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Lecturer's Corner
State Lecturer / Programming Director:

Dave Roberts
Riverton Grange #69
P.O. Box 155
Riverton, CT 06065
Tel. (858) 775-9241

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From the Lecturer's Desk ...
From the Lecturer's Desk: Meet Your New State Lecturer

Happy New Year everyone! New Year’s brings with its new opportunities for all of us and as your new Connecticut State Grange Lecturer, I wanted to start slowly sharing some thoughts and ideas with all of you.

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From the Lecturer's Desk: Let's Have Fun

No one really wants to come into office under these circumstances, but I do appreciate the opportunity to serve the Connecticut State Grange in the capacity of Lecturer. No one can fill the shoes of Marge. Her dedication to the office and love for the Grange was evident in everything she did.

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Lecturer's Notes ...
April is Grange Month . . .

The month of April each year is designated as Grange Month. Each Grange should plan to celebrate Grange in some special way during the month. For Grange Month Resources, visit: https://www.nationalgrange.org

Photography Contest Judging . . . Coming This August!

For 2022, photo entries can be dropped off at Hillstown Grange Hall on either Friday, August 12, or Saturday, August 13, before 10:30 a.m.  Judging will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022.  On Sunday, August 14, CT State Grange Family Activities will hold an auction, following breakfast hosted by Hillstown Grange.

Lecturer's Program . . .

NOTE: Lecturers can submit their monthly Lecturer Reports and their annual Honor Lecturer Program Report to the State Lecturer either electronically to lecturer@ctstategrange.org or regular mail (P.O. Box 155, Riverton, CT 06065). 

Program Guidelines . . .

All Lecturer programs should be relevant to the members and up to 30 minutes in length, except on special occasions.  Programs should include music, information, participation, inspiration and humor.  While all programs do not have to include all of these items, these items are an essential part of a Lecturer’s program.  Virtual Lecturer programs should average 10 minutes and include quizzes and other numbers that will encourage everyone to participate.

2022 Lecturer Recognitions . . .

The Lecturer’s Appreciation Award Program will continue with the following requirements:

  1. Be responsible for a suitable program at every meeting.
  2. Programs should be relevant to the members and up to 30 minutes in length, except on special occasions.
  3. Cooperate with your Committees as much as possible.
  4. Reports should be submitted to the State Lecturer in a timely manner.
  5. New recognitions will be presented to honor Lecturers at State Convention.

The Honor Lecturer Award Program will continue with the following requirements:

  1. Meet requirements for the Lecturer's Appreciation award.
  2. Participate in at least 3 contests or projects listed above)
  3. New recognitions will be presented to honor Lecturers at State Convention.

Should Auld Acquaintance . . .

Provide assistance to a convalescent, senior center, nursing or rest home at least 6 times during the course of the 2021-2022 Grange year.

You can download the report form here. (Please select the Lecturer's Department from the dropdown menu.)


A Word From Home - Letter Writing Project . . .

Write to a servicemember (or send a package with your letter) serving overseas in harms’ way.  Let’s let our troops know that we care.  These can be sent to someone from your area or you can get addresses at www.anysoldier.com.  Letters must be done in the name of your Grange.  If you have a family member or friend serving with the military overseas and would like to share their address, just send it to me and I will share it for you.


Complete Program 2022 - "The Grange of the Future"

Subject for 2022 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 1, 2022, to be considered.  Complete details must be included with your submission.  Depending on safety considerations, you may want to share your program with another Grange, but this is not required.  Complete Program length should be 30 – 45 minutes.  The best “Complete Program” submitted to the State Lecturer will receive a $50 gift card to be awarded at the State Convention Saturday night banquet. 


Essay Writing Contest: "My Grange Family"

Write an essay of any length (preferably 150 words or less).  The 2022 essay writing contest title is “My Grange Family”.  Deadline for entries to the State Lecturer is October 1, 2022.  but I will reserve the right to edit winning essays for possible publication in other forums.  Ribbons and prizes will be awarded as follows at the State Convention Saturday night banquet: First Place, $25; Second Place, $15; and Third Place, $10.  


Photo Contest - Five Categories

This contest is open to all Grangers. Selected “Best in Show” photo will go to National Grange for judging. For 2022, photo entries can be dropped off at Hillstown Grange Hall on either Friday, August 12, or Saturday, August 13, before 10:30 a.m.  Judging will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022.  On Sunday, August 14, CT State Grange Family Activities will hold an auction, following breakfast hosted by Hillstown Grange.

For 2022, the five photo categories are:

  1. My America
  2. Animals
  3. Flowers
  4. Grange Activities
  5. 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 Grange Number must be placed on the back of each photo entered.

Ribbons and prizes for each of the five categories will be as follows: 
First Place, $10; Second Place, $7; Third Place, $3.


National Grange “Heirloom” Program . . .

Starting in March 2022, National Grange will be launching the “Heirloom” Program.  As described by National Grange, “With more than 150 years of legacy, the Grange’s various cornerstone documents have profound lessons to share with members about work, family, home, recreation and more.  To make these more accessible and keep them front of mind for members, new and old, the Heirloom Program was developed.  This program allows Granges to incorporate in their monthly meetings a quote or passage from a foundational text and reflect on the lesson and how it may apply to everyday life. Lessons can be read and discussed, activities may be created to encourage interaction with the lesson and posters and social media images have been produced to allow our Granges to share these lessons with members of their communities.”  The program begins in March 2022 and Lecturers can download the first year of this four year program (March 2022-February 2023) here:

Click Here to Download Heirloom Program

Lecturers' Newsletters, Tips and Ideas . . .

We hope these programming tips and ideas help Lecturers think about ways they can get their members more involved.

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Complete Program Winners . . .

Download a copy of past Complete Programs that were chosen as winners:

• 2016 Complete Program Winners

Previous Winners:

• 2015 Complete Program Winners

• 2014 Complete Program Winners

• 2013 Complete Program Winners

• 2012 Complete Program Winners

• 2010 Complete Program - First Place Winner - North Stonington Grange

• 2010 Complete Program - Second Place Winner - Beacon Valley Grange


Do you have a Program to Share?

If you have a program that you are willing to present at other Granges, let the State Lecturer know and we will add you to the list.

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Tools available for Download . . .

Visit the Downloads page to find numerous brochures, posters, forms, and more available for download for all aspects of the Grange in Connecticut.

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