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  • Page 12

    Another 100 year

    milestone

    Page 8

    Junior Grange

    Awards

    Page 6

    Lecturers 2015

    Awards

    Page 7

    Grange

    Happenings

    Page 4

    MSD Christmas

    Party

    Page 3

    State and National

    Conventions

    GRANGE NEWS Michigan

    www.michiganstategrange.org

    Volume XXI NO. 6 USPS 345-580 NOVEMBER-DECEMBER, 2015

    BE SURE TO PULL OUT THE PROGRAM BOOK AND KEEP FOR REFERENCE

    Happy Thanksgiving Merry Christmas

    Michigan State Grange

    6th degree team

    Congratulations to MSG Master, Christopher Johnston for Being Re-elected to Gatekeeper of the National Grange

  • NOV. 26 HAPPY

    THANKSGIVING

    EVERYONE!

    DEC. 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

    JAN. 1

    2016 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    EVERYONE!

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    Michigan Grange News is published bi-monthly for the members of the Michigan

    State Grange.

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    Editor & Adv. Manager: Christopher D. Johnston

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    2 Michigan Grange News

    Happy Thanksgiving,

    Merry Christmas

    &

    Happy New Year!

    Kathryn Strouse, Chaplain P.O. Box 84, North Star, MI 48862

    Tel: 989-875-2894 E-mail: katjoy98@yahoo.com

    Chaplain Being like Jesus

    Well State Session for this year is in the past. I am not rested up yet but am sad

    to think that another year has passed.

    As I got to thinking about Session I thought about the fact that every day the Bi-

    ble was opened on the alter. The times I opened it I always looked at what book it

    was opened to. I would then open my bible later and read the scripture there. Even

    the days that I did not have to open the Bible I looked to see what book it would

    open to. I am sorry to say that since I have been home I have not opened my Bible

    to any scripture. I wonder how many others out there do the same thing.

    We talk about God in our Sessions but do we take God outside of those sessions.

    I have looked at my past few days and think about how I claim to be like Jesus but

    am I really. Yes, I have helped people and even gave a woman who was lost direc-

    tions on how to find her way home. But am I really being like Jesus. 1 John 2:6

    states Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. We all need to walk

    like Jesus did. We need to help the sick, the lame, the downtrodden even the wid-

    ows. These are not just words but we need to act on them.

    I do not know how many of you have seen the movie War Room. It is not a

    war movie but a

    movie about going to

    war with prayer and

    Christ. We all need

    to find our War

    Room and pray for

    the whole world. We

    need to fight evil and

    work for the Good of

    the Order. God is our

    Order and we need to

    bring this country

    back to what it was

    when the Grange was

    founded.

    I pray that maybe

    these words have

    planted a seed in

    someones heart as

    you read this. God is

    a powerful source of

    strength, hope and

    love. He never leaves

    us and even will carry

    us during times of

    sorrow and trouble

    but we must also talk

    to him, be like him

    and live like him.

    I pray that your

    days ahead will be

    blessed and full of

    hope, love and caring

    for not just yourself

    but for others.

  • 3 Michigan Grange News

    Christopher D. Johnston, Master 6241 Grand River Road, Bancroft, MI 48414

    Tel: 989-634-9350 (H) 989-666-6648 ( C) E-mail msgprez19@yahoo.com

    Master State and National Conventions

    Jeff & Nancy Swainston, 2589 144th Ave., Dorr, MI 49323

    Tel: 616-813-8746 E-mail jeff@jnsphoto.biz

    Worthy Master, Chris Johnston accepts the Distinguished Grange Certificates from National Master, Ed Luttrell for the

    Michigan State Grange, Burns Grange #160, Gratiot Grange #1898 and Kinney Grange #754. Members of the three

    Granges were present to receive the certificates. Chris Johnston, Sharon Popler, Peggy Johnston and Dale Moore for

    Burns Grange, Luanna Swainston and Arnette Welsh for Kinney Grange, and Chris, Sharon and Peggy for Gratiot

    Thank you The recent convention of the Michigan State Grange was a

    huge success, thanks in part to the Granges of the host region,

    Rome; Lime Creek; North Adrian; Mosherville; Adams; Ply-

    mouth/Westland; and Pittsfield Union. The big thanks goes to

    the host committee chairs Tim and Barb Johnston. We had a

    wonderful time in your historic town and the oldest fairgrounds

    in the state, THANK YOU.

    Looking forward to next year when the 144th annual conven-

    tion will be held in the Northern Lower of this great State. We

    are looking towards having the convention at the Shanty Creek

    resort in Bellaire, more information in the future editions.

    National Grange The 149th annual session of the National Grange is definitely

    one for the history books. Not only is this the 149th time dele-

    gates have come together to deliberate on the policies of the Na-

    tional Grange but this is the first time the delegates have elected a

    woman to the position of National Master. Betsy Huber (PA) has

    been elected Master we wish her all the best during her stay in

    office.

    Also the Michigan State Grange was represented very well at the

    session by Emily Kurburski who served as the John Trimble Leg-

    islative Youth Experience member. During the convention Emily

    had the opportunity to

    serve as a voting mem-

    ber of the Citizenship

    committee, as well as

    being seated among the other delegates on

    the floor of the session.

    Michigan was also

    proud to have Katie

    Kurburski attend the

    National Convention

    and open the session

    on Friday as the Secre-

    tary of the Youth Offi-

    cer Team.

    Luke Kurburski did

    an amazing job with

    his speech in the Jun-

    ior activities of the convention. Thank

    you to Anne Kurbuski

    for making the effort

    to get the kids there

    and to keep them interested and active in the Grange, they are

    our future leaders.

    The future of the Mich igan State

    Grange is looking

    good.

    Until next time..

    Katie & Emily Kurburski

    Luke

    Kurburski

    Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

  • 4 Michigan Grange News

    Luanna Swainston, Director 965-108th Street, SW Byron Center, MI 49315

    Tel: 616-262-3516 E-mail: plswainston1@gmail.com

    DEAF AWARENESS MSD CHRISTMAS PARTY

    DEAF AWARENESS CONTEST WINNERS

    POSTER CONTEST AGES 6 & UNDER

    1st Cora Zsigray Gratiot #1898

    POSTER CONTEST 9-11 YR OLDS

    1st Cory Johnston Burns JG #325

    2nd Marc Johnston Burns JG #325

    3rd Eowyn Sheffer Burns JG #325

    ESSAY CONTEST SUBORDINATE MEMBER

    1st Jackie Bishop Home #129

    2nd Peggy Johnston Burns #160

    3rd Sharon Popler Burns #160

    DEAF AWARENESS FUND2015

    Burns #160, Pittsfield Union #882, Community #1675,

    Mosherville #1351, Studley #1174, Barnard #689,

    Oceana Center #1047, Plymouth/Westland #389, Lucy

    Sandeen, Torch Lake #1840, Janet Dillivan (from alu-

    minum), Judy Bowers (from aluminum), Luanna

    Swainston (convention collection), Kinney #754, Car-

    lisle #812, Gratiot #1898

    DEAF AWARENESS ANNUAL REPORTS

    Plymouth/Westland #389, Gratiot #1898, Rome #293,

    Burns #160, Oceana Center #1047, Home #129, Bar-

    nard #689, Kinney #754, Community #1675, North

    Adrian #721, Mosherville #1351, Studley #1174,

    Burr Oak #1350, Fern #803, Carlisle #812, West

    Oshtemo #1630, Adams #286., Mid Michigan

    Pomona #61, Kent/Ottawa/Oceana Pomona #18.

    MSD ADOPT-A-CHILD PROGRAM

    Fredonia #1713, Gratiot #1898, North Adrian #721,

    Plymouth/Westland #389, Mosherville #1351, Stud-

    ley #1174, Oceana Center #1047, Claudia Libbey

    Family, Burr Oak #1350, Barnard #689, Burns #160,

    Rome #293, Kinney #754, Carlisle #812, Mid

    Michigan Pomona #61, St. Jos/Cass/Kal. Pomona

    #4, West Oshtemo #1630, Peggy Johnston, Dale

    Moore, Sharon Popler, Phil and Luanna Swainston,

    Marshall & Jackie Bishop, Burns Grange #160,

    Kent/Ottawa/Oceana Pom