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Contests Rules and Recipes 2019 / 2020
NOTE: If you do not see the contest rules and information you are looking for here, please check the individual department section. If you still do not see the information, please contact the Director or Committee.
Lecturer's Program:
Program Guidelines:

All programs should be between 30 and 60 minutes and include music, information, participation, inspiration and humor.  While all programs do not have to include all of these, they are an essential part of a Lecturers’ program.  ZOOM programs should average 10 minutes and include quizzes and other numbers that will encourage everyone to participate.

Ritual Program

Each Lecturer should feature one complete program or six 5-minute numbers each year on Grange Ritual.  With Granges not doing degree work it is more important than ever to educate our members on the Ritual of the Grange.  Watch the newsletters for numbers you can use. If you need help please do not hesitate to contact me.

Complete Program 2021 - "America, 100 Years Ago"

Subject for 2021 is “America, 100 Years Ago”.  In 2022 the subject is “The Grange of the Future”.  If you are holding regular meetings this program should be presented at your  Grange.  Full program must be sent to the State Lecturer by October 1st to be considered.  Complete details must be included.  Depending on conditions may I suggest the you share your program with another Grange but this is not required.  Length 30 – 45 minutes.  
Photo Contest - Six Categories

This contest is open to all Grangers. Best in Show picture will go to National Grange for Judging. Tentative plans call for judging to be held at State Session.

a. My America
b. Animals
c. Flowers
d. Grange Activities
e. Family Activities

Rules:

1. Only prints accepted. No slides in any category.

2. Participants may enter all categories but are limited to one entry in each category.

3. Entries must have been taken by the participant since the last judging.

4. A rigid backing is required for all photographs. No glass or frame is allowed.

5. Print may be processed commercially, but it must have been taken by the entrant.

Remember, this is a picture you took, not a picture of you.

6. Size of backing: No smaller than 4” x 6” or larger than 11” x 14”.

7. Name, Category, Grange and Number must be placed on the back of picture.

A Word From Home - Letter Writing Project

Write to a service man or woman serving overseas in harms’ way.  Let’s let our troops know that we care.  These can be sent to someone from your area, you can get addresses at www.anysoldier.com, or get them to me.   Letters must be done in the name of your Grange.  Packages should also include a letter.  If you have a family member or friend overseas and would like to share their address, just send it to me and I will share it for you.
Essay Writing Contest: "My Grange"

Write an essay. It should be 150 words or less.  The 2021 title is “A Grange Memory”.  The 2022 title is “My Grange Family”.  Deadline for entries October 1st.

Agriculture / Conservation Committee:
Outstanding Agricultural Young Professional Award

A nominee for the Outstanding Agricultural Young Professional Award should be an individual that has demonstrated excellence in their career and is under the age of 30. They must be a Grange Member and can be in any industry as long as they
demonstrate leadership and professional skills. Nominations should include the
following information:

Nominee: Name, Address, Phone, Email.

Nominated by: Grange Name & No., Contact Person, Phone, Email.

1. Please describe the industry and position the candidate is involved in.
2. Please describe the difference they have made in their industry, community and/or Grange.
3. What are the candidate's goals, including any furthering of education?

Nominations must be received no later than September 1st by Director J. Allen Cameron.

Outstanding Agricultural Professional Award

A nominee for the Outstanding Agricultural Professional Award should be an individual that has demonstrated excellence in their career. They must be a Grange member and can be in any industry as long as they demonstrate leadership and professional skills that the Grange stresses. Nominations should include the following information or forms may be obtained by contacting the Director or the State Secretary.

Nominee: Name, Address, Phone, Email.

Nominated by: Grange Name & No., Contact Person, Phone, Email.

1. Please describe the industry and position the candidate is involved in.
2. Please describe the difference they have made in their industry, community and/or Grange.
3. What are the candidate's goals?

Nominations must be received no later than September 1st by Director J. Allen Cameron.

Outstanding Agricultural Promoter Award

A nominee for the Outstanding Agricultural Promoter Award should be an individual that has demonstrated excellence in Promoting, Advocating for, and/or Supporting Agriculture in the state of Connecticut. The candidate DOES NOT have to be a Grange member and can be in any industry as long as they demonstrate leadership and professionalism in being a promotant of Agriculture.

Nominee: Name, Address, Phone, Email.

Nominated by: Grange Name & No., Contact Person, Phone, Email.

1. Please describe the types of activities for promoting Agriculture the candidate is involved in.

2. Please describe the difference they have made their Community and/or Grange.

3. What are the candidate's goals, including any furthering of education?

Nominations must be received no later than September 1st by Director J. Allen Cameron.

*We STRONGLY encourage nomitations for this award to come through each of the Pomona Granges but it is not a requirement.

Community and Junior Grange Member Garden Photo Contest

Each individual entering this contest is challenged to take a picture of themselves  in the garden (yours / your Grange's / other).

1.) during prepration = 2pts
2.) seeding = 2pts
3.) cultivation = 2pts
4.) harvest =2pts

Additional points (not mandatory) will be for a picture of you donating a portion of the harvest (3pts), and an additional 4pts for a video of you presenting a program on your experiences to your Grange. Once again the additional points challenges are not mandatory.

Entrees must be received no later than September 1st by Director J. Allen Cameron.

   

Membership Committee:
Membership Contests:

Quarterly we will acknowledge all Granges that have taken in new members and especially those who have posted a net gain in membership.

Annually the Granges with the most new members and largest net gain in membership will receive acknowledgement during the Annual Session of the Connecticut State Grange.

Additional programs will be unveiled as they become available.


Family Activities Committee / CWA:

Prizes for the needlework contest at the State level will be:
 1st Place-$15.00, 2nd Place- $10.00, 3rd Place - $5.00.

Prizes for the Craft and Baking Contests at the State level will be: 
1st Place - $10.00, 2nd Place - $5.00, 3rd - Place $3.00

Every effort will be made to distribute the prize money within 30 days.

Judging will take place at “Celebrate” at Cheshire Grange #23 on June 12, 2020 and June 11, 2022 Entries must be at the Hall by 11:00 a.m. If “Celebrate” is not taking place, we will have an alternate time and place for the CWA contests announced. We feel that we can confidently hold the needlework contest so you should definitely work on your entries during this winter!


A report form is given to all Subordinate and Pomona Chairmen to detail their activities for the year.  An award will be given to those Granges achieving the goals for the year.

The State CWA/Family Activities Committee thanks you in advance for participating in the projects we have outlined and look forward to reading your year-end reports and the good works you and your Granges have done.  As Always, all that you do for CWA counts toward your Community Service report.

Northeast Region Grange Needlework Contest - 2020-2022

Open to the public, No product Requirements.

There are 12 classes for competition –Afghans, doilies, embroidery, 3-piece baby set, plastic canvas, counted cross stitch, adult garment, latch hook, quilted wall hanging, stuffed toy, baby blanket and child or adult garment sewn.

ALL items submitted for judging must be clean and odor free and made in the current year.

Judging at State level only.  Subordinate and Pomona judging are not required.

All first place State winners will compete at the North East finals at the Big E (if open due to Covid-19).

Brochures and entry forms for the North East Needlework contest may be obtained from the State CWA, Pomona or Subordinate Chairman or can be downloaded by clicking this link: NE NEEDLEWORK BROCHURE DOWNLOAD
New Contests - 2020-2022

DECORATE A BRICK CONTEST – 2020 - 2021
Create a door stop using any brick or block of wood equal to the size of a brick. Judging will be on workmanship and creativity.  Judging is at State level only. This contest is for Connecticut only and will not go on to North East Judging. Bricks will be returned.

**NEW ** SPECIAL CONTEST FOR MEN – 2020 - 2021
Create any birdhouse in any medium.  The only restriction in the size.  It can be no larger than 12’” x 12” x 12” Judging will be on workmanship and creativity. Bird houses will be returned.

**NEW ** SPECIAL CONTEST FOR MEN – 2021 - 2022
Create window box in any medium.  The only restriction in the size.  It can be no larger than 12’” x 12” x 12” Judging will be on workmanship and creativity. Window boxes will be returned.

TABLE DECORATION CONTEST - 2021 - 2022
Create a decoration to place on a table as a centerpiece using any material. Judging will be on workmanship and creativity. The only restriction is the size, it cannot be more than 12” x 12” x 12”.  Judging is at State level only. This contest is for Connecticut only and will not go on to North East Judging. Centerpiece will be returned.

Craft Contests - 2020-2022

The Craft Contest Theme for 2020-2021 is “You are my Sunshine – SUNFLOWERS”.  You may make any item, in any medium that has anything to do with Sunflowers.  Judging will be at State level only.

            There will be 2 categories: Needlework and Other mediums.
            There will be Adult and Youth class in each category.

Craft entries will not be returned (there are no exceptions). They are retained by the State CWA/Family Activities Committee to be distributed at their discretion.


The Craft Contest Theme for 2021-2022 is “Pumpkins”.  You may make any item, in any medium that has anything to do with Pumpkins.  Judging will be at State level only.

            There are 2 categories: Needlework and Other medium.
            There will be Adult and Youth class in each category.

Craft entries will not be returned (there are no exceptions). They are retained by the State CWA/Family Activities Committee to be distributed at their discretion.

Grange Baking Contest - 2020-2022:

Open to Grange members, children, grand-children of members and Junior Grange members.

Submit five (5) on a plate. Put your name and Grange on the back of the plate. Judging for the baking contest is held at the State level only, no Subordinate or Pomona judging is necessary.

VIsit the Recipes Page for details: RECIPES PAGE LINK

Junior Grange Program: Needlework / Junior Baking

NEEDLEWORK CONTEST:  The Juniors will use the same contest as the adults but will be judged separately.

BAKING CONTEST: The Juniors will use the same recipe as the adults but will be judged separately.

CRAFT CONTEST:  The Juniors will use the same contest as the adults but will be judged separately

ALL Junior entries for all contests are at State level only.

All entries must be clean and odor free.  
Prizes will be -1st Place - $5.00, 2nd Place - $3.00, 3rd Place - $2.00

National Grange 2020-2021 Quilt Block Contest

DOWNLOAD OF QUILT BLOCK INFORMATION PACKET

RULES

A. The National Grange Quilt Block Contest is open to everyone.

B. All contest entries must be received by the National Grange Lecturer by October 31, 2021. Send entries to:

Christine Hamp, National Lecturer
16418 N. Birdie Road
Nine Mile Falls WA 99026

C. Any entries received after the deadline will not be judged. However, all entries received will be exhibited at the 155th National Grange convention in Wichita, Kansas.

D. The quilt block you enter in the contest for judging must be made by you.

E. There is no limit on the number of quilt blocks a person may submit, but choose one quilt block per person to be judged.

F. All entries will be retained by the National Grange to be made into finished quilts and other items to be sold at a later date.

G. A 2021 Quilt Block Contest Entry Form must be completed for the block to be judged.

GROUPS

• Group I – Adult (Age 14+)
• Group II – Junior (Age 13 and under)
• Group III – MEN (Age 14+)

PRIZES

• Monetary prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each Group.
• Ribbons will be awarded to all entrants.

PINWHEEL

Fabric: All fabric used should be cotton.

Constructing the Quilt Block:

Fabric A: Cut one (1) 8” square and four (4) 2½” x 8” rectangles. All plain white (not white-ish). (The plain white is what will tie the blocks together into beautiful finished quilts.)

Fabric B: Cut one (1) 8” square of any color of your choice.

Fabric C: Cut four (4) 6” x 8” rectangles of the same fabric, any color or pattern of your choice.

All seams are ¼”.

Step 1. Cut the Fabric A 8” square in half diagonally, each direction, creating four (4) triangles.

Step 2: Cut the Fabric B 8” square in half diagonally, each direction, creating four (4) triangles.

Step 3: Place a Fabric A triangle and a Fabric B triangle right sides together and sew together to form one large triangle. Keep the white on the left. Repeat to form all four (4) triangles.

Step 4: Place a Fabric A rectangle and a Fabric C rectangle right sides together and sew together to form one large square. Keep the white on the top. Repeat to form all four (4) squares.

Step 5: Lay a ruler across the square from bottom left to top right and cut into two (2) triangles. Set aside the bottom right triangle (not used in this block).

Step 6: Sew a Step 3 triangle unit and a Step 5 triangle unit together to make a 7¼” square. Make sure the white rectangle and the white triangle are in contact on the right.

Step 7: Lay out the four (4) squares to make the pinwheel. Sew together the top row, then the bottom row. Press the center seam for each row toward Fabric B. When you flip the second row upside down the seams will nest together for better accuracy in seam matching. Pin well. Press all seams. Clip and remove all threads.

Each finished quilt block should measure 14” x 14”.


Public Relations Committee:
Promote Your Grange: Creative Video Contest

Create a video promoting your Grange. The video can be any length and of any theme. the video must be created by the Grange (or a member of the Grange) and not be produced by a non-Grange entity.

Deadline: October 1

Judging Criteria:
(1) Originality (40%)
(2) Overall Appeal (30%)
(3) Likelihood to Motivate People to Join the Grange (30%)

Prizes: Best of Show submission will receive a certificate declaring their achievement, links on the Connecticut State Grange website and Social Media outlets, and a custom media blitz. Honorable Mentions will be awarded to all who submit entries. Prizes will be awarded at State Session in October.

Submission Rules: Upload your completed video to YouTube, then send an e-mail to publicrealtions@ctstategrange.org containing the link to your YouTube page as your submission, as well as your Name, Grange Name and Number, Address, Phone Number and E-mail Address. We will send you a confirmation e-mail to verify your entry has been received.

Best Cooperative Partnership Contest

An integral part of Grange public relations is partnering with other local groups and organizations. This could be a co-hosted event, a co-sponsorship of a project or initiative, a project to benefit or honor a group/organization, and so much more! Write a description of how your Grange has integrated/utilized a Cooperative Partnership, and include a photo to accompany the description if appropriate.

Deadline:
October 1

Judging Criteria:
(1) Community Reach (40%)
(2) Effectiveness/Impact of Partnership (30%)
(3) Communication/marketing of Cooperative Partnership (20%)
(4) Presentation of Entry (10%)

Prizes: Awards to be presented at the State Session in October.

Submission Rules: Entries are to be a written description with no limit on length, and may include a photo or sample piece to accompany the description if appropriate. Submissions should be mailed to Public Relations Co-Director Robert Charbonneau, 102 Spring Street, Meriden, CT 06451, or sent via e-mail to publicrealtions@ctstategrange.org prior to the October 1 deadline. Submissions must contain the following information: Name, Grange Name and Number, Address, Phone Number and E-mail Address.

Social Media Participation Contest

Create a Buzz about your Grange, its projects, activities and events by managing a proper Facebook or Twitter Page. This contest is open to all Community Granges, Pomona Granges and Junior Granges.

Contest Period: Pages must be active at any point within the one year period prior to the October 1 deadline.

Submission Rules: Let us know when your Grange has set-up its Facebook and/or Twitter pages via e-mail to either publicrelations@ctstategrange.org or information@ctstategrange.org. Pages must be set-up according to the Social Media Guidelines specified by the Connecticut State Grange, and be in compliance with the Terms of Service of Facebook and/or Twitter.

Judging Criteria: Facebook and Twitter Pages will be each separately judged on the following criteria:
(1) Page Management - Consistent Updates (30%)
(2) Content - Variety and Accuracy (25%)
(3) Overall Appeal (20%)
(4) Community Impact (20%)
(5) Number of Fans / Followers (5%)

Prizes: Awards to be presented at State Session in October. Recognition Certificates will be awarded to all Granges who have Facebook and/or Twitter Pages.


Junior Grange Program:
Program Theme: "The Junior Granger – the future Granger"

The judging for the Big E contests will be held during “Let’s Celebrate” or CWA contests.

Blue Book Contest Rules:

  • All work must original and  completed by the Junior Member
  • All entries must be labeled with the contestant's name, affiliated Grange/Junior Grange and age as of January 1st that contest year – Ages 5-14
  • All entries to be sent to the State Session in October and must be in place in the Junior Grange / Hospitality room by 12:00 noon on Friday.
  • On most of the contest there are no specific rules, use your imagination and have fun making them.



Contests:
Regional Craft (Big E) Contest - 2019 – create your own 3D (super) Hero -  using any medium - Not to exceed 6" x 6" x 6" size – it must also include a 3x5 card with a description of hero’s super power. 2020 - TBD

Creative Writing - on an 8.5" x 11" paper – 2019 Tell us who is your hero and why! 2020 Tell us what is your healthy food and why!

Decorate Something - 2019 -  Decorate a hat, using theme of your favorite superhero – have fun – any style. 2020 -  Decorate a pencil box – using paint, glue or any material – it does need to hold at least 5 pencils!

• Drawing Contests -
A.  Ages 5-9 – Draw a picture of Junior Grangers and their super powers
B.  Ages 10-14 – Create a Junior Grange Flyer – that explains what you do as a Junior Granger 


• Photography - 5 categories as indicated below- each contestant can have one entry per category - all pictures must be 4x6 or 5x7 or 8x10 in size. They do not have to be matted or framed.

5a - Something celebrating America!
5b - Something red (bonus pts. for red sneakers/shoes)
5c - Something in nature
5d - Something not found in nature
5e - Junior Granger selfie


If anyone is interested in participating in the National Contests for Public Speaking or Sign-A-Song, please contact a member of the committee by Oct. 1 so contests can be held at the State Level during State Session.

 

~National Grange Contests~
Theme: “Heroes in Training - 2019”


With the implementation of the Junior Grange 1+ Program, we can now ensure that all family members are eligible for Junior Grange activities.
For the National Contests: - See Rule book for all details – www.nationaljuniorgrange.org

  • Creative Writing Contest: 
  • Mini-Scrap Book Contest
  • Digital Scrap Book Contest
  • Creative Art Contest
  • JG Photography Contest
  • Super JG Award
  • Junior Recruiter Award
  • Public Speaking – National Level
  • Sign-A-Song – National Level
  • Merit Badge Program **NEW**

Questions: Contact Michelle DeDominicis, 56 Hills St., E. Hartford 06118
860-568-2415; E-mail: juniors@ctstategrange.org


Youth Program:
Youth Contests:

State Youth Recognition Contests

Building Youth Membership:
The CT Youth Committee would like to recognize
Community Members that bring in 3 or more youth/year into the Grange and
present to the Grange Member who brings in the most with a paid 1 year
Community Grange Membership

Community & Pomona Youth Event/Program: The CT Youth Committee would
like to recognize recognize Granges who promote the Growth of Youth Membership through the following types of programs:

1. Guest program presentations of a community youth grough or FFA chapter.
2. Stand-alone youth interest events.
3. Events and programs for young families.

Be open to ideas. What can your Grange do for youth and young adults? How can
we get more between the ages of 14 and 35 to know what we can do for them?

Look for more information and reporting forms to be posted in the CT Granger and
on the State Grange Web Pages and be sure to remember to post your events on
your social media pages and notify youth@ctstategrange.org of posts, so we can
promote them too.

Youth Program Achievement Award: Look for more information to be posted in
the CT Granger and one the State Grange Web Pages.

 

Connecticut Youth are encouraged to participate in the following regional competitions:

Go to https://nationalgrangeyouth.org to download expectations and judging
criteria.

Regional Public Speaking Competition

Category A: Prepared Speech
Contestant’s choice of topic – Contestants in Category A will be required to answer
an impromptu question at the end of their speech. The questions will be related to
the contestant’s chosen speech topic.

Category B-1: Elevator Speech
You’ve met someone in an elevator or been stopped in a restaurant and asked
“What is the Grange” your task is to explain what the Grange is to this person in
one and one-half minutes (90 seconds).

Category B-2 Radio Spot Contest
A radio spot is an advertisement promoting the Grange. Pretend you’re a “DJ” and
you’re doing a commercial for the Grange.

Category C: Impromptu Speech
An impromptu speech is delivered without preparation or thought ahead of time. No note cards are used, and topics are generally drawn.


Regional Sign-A-Song

Sign and perform a song using Pidgen, ASL, ESL, etc. Each state may send one entry in each category to the regional competition. Please notify State youth director of interest prior to May 1st.

A . Novice – one who is beginning to learn sign, has had no more than three sign
language classes and has entered the sign a song contest no more than two years.

B. Hobbyist – one who signs on an occasional basis and strictly for fun. One who
has entered the sign a song contest more than two years.
C. Group – two or more people signing.

D. Expert – one who signs professionally. Ineligible for Best of Show, but looking for opportunity to encourage others to participate.


There are only two programs, The Horizon Leadership Program and the Folding Display Contest, that are age specific; all programs are open to all Grange members regardless of age.


Horizon Leadership Ambassador Program
The purpose of the Horizon Leadership Ambassador program is to provide an
opportunity for Youth, Young Adults and Young Couples, selected to represent their
state at a National Grange convention, to build their leadership potential; broaden
their view of the Grange by experiencing a National Convention; receive educational training to use in their own states; and build relationships with Grangers throughout the nation by having fun .

Those interested must inform the State Director by May 1. State judging to be
announced.


Folding Display Contest
Contest Rules:

1. All entrants must be youth or young adult members of a subordinate/community Grange

2. Judging will take place at State Session.

3. There will be two age divisions of the Folding Display Contest:

? Youth – Grange members between the ages of 14-21 as of Jan. 1
? Young Adult – Grange members between the ages of 22-23.

4. The display theme must be Grange related.

5. A Grange member may enter as an individual OR as a member of a group. All group entry members must be in the same age division.

6. Display should be no larger than 3′ x 4′ and should be able to stand itself.

 
     
     
       
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