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From The Lecturer's Desk
Lecturer's Corner: The Auld Acquaintance Program

By Marge Bernhardt, CT State Grange Lecturer

  APRIL 5, 2016 --

Does your Grange participate in our “Auld Acquaintance” Program.  This program was begun back in the late 1960’s by Rita Whipple.  I can’t even imagine how much sunshine we, as Grangers, have brought into the lives of the residents of convalescent, nursing and rest homes during the last 50 plus years that we have held this program.  A simple phone call to your local home is all it takes to get started.  Like to have a coffee group or other get-together?  Why not make tray or table favors to put a smile on the faces of those who live in one of these homes.  Have more time and some talent.  Why not put on a program for them or offer to write letters for those who can’t do it for themselves.  The personnel at your local home can suggest what is most needed by their people.

Does you hall get used by other groups?  Why not put out a box to collect items to send to our service men and women who are serving in harms’ way.  The need is greater than ever.  Many people are tired of hearing about Afghanistan and all the problems in the Middle East.  With this, private support is down.  Commissaries and Exchanges are not being stocked as well as they were when more troops were overseas.  Females are having an especially hard time finding item they need for personal hygiene.    Healthy snacks that can be shoved in a pocket when the troops go out on patrol are a favorite.  If your Grange needs help in finding someone to send to or you need more information on what is needed, restrictions on what you can send or just help in general, please do not to hesitate to contact me.  I am always glad to help.

Now that warm weather is hear I hope to hear about better attendance at your meetings.    

See you around the State.


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