This fall season has brought some wonderful sights to those of us who have been traveling around the state to your district meetings. It was great seeing all the friends from the past and making new friends. To enjoy the fellowship of each gardener is a treat. The meetings were wonderful and the decorations were so creative and inspiring. Much like a quote I have heard – “you can do much with
just a little”. I think gardeners must be the originators of this saying.
It was so fun to be with your State Officers and Past Presidents at the Central Region Convention in Middlebury, Indiana. The small shops (all inside) definitely made it a patchwork of pleasure. I have noticed garden club members don’t seem to have a problem with shopping.
There have been some Blue Star Memorials dedicated this year. I look forward to many more to come. Finding locations to place these Memorials in your garden club area is a wonderful opportunity to let everyone know the appreciation we have for what has been sacrificed to keep our freedom.
It is time to get busy and decide what you and your club will plan for the next year’s projects. There are many awards listed in your Garden Club Manual. The Book of Evidence has been made much easier than in the past, if you keep pictures and plans from the beginning. Double check the Manual and find a project that will fit your club.
Mark your Calendar for 2014 and the 81st Forever, on May 20 – 22. The Convention will be hosted by East Central District and held at the St. Louis Frontenac Hilton on Lindbergh. East Central is planning several tours and workshops to pick from. Everyone connected with the Convention is very excited about the plans and the fun that will be waiting for us in May.
Membership is a big concern for everyone. You can make brochures, business cards and flyers and pass them out at other meetings or celebrations. Remember, a friend and fellow gardener is someone you have not met yet.
Your Scholarship Chairman has sent out application forms to the colleges and universities throughout Missouri. If you know someone who is studying subjects that are within our guidelines, please mention that these scholarships are available to them. The deadline for the applications to our State Scholarship Chairman is March 1st
I hope you have enjoyed your holidays with your family and friends. It is nice to sit back and relax with all the garden catalogs, and dream and plan your spring flower beds. Be sure to include in that flower bed a favorite flower of your friends.
With Trowel in Hand,