A Note from our Presidents, Bonnie Sipe and Penelope West

 2017-2018 Co-Presidents Bonnie Sipe and Penelope West and their Executive Committee

2017-2018 Co-Presidents Bonnie Sipe and Penelope West and their Executive Committee

Greetings Fellow Garden Club Members!

Spring is definitely in the air! We have at last had some useful rain – more than enough to overflow my rain barrels, make my plants look freshly washed, and inspire the mockingbird to sing its heart out every morning. What a wonderful time to enjoy our gardens, including our Members Garden Tour on April 12th, organized by Priscilla Moxley and Zonia Button!

It threatened rain for our March meeting, but nothing could dampen the creative energy for our Expressions in Art & Flowers Show. Every year we marvel at the talent on display, and once again the standard of art and floral design was extraordinarily high. I find myself fascinated to see the creative floral interpretations of artwork by our talented members. I believe our show rivals any similar museum-sponsored show in the country! Congratulations to all the artists and floral designers, new and experienced, who participated. And special thanks to chairs Lacey Colmore and Ann Craig and their committee. The refreshments were delicious, the guitar music by Jimmy Patton just right, and our Mistress of Ceremonies, Nancy Rinehart, led us through the displays in a timely fashion. If you were unable to attend, our talented photographers, led by Marge Palmer, have recorded the entire display now visible on our website. Thank you Marge for the beautiful work you do.

Two positions on the Executive Committee have opened up. At our March meeting, the Nominating Committee, led by Devonna Hall, presented Marilyn Sorensen for Recording Secretary, and Linda Bienhoff and Peggy Sbardellati for Co-2 nd Vice Presidents. Active Members and Life Members will vote to approve these nominations. We thank and appreciate the work of retiring Recording Secretary Sue Kalish, and Co-2 nd Vice Presidents, Margaret Anne Lozuk and Kathy Peterson.

Tickets for the May end-of-year luncheon will be on sale at the meeting. Be sure to get your ticket for what promises to be a fabulous and fun event created by the trio of Leslie Dupree, Kitty Spence, and Nancy Tagwerker. Don’t miss it!

With our membership renewal deadline date brought forward to May 1st, April is the time to renew your membership in the club. We no longer mail out the renewal forms, but you can find them in the Welcome Page of our website. For those not comfortable with the computer, forms will be available at the Membership table at the April meeting.

Sometimes it has been impossible for some of you to park. So, we are pleased to tell you that a solution is at hand in the form of valet parking! At the March meeting we used a modified valet service that worked very successfully, enabling many more cars to park in the structure. We now plan to continue this valet service at every meeting. Nevertheless, if you have formed a carpool, we still encourage you to continue!

Next year will be our fourth year at Congregation Beth Israel, and in searching other possible sites that could accommodate our large group, we realized just how lucky we are to be at CBI. They offer us unmatchable facilities, a beautiful meeting space, and helpful staff support. We look forward to seeing you on the 26th .

Penelope and Bonnie