Damascus Garden Club handles business
DAMASCUS - The Damascus Friends Church was the location for the April 10 meeting of the Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. Fifteen members were present as President Rhonda Mitchell called the meeting to order and welcomed new member, Marcia Clarke, with a yellow rose, the symbol of the garden club. Eight club members made the trip to Miller's Greenhouse in Hartville. Selecting from the vast variety of plants available at the greenhouse members created a number of planters that would be housed at the facility until pick up in April or May. After the activity, members met at the Maize Valley Market and Winery in Hartville for lunch and a brief meeting.
A thank-you was received from the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. for a donation made to their scholarship fund. The Damascus Community Center board thanked the club for donations of candy for the Easter egg hunt.
Committee reports: The club received seven awards at the recent Canton District spring meeting of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. They were a first place to a medium size club for Beautification of a Public Building; a second place to a medium size club for the Garden Therapy Award; a third place for a medium club for a Therapy Award; a second place for a medium club Publicity Press Book Award; a first place for a club of 20 to 29 members Most Outstanding Yearbook Award; a second place for a medium size club for an Outstanding Garden Club Award; and an honorable mention for a medium size club for the holiday project award. President Mitchell thanked the awards committee for their efforts on submissions for the awards.
Conservation: Val Knoedler will be in touch with members for cleanup times in the post office garden.
Community Care: Marty Hollinger provided bud vases for the March community blood drive and will do the same for April.
Ways and Means: The yard sale will be held May 9 in the Pearce House. Items for the sale may be delivered up to 5 p.m. May 8.
Old business:Marilyn Wingett motioned to purchase a new banner for National Garden Week and for funding to add wording to the new and old banners. A seed basket will again be placed at the post office during National Garden Week. Marcia Clarke will acquire the seeds for it. Pat Hoopes motioned to provide funds for the seed purchase. Marilyn Wingett will donate a pot of flowers for display at G's Pizza for National Garden Week. June Wallace will do a display at the post office.
President Mitchell asked it there were still an interest in a budget committee. It was decided that one would not be formed at this time. The president reported that refurbishing of the post office garden is on hold until the pines at the garden are removed and phase one can continue. Until then, the club will cleanup the garden and shore up the fence. June Wallace discussed the issue of paying for the registration for one member to attend the state convention.
New business: Sandy Kilmer made a motion that the club provides floral arrangements for the West Branch academic recognition banquet. Ken Steer has offered to provide the vases and flowers and the space for the club to prepare the arrangements. The academic recognition banquet committee sent a letter of request for a monetary donation. President Mitchell advised the members that the Canton Garden Center will have a leadership workshop an Aug. 6 that members might be interested in attending.
The hostess for April was Pat Hoopes with Sandy Kilmer and Lee Kuentz as co-hostesses. The program was presented by Karen Santee, manager of the Huston-Brumbaugh Garden Center at the University of Mount Union. She informed the audience about destructive and beneficial garden insects.
The next meeting is May 8 at the home of Carol Kuner. The program will be Environmental "Clean Eating" and "Companion Planting to Avoid Pesticides."
Seven and One Club welcomes back returning member
SALEM - Mrs. Jack Bruderly was welcomed back from her winter in Myrtle Beach, S.C., when the Seven and One Club met Wednesday evening at the home of Mrs. Herb Bott. Tracy Dearth was a guest.
The hostess served a bacon quiche with fresh fruit. Games of 500 were played. Prizes were won by Mrs. Ken Kaufman, first place; Mrs. Larry Dearth, second; and Tracy Dearth, low and travel.
The next meeting begins at 7 p.m. May 21 at the Bruderly home.
R-Weigh weight groups recognize weekly winners
SALEM - The R-Weigh weight support groups met at 1 and 5 p.m. Monday at the First Friends Church. It was reported that members lost 18 pounds over the holiday. Gerry Heffinger presided at the afternoon meeting and held an open discussion on "You Can With a Plan."
JoAnne Bogdan was the goalie for the week and Helen Baker earned the eight weeks of losing monetary award. The $25 Eggcouragement contest winner was Baker and the $4 honorable mention winners were Sylvia Eller, Nancy Hough and Joyce Sanders.
Karen Pauline presided at the evening meeting. Barb Smith held a "Hop to it" game night with team two winning the egg full of dollars. Good losers at the evening meeting were Sheril Emch, Candy Penner and Jean Swartz. Peggy Kurtz gave the inspiration for the week. Pauline Zirkle, Jeri Hefner, Rose Olson, Emch and Penner won the Eggcouragement contest and received $12 each. Second place winners receiving $9 each were Marian Doerr, Wilma Grams, Patty Pim, Barb Smith and Jean Swartz.
Next Monday will be payday at both groups with members receiving $1 per pound for their April losses. New members are welcome. For information call 330-332-1078.