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From The Lecturer's Desk
From the Lecturer’s Desk: Partnering for Success

By David Roberts, CT State Grange Lecturer

  JUNE 1, 2023 --

It’s hard to believe Spring is behind us as we journey into summer. The State Grange Lecturer’s Dept. partnered with the State Grange Legislative Committee to present the online seminar “The Grange Resolution Process and YOU!” Our guest speaker was Vince Scholten, VP and Director of Agric. for the CA State Grange.  State Leg. Director Noel Miller provided an overview of the resolution process.  Vince then gave his presentation on how to write impactful resolutions.  Attendees came from as far as Idaho (and Calif.). A recording of the online seminar was made and can be found on YouTube by searching for the CT State Grange channel. Now is the time for your Grange to develop resolutions.   This might make a great Lecturer’s program or separate event for your Grange.

Speaking of YouTube, only twenty-two individuals are subscribed to this valuable resource featuring State Grange material.  I encourage all members to subscribe for FREE to

this resource. Just go to YouTube, search for Connecticut State Grange, and then click “subscribe.”

Following the success of this webinar, the Lecturer’s Dept., with the National Grange Policy Comm. on Hemp & Cannabis will host a webinar entitled, “Just the Facts: Hemp & Cannabis” on Sunday, June 11 at 7:00 P.M. This event is open to all Grange members. You do not have to be a CT member to attend. We just ask you RSVP to Dave Roberts at either 860-469-5067 or GranbyDavidRoberts@gmail.com.

Join us to learn the truth about Hemp & Cannabis and the history behind it, including its various agricultural products and uses. Vince Scholten will again be our guest as he is a member of the National Grange Policy Comm. on Hemp & Cannabis.

At the encouragement of State Youth Dir. Dawn Anstett, we have created a CT State Grange team to participate in the June 3 Walk4Hearing (Hearing Loss Assoc. of America) fundraiser at Dunkin’ Park in Hartford. I encourage you to walk with my family and me around the bases at Dunkin’ Park and help raise funds for the American School for the Deaf, the oldest such school in the U.S.

We plan to meet at 9:00 A.M. on the field at Dunkin’ Park and walk together wearing Grange logo items and I hope to have some Grange signs too. We invite you to support this project by walking or donating to this nationwide campaign. To register or donate, visit our team page at www.walk4hearing.org . For more info contact me at the contact info listed earlier in this column.

The new 988 Mental Health Awareness Team was pleased to visit Wallingford Grange. This is a collaboration between National Grange, CT State Grange, CT Lions and Rural Minds. Two members have been trained in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) and is the CPR for mental health needs. If you would like to schedule our CT State Grange 988 Mental Health Awareness team to visit your community or Pomona Grange and to host a program of any length, please contact project chair Kim Becker at kl.becker@cox.net or 860-748-9388.


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