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From The Lecturer's Desk
From the Lecturer’s Desk: And The Winners Are …
 

By David Roberts, CT State Grange Lecturer

  June 1, 2022 --

Oh wait; we haven’t had the 2022  State  Grange   contests   yet, so there is still plenty of time for your Community Grange and your Members to win many State Grange Lecturer Contests. I have tried to summarize the details of all our 2022 contests here in one place for you:

TALENT CONTEST

The first contest is a Talent Contest and Connecticut State Grange will host the State Grange run-offs. Here are the  details  for this contest:

Each Subordinate/Community Grange may host their own Talent Contest and select one winner  for the State Run-offs.

There will be no  Pomona-level judging. All entries will go directly from the Subordinate/Community Grange to the State Grange for judging.

The Connecticut State Grange run- offs will be held at Hillstown Grange Hall (first floor) starting at 1:00 PM on Sunday, August 14.

Performance time allowed for each entrant is six minutes (includes set- up and performance).

No  piano  will  be  provided  at  the State run-offs, so if a Grange needs to bring an electric keyboard, please coordinate this with the State Grange Lecturer prior to the event. Any Grange wishing to compete in the Talent Contest at the State Run- offs MUST notify the State Grange Lecturer, Dave Roberts, at 858-775- 9241  or  dave@daveroberts.org  not later than 8/1/22.

A panel of three judges will select the first, second and third place Talent Contest winners. The decision of the judges is final. Appropriate prizes will be awarded, and a Certificate will be presented to each  Grange that participates.

The first place winner of the Talent Contest will be invited to perform at the Friday, October 21st banquet at the Connecticut State Grange 2022 State Convention in Norwich. If the first place winner cannot perform for any reason, the second place winner and/or the third place winner may be invited to perform at State Convention.

 

COMMUNITY GRANGE SKIT

The second contest is called the “A Number” contest and Connecticut State Grange will host the State Grange run-offs. Here are the details for this contest:

Any number (skit) suitable for a Grange meeting is eligible.

Time Limit: 6 minutes (includes set- up and performance).

All entries will go directly from the Subordinate Grange to State for judging.

The Connecticut State Grange run-offs will be held at Hillstown Grange Hall (first floor) on Sunday, August 14, immediately following the Talent Contest run-off which starts at 1:00 PM.

A panel of three judges will select the first, second and third place winners. The decision of the judges is final.

Numbers will be judged on presentation, quality, audience appeal, appropriateness of theme, and originality.

No piano will be provided at the State run-offs, so if a Grange needs to bring an electric keyboard, please coordinate with the State Grange Lecturer.

Any Grange wishing to compete in the “A Number” (skit) Contest at the State Run-offs MUST notify the State Grange Lecturer, Dave Roberts, at 858-775-9241 or dave@daveroberts.org  not later than 8/1/22.

The first place winner of the “A Number” Contest may be  invited to perform at Friday, October 21 banquet at the Connecticut State Grange 2022 State Convention in Norwich. If the first place winner cannot perform for any reason, the second place winner and/or the third place winner may be invited to perform.

The “Complete Program” for your Grange with the 2022 subject being “The Grange of the Future”. The best “Complete Program” submitted to the CT State Lecturer will receive a $50 gift card and qualified runner ups will receive $25 gift cards.

The State Grange Photo Contest with   the    following    categories: My America, Animals, Flowers, Grange Activities and Family Activities. We will again partner with Connecticut Grange Family Activities on this effort. This means that your Grange’s photo entries can be dropped off at Hillstown Grange Hall on either Friday, August 12, or Saturday,  August  13,  before  10:30

a.m. Judging will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. On  Sunday,  August 14, Family Activities will hold an auction at the end of breakfast that Hillstown Grange will be hosting with a specialty pumpkin pancake. Encourage your members to take a photo on their iPhone, print it out and mount on a piece of cardboard and win a prize. Prizes for each of the five categories will be as follows: First Place, $10; Second Place, $7; Third Place, $3.

The State Grange Essay Contest will be held with the 2022 essay title being “My Grange Family”. Deadline for entries to me is October 1st. To make it easier for all our budding authors, I am removing the word limit, but I  will  reserve  the  right to edit winning essays for possible publication in other forums. Prizes will be as follows: First Place, $25; Second Place, $15; and Third Place, $10.

The purpose of all these contests is to first and foremost to HAVE FUN and secondly  to  encourage your Grange members to get involve in a friendly spirited manner. Please let me know if you have any questions, and may the best MAN, WOMAN, YOUTH MEMBER or COMMUNITY GRANGE win! Now, on to victory!

 

 
 
 

 
     
     
       
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