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Contests Rules and Recipes 2019 / 2020
NOTE: If you do not see the contest rules and information you are looking for here, please check the individual department section. If you still do not see the information, please contact the Director or Committee.
Lecturer's Program:
Lecturer's Program . . .

NOTE: Lecturers can submit their monthly Lecturer Reports and their annual Honor Lecturer Program Report to the State Lecturer either electronically to lecturer@ctstategrange.org or regular mail (P.O. Box 155, Riverton, CT 06065). 

Program Guidelines . . .

All Lecturer programs should be relevant to the members and up to 30 minutes in length, except on special occasions.  Programs should include music, information, participation, inspiration and humor.  While all programs do not have to include all of these items, these items are an essential part of a Lecturer’s program.  Virtual Lecturer programs should average 10 minutes and include quizzes and other numbers that will encourage everyone to participate.

2022 Lecturer Recognitions . . .

The Lecturer’s Appreciation Award Program will continue with the following requirements:

  1. Be responsible for a suitable program at every meeting.
  2. Programs should be relevant to the members and up to 30 minutes in length, except on special occasions.
  3. Cooperate with your Committees as much as possible.
  4. Reports should be submitted to the State Lecturer in a timely manner.
  5. New recognitions will be presented to honor Lecturers at State Convention.

The Honor Lecturer Award Program will continue with the following requirements:

  1. Meet requirements for the Lecturer's Appreciation award.
  2. Participate in at least 3 contests or projects listed above)
  3. New recognitions will be presented to honor Lecturers at State Convention.
Should Auld Acquaintance . . .

Provide assistance to a convalescent, senior center, nursing or rest home at least 6 times during the course of the 2021-2022 Grange year.

You can download the report form here. (Please select the Lecturer's Department from the dropdown menu.)

 

Complete Program 2022 - "The Grange of the Future"

Subject for 2022 is “The Grange of the Future”.  If you are holding regular meetings, this program should be presented at your Grange.  Full program must be sent to the State Lecturer by October 1, 2022, to be considered.  Complete details must be included with your submission.  Depending on safety considerations, you may want to share your program with another Grange, but this is not required.  Complete Program length should be 30 – 45 minutes.  The best “Complete Program” submitted to the State Lecturer will receive a $50 gift card to be awarded at the State Convention Saturday night banquet. 
Photo Contest - Five Categories

This contest is open to all Grangers. Selected “Best in Show” photo will go to National Grange for judging. For 2022, 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, August 13, 2022.  On Sunday, August 14, CT State Grange Family Activities will hold an auction, following breakfast hosted by Hillstown Grange.

For 2022, the five photo categories are:

  1. My America
  2. Animals
  3. Flowers
  4. Grange Activities
  5. Family Activities

Rules:

1. Only prints accepted. No slides in any category.

2. Participants may enter all categories, but are limited to one entry in each category.

3. Entries must have been taken by the participant since the last judging.

4. A rigid backing is required for all photographs. No glass or frame is allowed.

5. Print may be processed commercially, but it must have been taken by the entrant.

Remember, this is a picture you took, not a picture of you.

6. Size of backing: No smaller than 4” x 6” or larger than 11” x 14”.

7. Name, Category, Grange and Grange Number must be placed on the back of each photo entered.

Ribbons and prizes for each of the five categories will be as follows: 
First Place, $10; Second Place, $7; Third Place, $3.

A Word From Home - Letter Writing Project

Write to a servicemember (or send a package with your letter) serving overseas in harms’ way.  Let’s let our troops know that we care.  These can be sent to someone from your area or you can get addresses at www.anysoldier.com.  Letters must be done in the name of your Grange.  If you have a family member or friend serving with the military overseas and would like to share their address, just send it to me and I will share it for you.
Essay Writing Contest: "My Grange Family"

Write an essay of any length (preferably 150 words or less).  The 2022 essay writing contest title is “My Grange Family”.  Deadline for entries to the State Lecturer is October 1, 2022.  but I will reserve the right to edit winning essays for possible publication in other forums.  Ribbons and prizes will be awarded as follows at the State Convention Saturday night banquet: First Place, $25; Second Place, $15; and Third Place, $10. 
National Grange Heirloom Program

Finally, starting in March 2022, National Grange will be launching the “Heirloom” Program.  As described by National Grange, “With more than 150 years of legacy, the Grange’s various cornerstone documents have profound lessons to share with members about work, family, home, recreation and more.  To make these more accessible and keep them front of mind for members, new and old, the Heirloom Program was developed.  This program allows Granges to incorporate in their monthly meetings a quote or passage from a foundational text and reflect on the lesson and how it may apply to everyday life. Lessons can be read and discussed, activities may be created to encourage interaction with the lesson and posters and social media images have been produced to allow our Granges to share these lessons with members of their communities.”  The program begins in March 2022 and Lecturers can download the first year of this four year program (March 2022-February 2023) here:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD HEIRLOOM PROGRAM INFO


Agriculture / Conservation Committee:
Outstanding Agricultural Young Professional Award

A nominee for the Outstanding Agricultural Young Professional Award should be an individual that has demonstrated excellence in their career and is under the age of 30. They must be a Grange Member and can be in any industry as long as they
demonstrate leadership and professional skills. Nominations should include the
following information:

Nominee: Name, Address, Phone, Email.

Nominated by: Grange Name & No., Contact Person, Phone, Email.

1. Please describe the industry and position the candidate is involved in.
2. Please describe the difference they have made in their industry, community and/or Grange.
3. What are the candidate's goals, including any furthering of education?

Nominations must be received no later than September 1st by Director J. Allen Cameron.

Outstanding Agricultural Professional Award

A nominee for the Outstanding Agricultural Professional Award should be an individual that has demonstrated excellence in their career. They must be a Grange member and can be in any industry as long as they demonstrate leadership and professional skills that the Grange stresses. Nominations should include the following information or forms may be obtained by contacting the Director or the State Secretary.

Nominee: Name, Address, Phone, Email.

Nominated by: Grange Name & No., Contact Person, Phone, Email.

1. Please describe the industry and position the candidate is involved in.
2. Please describe the difference they have made in their industry, community and/or Grange.
3. What are the candidate's goals?

Nominations must be received no later than September 1st by Director J. Allen Cameron.

Outstanding Agricultural Promoter Award

A nominee for the Outstanding Agricultural Promoter Award should be an individual that has demonstrated excellence in Promoting, Advocating for, and/or Supporting Agriculture in the state of Connecticut. The candidate DOES NOT have to be a Grange member and can be in any industry as long as they demonstrate leadership and professionalism in being a promotant of Agriculture.

Nominee: Name, Address, Phone, Email.

Nominated by: Grange Name & No., Contact Person, Phone, Email.

1. Please describe the types of activities for promoting Agriculture the candidate is involved in.

2. Please describe the difference they have made their Community and/or Grange.

3. What are the candidate's goals, including any furthering of education?

Nominations must be received no later than September 1st by Director J. Allen Cameron.

*We STRONGLY encourage nomitations for this award to come through each of the Pomona Granges but it is not a requirement.

Community and Junior Grange Member Garden Photo Contest

Each individual entering this contest is challenged to take a picture of themselves  in the garden (yours / your Grange's / other).

1.) during prepration = 2pts
2.) seeding = 2pts
3.) cultivation = 2pts
4.) harvest =2pts

Additional points (not mandatory) will be for a picture of you donating a portion of the harvest (3pts), and an additional 4pts for a video of you presenting a program on your experiences to your Grange. Once again the additional points challenges are not mandatory.

Entrees must be received no later than September 1st by Director J. Allen Cameron.


Membership Committee:
Membership Contests:

Quarterly we will acknowledge all Granges that have taken in new members and especially those who have posted a net gain in membership.

Annually the Granges with the most new members and largest net gain in membership will receive acknowledgement during the Annual Session of the Connecticut State Grange.

Additional programs will be unveiled as they become available.


Family Activities Committee / CWA:

Prizes for the needlework contest at the State level will be:
 1st Place-$15.00, 2nd Place- $10.00, 3rd Place - $5.00.

Prizes for the Craft and Baking Contests at the State level will be: 
1st Place - $10.00, 2nd Place - $5.00, 3rd - Place $3.00

Every effort will be made to distribute the prize money within 30 days.

Judging will take place at a location to be announced. We feel that we can confidently hold the needlework contest so you should definitely work on your entries.


A report form is given to all Subordinate and Pomona Chairmen to detail their activities for the year.  An award will be given to those Granges achieving the goals for the year.

The State CWA/Family Activities Committee thanks you in advance for participating in the projects we have outlined and look forward to reading your year-end reports and the good works you and your Granges have done.  As Always, all that you do for CWA counts toward your Community Service report.

Northeast Region Grange Needlework Contest - 2022

Open to the public, No product Requirements.

There are 12 classes for competition –Afghans, doilies, embroidery, 3-piece baby set, plastic canvas, counted cross stitch, adult garment, latch hook, quilted wall hanging, stuffed toy, baby blanket and child or adult garment sewn.

ALL items submitted for judging must be clean and odor free and made in the current year.

Judging at State level only.  Subordinate and Pomona judging are not required.

All first place State winners will compete at the North East finals at the Big E (if open due to Covid-19).

Brochures and entry forms for the North East Needlework contest may be obtained from the State CWA, Pomona or Subordinate Chairman or can be downloaded by clicking this link: NE NEEDLEWORK BROCHURE DOWNLOAD
New Contests - 2021-2022

**NEW ** SPECIAL CONTEST FOR MEN – 2021 - 2022
Create window box in any medium.  The only restriction in the size.  It can be no larger than 12’” x 12” x 12” Judging will be on workmanship and creativity. Window boxes will be returned.

TABLE DECORATION CONTEST - 2021 - 2022
Create a decoration to place on a table as a centerpiece using any material. Judging will be on workmanship and creativity. The only restriction is the size, it cannot be more than 12” x 12” x 12”.  Judging is at State level only. This contest is for Connecticut only and will not go on to North East Judging. Centerpiece will be returned.

Craft Contests - 2021-2022

The Craft Contest Theme for 2021-2022 is “Pumpkins”.  You may make any item, in any medium that has anything to do with Pumpkins.  Judging will be at State level only.

            There are 2 categories: Needlework and Other medium.
            There will be Adult and Youth class in each category.

Craft entries will not be returned (there are no exceptions). They are retained by the State CWA/Family Activities Committee to be distributed at their discretion.

Grange Baking Contest - 2021-2022:

Open to Grange members, children, grand-children of members and Junior Grange members.

Submit five (5) on a plate. Put your name and Grange on the back of the plate. Judging for the baking contest is held at the State level only, no Subordinate or Pomona judging is necessary.

VIsit the Recipes Page for details: RECIPES PAGE LINK

Junior Grange Program: Needlework / Junior Baking

NEEDLEWORK CONTEST:  The Juniors will use the same contest as the adults but will be judged separately.

BAKING CONTEST: The Juniors will use the same recipe as the adults but will be judged separately.

CRAFT CONTEST:  The Juniors will use the same contest as the adults but will be judged separately

ALL Junior entries for all contests are at State level only.

All entries must be clean and odor free.  
Prizes will be -1st Place - $5.00, 2nd Place - $3.00, 3rd Place - $2.00

National Grange 2023 Quilt Block Contest

Nine Patch with a Half Square Corners

  • Begin with 2.5-inch squares of multiple fabrics:

  • 6 dark colors (prefer all monochrome – all blue, all green, all red, etc, but each can be a different pattern or solid)

  • 5 very light colors (white, cream, light gray; different patterns or solids)
    Create a nine-patch block.

  • Keep all light colors on one side, and dark colors on the other.

  • Create one half-square triangle on the top right, and one on the bottom left.
    Use a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance.

  • This 9-patch block should measure 6-1/2 inches, unfinished on edges.

  • Looking for scrappy blocks, but with similar colors in the “dark” fabrics.
    These are small blocks, so the more you send in, the better!

    Questions? Email lecturer@nationalgrange.org for guidance.

RULES

The Quilt Block Contest provides an opportunity for Grange members and friends to collaborate in creating quilted items that can be donated or auctioned for funds to provide additional services to community members in a nationwide effort.

  • A. The National Grange Quilt Block Contest is open to everyone.

  • B. All contest entries must be received by the National Grange Lecturer by September 1, 2023. Send entries to: Ann Bercher, National Lecturer, 777 Excelsior Blvd. Apt #310, Excelsior, MN 55331

  • C. Any entries received after the deadline will not be judged. However, all entries received will be exhibited at the 157th National Grange convention in Niagara Falls, NY.

  • D. The quilt block you enter in the contest for judging must be made by you.

  • E. There is no limit on the number of quilt blocks a person may submit, but choose one quilt block per person to be judged. Please consider sending four completed squares.

  • F. All entries will be retained by the National Grange to be made into finished quilts and other items to be sold at a later date.

  • G. A 2023 Quilt Block Contest Entry Form must be completed for the block to be judged.

GROUPS

  • Group I – Adult (Age 14+)

  • Group II – Junior (Age 13 and under)

PRIZES

  • Monetary prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each Group.

  • Ribbons will be awarded to all entries.
 

Finished Quilt Block Sample:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6

Public Relations Committee:
Create a Zoom Program

Plan a program for your Grange Meeting on Zoom to keep your members interested and involved. Record the meeting that your program is presented in. Submit this recording for judging. If the file is under 20mb, you can email the file to publicrelations@ctstategrange.org. In the email, list your Grange name and number, the name(s) of the person/people who planned and presented the program, contact information, and the date of the Zoom meeting. If the file is too large to email, burn it to a disc and mail it along with the above information to Robert Charbonneau, 102 Spring Street, Meriden, CT 06451.

Deadline is October 1st.

Celebrate your Grange's Birthday

Whether you’re celebrating seven years or 140+ years of your Grange’s existence, each birthday is a milestone that should be acknowledged publicly. Whether your Grange has in-person, virtual, or hybrid celebrations, it means thinking outside of the box to show the impact your Grange has made over the years.

This is a great opportunity to highlight your Grange’s achievements, raise awareness of your Grange's mission, thank your members and community, and reveal exciting updates about your plans for the future.

Submit a detailed written plan on how you intend to celebrate and promote your Grange's birthday, or write a synopsis of a past celebration (must be held within the last year). Submissions must include a social media component.

Submissions should be detailed and not just an abbreviated list, and there is no length restriction. Photos, clippings, and screenshots are encouraged. Submissions must include Grange name and number, number of years of celebration (i.e. 100 years, 50 years, 125 years...), name and email of person submitting the entry.

Email submission to publicrelations@ctstategrange.org. You can also mail the submission to Robert Charbonneau, 102 Spring Street, Meriden, CT 06451.

Deadline is October 1st.

Grange Spotlight Contest

Write a press release spotlighting one project or program that your Grange is involved in or sponsors. This should include the following:

• Introduction describing the project or program
• Information on all groups/organizations involved
• The goal or outcome of the project/program
• Date achieved, or of anticipated achievement
• Paragraph explaining your Grange to non-members
• Information on how to join the Grange

Final press release should be no longer than 500 words. Submission may include one photo.

Submission must include Grange name and number, name of person who authored the press release, and their contact information.

Email submission to publicrelations@ctstategrange.org. You can also mail the submission to Robert Charbonneau, 102 Spring Street, Meriden, CT 06451. Deadline is October 1st.


Junior Grange Program:
Program Theme 2021-2022: "Be True, Be You!"

The judging for the Big E contests to be announced.

Blue Book Contest Rules:

  • All work must be done by Junior Member
  • All entries must be labeled with the contestant's name, affiliated Grange
    Or Junior Grange and age as of January 1st that contest year – Ages 5-14
  • All entries to be sent to the State Session in October and must be in place in the Junior Grange / Hospitality room by 12:00 noon on Friday.
  • On most of the contest there are no specific rules, use your imagination and have fun making them.
  • The Judging for the Regional Craft (Big E) contest will be held during Contests Judging Day at Hillstown Grange Hall, August 13, 14, 15, 2022.



Contests:

Regional Craft (Big E) Contest - 2022 TBA

Creative Writing - on an 8.5" x 11" paper – 2022 Tell us what makes you special!

Decorate Something - 2022 -  Decorate a rock(s) – using paint, glue or any material –any style – no larger than  8”x10” piece of paper

• Creative Arts Contests - A.  Ages 5-9 – Create a collage of Junior Grangers in their communities // B.  Ages 10-14 – Create a Meme – that explains what you do as a Junior Granger  

• Photography - 5 categories as indicated below- each contestant can have one entry per category - all pictures must be 4x6 or 5x7 or 8x10 in size. They do not have to be matted or framed.

5a - Something celebrating America!
5b - Something red (bonus pts. for red sneakers/shoes)
5c - Fun with Animals
5d - Trains, planes or automobiles
5e - Junior Granger selfie


If anyone is interested in participating in the National Contests for Public Speaking or Sign-A-Song, please contact a member of the committee by Oct. 1 so contests can be held at the State Level during State Session.

 

~National Grange Contests~
Theme: “Cultivating Connections - 2022”


With the Junior Grange 1+ Program, we can ensure members
are eligible for Junior Grange activities.

For the National Contests: - See Rule book for all details – www.nationaljuniorgrange.org

  • Creative Writing Contest: 
  • Mini-Scrap Book Contest
  • Creative Art Contest
  • JG Photography Contest
  • Super JG Award
  • Junior Recruiter Award
  • Public Speaking –Nat’l  Level
  • Sign-A-Song – National Level
  • Community Service
  • Cape of Honor Award
  • Jr. Granger at Heart
  • Fun and Games
  • Digital Talent
  • Quilt Block
  • Grange Baseball
  • Handy Craft
  • History & Knowledge test
  • Junior Mentor Award
  • Grange in Action

Questions: Contact Michelle DeDominicis, 56 Hills St., E. Hartford 06118
860-568-2415; E-mail: juniors@ctstategrange.org

Committee: Kathy Teft (co-director) ~ David Sanford ~ Angelina DeDominicis


Youth Program:
Youth Contests:

State Youth Recognition Contests

Building Youth Membership:
The CT Youth Committee would like to recognize
Community Members that bring in 3 or more youth/year into the Grange and
present to the Grange Member who brings in the most with a paid 1 year
Community Grange Membership

Community & Pomona Youth Event/Program: The CT Youth Committee would
like to recognize recognize Granges who promote the Growth of Youth Membership through the following types of programs:

1. Guest program presentations of a community youth grough or FFA chapter.
2. Stand-alone youth interest events.
3. Events and programs for young families.

Be open to ideas. What can your Grange do for youth and young adults? How can
we get more between the ages of 14 and 35 to know what we can do for them?

Look for more information and reporting forms to be posted in the CT Granger and
on the State Grange Web Pages and be sure to remember to post your events on
your social media pages and notify youth@ctstategrange.org of posts, so we can
promote them too.

Youth Program Achievement Award: Look for more information to be posted in
the CT Granger and one the State Grange Web Pages.

 

Connecticut Youth are encouraged to participate in the following regional competitions:

Go to https://nationalgrangeyouth.org to download expectations and judging
criteria.

Regional Public Speaking Competition

Category A: Prepared Speech
Contestant’s choice of topic – Contestants in Category A will be required to answer
an impromptu question at the end of their speech. The questions will be related to
the contestant’s chosen speech topic.

Category B-1: Elevator Speech
You’ve met someone in an elevator or been stopped in a restaurant and asked
“What is the Grange” your task is to explain what the Grange is to this person in
one and one-half minutes (90 seconds).

Category B-2 Radio Spot Contest
A radio spot is an advertisement promoting the Grange. Pretend you’re a “DJ” and
you’re doing a commercial for the Grange.

Category C: Impromptu Speech
An impromptu speech is delivered without preparation or thought ahead of time. No note cards are used, and topics are generally drawn.


Regional Sign-A-Song

Sign and perform a song using Pidgen, ASL, ESL, etc. Each state may send one entry in each category to the regional competition. Please notify State youth director of interest prior to May 1st.

A . Novice – one who is beginning to learn sign, has had no more than three sign
language classes and has entered the sign a song contest no more than two years.

B. Hobbyist – one who signs on an occasional basis and strictly for fun. One who
has entered the sign a song contest more than two years.
C. Group – two or more people signing.

D. Expert – one who signs professionally. Ineligible for Best of Show, but looking for opportunity to encourage others to participate.


There are only two programs, The Horizon Leadership Program and the Folding Display Contest, that are age specific; all programs are open to all Grange members regardless of age.


Horizon Leadership Ambassador Program
The purpose of the Horizon Leadership Ambassador program is to provide an opportunity for Youth, Young Adults and Young Couples, selected to represent their state at a National Grange convention, to build their leadership potential; broaden their view of the Grange by experiencing a National Convention; receive educational training to use in their own states; and build relationships with Grangers throughout the nation by having fun .

Those interested must inform the State Director by May 1. State judging to be
announced.


Folding Display Contest
Contest Rules:

1. All entrants must be youth or young adult members of a subordinate/community Grange

2. Judging will take place at State Session.

3. There will be two age divisions of the Folding Display Contest:

- Youth – Grange members between the ages of 14-21 as of Jan. 1
- Young Adult – Grange members between the ages of 22-23.

4. The display theme must be Grange related.

5. A Grange member may enter as an individual OR as a member of a group. All group entry members must be in the same age division.

6. Display should be no larger than 3′ x 4′ and should be able to stand itself.

 
     
     
       
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