran the voter wants to recognize for his or her sacrifices to ensure our important freedoms, including the right to vote. In 2000, over 10,000 citizens honored someone who had served, or is serving, in the military. Maine voters paid tribute to a grandfather or grandmother, father or mother, brother or sister, son or daughter, husband or wife, or a neighbor, friend or fellow veteran.?Limit 3 buttons per address.

Oct 052020
 

This monthly newsletter written by Burton Eller, National Grange Legislative Director, covers “what’s happening” in Washington on a wide variety of topics of interest to Grangers.

National Grange View from the Hill
Aug 102020
 

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

Our Subordinate and Pomona Granges are getting back in the swing little by little but with restrictions and adjustments being made to meetings and fund raising. 

I have been working on compiling the results from the Grange Surveys I have received so far. The information provided was for a typical year in their Granges.  This being decidedly a non-typical year many Granges have very limited activities and events. As your Grange gets more involved once again maybe you could use some of these great suggestions.

Community Service projects being reported on the surveys included:

Fuel assistance for those in need; roadside trash pick-up; flags provided for Veterans graves; assist animal shelter with food and bedding; provide building to food pantry; allow free use of the hall to community groups and informational meetings; provide meals for Veterans;? Words for Thirds; Christmas for families; Thanksgiving for families; farmers’ markets; assorted classes; 4-H; bee keepers; spinning; music programs; painting classes; poster contest; clothing drive and give-a-way; Halloween party; pumpkins & carving; fun Friday; backpacks for school; backpacks for snacks & meals; backpacks for trauma; teddy bears for law enforcement; scholarships; provide seeds to school children; area historical programs; wreaths for veterans; US flags in town for Memorial day; town signs; Scouts use hall; community meals; donations; food cards; donate household items; masks for Covid-19; cooking for home bound; make donations to Harvest Hills & Ronald McDonald House; public gardens; cemetery flowers & cleanup; town celebration; flag retirement ceremony; library support; Easter Egg hunt; breakfast with Santa; provide vegetable and flower plants; ?assist shut-ins; and donate toiletries to homeless shelter.

Fund Raising activities reported:

Hall rentals; public suppers; pancake breakfasts; fairs; flea markets; rentals; concerts; lectures; fair exhibit; food booth; quilting class; music jam; bottle drive; carnival games day; bake sales at town events; sell candy, cakes, jams, jellies, etc.; holiday fairs; craft fairs; raffles; bingo; lunches; food sale; plant sale; and shrub sale.

Be safe for the rest of the summer. We will see you soon.

Jul 152020
 

By Steve Call  (samo519atmidmainedotcom)  
207 884-8086
MSG Legislative Director

The postponed Primary Elections are now over and the candidates decided. It will be Sara Gideon vs. Susan Collins for the US Senate and Dale Crafts vs. Jared Golden for the US House of Representatives, to be decided in the November election.

Both Broadband and Transportation Bond Questions passed overwhelmingly.

The Maine Legislature may soon be back to work, having been in recess for four months due to pandemic, The members have been contacted to see about returning to work for a special session.

There is still time to submit resolutions for the upcoming State Grange Session. Resolutions are due to State Headquarters by August 15, 2020.

Did you know?? John E Abbott, the 10th Master of the Maine State Grange from 1924 to 1929, from N. Berwick, also served in the Maine Senate from 1933 to 1934.

Jul 112020
 

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

I have some great news for the Subordinate Granges. The Executive Committee and I have decided to assist with the financial strains due to the coronavirus. 

All Subordinate Granges will be exempt from paying quarterly dues to the Maine State Grange for September and December quarters. Letters have been sent to each Subordinate Grange Secretary this week. 

Your Grange must still send in the quarterly report forms as usual listing numbers, additions and losses as the State Grange is required to still pay dues to National.

Your Grange MUST pay March and June quarterly dues. 

We have made our plans for the 2020 State Grange Session. As you may have seen in an earlier post, we have made some major adjustments. A one-day session will be held Thursday, October 22, 2020, at Golden Harvest Grange in Carmel. We will open in the Sixth Degree at 9:00 am, lower to the Fourth degree and conduct the following business:

  • Secretary’s and Treasurer’s reports 
  • 2020-2021 Budget
  • Resolutions 
  • Memorial Service
  • Master’s Address – written report only 
  • Elect and install one Executive Committee member
  • Written reports of Officers and Directors 

The Maine State Grange will provide lunch of pizza and sandwiches to all at no charge. Departments will have ONE large basket each, if they wish, to be drawn at the end of the day.

No, I didn’t forget anything. There will be no Sixth Degree, art or photo contest, department awards or presentations, banquet, or Ag. Luncheon. As you can see, it’s a very limited schedule. The schedule, area hotels, etc. will be posted to the web and all information will be mailed to the Granges in a couple of weeks.

Resolutions are required in our office no later than August 15, 2020. 

Officer and Department reports are due September 1, 2020, sent to me at my email address or home address. 

As we get closer to October, I will keep you advised of any additional changes that need to be made which may include any governor’s mandates. Have a safe summer.

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