The Junior Department of the National Grange The Grange is a rural advocacy group, fighting for the rights and livelihoods of America's agricultural industry and rural communities.
Mission: To develop a spirit of respect, cooperation and concern for others.
Get ready! The Grange Foundation Mercantile is coming as an online auction, open for bids for only 10 days! PREVIEW TODAY at www.32auctionscom/gfmerc20
Bids start Friday, Sept. 25 at noon (Eastern) and end 9 p.m. October 4 . A SPECIAL CHILD'S QUILT is available with proceeds benefiting the Junior Grange Fund!
Just a few days left to register to play!
Did you miss getting to play Grange Baseball due to the cancellation of Regional Conferences? Don't worry, we are going to play virtually!
Sign-up will be open starting today until Wednesday, September 16th. Sign-ups are limited to Juniors, Youth, and Young Adults.
Gameplay will be held Sunday, September 20th 6PM EDT/5PM CDT/ 4PM MDT/ 3PM PDT.
Sign-up today! bit.ly/VirtualGrangeBaseball
*more information about virtual modifications will come out in future Patrons Chain newsletters*
It’s the last day of Junior Grange Month! Today we want to thank all of our Junior Grangers for everything they do, and everyone who has helped them out along the way.
For our last Junior Grange Ambassador highlight, Alexandria "Jomni" Tarbell, from East Pembroke Grange in New York, said “Through the Junior Grange's unique experiences, I have grown in many long lasting ways. It has helped me discover and explore interests that continually shape my future. I learned the importance of improving issues in my community either by legislation or community service. My confidence has increased in many aspects, especially working with a diverse age group. I greatly value the sense of connection to Grangers from across the country given to me, and will still be given to me as I grow in the Grange. I deeply appreciate the doors Junior Grange has opened for me and look forward to the doors Grange will open for me in the future.”
We are coming down the home stretch of Junior Grange Month! For our first post this week, we are hearing from Alexis Kudsk from Custer, WA.
“Growing up in the Grange, the Junior Grange program has always had a close place in my heart. It has always meant the world to me to be involved in such an amazing organization for kids,” said Kudsk.
“Being involved in the Junior Grange program really helped me come out of my shell, because growing up I was incredibly shy and would not do any kind of public speaking, but I was encouraged to face my fears and try new things that were normally out of my comfort zone. The Junior Grange was a safe space where I got to make new friends, develop leadership skills that have followed me throughout the years, and compete in competitions that I never would have otherwise. I have changed from the shy, quiet, girl to a leader that is not afraid to stand up for my opinions and can speak with relative confidence in public.”
To finish off our Junior Grange Month posts this week, Morgan Browning, from Mossyrock, WA, explains how being involved with the Junior Grange has made a positive impact on her life.
“I loved being in Junior Grange. I met some of my best friends during convention and at camp. Being the National Ambassador in 2015, let me travel to new states and make more friends. Being Ambassador also gave me many public speaking opportunities and new ideas to bring back to my state for our junior program. Those opportunities gave me so much confidence in speaking in front of people. That confidence has helped while being at state and national conventions. It has also helped me do very well during school events and giving speeches in class.”
Congratulations to all of our contestants!
We have some really talented and inspiring members in our organization!!!
Regional Contests were held Saturday, July 18 virtually. Participants logged into Zoom and gave their Sign-a-Song, Prepared Speech or Junior Short Story. Congratulations to all of all our participants!
*National Grange Evening of Excellence will be held virtually. Best of Show winners will be contacted with more details to come.*
To start off our Junior Grange Month posts this week, current National Junior Grange Ambassador, Bryce Danko from Community Grange #1767 in Newport, PA, shares how being a part of the Junior Grange has helped him.
“Being in the Junior Grange has helped me with my public speaking. I have been able to grow through my presentations and new people I have interacted with. It has also helped me gain confidence as I have been able to endure on adventures that are outside of my comfort zone. I also have gained a support system that has encouraged me to continue with this journey and compliment me to help me grow confidence,” he explained.
“All in all, I have changed and grown as a human because of being able to travel, experiencing new things, and gaining wisdom from those whom I encounter,” Danko said.
Happy Friday everybody! For our second Junior Grange Month post, we’re hearing from former Junior Grange Ambassador, Lexie Smith, from Auburn, Washington on the effect that being involved with the Junior Grange has had on her life.
“Junior Grange helped me grow into the woman I am today. I learned many skills about service, confidence, public speaking, and building relationships with all kinds of people. Some of my favorite memories are from Junior Grange camps where I met some very close friends that I'm still in contact with today. The Junior Grange is much more than a community, it is truly like a family to me,” said Smith.
It’s Junior Grange Month! In order to celebrate all that the Junior Grange does for building up America’s youth, we will be posting profiles of past and present Junior Grange Ambassadors to hear how being involved with the Junior Grange has impacted their lives.
To kick things off, Ashley Mohn, from Marion Grange in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, said “The Junior Grange was a catapult for me. I was taught life lessons that I carry with me today. Through knowledge tests, I learned the importance of history and why preserving it is necessary. Not only did the Junior Grange provide connections, it filled my toolbox for my future career. From public speaking, to studying, to interacting with others, I am forever grateful that I was a member of the Junior Grange.”
Happy Fourth of July from the National Grange. Stay safe everyone.
What is your best memory made courtesy of Junior Grange?
Join the National Junior Grange Ambassador Team in supporting the Youth Leadership Fund by taking the $20 for '20 Ice Bucket Challenge.
1) Go to www.grangefoundation.org/20for20 and make your $20 donation.
2) Take the challenge and post your ice bucket video.
3) Challenge at least 2 other people to take the challenge .
4) Change your profile picture frame to the $20 for ‘20 Challenge and don't forget to add #GrangeYouth and #20for20 to your post so we can see it too!
*Disclaimer: Individuals who participates in the $20 for ‘20 Ice Bucket Challenge do so at the own election and at their own risk. The National Grange is not responsible for,and specifically disclaims responsibility for, any loss, injury liability, cost, damages or other claims arising from or in relation to the Ice Bucket Challenge*
Water temperature is at your own discretion
Join us Monday, June 1 at 6 p.m. to learn more.
Join us Monday, June 1 at 6 p.m. to learn more.
JUNIOR GRANGES ELIGIBLE: Grange Foundation is supporting Granges who are doing good work in their communities at this time. Any Grange performing service in response to the COVID crisis - large or small - may provide about their project(s) to be entered into a drawing for a $100 grant. 10 grants will be made available in this first round and winners will be pulled on June 9. All entries must be submitted by June 5. Find all information, including how the "We're In This Together" shirts are helping to fund this grant program, at www.grangefoundation.org/grants
Join us on the National Grange page Thursday, April 23 at 4 p.m. Eastern as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai comes to our daily web program.
Are you a teacher or do you have a teacher in your life? Many are scrambling to find ways to educate differently during the COVID crisis and can help one another by sharing resources, lessons, tools and tips with one another. If you've created a great lesson, resources or have a tip you'd be willing to share with others, fill out our short form at bit.ly/rural-ed-share by Sunday, April 12 at noon (Eastern). Those selected to present at the first Rural Educators' Show and Share live Facebook event (which will also be added to YouTube) will be notified by 6 p.m. Sunday, April 12. Show and Share event is April 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) .
Are you bored and torn on what to do, deciding between doing something to help others or something fun or learning? Now you can do all three.
Free Rice is a project of the United Nations World Food Programme. Playing helps build or show off your knowledge of a variety of subjects - English vocabulary or learning new languages, world geography, famous paintings, basic math, chemistry and more. AND for each correct answer, you help generate money to support the efforts of the UN WFP.
For parents or grandparents with school-aged children home to stay safe from COVID-19, this may be a great activity!
You can even create a profile and establish a group to challenge your friends or Grange members (Lecturers, this may be for you!).
Check it out at: https://freerice.com/
Get well soon Mr. Prichard!
His address is:
Lebanon Veterans Home, Resident Mail,
600 North 5th Street,
Lebanon, Oregon 97355
#challengeaccepted #covid19 #grange
Introduction to Junior GFrange programming in 2020
Catch National Junior Grange Director Samantha Wilkins tomorrow at 2 p.m. Eastern talking about Junior Passports - even if you're a Junior at heart, this is for you! Event will be live on the National Grange page and National Junior Grange Page and available for replay.
Please SHARE this shirt fundraiser on YOUR Facebook profile and ask everyone you know to show solidarity in this time of crisis. We're in this together.
Today we introduce a fundraiser - not just for Grangers but FOR ALL - to help raise awareness and remind us that "We're all in this Together" T-shirts (and onesies) -- each under $20 and FREE U.S> SHIPPING! GO HERE: https://inthistogethershirt.weebly.com/
Please share on your profiles and encourage EVERYONE you know to purchase a shirt. Funds will be used to help Granges who are working to support their communities and/or those affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Our Awesome Grangers at the Washington DC Experience earlier this month were featured on Connect Americans Now site as we fight for Rural Broadband!
Seniors in rural America don’t have the same opportunities to go see a doctor in person. Telehealth can improve the quality and accessibility of care, but not for millions of Americans stuck behind the #digitaldivide. Learn more:
This is a great time to be working on National Junior Grange contests entries! Get them done now and mail them to me! Adults can also enter the Junior Granger at Heart contests! Check out the 2020 program guide on www.nationaljuniorgrange.org
Junior Grange provides an opportunity for children to build character and develop self confidence, responsibility, and respect.
National Grange President Betsy Huber today issued guidance and talked about impact of covid-19 on our organization. Read below and share.
Brothers and Sisters,
As news continues to break with more and more coronavirus-19 cases and a small percentage of those infected having succumbed to the illness, we continue to see the pattern emerge - not unlike that with the flu and other significant respiratory ailments - that older individuals are disproportionately impacted. Some of you have expressed concerns about what to do regarding Grange meetings and events, but until we had a clearer picture of the situation we wanted wait to issue clear guidance without causing undue panic.
While we know the risk from this virus is low, many of our members are or socialize with people in high-risk groups, especially the elderly, at Grange functions and in their daily lives. For this reason, we ask you to be mindful and preventative to help us all contain this novel virus as well as other nasty viruses such as the “typical” flu. The best thing you can do is take all necessary and advised precautions, which in some cases includes self-quarantine.
Grange events, meetings and activities should be evaluated
Grange meetings and our associated events are public gatherings that encourage friendly interactions, which may include handshakes, hugs or other contact or close proximity. Our events often include potlucks with buffet-style service that may also heighten the opportunity for the virus to pass from one person to another. Remember, symptoms may not appear until 14 days after exposure to the virus, and the virus may survive up to three days on surfaces outside the human body. Therefore, even if no one appears sick at an event, it is possible that illness could still spread.
For this reason, we encourage you to take a variety of recommended precautions including frequent and thorough hand-washing, wearing gloves, and having someone serve dishes rather than allowing individuals to serve themselves, limiting the number of individuals touching various objects, and other guidance issued by healthcare professionals.
With the elderly at heightened risk, Granges may want to consider postponing or canceling meetings if they feel it advisable in their communities. In the face of such an emerging health crisis, the Bylaw (6.12.1) that requires Subordinate Granges to meet monthly will not be enforced.
Use this as opportunity to Cultivate Connections
As individuals may choose to limit their social interaction and stay indoors in full or partial self-quarantine, feelings of isolation and loneliness may occur. The Grange theme for 2020 is “Cultivating Connections” and this time of preventative isolation allows us to do that in a truly meaningful, though different way than we may have imagined. Even before this pandemic began, loneliness affected more than 30% of older adults and itself can pose health risks, specifically depression and cognitive decline.
Let’s take this as an opportunity to reconnect with our Grange family and with those far outside our membership. Commit to calling or writing a letter to a different individual each day to check in. Let’s make this a movement, starting right here with the Grange, to ensure that everyone across our great country has regular and meaningful social contact and knows that Grangers care.
You may even find this a great reason to reconnect with long-lost Grange friends, those who you used to attend Junior/Juvenile Grange or Youth events with. Tell them what it means to you to remain active in the Grange today and encourage them to reconnect. Maybe they can start with a subscription to our quarterly Good Day! magazine. The next issue is due to arrive in mailboxes in mid-April.
Washington DC Experience Participants Affected
Since taking office, I have made transparency a priority. This morning we learned that a member of Sen. Maria Cantwell’s staff (WA) has been diagnosed with the coronavirus-19. Although their identity was not released, we immediately notified the Junior, Youth and adult participant who attended a meeting with one of the Senator’s aides while at the Washington DC Experience earlier this week. We also reached out to every WDCE participant and provided them with the details we know so far. We have been in contact with the Senator’s office and are awaiting further advice regarding the potential exposure risk and what our participants should do in the coming days. We believe there is very little risk to them or their families, but will continue to monitor the situation and communicate directly with those who attended.
We reiterate that it is important for each of you to take all of the measures of precaution advised by the CDC, to be very mindful of symptoms as they arise, and to consider avoiding contact with those in populations that are at high-risk for contracting the disease with serious complications.
DC Office Remains Open; Status May change
At this time, our National Headquarters in Washington DC remains open for business. Our staff assisted and participated in the WDCE and we are encouraging them to monitor any potential signs of illness and respond accordingly. Additionally, a state of emergency has been declared in Washington DC, so at any time our operations may change in response to the continuing outbreak. We will keep you posted if any operations are suspended but appreciate your patience if there is delayed response to your requests, as our staff may be required to take leave or work remotely and be unable to fulfill some specific tasks.
I want to thank you in advance for forwarding this message by email, sending it by mail and calling to share it with other members, to make sure every Granger knows that we are aware of the health crisis and helping to combat its side effect of loneliness by cultivating connections. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me directly.
Fraternally and with best wishes for great health,
Betsy E. Huber, President
1616 H St NW
Washington D.C., DC
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