Juniors

    Committee Director: 

Carrie Lehmann - (413-522-5660) - lehmann9@yahoo.com

    Committee Members: 
Karlena Henry - (413-325-5192) - karlenah19@gmail.com
Sandra Jefferson - (508-866-7845) - goddessluvlee67@aol.com
Justine Lovely - (508-667-7876) - soxfan1427@yahoo.com

Junior Grange Activities


The Junior Grange Projects are open to any Junior Grange member. Leaders can plan to do projects at your meetings or the Juniors can do them individually. Each project must be labeled with the child’s name, birth date, and Junior Grange name & number. Junior Grange projects are due to the State Director by September 15th (this is a firm deadline except for the Big E project which is due August 15th). Remember that the other departments also have projects that can be done. Age groups for judging are: 5-7, 8-10 and 11-14 as of January 1st of the current year. It is important that each project be labeled with a separate label (or marked on the back of each entry).

2020 Junior Projects


Duct Tape project:
Create a project using duct tape. Size not to exceed 6” X 6” X 6”


Fingerprint scene:
Using a half sheet of printer paper, create a scene using fingerprints. Fingerprints should be the main focus of the scene, but careful planning would include using other mediums to create attributes such as the sky and land. *Don’t forget to fill the page!


Future Invention:
Create a future invention. Design, build a model, and explain why the invention is useful to society. Models not to exceed 8” X 8” X 8”


Recycled Project: Clothes Pin
Create something different using Clothes Pins. You can use more than one but the project should not be larger than 8” X 8” X 8” Decorate with any medium.


Big “E” Project:
Something from Summer- 2D or 3D scene depicting something from summer. Must include the following objects: Seashell, penny, sand, button, and one red item. No glass and no real water. Size not to exceed 6"X6"X6" Due August 15

2020-2021 Junior Projects


Lego Creation:
Turn a two dimensional design into a three dimensional Lego model. Submit both pieces. Size not to exceed 8” X 8” X 8”


Sticker Scene:
Using a half sheet of printer paper, create a scene using stickers! You can use other mediums to enhance the scene, but the stickers should be the main focus. Be creative and don’t forget to fill your page!


Melting Bead Project:
Make a melting bead project. Will be judged on creativity and connectivity. Size not to exceed 6” X 6” *Caution should be used with younger children.


Recycled Project: Buttons
Create something interesting or useful using buttons. Decorate with any medium. 4” X 4” X4”


Big “E” Project: To Be Announced
Keep your eye on the State Grange News for information.


Agriculture Education-Awareness project
To coincide with the State Grange focus of Agriculture Education, each Junior Grange is encouraged to incorporate agriculture into their Junior Grange’s program each year. The following are contests that each Junior Grange could enter to compete against other Junior Granges and used as an agricultural learning tool. They will be judged at the state level and fulfill the requirements for the Agriculture Education Award for that Junior Grange. 1st Place- $50


2020: Agriculture and the Environment:
      1. As a Junior Grange, Research the effects that agriculture has on the environment. Delve deep into            one aspect of this and interview a community member who works in this field to find out more about            how this person’s work affects the environment.
      2. Create a flier to be hung up in the community based on the area you researched.
      3. Create a compost pile in the spring and see how much compost you can create by August first.                Create a chart to track each month.
      4. Learn how you can best reduce-reuse-recycle. Create a chart indicating what types of items can be            recycled.
      5. Make a recycled project from items found around your home. Submit a picture of your project.
      6. Speak at your Subordinate/Pomona Grange about the importance of protecting our environment              and the effects of agriculture has on the environment.
      7. Create a backboard (trifold display boards) to display at State Session. Submit to Junior Director by          August 15.


2021: To Be Announced at Family meeting in 2020.

2020 & 2021 Junior Contests


State Junior Public Speaking Contest
Open to Junior Grange Members ages 5 – 14 years of age


Categories:
Impromptu – The contestant will draw 2 topics from a mystery bag and select one of those topics to give their speech on. Length: Minimum of 1 minute and no more than 3 minutes.
Short Story – The contestant may present a short story or poem of their choosing. Length: Minimum of 1 minute and no more than 3 minutes for their story.
Prepared Speech – Deliver a speech using the National Junior Grange theme for the year or any topic of their choice. Length: Minimum 3 minutes and maximum 7 minutes.
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One first place state winner from each category may represent their state at the National Convention.
State Junior “Sign-A-Song” Contest
Open to Junior Grange Members ages 5 – 14 years of age
Categories: Novice, Hobbyist (has competed twice before), and Group (2 or more people signing)


One first place state winner from each category may represent their state at the National Convention.
National Grange Junior Department also has other projects/contests. Information can be found under the Junior Section of the National Grange website at:
https://www.nationaljuniorgrange.org

Junior Grange Ambassador


The Junior Ambassador Program was set up to recognize the achievements of our Junior Grangers and give them the opportunity to represent all Junior Grangers across the state. One Junior Granger is chosen each year. To apply, fill out the simple application (all Junior Leaders should have a copy) and submit it to the State Junior Grange Director. Application deadline is September 30th.

Leadership, Agriculture Education and Community Service Certificates


These certificates will be awarded to each Junior Grange at State Session based upon the information provided in their annual reports. The State Annual Reports are due to the State Director by September 15th.


Any Grange that is interested in sponsoring a Junior Grange in your area, contact the Junior Director for information.


If interested in seeing what is happening with Junior Grangers throughout the state, please join the Massachusetts Junior Grange Leader’s Facebook Page!


Massachusetts State Junior Pin Program: The Massachusetts State Grange has given the approval to create our own statewide pin program! There are currently16 pins available for Juniors to earn! Each month, a different pin will be showcased on the Massachusetts Junior Grange Leaders page on Facebook! Any suggestions for new pins should be sent to the State Junior Grange Director. A description of the pins and order forms are available on the Leaders facebook page.

Junior Grange +1 Program Guidelines for the MA State Grange


If a Junior Grange is not available, an individual between five and fourteen years of age may be proposed as a candidate for membership as an individual Junior member of a Subordinate Grange and therefore become a member of the MA State Junior Grange by doing the following:

  1. Submit a Junior Grange application signed by the child’s parent or guardian for Junior membership through a vote of the Subordinate Grange to the State Junior Director accompanied by the $1 application fee plus $2 Junior annual dues.

  2. Full membership to the Junior Program is attained by the candidate upon conferral of the Junior Grange Obligation Ceremony or Junior Degree.

  3. Junior Grange Leader: the Subordinate Grange shall appoint a Junior Leader to meet with the Junior Grange member(s) once per month. The Junior Leader must be a Fourth Degree member. If the Junior Leader is not the parent or guardian of the child, the Junior Leader must complete a State Grange CORI form and submit to the State Secretary for processing and approval.

Duties of the Subordinate Grange’s Junior Leader:

  • Meet once per month with the Junior member(s).

  • Using the list below of requirements for the State Junior Grange Members and the State Grange Program Handbook, provide appropriate activities to be done during the Subordinate meeting and/or at home between meetings.

  • Keep Junior member(s) informed of upcoming Junior events and deadlines.

  • Using the “Report of State Junior Grange Member” form, keep track of the progress of the Junior member(s) and submit to the State Junior Director in September of the current year along with $2 annual Junior Grange dues.

  • Encourage Junior Member(s) to attend the State Junior Day (usually held in June) to experience an actual Junior Meeting and the Junior Grange Ritual.State Junior Grange members are required to complete at least 3 individual Projects from the following list and to report their accomplishments to the State Junior Director through their Subordinate Junior Leader in September using the “Report of State Junior Grange Member” Form.

  • Work on at least one Community Service Project (either with your Subordinate Grange or other organization).

  • Work on a least one individual Community Service Project.

  • Earn at least one Pin from the State Junior Pin Program. Entry in one or more State Junior Projects (refer to State Program Handbook).

  • Entry in one or more State Junior Contests (i.e. public speaking, sign-a-song and Junior Ambassador).

  • Entry in one or more National Junior Projects (refer to National Program Guide).

  • Entry in one or more projects/contests sponsored by any State Committee (other than the Junior Committee).Once a Subordinate Grange attains 13 Junior Members, they are required to apply for a Junior Charter.

State Junior Grange members are required to complete at least 3 individual Projects from the following list and to report their accomplishments to the State Junior Director through their Subordinate Junior Leader in September using the “Report of State Junior Grange Member” Form.

 

  • Work on at least one Community Service Project (either with your Subordinate Grange or other organization).

  • Work on a least one individual Community Service Project.

  • Earn at least one Pin from the State Junior Pin Program.

  • Entry in one or more State Junior Projects (refer to State Program Handbook).

  • Entry in one or more State Junior Contests (i.e. public speaking, sign-a-song and Junior Ambassador).

  • Entry in one or more National Junior Projects (refer to National Program Guide).

  • Entry in one or more projects/contests sponsored by any State Committee (other than the Junior Committee).

Once a Subordinate Grange attains 13 Junior Members, they are required to apply for a Junior Charter.

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