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Art, Photography and Quilt Blocks Contest deadline: April 15th!

Lecturer: Sharon Croucher, 2514 County Road 25, Clifton Springs, NY 14432 315-462-3067 email Sharon

STATE LECTURER'S COMMITTEE

District I (’17) Carolyn (Kay) Bailey, 168 Canal Street, Lyons, NY  14489 315-573-6408 okay631900 @hotmail.com

District II (’15) Barbara Lawton, 4760 State Highway 12, Oxford, NY 13830 607-843-6241 bmlawton @frontiernet.net

District II (’16) Edwin Hadlock, 70 South Main Street, Hammond, NY 13648 315-324-5517 ejhadlock @gmail.com

District IV (’14) Sarah Barber, 35 Real View Drive, East Chatham, NY  12060  518-698-1811   sassy12037 @yahoo.com

 

2015-2016 General Handbook  Cover  

 

2014-2015 Lecturer’s Theme:

  Grange

   Reaching

   A

  New

   Generation

   Everyday

 

     Grange: Reaching A New Generation Everyday is the 2013-2015 Lecturer’s theme.  Since its beginning, the Grange has touched the lives of seven generations.  Past generations have given us a firm foundation.  It is our challenge to build the Grange for future generations.  This theme gives us the opportunity to honor and reflect upon our rich heritage, know the Grange today and strive to take the Grange into the future.  We must know our history in order to build the organization for future generations.  This theme could be carried out in one program or it could span two or three programs.  Each year could focus on a different aspect of our heritage and goals for the future.

Theme Songs:

“Be Boosters” (#20 in The Grange Songbook)

“This Old Grange” (#19 in The Grange Songbook)

“We Are The Grange Of The Future” (for Juniors in Jr. Grange Songbook)

 

     The Lecturer (Program Director) holds one of the most challenging and rewarding positions in the Grange.  The job is two-fold.  First of all, it is the Lecturer’s responsibility to present or arrange for a program at each regular Grange meeting.  Lecturers should strive to have well balanced programs which include elements of educational information, fun activities and inspirational messages.  Music should be included whenever possible.  Recorded music is perfectly acceptable.  Consider having a program that helps to promote the various contests such as a mini photography or art class.  Perhaps an acting workshop would encourage some members to work on a skit or monologue for the talent contest.  It is important to foster a good relationship with the Grange Master/President so that time for the program does not become an issue.

     Secondly, the Lecturer (Program Director) is a liaison to the community.  Invite members of the community to share their talents with the Grange as part of a program.  Respond in kind by being willing to present a program for other community organizations and/or sponsor educational programs for the entire community. 

Pomona Lecturer Guidelines

  • Present or arrange for a well balanced program at each meeting.
  • Work with other Grange officers and committees in building a successful Grange.
  • Communicate with and offer assistance to the Community Grange Lecturers.
  • Promote various contests and hold county contests if warranted.
  • Be the liaison between Community and Junior Granges and the State Grange by disseminating information and sending necessary reports to the State Lecturer.
  • Fill out the annual report and send it to the State Lecturer by September 15.

 

Community Grange Lecturer Guidelines

·        Present or arrange for a well balanced program at each meeting.

·        Cooperate with other Grange officers and committees to plan a yearly program for the Grange.

·        Survey members to learn individual interests.

·        Encourage individuals to expand and share their talents.

·        Promote the various opportunities provided through the Lecturer’s Department.

·        Fill out the annual report and send to the State Lecturer by September 15.

 

Opportunities for Members

Celebrate Our Heritage Genealogy Project

“Your Grange Family Tree”

     Grange members are encouraged to create a visual representation of their personal family tree as it relates to Grange membership.  These family trees will be displayed at State Grange.  Certificates will be given to all participants.  The trees may be depicted in chart form or three dimensional form.  Please do not exceed 24”x36” in size.

 

“The Futuristic Granger” Writing Project

 

     This project challenges Grangers to combine their imagination and their writing skills.  Members are asked to imagine what will be happening with Grange in 2030 and to write a press release about an event.  All submissions will be printed in “The Futuristic Granger” which will be available at State Grange each year.  Submissions should be typed if possible.  Write the article as you would to send it to your local paper.  A suggested press release format can be found in the Public Relations section of the 2014-2015 State Grange handbook.   Send submissions to the State Lecturer by September 15th of the current year.  Include the author’s name, address, county, Grange and number on the back.

    

Talent Show

     Any Community or Junior Grange member or group of Grange members is invited to perform in the State Grange Talent Show. Pomona Lecturers may hold a Pomona level Talent Show or contact Subordinate Lecturers to determine those interested in performing at the State Talent Show. Pomona Lecturers will complete a form provided by the State Lecturer listing those interested in performing in the State Grange Talent Show held during the Lecturer/Family Activities Conference. This conference will be held the last Saturday in April at the State Grange headquarters. Pomona Lecturers will send the form to the State Lecturer by April 15th each year. The maximum time limit for each act is 6 minutes. There is no minimum time limit.

      Professionals are NOT eligible to participate.  A Professional is defined as someone who receives significant financial gain from performance or acting as an instructor in a particular category.  The Best of Show winner may NOT compete in the same category the following year.  She/he may enter in another category.

       Judging will be done by qualified individuals. All performers will receive a ribbon. The  Community Grange Best of Show winner will receive $50.00 and will be invited to perform at the State Fair on Grange Day, State Grange Session, North East Lecturers’ Conference, and at the National Grange Talent Showcase during the National Grange Convention.

     Talent Contest categories are as follows: Instrumental (Solo and Group), Vocal (Solo and Group), Skit/Variety.

 

New York State Photography Contest

     Community and Junior Grange members may enter this contest.  Division I - Community Grange members; Division II – Junior Grange members – ages 5-9; Division III – Junior Grange members ages 10-14.  A Junior Grange member’s age will be determined as of January 1st prior to the State judging.  Photographs may be entered in the following categories in all divisions:  (1) People, (2) Animals, (3) Scenery/Nature.

     The photograph must have been taken by the person submitting the entry and have been taken sometime between May 1st and April 15th of the current contest year.  A photograph may only be entered once.  Size:  minimum 4”x6” to maximum of 11”x14” including matting if used.  Frames are not allowed but the photo must have a rigid backing.  Participants may have one entry per category.  Film or digital photographs are allowed.  Professionals are NOT eligible to participate.  A Professional is someone who receives significant financial gain from the sale of his/her photographs or from acting as an instructor. The Best of Show winner MAY NOT enter the photography contest the following year.  A Junior Best of Show winner may enter the following year IF he/she has moved to the older age group.   On the back of the photograph list the division, category, name, address, county and Grange of the person submitting the entry.  Pomona Lecturers will conduct a Pomona level contest (including Junior entries) and send first place winning entries in all divisions to the State Grange Headquarters by April 15th of each year.  Mark on the outside of the package “Photo Contest Entries”.  State awards will include certificates, ribbons and cash prizes.  The Community Grange “Best of Show” will be eligible for National Grange competition.  Judging criteria will include composition, creativity, color/clarity of the photo and interest.

 

New York State Art Contest

     Community and Junior Grange members may enter this contest.  Division I - Community Grange members; Division II – Junior Grange members – ages 5-9; Division III – Junior Grange members ages 10-14.  A Junior Grange member’s age will be determined as of January 1st prior to the State judging.  Art may be entered in the following categories in all divisions.  (1) Oils and Acrylics or Crayons/Markers, (2) Watercolors, (3) Charcoal or Pencil Drawing.  Each entry must be the original work of the member submitting it.  All entries must be completed between May 1st and April 15th of the current contest year.  A work of art may only be entered once.  An art entry must not be larger than 24”x36”.  There is no minimum size.  Do not mount a picture on a backing any larger than necessary.  Participants may have only one entry per category.  DO NOT SEND ANY GLASS WITH ENTRIES.   Professionals are NOT eligible to participate.  A Professional is defined as someone who receives significant financial gain from the sale of his/her art work or from acting as an instructor.  The Best of Show winner may NOT enter in the same category the following year.  Pomona Lecturers will conduct a Pomona level contest (including Junior entries) and send first place winning entries in all divisions to the State Grange Headquarters by April 15th of each year. On the back of the art work list the division, category, name, address, county and Grange of the person submitting the entry. Mark on the outside of the package “Art Contest Entries”.  State awards will include certificates, ribbons and cash prizes.  Judging criteria will include composition, use of medium, creativity, and overall effect of picture.

The Awards for The 2014 Art-Photo Contests

 

Opportunities and Projects for Lecturers

Sally Benson Memorial Lecturer's Award

 

     This award of a plaque and $50 is given for an open meeting program arranged by a Subordinate Lecturer. The application for the award is available from the State Lecturer and can be found here. The application is due to the State Lecturer by September 15, each year. Click here for the application

Health Care Topics

     The suggested health care topics for 2014 – 2015 are “The Sweet Truth” and “We are All Aging”.  Lecturers are encouraged to present educational programs on these topics during the next two years.  The program may be for the Grange and/or the community at large.

            The Sweet Truth:  There is a growing concern about the amount of hidden

                        sugar in our diet.  It can be found in the most unexpected places.  Let’s        

                        find out how much sugar we need in our diet compared to the actual

                        amount we consume every day. 

We Are All Aging:  There many variations on the topic of aging.  Some examples are elder abuse, staying healthy and active, estate planning, living arrangements (assisted living, nursing home, and home health aides), end of life decisions etc.

     

Reader’s Theater

     A challenging project for Lecturers is Reader’s Theater.  In this format a script is presented by individuals reading parts.  There is no memorization and no complicated set.  The power lies in how the words are expressed by the reader.  This format can be dynamic as a way to present current topics of concern for reflection and discussion.

     Lecturers are challenged to use the Reader’s Theater format to promote discussion on an important topic for the Grange and/or community.  Choose your own topic, interview individuals about the topic and write a script. As an alternative you may use “What Will be in the Fields Tomorrow?”, a script developed by The Voices Project of Michigan State University Museum.  The website is http://foodfarmingand community.org/.  (If you are unable to access the materials through the website contact the State Lecturer for assistance.)  Present the program to the audience and follow up with discussion.  Those Lecturers who accept the challenge and report their efforts to the State Lecturer will receive recognition.  Reports are due to the State Lecturer by September 15th.

     A second way to use Reader’s theater is for enjoyment and entertainment.  In this case, choose a simple story such as a fairytale.  Mount a cut-out picture of each character on a paint stir stick and attach the script to the back of the picture.  The picture needs to be on fairly stiff paper.  Arrange chairs in the front of the room.  Select people from the group to play the characters.  As each character speaks he/she hold the picture up and reads the part.   You can choose to have the characters move about if the story would be better told with movement. If you need help finding a story to use check your public library for “Reader’s theater” or Aaron Shepard.  If your library does not have anything they can probably get something through interlibrary loan.  Also check online for Aaron Shepard.  He has a website.

     Lecturers who report using this form of Reader’s Theater will receive recognition.  Reports are due to the State Lecturer by September 15th.

Blue Jacket Project

     New York State Grange is making a concerted effort to strengthen the connection between Grange and FFA.  Lecturers are being asked to take the initiative to promote the connection in his/her area.  Contact your local FFA chapter early in the year to find out how Grange might assist the group with their various projects and contests.  Ask the FFA to present a program at your Grange meeting.  Invite them to be part of your Grange Month celebration.  These are just a few examples of ways to connect with a group of fine young people with a potential of Grange membership.  If your local school does not have an FFA chapter check with your B.O.C.E.S.  A list of contacts was sent to all lecturers early in 2013.  If you do not have the list contact the State Headquarters for a replacement.

 

New York Agriculture in the Classroom

     Ag in the Classroom is a program to help children understand about agriculture and how their food is produced.  It is coordinated through county Cooperative Extension offices.  There are many ways that Grange could be part of this excellent program.  Lecturers are asked to present information about Ag in the Classroom to the Grange and promote participation.  This can be a joint effort among various departments of the Grange.  To get started contact Katie Bigness by email: kse45@cornell.edu or through the website:  www.agclassroom.org/ny.  She will put you in touch with the coordinator in your county.

 

Dates to Remember

April 15, 2014 & 2015 – Art and Photo entries are due at the State Grange Headquarters

April 15, 2014 & 2015 – Talent Entry Report sheets are due to the State Lecturer

April 26, 2014 – Lecturer/FAC Conference – NYS Grange Headquarters

April 25, 2015 – Lecturer/FAC Conference – NYS Grange Headquarters

August 4-6, 2014 – Northeast Lecturers’ Conference – New York

August 3-5, 2015– Northeast Lecturers’ Conference – Maine

September 15, 2014 & 2015 – Lecturer’s reports, Futuristic Granger writing project, Sally   

                                               Benson Award application and Reader’s Theater report are

                                               due to the State Lecturer.
 

 

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