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From The Lecturer's Desk
Contests and Conferences

By Marge Bernhardt, State Lecturer/Program Director

  SEPTEMBER 2009 --

So much has happened since my last column that it seems like more than two months have passed.  So, let’s start at the beginning.  Grange Sunday – June 14 -  proved a very entertaining experience. 

Our winners were:

“A Number” Contest – 1st from New London County Pomona & No. Stonington Grange was a skit by Nancy Weissmuller, Gene Bromley and Jeff Barnes entitled “George & Harriet and Apple Pie”.  This skit was also a big hit at Lecturers Conference.

Talent Contest – Our winning entry was A Duet by Ron Purington & Dan Mutchler representing New London County Pomona and Lyme Grange.  They represented Connecticut in the Northeast Talent Contest at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, MA where they took 2nd place.  Congratulations on a great performance.  After the conference was over, the seven northeast Lecturers met and made some changes in the contest.  As soon as I have a copy of the new rules I will be sending them to each Grange.  The intent of these changes is to encourage more entries at the State level.

Our photo contest was held on July 25 at “Let’s Celebrate.”  We had a large display of both Adult and Youth Entries.  The winners in the adult contest were:

America The Beautiful
1. Doug Bradley, Cheshire
2. Lois Evankow, Lyme
3. Barbara Foskett, Cheshire

1. Steven Evankow, Lyme
2. Russell Gray, Ekonk
3. Lois Evankow, Lyme

Grangers in Action
1. Michele DeDominicis, Hillstown
2. Nancy Strong, Vernon
3. Russell Gray, Ekonk

Family Celebrations
1. Gordon Gibson, Vernon
2. Russell Gray, Ekonk
3. Irene Perkoski, Enfield

Historic  Places or Events
1. Dawn Perkoski, Enfield
2. Russell Gray, Ekonk
3. Irene Perkoski, Enfield

Winners in the Youth Categories were:

America The Beautiful
1. Tommy Osip, Hillstown
2. Jacob Benito, Hillstown
3. Angelina DeDominicis, Hillstown

1. Jacob Gervais, Ekonk
2. Angelina DeDominicis, Hillstown
3. Colleen Matthews, Hillstown

Granger in Action
1. Noella Bierlette, Hillstown
2. Angelina DeDominicis, Hillstown
3. Mary Burlette, Hillstown

Family Celebrations
1. Bella Marino, Cheshire
2. Tommy Osip, Hillstown

Historic Places or Events
1. Joshua Benito, Hillstown
2. Jacob Benito, Hillstown
3. Shannon Mathews, Hillstown

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Lecturers Conference was a great success.  As I have said before, Connecticut Grangers are the best.  Everyone worked together and everyone was a good sport.  Our program went off without a hitch, thanks to all who participated.  We had 37 in our delegation, the most of any State.  I would also like to thank you all for the gift I was given at the banquet.  Next year the conference will be held in Vermont.  Connecticut’s program will be on the State of Texas.  Please start looking for numbers we can use as time has a way of slipping by faster and faster.

See you around the State in the near future.


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