After a challenging winter, we are looking forward to enjoying a good spring and hope for an even better summer. Are you going to Convention? I am. I will travel to Norman, Oklahoma for the National Garden Club Convention and I am going to have a fun time. They have many new ideas and Missouri will be well represented. You can be proud of your State. There will be several of us attending. Did you know that club members are welcome to attend the Central Region Convention and the National Convention? If you ever decide to attend, there is much information you can use and share as a club member. Just look for the registration information in your Garden Forum or on the websites. The Regional Convention is always in the fall.
To attend Blue Star Memorial dedications and Landscape Design School in Fulton will be great. Honoring our veterans and learning new things to improve our yards from the Schools is a wonderful combination. As members of a garden club we have so many things we can learn and/or teach others. Be sure and look at the National
Garden Club website and our own Missouri site to check out what you are interested in. Both of these sites are great to show prospective new members what garden club is all about. Also what a great time of the year it is to introduce a friend to the fun,
learning and joys of garden club. You join a garden club to learn about gardening and stay for the friendships.
If you have an Educational Exhibit, be certain it makes it to the State Fair. Dates for the State Fair are August 9-17, 2014. August 13th (Wednesday) is traditionally Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri Day. On the 13th the Designs and Horticulture
are judged. Please make an effort to go to the State Fair website and look for the entry forms. I have been told if the form is filled out in advance (or as soon as possible) it will help to speed the entry process. I will be there to see all the entries.
I know I have learned so much from all my garden club meetings and speakers. I am also learning from each of you. You as individuals and as a whole have so much impact in our State from the children to Nursing Homes. The businesses you honor with a citation and/or flowers are equally affected in a positive way. I know if you mention garden clubs to the folks with Stark's Nursery, their eyes light up and they are very
happy to be a partner with us in Making a Difference, Choices Matter. Remember: Flowers and Friends Forever.
With Trowel in Hand,