A Note from our Presidents, Bonnie Sipe and Penelope West

 2018-2019 Co-Presidents Bonnie Sipe and Penelope West and their Executive Committee

2018-2019 Co-Presidents Bonnie Sipe and Penelope West and their Executive Committee

Greetings,

The seasons in Southern California may not be dramatically visible – as I write this near the end of November and before Thanksgiving, the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and trees remain green with leaf – and yet, seasonal change is real if subtle. The scent of chrysanthemums on my dining table is so evocative of autumn to me, and by the time this message reaches you, the scent of a Christmas tree will fill my room. Aromas from cooking traditional foods waft from the kitchen, and evenings are decidedly cooler.

Holidays are a special time of year for decorating with plants. Last month’s program and workshop was perfectly timed to fulfill one of our Club Objectives –To increase the knowledge of artistic use of plant material. Due to a conflict, I was unable to stay for Casey and Kit’s presentation, but Bonnie told me how much these personable sisters demonstrated clever but simple ways of creating beautiful arrangements. Also, the hands-on workshop that followed had our own talented Jeanne Smith leading members in the artistry of decorating their own willow wreaths with various dried plant materials. I find there is special satisfaction in creating with one’s own hands!

Our December meeting will, as usual, be one not to be missed! The Holiday Pantry Sale will have delicious offerings and some spectacular gingerbread houses; Gardeners Exchange will have greenery and other plant materials for decorating, brought by members from their gardens to share with us all; and the Market Place will offer beautiful items with a white theme.

In the community Mary Ann Driscoll will be representing us in The Festival of Trees in Balboa Park’s December Nights (Dec. 7th and 8th). The tree, celebrating Children’s Dreams, is destined for the Girls Rehabilitation Facility where it will bring holiday cheer to their residents and staff. Bouquets of Thanks will be delivering poinsettias with personal cards signed by you, our members, to patients hospitalized at this time at the VA.

Finally, our Holiday luncheon will be a beautiful event, meticulously organized by Pat Lau, in the spectacular setting of the Marine Room. These annual luncheons bring together members of our Club for a strictly social time together - to enjoy old friends, and hopefully reach out to members we don’t yet know – and there are so many talented and interesting members in our Club!

On behalf of Bonnie and myself, we wish you all the very best of times for the Holidays!

Penelope