For the past five years, I have had the distinct pleasure to present the following awards. It has given me great pleasure to do this and to be able to add more.
Community Service is all about giving back to community, individuals, those less fortunate than yourself, those too proud to ask for help and just because. I am proud of our committee for doing just that each year. We pride ourselves on giving back to the Subordinate and Pomona Granges.
I would also like to explain that the Officer/Firefighter and Educator of the Year for the Maine State Grange have also been submitted to both the National Contest and the Northeast Regional Contest. These are two separate awards. You do not have to win one to get to the other. You can win both or just one.
Our Educator of the year was nominated by Danville Junction Grange and they gave a wonderful narrative of all the things Crystal Ward does. ?Crystal taught for 34 years between Crosby Junior High and Lewiston High School. Crystal has been a part of many organizations and committees striving to help teachers, students, and retired teachers. In conclusion, Crystal has worked continuously for 44 years at the local, state and national levels, she is still currently involved. In her own words, “Keeping in touch with Maine’s Representatives and Senators and providing information to protect public education is important to me because ALL students need to be served well and be given an opportunity to succeed.” With all that being said, Maine State Grange Community Service Committee is proud to present this Certificate of Recognition along with $100.00 check to AREA Backpack program to our “Educator of the Year 2018” Crystal Ward.
Officer of the Year was nominated by Valley Grange and they also gave an excellent narrative of the reasons why they nominated Officer Kane. Besides being in law enforcement since 1989, doing all kinds of jobs from dispatch to patrol, to DARE instructor. Piscataquis Community High School Principal said of Lt. Kane, “I have been principal at six different schools in four different counties and the best law enforcement individual I have met is Jamie Kane. If there is ever an issue, Lt. Kane will be there.” Lt. Kane has given his personal time to service in the community from helping a family in need get the services and help they needed, and helping children in the DARE program. For these and I am sure many more reasons it is my pleasure to present Lt. Kane this certificate of recognition as Maine State Grange Officer of the Year for 2018 along with this check of $100 to Valley Grange to continue their dictionary program.
Firefighter/EMT of the Year was nominated by Riverside Grange who have nothing but great things to say about Mike Bayer. Mike Bayer went above and beyond for a family in our community when their loved on passed away at home. He not only responded (one of the first) he stayed until the end even after the body was taken. In the words of Lebanon Fire Chief “Mike is the one-man crew, he will listen at home for calls and respond first every time he is able.” Mike will also work on any and all the community service projects that the fire station is involved in, for all of these reasons and for the ones yet to come, I am proud to present this certificate of recognition and check in the amount of $100.00 to Mike Bayer of Lebanon Fire.
Next are the awards for community service books and family, health and hearing contest. First, I will present a check in the amount of $50.00 to the Grange who spoke 10 times this month about items from the FH & H list and that would be Maple Grove #48. Thank you very much for your dedication and commitment to family, health & Hearing.
Community Service Books this year were very difficult again to judge. There were only 2? points separating the top five books. They needed to be judged by extra individuals again this year, so I am very proud to present these checks tonight. Remember, the first-place book needs to go on to National so I will be keeping it.
Fourth place and a check of $50.00 goes to Saco Grange #53
Third place and a check of $150.00 goes to Maple Grove Grange #48
Second place and a check of $200.00 goes to Danville Junction Grange #65
And this year’s first place winners with a check for $250.00 and a chance at National goes to Bangor Grange #372.
Congratulations to everyone who entered this year. Books are looking wonderful and it is great to see everything that everyone is doing.
This last award was new last year and this year I opened it to all the Granges to nominate a Granger of the Year who goes above and beyond in Community Service. This award is very near and dear to our committee, when I took over five years ago there were four individuals who people told me to go to. They would be my “go to” people when it came to needing help in community service. Glenys Ryder, Victoria Huff, Norma Haines and this year’s Granger of the Year, Ann Burns. Ann has given to her community and the surrounding communities for years. She gets involved in local and county services and gives it her all. I am proud and privileged to give Ann Burns this certificate of recognition and a check for $100.00 to continue with her good works.