Damascus Garden Club hosts district director

DAMASCUS – Fourteen members of the Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc., met Nov. 14 at the Damascus Friends Church. June Wallace was hostess and Marjorie Phillips and Carol Kuner were co-hostesses.

President Marilyn Wingett opened the meeting by introducing Celine Hallier, Canton district director of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. Correspondence was read from the Damascus Ruritan Club, and the Penny Pines project. A note was read thanking the club for its help at the recent Canton fall district meeting. Wingett showed the Damascus Garden Club signs that will be displayed at the entrance to Damascus.

Committee reports were as follows: Awards: Pat Hoopes said applications are in to the Garden Club of Ohio and are awaiting approval. Conservation: Val Knoedler reported a need for further winter work in the post office garden. Community Care: Wallace volunteered to provide bud vases for the month’s community blood drive. Holiday Ideas: Ken Steer will provide a wreath for the post office garden.

The post office garden was decorated on Dec. 3 with Rhonda Mitchell in charge. Table decorations for the Ruritan’s Christmas dinner were made on Dec. 5 at Wallace home. Wallace suggested the club purchase a box of greens to create the decorations.

Hilda Spack motioned to approve the purchase of materials and Hoopes seconded with unanimous approval. Wingett requested the donation of holly for the wreath making workshop at Light Up Damascus.

Knoedler read the slate of officers for 2014. They are President Rhonda Mitchell, First Vice President Sandy Kilmer, Second Vice President Peggy Stoffer, Secretary Marcia Spack, Treasurer June Wallace. Hoopes motioned to approve the slate and Hilda Spack seconded. The slate was unanimously approved.

New business: Kilmer moved to donate money to the Goshen-Butler Community Fund drive. Mitchell seconded and all approved. A letter from the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. requesting funds for the Ohio State Land Trust Conservancy was tabled for discussion in 2014 as was a request for a donation to the Garden Club of Ohio, Inc. scholarship fund. Mitchell said members are to bring an item for a silent auction fund raiser at the December meeting. Mitchell will focus on improving the post office garden and a possible small flower/horticulture show in 2014.

Wingett presented information about the Monarch Butterfly Conservation project for further consideration. Knoedler moved to donate funds to Light Up Damascus. Irene Morkel seconded and all approved. Members are asked to bring canned goods or a monetary donation for the local food pantry or a toy to be donated at the December meeting.

Guest Celine Hallier spoke on her involvement with the Blue Star Memorial Marker project. Lunch was served in the Damascus Friends Church cafe.