DAMASCUS - The Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc., met in the cafe of the Damascus Friends Church for a breakfast social and monthly meeting. Hostess was Joyce Steer with co-hostesses Betty Bircher and June Wallace. The 15 members present enjoyed egg strata and an applesauce and whipped cream cup garnished with a stevia leaf. In the absence of President Peggy Stoffer, Marilyn Wingett, first vice president, opened the meeting by thanking the members for all the efforts they had put into maintaining the post office garden through the summer. Committee reports follow: Conservation: Rhonda Mitchell thanked the members who weeded and watered the post office garden and designated Sept. 17 as clean-up day for the garden. Community Care: Steer provided bud vases for the Sept. 18 blood drive. Ways and Means: Ginny Huffman discussed the deadline date of Oct. 11 for submitting pictures for the club's community calendar project. These calendars will be available for purchase at the Dec. 8 Light Up Damascus event.
In discussion about decorating the Pearce House for Christmas, the club decided that its Christmas decorating committee will decorate the week after Thanksgiving. Lee Kuentz will contact the committee members with further details. Rhonda Mitchell, second vice president, discussed the Ruritan project that is renewing the signage displayed at the entrance to Damascus. Members decided that wooden signs similar to the current ones be purchased. Kuentz made a motion to purchase two replacement signs, which was approved. A request for a donation to the Goshen/Butler Community Fund was received. Members spoke of the benefit of the fund for the rural community and to give $100. Marilyn Wingett asked for volunteers to serve on the 2013 nominating committee. Steer and June Wallace agreed to serve. Kuentz provided the program for the month and gave a thorough introduction to the club's Christmas floral design show. Handouts specified the preliminary schedule, theme, and rules for the event.
Four club members and a guest attended the Canton District fall meeting on Sept. 19 at the Meyer's Lake Ballroom where Ohio certified volunteer naturalist, Chuck Jakubchak, presented his "Beautiful Birds" program. Dianna Mullins, a master landscape consultant, gave valuable tips on planting. Members met Garden Club of Ohio President Aggie Goss and President-Elect Mickie Marquis as well as Canton District Director Celine Hallier. The Oct. 11th meeting at the home of Marilyn Brumbaugh will feature "Unsolved Mysteries: The Hydrangea" presented by Irene Morckel. The Central Atlantic Regional conference in Cleveland will be held Oct. 28-30.