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 Garden Club Members!

We closed out 2017 with an uplifting club meeting, with our members’ creative talents very much on show.

The Holiday Pantry Sale run by Linda Morse and her committee was a huge success; her tables were groaning with tempting, homemade items, generating approximately $1400 for our club! Congratulations Linda!

Julia Sheldon initiated a new and personal way of honoring our Veterans. Members were invited to stop by the Bouquet of Thanks table during the social hour and sign beautiful handmade cards, adding messages of encouragement and gratitude. The cards were attached to each poinsettia delivered to the patients at the VA.

Our speaker, Richard Louv, inspired us with his message about the importance of connecting children with nature and encouraging our Schoolyard Gardening Program to reach out to even more schools in San Diego. His book, Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life spelled out many activities for parents and grandparents to engage children with the natural world.

The Holiday Luncheon at the Marine Room was visually stunning, and gastronomically delicious. Tall and low floral table decorations in white and silver lit up the room. Chef Bernard told us of his career as a chef, and prepared a menu that was delicious. What a lovely end-of-year event! Congratulations to Pat Lau and her committee.

As we start a new year we look forward to more opportunities to learn and explore the natural world with our activities and speakers. It’s also a time when we think about our leadership and how we want our club to develop. There are many talented members who have joined in recent years, and as we put together a Nominating Committee, we hope many of you will consider becoming part of the planning process, sharing your skills, ideas, and interests.

We have two major events in the coming months:

In February Meet the Masters will bring Alice Waters to San Diego. Her visit will again emphasize the value of children learning early about growing and eating fresh and healthy food. In March we will hold our Annual Expressions in Art and Flowers. This is always a spectacular event, as many of our members are extremely talented artists and floral designers. However, I encourage those who may not have participated before to have a go! Help is available and you will find it a lot of fun.

Sadly, the May field trip to Pasadena had to be cancelled. We could not fulfill the required deposit needed by January 1st. Those who did sign up will be receiving their money back. We will be looking into ideas for future field trips, and if you have suggestions we welcome your input.

Finally, Bonnie and I wish you all a healthy and Happy New Year! To shamelessly plagiarize from the recent California Garden Club newsletter, we pass on the wish that in the coming year may all your weeds be wildflowers!

Penelope and Bonnie Co-Presidents