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By Todd Gelineau, CT State Grange Secretary

  October 1, 2018 --

It would be great if State Session sometimes operated like a car and you could apply some brake to keep the “State Grange Car” from careening into October 18th! It’s coming very fast and there’s so much to get done.

I hope all of our members have heeded the warnings and have reserved their rooms for Session. At this writing there are some rooms still available but that window is closing fast. Periodically the hotel provides me with a list of all rooms reserved for the Convention and the last list I have seen shows a number of notable absences that I’m sure will be late reservations. Please let me know if you have difficulty making reservations. I will do what I can but my resources are limited when I’m eventually told there is “no room at the inn.”

Many Granges have not returned their delegate credential cards to the Central Office. Each Grange received a card to be given to their delegates who, in turn, bring that card to State Session to receive their badges and materials. The other card is to be mailed to the Central Office to officially register them as delegates. Please, please, please return your cards as soon as possible.

We are finding many members are waiting until the last minute to send in their registrations. Please send in your registrations and payment as soon as possible. We have hard deadlines with the hotel to provide numbers for the luncheons and the banquet. We also have to have enough time to prepare badges and materials for session.

In this issue, I have printed the resolutions received as of Sept. 28, 2018. If your Grange adopted a resolution that has not been included in this list, please let me know.

As always, the Grange Store will be open for business throughout Session. You will find Grange jewelry, books, pens, pencils, supplies, silk ties, t-shirts and more. We will also have a few brand new items for sale.

It seems I always need to remind members that State Session is not just for the officers and delegates. State Session is a celebration of the Grange year that has just closed and a way to look forward to the year ahead. This year is no exception as we say farewell to Noel and Marcia Miller as he steps down as State Master and a new Master is elected and installed.

The Degree and the Installation of Officers on Saturday afternoon do not require registration and are open to all. All of the Sessions during the convention are open to all members but they also require pre-registration. The future success of the Connecticut State Grange relies on new generations of Grange members taking an interest and becoming involved in our activities.

Until next time… I’ll see you all at State Session!



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