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:

    Committee Directors: 

Susan LaFleur (508-295-8908) - sash48@comcast.net
Barbara Giguere (413-297-5700) - barbara@dragonbrookyarns.com

    Committee Members: 

Jessica Gale-Tanner (978-249-9425) - jgaletanner@gmail.com
Dorothy Carr (978-363-2909) - dottie.carr@verizon.net

Forms

2020 Grange Recognition Award
Community Service Report - for printing​
Community Service Report - fillable electronically

BAKING CONTEST RULES AND INFORMATION:

Contest will be judged in four age groups. Age is determined as of January 1st of the current year.
Group A          Ages 5-8 (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


BAKE-OFF 2020:
Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrims’ Arrival
ADULT CATEGORIES:
    1. Pumpkin-based Dessert
    2. (10) Pieces of Homemade Candy
JUNIORS CATEGORY:
    1. (7) Turkey Cookies


BAKE-OFF 2021:
ADULT CATEGORIES:
    1. Two Crust Pie
    2. (7) Brownies
JUNIORS CATEGORY:
    1. (7) Decorated Cupcakes

NEW ENGLAND NEEDLEWORK CONTEST AND STATE CRAFT CONTEST RULES AND INFORMATION:

State Craft Contest will be judged in three age groups. Age is determined as of January 1st of the current year.
Group A       Ages 5-8 (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

  • 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 if the convention is in the North East area. This entry will not be returned until after National Convention.

NEEDLEWORK CONTEST:

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)

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. (Min. size 48”x78”; Max. size 52”x84”)
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, cape 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. Maximum size 18” x 18”.
I. *Quilted Wall Hanging: Piece may be hand or machine quilted, no bigger than 18”x18” and any product may be used for filler. If it is to be hung, add a sleeve on the back. Max. hanging width 24”.
J. *Stuffed Toy – must be safe for child under 3: Toy may be knitted, crocheted, stitched, etc. May be stuffed with any product (i.e. fiber-fills). Toys should be child safe.
K. *Baby Afghan: May be knitted crocheted, woven, etc. and must appear suitable for a baby – choice of color, selection of yarn product.
L. *Child or Adult Garment Sewn: Entry must be a sewn garment for a child or adult using your own design or a pattern and use a suitable product for age. Must be completely finished and must state size. A garment is something worn on the body – jacket, dress, skirt, slacks, shirt, cape, poncho or vest.
M. Misc., Others: Any other needlework not included in above categories.

STATE CRAFT CONTEST:

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)

CRAFT CONTEST 2020:
Contest to be held Aug. 30, 2020 at 2 p.m.
ADULT CATEGORIES:
   1. Pair of Potholders
   2. Thanksgiving Centerpiece
JUNIORS CATEGORY:
   1. Pine Cone Craft


CRAFT CONTEST 2021:
Contest to be held Aug. 29, 2021 at 2 p.m.
ADULT CATEGORIES:
   1. Tote Bag
   2. Holiday Magnet
JUNIORS CATEGORY:

   1. Key Chain

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS:


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 2020-2021 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 and details will be mailed 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.

Reports should include, but are not restricted to, the following details:

  • Information for one year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 31)

  • How and why was the project(s) selected?

  • What was the project(s) and the success achieved?

  • How did the Community benefit from the project(s)?

  • How many Grange members participated in the project(s)?

  • Volunteer hours by Grange members.

  • How did other organizations or non-Grangers work on your project(s)?

  • How did your Grange gain visibility through this project (publicity)?

  • Sum of donations made to the community.

  • Sum of donations made to Grange appeals.

Suggestions for Community Service Projects

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