Valley Grange Summer Schedule

June 18, Thursday–Pomona Election of Officers at South Sangerville Grange. Potluck at 6 pm, meeting at 7 pm.

June 19, FridayValley Grange Election of Officers. Potluck at 6 pm, meeting at 7 pm.

July 11, SaturdayPomona Picnic at the home of Janice and Walter Boomsma. Social time starts at 4:30, potluck picnic at 6 pm and White Elephant Auction at 7 pm. This typically takes the place of our July meeting.

July 25, SaturdayRiver Festival in Guilford… theme this year is Wizard of Oz… Valley Grange will be there with balloons! Details will be announced.

August 6, Thursday–Pomona Meeting with Fifth Degree instruction at Garland Grange. Potluck at 6 pm and degree instruction at 7 pm.

August 15, Saturday–Pomona-wide Installation of Officers tentatively scheduled at Garland Grange. Supper to be announced at 6 pm, installation at 7 pm. State Master Vicki Huff’s Installation Team will preside. This typically takes the place of our August meeting…

August 27, Thursday Piscataquis Valley Fair opens and runs through Sunday. Several Granges usually exhibit,

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Valley Granger cited in Dictionary Project Newsletter

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Sponsor Spotlight: Walter Boomsma, Valley Grange #144

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Enthusiasm is important to the success of any project, but it is not the only ingredient. Although enthusiasm is frequently the catalyst, the jump-start that gets the engine going, it is commitment that provides for the life and continuity of a dictionary project. Commitment, or the state of being whole-heartedly dedicated to a cause, is what has driven Walter Boomsma to continue The Dictionary Project for the Valley Grange #144 for the past eight years. “My passion is kids first, second and third,” said Boomsma and The Dictionary Project appreciates his efforts to ensure that today’s children have a bright future.

Read the entire article here.

Community Night Successful!

Community Citizen Surprised!

Com Citizen_15SMIn spite of a few last minute glitches (like him showing up early), we managed to keep Community Citizen Matthew Hackett in the dark until the last minute! Matt’s a great guy and some former students admitted to spending time in his office, but also thanked him for always being fair and respecting them. One of the comments that Matt made was that he was always glad when an angry parent showed up at his door because it meant they cared. When you think about it, that makes sense–and it is equally obvious that Matt cares. Special thanks to Roger Ricker for making a great wooden sign for the occasion and to Pat Engstrom for her efforts to get Matt and others to the meeting.

101 Raffle Report

While we don’t keep an exact count of who sells how many, our top ticket sellers this year include Janice and Pat Engstrom, Roger Ricker, Lois Prescott, and Linda Erwin. Our gross receipts were $658 (including a $50 donation of tickets from Bob Carroll and Linda Erwin) so after deducting the cost of the tickets we net $558. Janice likes to say “that’ll buy quite a few dictionaries.” The raffle winner was Craig Fellows, a farmer from Dexter—he was out cutting wood when we called to tell him of his good fortune. Hopefully he’ll scratch off enough winnings to buy some chain saw oil!

Long Timers…

Congratulations to long time members… Kevin Annis and Judy Ricker were present for their 25 year awards. Not present but no less honored were Carolyn and Richard Williams at 55 years and Dora Starbird at 75 years.You know there’s got to be some really good stuff about being a Granger–people stay with it!