Home & Community Service

If you have any questions regarding the programs and contests listed below, please contact a member of the Home and Community Service Committee:

       Co-Directors: Susan LaFleur (508)-295-8908) - sash48@comcast.net
       Co-Directors: Jean Harmon (508-822-4946) - jfhrnrt@comcast.net

Committee Members:

      Brian Carr (978-624-0334) - bcarr01@outlook.com
       Jessica Gale-Tanner (978-249-9425) - galej06@gmail.com
       Karlena Henry H. (413-325-8638); C. (978-518-6130) - khenry@smith.edu

Community Service Reports:

Through community service, a Grange becomes a relevant, caring and involved part of its community. Community Service is an important part of our Vision for the Grange. Grange members, working together to meet a community need, make their community a better place to work and live, while strengthening the Grange itself. Every Grange has projects that they carry out to benefit their community.

The Goal for 2018-2019 is for each Grange to review the needs of its community and to select one or more projects that will help meet the identified needs. All Granges are asked to report projects they have undertaken and success they have achieved. Report forms will be available to each Grange with September 15th as the deadline to return the completed reports. The First Prize will be $100; Second Prize will be $75; Third Prize will be $50; and Fourth Prize will be $25. The prize money is made available by the National Grange.

New England Needlework Contest:
Grange members and non-members may enter.
 Professional needlework designers or teachers or anyone earning their living in a needlework related field may not enter.
 Asterisk (*) denotes items for New England Needlework Contest at the Big E. The first place winners in these categories will be going to Regional Judging and displayed in the New England Grange Building during the Big E. The New England Needlework Contest Categories and Rules are subject to change yearly. Contact a committee member for a copy of the latest contest brochure (should be available at State Session).
• Size requirements (if any) will be provided in the New England Needlework Contest Brochure.
• A contestant may submit as many entries as have fulfilled the following requirements, but may enter only ONE ITEM PER CLASS.
 Work must be entirely that of the contestant.
 Entries must have been completed within the contest year (August 1-July 31).
• Each entry must have a completed Official Entry Form and Identification Label that corresponds with the contest and attached as indicated.
• Judging will take place in August or September. Date and location to be announced.
 Contestants permit the MA State Grange to use photos and name for publicity.
 The judges’ decision is final.
• Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each class or category.
• First place winning entries in the New England Needlework Contest will go on to the Big E and will not be returned until the end of State Grange Session.
• The top three entries will be kept to display at State Grange Session and will not be returned until the end of State Grange Session.
 A Best of Show will be selected by the Judges and sent to National Grange for display at National Convention. This entry will not be returned until after National Convention.

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ENTRY CLASS:
A. *Afghan (excluding Baby Afghans): May be made using any yarn product (or product suitable to entry). It can be any pattern and it may be knitted, crocheted, woven, etc.
B. *Doilies: May be knitted, crocheted or tatted. May use any thread suitable to article. May be any pattern or design.
C. *Embroidery: Any embroidered item except Counted Cross Stitch. Any embroidery thread may be used. Pillowcases must be submitted as a pair. Pictures may be in frames, but the back of the work must be visible and NO GLASS.
D. *3-Piece Baby Set: Set may consist of bonnet, jacket, booties or mittens; THREE pieces for the same child. May be knitted or crocheted using any suitable pattern.
E. *Plastic Canvas: Any item made with any pattern using yarn or thread.
F. *Counted Cross Stitch: Any item using any thread product. NOTE: The back of work MUST be seen on all embroidered pieces. Pictures may be on stretcher strips or may be framed and/or matted, but NO GLASS.
G. *Adult Garment: Item must be for an adult. May be sweater, dress, vest, poncho etc. May be knitted or crocheted using any pattern and any product thread suitable to entry.
H. *Latch Hook: Any item made with any pattern, using any yarn.
I. *Quilted Wall Hanging: May be hand or machine quilted and any product may be used for filler.
J. *Stuffed Toy – must be safe for child under 3: Toy may be knitted, crocheted, stitched, etc. May be stuffed with any brand of fiberfill. All trimmings must be secure, no sharp edges or protrusions, no buttons or hooks. Glue, paste or paint must be non-toxic. Loose knitted or crocheted toys should be lined.
K. *Baby Afghan: May be made using any yarn product (or product suitable to entry). It can be any pattern and it may be knitted, crocheted, woven, etc.
L. Misc., Others: Any other needlework not included in above categories.

Official Entry Form and Identification Label Needlework Contest
Class
Name
Street
City State Zip
Grange Member Non-member
Entered through Grange #
I hereby certify that this article fulfills all requirements
Outlined in the Official Rules of the Contest.
(PLACE IN PLASTIC BAG AND PIN TO ITEM)

The Home and Community Service Committee is accepting nominations from Subordinate and Pomona Granges for outstanding public service in three categories: Law Enforcement (including Police Officer, State Police, and Sheriff), Firefighter/EMT, and Educator. One awardee in each category will be selected for recognition by the Massachusetts State Grange and eligible for consideration by the Northeast Region and National Grange. Submissions are due to the Committee by August 15th.

State Craft Contest:
• Grange members and non-members may enter.
• A contestant may submit as many entries as have fulfilled the following requirements, but may enter only ONE ITEM PER CLASS.
• Work must be entirely that of the contestant.
• Entries must have been completed within the contest year (August 1-July 31).
• Each entry must have a completed Official Entry Form and Identification Label that corresponds with the contest and attached as indicated.
• Judging will take place in August or September. Date and location to be announced.
• Contestants permit the MA State Grange to use photos and name for publicity.
• The judges’ decision is final.
• Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each class or category.
• First place winning entries in the New England Needlework Contest will go on to the Big E and will not be returned until the end of State Grange Session.
• The top three entries will be kept to display at State Grange Session and will not be returned until the end of State Grange Session.
• A Best of Show will be selected by the Judges and sent to National Grange for display at National Convention. This entry will not be returned until after National Convention.

ADULT CATEGORIES FOR 2018:
1. Decorated Wooden Chest
2. Draft Stopper

JUNIOR CATEGORY FOR 2018:
1. Decorate a Pillowcase

State Craft Contest will be judged in three age groups. Age is determined as of January 1st of the current year.
Group A Ages 4-8 (Junior Contest)
Group B Ages 9-13 (Junior Contest)
Group C Ages 14 and over (Adult Contest)
*Junior members over 13 are eligible to enter the Junior contest in Group B

Official Entry Form and Identification Label State Craft Contest
Group (with birth date for Juniors)
Category
Name
Street
City State Zip
Grange Member Non-member
Entered through Grange #
(ATTACH TO BOTTOM OR BACK WITH TAPE OR PIN)

Baking Contest:

Public Service Recognition Award:

National Grange Quilt Block Contest:

Previous Baking Contest Winning Recipes:

The National Grange Quilt Block Contest is open to both members and prospective members. All submissions must be received by the National Grange Lecturer by October 31, 2017.

ADULT CATEGORIES FOR 2017:
1. 25th Anniversary Cake, Frosted
2. (7) Cinnamon Rolls

JUNIORS CATEGORY FOR 2017:
1. (7) A Treat with chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers

Contest will be judged in four age groups. Age is determined as of January 1st of the current year.

Group A Ages 4-8 (Junior Contest)
Group B Ages 9-13 (Junior Contest)
Group C Ages 14-19 (Adult Contest)
Group D Ages 20 and over (Adult Contest)
*Junior members over 13 are eligible to enter the Junior contest in Group B

Official Entry Form and Identification Label Baking Contest
Group (with birth date for Groups A-C)
Name
Street
City State Zip
Grange Member Non-member
Entered through Grange #

This contest is open to both Grange members and non-members.
The contest location, date and time to be announced.
No package mixes allowed.
Each entry must include the recipe used.
Each entry must have an Official Entry Form and Identification Label attached to the bottom.
• Please send or bring your items to be judged in disposable containers or on a disposable plate covered with a plastic bag or wrap.
All items will be auctioned off at the end of the contest unless otherwise requested.
All proceeds from the auction will be donated to Grange projects.
Contestants permit the MA State Grange to use photos, name and recipe for publicity.
The judges’ decision is final.
• Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each class and category.
A contestant may enter only ONE ITEM PER CLASS