Can you crack the Grange code? If so, you can present your skills at your REGIONAL CONFERENCE and test your skills against other Grangers from across your region.

You can obtain a copy of the codebook and the cipher by request from the Assembly of Demeter, High Priest Roger Bostwick, 9578 110th Street, Ozawkie, KS, (785) 633-9950, rogerbostwick@hotmail.com Or, you can contact your state President or state youth director for additional information.

Contestants must notify the National Grange Youth Director two weeks prior to their regional conference if they are competing. Participants will be judged in their oral presentation of the code. There will be two categories:

Novice – for beginners learning the code (can compete in contest for up to 2 years.)
Novice contest winners will advance to the Patron Contest next year.

Patron – for members with two or more years’ experience.
The judge(s) will be selected by the High Priest, Assembly of Demeter, certified and able to issue the Award of Merit code reading card to qualifying members.

Novice contest

Novice contestants will present to the judge the following items from the code book:
The Use of the Gavel, Degree Words (1st-4th) Annual Password, Voting Sign, Sign (1st-4th) and Patrons Grip. Novice contest winners will have to compete in the Patron Contest next year.

Patron contest

The Patron contest is designed to follow the code reading Award of Merit card requirements.

From the Section I, they must read:   From the Section II, they must read:
1. Opening ——————————- pg. 2-3   1. Passing To Different Degrees ——–  pg. 4-5
2. The Use of The Gavel —————-  pg. 5   2. Signals at the Inner Gate ————–  pg. 6-7
3. Salutations for all Degrees ———  pg. 7   3. Signal At Outer Gate —— 1st Degree pg. 8
4. Password At Outer Gate ————  pg. 8   4. Signal At Inner Gate ——- 1st Degree pg. 8
5. Degree Words ———- 1st Degree  pg. 9   5. Sign ————————– 1st Degree  pg. 9
6. Degree Words ———2nd Degree  pg. 13   6. Salutation ——————- 1st Degree  pg. 10
7. Degree Words ——— 3rd Degree  pg. 15   7. Signal At Inner Gate —— 2nd Degree pg. 13
8. Degree Words ——— 4th Degree  pg. 17   8. Sign ————————- 2nd Degree  pg. 14
9. Annual Word ————————-  pg. 19   9. Salutation —————— 2nd Degree  pg. 14
10. Voting Sign ————————–  pg. 19   10. Signal At Inner Gate —— 3rd Degree pg. 15
      11. Sign ————————- 3rd Degree  pg. 16
      12. Salutation —————– 3rd Degree  pg. 16
      13. Signal At Inner Gate —– 4th Degree pg. 17
      14. Sign ———————— 4th Degree  pg. 18
      15. Salutation —————– 4th Degree  pg. 18

 

Contestants select two of the elements in Section III to compete.

1. Sign of Caution pg. 10-11

2. Sign of Distress pg. 11

3. Patrons General Sign pg. 12

4. Sign of Recognition pg. 20-21

5. Patrons Grip pg. 22

6. Patrons Test pg. 23-24

In case of a tie, the judge can select another portion for the contestants to read to break a tie.

Code Book Reading Award of Merit

Note: Participant may elect to read the entire code book. In electing this option, the participant will be allowed five mistakes

SECTION I:        
1. Opening —————————  pg. 2-3   6. Degree Words ——– 2nd Degree  pg. 13
2. The Use of the Gavel ————-  pg. 5   7. Degree Words ——— 3rd Degree  pg. 15
3. Salutations for all Degrees ——  pg. 7   8. Degree Words ——— 4th Degree  pg. 17
4. Password at Outer Gate ——— pg. 8   9. Annual Word ———————-  pg. 19
5. Degree Words —— 1st Degree  pg. 9   10. Voting Sign ————————  pg. 19
         
(Participant cannot make a mistake within Section I.)
         
SECTION II:        
11. Passing To Different Degrees—– pg. 4-5   18. Sign ——————– 2nd Degree  pg. 14
12. Signals at the Inner Gate ——— pg. 6-7   19. Salutation ————– 2nd Degree pg. 14
13. Signal At Outer Gate – 1st Degree pg. 8   20. Signal at Inner Gate — 3rd Degree pg. 15
14. Signal At Inner Gate – 1st Degree pg. 8   21. Sign ——————— 3rd Degree  pg. 16
15. Sign ——————- 1st Degree  pg. 9   22. Salutation ————–3rd Degree  pg. 16
16. Salutation ———— 1st Degree  pg. 10   23. Signal At Inner Gate — 4th Degree pg. 17
17. Signal At Inner Gate – 2nd Degree pg. 13   24. Sign ——————— 4th Degree  pg. 18
      25. Salutation ————– 4th Degree  pg. 18
         
In addition to the above, participant must select two of the following six options in completing Section II.
         
1. Sign of Caution ———————  pg. 10-11 4. Sign of Recognition ——————- pg. 20-21
2. Sign of Distress ——————–  pg. 11   5. Patrons Grip ————————– pg. 22
3. Patrons General Sign ————-  pg. 12   6. Patrons Test ————————– pg. 23-24
         
(Participant is allowed three mistakes within Section II)