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Garden club kicks off new club year

The hostesses for the September meeting of the Georgiana Garden Club were Annette Tunnell and Suzy Shepherd. (Courtesy photo)

The Georgiana Garden Club began its new year, Thursday, September 2, 2010. President Suzy Shepherd welcomed the 11 members present and gave a special welcome to a new member, Pat Compton. Roll call was answered with a favorite flower plant used in container pots.

Everyone enjoyed the delicious refreshments served by Shepherd and fellow hostess Annette Tunnell, of lemon pie, petite chicken salad, and pineapple/cream cheese sandwiches, veggie dip, chips and white grape punch.

Shepherd presented the Year Book, with upcoming projects and programs for the year.

The Club was informed that the Day Care was closing and the Club would be decorating the local post office for the holidays.

The NGC Poetry Chairmen, Ellen Bush and Sylvia Taylor, will be inviting area school youth to enter the contest. The theme is “Fields of Daffodils.”Grades K-9 and the children and grandchildren of club members who live in the District VI area may enter the contest as long as another Club is not sponsoring the contest in their area. Entries go to the State Chair, Jan Thomas, December 1, 2010.

All members were encouraged to enter arrangements and container plants in the Butler County Fair Flower Show, September 26-28.

A five-minute study on “Alabama Birds” was given by a Club member at each meeting. Sandra Jones gave a very informative study on the Alabama State Bird, the Flicker. This study will help members learn how to attract birds to their gardens and how to improve their Bird Sanctuaries.

The Club voted to participate in the City’s Harvest Festival, Friday, October 29, 6 p.m. at Hank Williams Park. The City along with churches, businesses and clubs are trying to make it a fun and safe time for the “Trick or Treaters. “ Shepherd and Ann Quates volunteered to meet with the City to work out plans for this special event.

Club members will be traveling to South Homes and Gardens on Vaughn Road for their October 7 Meeting. Kirk McKeen will be presenting the program on “Fall Planting.”

Hostesses Jean Dean and Ellen Bush will provide the travel arrangements with departure time at 8:15; members were reminded to bring a plant for exchange.

The Garden Therapy project for October, all members will be taking plants to the shut-ins, teaching them how to care for the plants.

Shepherd encouraged everyone to attend the Fall District Meeting at Cambrian Ridge in Greenville. District VI Raffle tickets for the bird bath were passed out to members to sell. All the proceeds go to District Projects and Youth Awards. The four Hostess Clubs will be responsible for five door prizes each and two items of finger food enough to feed 125 people each. There will only be five tables available for clubs wanting to sell club cookbooks, plants, crafts, and so forth.

Clubs must call Judy Manning in advance to reserve a table. Door prizes were won by Jean Dean and Arleen Bush. The Meeting was adjourned with the reading of the Gardner’s Prayer.