AUGUSTA, Maine — Victoria Huff, Master (President) of the Maine State Grange, announces that the 140th Annual Session of the Maine State Grange will be held Oc. 16-19, at the Skowhegan Community Center in Skowhegan. This will be Master Huff’s first session as leader of the 5,000 Maine Grangers. She will deliver her first Master’s address Thursday afternoon.
Approximately 140 Granges from across the state will send delegates to debate various resolutions dealing with National and State legislative issues as well as internal issues. Resolutions passed at the session will become policy of the Maine State Grange and will be lobbied for at the Maine State Legislature. Those pertaining to national policies will be sent to the National Grange Session held in November where delegates from across the country will consider them.
On Thursday evening, members will mark the passing of Grange members a Memorial Service under the direction of Clyde G. Berry, Chaplain of the Maine State Grange. On Thursday Walter Whitcomb, State of Maine Commissioner of Agriculture will address the session. Friday will feature election of officers.
During the session there will be awards for yearly achievements presented to Granges and individuals in a wide variety of categories including membership, publicity, and community service. Plaques will also be presented to the Grange Farm Family of the Year & the Tree Farmer of the Year. This is also an opportunity for Grangers to show off their talents in the annual art and photo contests.
One of the highlights of the session will be the annual conferral of the Sixth Degree or the Degree of Flora by the officers of the Maine State Grange, on Friday evening, featuring a Rose Drill. With the 147th Annual Session of the National Grange being held in Manchester, New Hampshire it is hoped that many Maine Grangers will take their 6th Degree so they can go to Manchester in November and receive their 7th Degree.
Special guest at this year’s convention will be Linda Chase, Ceres of the National Grange, and Past First Lady of the Massachusetts State Grange accompanied by her husband Calvin Chase, Past Master of the Massachusetts State Grange, she will be the featured speaker on Friday evening. Also on Friday evening the former officers of the Maine State Grange who are present will present a plaque and check to the Subordinate Grange of the year.
Saturday morning session will be opened by the youth of the Maine State Grange (ages 14-35). This will be followed by presentation of awards by Co-Youth Directors Celeste Roy and Terry Lacombe Stevens. Then Junior Director Laurie McBurnie will present information about the Junior Grange (ages 5-14). Also on Saturday the Educational Aid and Howe’s Nurses Scholarships committees will present scholarships to deserving individuals.
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