Lecturer’s Note (7/8/2015)

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Hello, Grangers only 3 months left until our state session in North Idaho.  I am looking forward to seeing you all there.  Don’t forget that we will have a silent auction that you can participate in by bringing something for the auction or bid and take home a lovely new treasure.  I know the year has been busy and full of activities both in and out of the Grange.  The nice thing  about being a Granger is it is not just an organization but I believe a way we think and carry ourselves in the community.  We represent the values of Hope, Faith, Charity and fidelity to our families, communities, country and to our organization.  What a blessing it is to strive to improve ourselves and the world around us.  Take care and remember it is an honor to be a Granger and something to be truly proud of.

Colleen Foster

Lecturer’s Letter

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DEAR LECTURER, Pomona and Subordinate,lecturer

As Grange Lecturer, YOU may plan programs to interest your members and creating events that draw in
your community, or meet the needs of both members and non-members. Yours is the office that
“Entertains, Educates, Enlightens and Inspires” your members and neighborhood.

WITHIN your Grange: ask these members to help you plan events for the year:
Chaplain – plan a memorial program, honor the military, gather food items to help a family in need:
CFA (Chair of Women’s activities) – plan a dinner or recipe contest, chili- cook-off, barbecue, Grange picnic, etc.
Agricultural Chair – locate a guest speaker on agriculture, gardening, noxious weeds, non-chemical pest control methods, etc.
Youth – partner with local Scouts, 4-H, or FFA (Future Farmers of America) – plan Easter egg hunt, Christmas program, picnic, etc.

COMMUNITY Resources: Toastmasters, FFA, Eagle Scouts, and other groups are looking for an audience for their speeches and projects. Legislators want input from the community, but need you to set up a forum. Master Gardeners have the latest on gardens, insects, soil preparation. Museums will have lists of speakers, and history topics.

ADVERTISE! List your event in local newspapers. Post flyers IN your Grange hall weeks ahead. Ask each member to bring friends. ALWAYS serve refreshments. Make the hall look welcoming. Delegate a member to greet each arrival.

CONTESTS: Idaho State Grange has annual contests in the Lecturer’s Department: Photos, Art, Crafts, Talent, Writing. Rules and details were in the “Idaho Grange News”, 10/08, or contact the Idaho State Grange office. Increase awareness of Grange, by encouraging participation from members and friends.

MORE:
A) GRANGER OF THE YEAR: Honor a member’s work; Click here for form.
B) OPEN HOUSE: Plan annual event that brings non-Grangers to your hall. Share that event with us, click here for form.
C) FAIR BOOTH REPORT: Grange display at your local fair is wonderful advertising!!! Enter “Fair Booth of Year” contest – click here for the form.
D) TALENT CONTEST –Click here for form
E) LECTURER’S CONTEST – Click for form

Have a great spring and summer!

Thank you,

Colleen Foster