Damascus Garden Club inducts new member

DAMASCUS – The Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc., Canton District held its February meeting on Valentine’s Day and continued its celebration of 60 years of gardening fellowship by welcoming new member, Carol Kuner who was introduced to the members by Marilyn Wingett, president, and Marty Hollinger. Kuner received a vase of yellow roses, the garden club’s symbol, as a welcoming gift. Twelve members responded to the roll call in the cafe area of the Damascus Friends Church and the minutes of the January meeting and the treasurer’s report were read and approved. Committee reports were given. The Audit Committee will give its report next month. The Awards Committee asked that all members participate in submitting to Lee Kuentz any news articles that pertain to club activities. The Community Care committee thanked Marty Hollinger for her contribution of bud vases for the recent community blood drive. Members were asked to volunteer at the Auburn Skilled Nursing Facility on Feb. 19 to help the residents with a flower arranging activity.

Under old business: A reminder was given about the Feb. 16 Beech Creek Garden Symposium at the R.G.Drage Career Center in Massillon. Members are to bring seed packets for the Seeds for Rwanda project to the March meeting. The vacancy of the second vice president position was discussed as was the prospect of a floral show in celebration of the club’s 60th anniversary.

Under new business: Members are asked to bring bagged Easter candy to the March meeting. The candy will be donated to the community park for their Easter egg hunt. Marilyn Brumbaugh asked that members prepare to bring containers suitable for a triangular floral design to the April meeting. Rhonda Mitchell asked that members bring their garden tool box or favorite garden tool for the March program.

Mitchell introduced Terry Gott, owner of Hydro House in Alliance. Gott presented the program “Growing Seeds Indoors and Hydroponic Gardening.” She gave many helpful tips on starting seed indoors and shared information about some of the products available at her store, Hydro House of Ohio on Union Avenue in Alliance.

Wingett closed the meeting with announcements. On Feb. 23, the Damascus Community Center Park sausage and pancake breakfast was held at the Damascus Friends Church. From 4 to 7 p.m. March 23, the Ruritans will host a Swiss steak dinner at West Branch High School.

At the meeting’s conclusion, members were served lunch in the church’s cafe. Co- hostesses were Wingett and Brumbaugh.