Motivational Monday Idea: Easter Egg Hunt

Looking for an idea to engage your community? Here’s is one of the many ideas from the 2016 National Grange Youth’s edition of “Recipes for Success.” These are tired-and-true activities from Grange youth, youth leaders and others to help encourage youth involvement.

With Easter a few weeks away, an Easter Egg Hunt is one way to generate community involvement. The members of Pleasant Lodge #134 in Indiana host this event annually according to Grange member Jason Smith.

The details are as follows.

Easter Egg Hunt

Type of Project: Community Service

Time: Preparation: 2-3 days, Event: 1 day

Number of People:10-25

Budget: $750-800

Other Ingredients: Candy, Plastic Eggs, Gifts

Skills Necessary: Planning, advertising, arranging prizes

Mix: Fill Easter eggs with candy.

Break children up into 4 age brackets

Hold hunt based on age groups

Notes: Have a fun carnival game area while waiting for hunt to start; prizes could be included.

Examples include Egg toss, Easter plinko, Photo board.

Low cost ideas for positive community impact

For me the answer is an absolute yes. It takes dedicated teams that takes stock of their community and pinpoint some needs and roll up their sleeves and get to work. Not every job requires a lot of money. It might just require some organization skills and the investment of Granger time.

With Grange month just around the corner, here are some ideas to consider.

  • Remove litter and debris from several miles of neighborhood streets.
  • Organize a collection of electronics for recycling.
  • Collect gently used clothing for recycling – take them to a shelter.
  • Promote the use of waste receptacles along biking and hiking trails.
  • Organize a food drive.
  • Plant flowers and bulbs in a schoolyard.
  • Plant flowers and bulbs around a Grange Hall.
  • Start a group that will build and plant flower boxes for your downtown streets.
  • Organize a yard work crew to clean areas in older cemeteries, parks and church grounds.
  • Start a community garden or a hunger garden
  • Organize a garden tour, showcasing the most beautiful lawns and gardens in town-inspire more beauty in your town.

Iowa kicks off the presidential season

Ever wonder what it’s like to be from the first state to cast votes for the presidential primary season? Iowa State Granger Doug Baldwin participated tonight in one of the caucuses.

He joked as he prepared for his local caucus, he said its “exciting and (challenging) all in one being first in the nation,” because the push to the finish was intense for many of the campaigns. In the past year, he said presidential candidates and staffers have inundated the state. As he headed in to cast his vote, he said he was still deciding on who he would make his final decision, but “that is the beauty of the process here… we will get to hear from a representative from each candidate and that should help me make my final choice.”

Indications are there were record turnouts at some locations, and the results were close. There are 49 primaries to go. Grangers are preparing to head to New Hampshire to help with the presidential campaigns of their choice. Don’t forget, if you have not registered to vote, check with your state’s Department of State and register.