I am in New Jersey today. I've been in Texas in January. SC, TN, NC, VA, WV, OH, MD, and DE so far this month and tomorrow will head to PA to finish the month of March.
What I am seeing from the members who are coming out to the meetings that are held in each state is an incredible amount of energy. While the presentation tries to give a balanced picture, one containing the good and bad, the members are optimistic and excited about the future of their Grange.
I've done a lot of of conferences and meetings over the years, some were tough and others we couldn't have asked for better results. However, this series of meetings are the best I've ever had the pleasure of participating in. I am leaving each meeting more excited and more energized than I ever imagined I could be.
If you're discouraged, find out when and where the meeting or meetings will be held in your State. Show up and find out what the membership is doing. The entire focus is on two main points, what is happening at the National level and what you can do at the Community Grange level.
If you don't lose your discouragement, I'd be shocked.