Area clubs record their meetings, to include programs, special achievements
Appomattox Garden Club fall meetings
The September 6, 2018, meeting of the Appomattox Garden Club was held in the home of Marilyn Brown. The meeting was called to order by the President, Marilyn Brown. The following guests were recognized — Honorary member, Cholly Easterling and the design/horticulture judge, Jean Garrett and her husband Forrest. Hostesses for the meeting were Marilyn Brown, Becky Slagle and Carolyn Whitlock.
Carolyn Whitlock, Horticulture chairman, reported on "September in the South." She had several suggestions and tips on how to handle the first two hot and sticky weeks of September and the last two cool-down weeks in September. Connie Emerson's name was drawn and she won the horticulture prize for September.
Under Special Projects, Becky Slagle reported on the Downtown Partnership Breakfast With Santa. The consensus of the club was that AGC would be willing to help with table decorations for the event. Carolyn Whitlock reported that 60th anniversary Commemorative Bench should be in place this week. It is being placed at the entrance to the nature walk across from the Appomattox Boat Marina.
Design and horticulture judge, Jean Garrett, emphasized some of the new design rules in the new Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs handbook.
Green Ribbon winners: Judy Marks announced the following:
Horticulture - Claire Haley, Artistic A - Becky Hyatt, Artistic B - Claire Haley.
Receiving Blue ribbons for Artistic A designs were Marilyn Brown, Mary Calos, Jodi Carden, Claire Haley, Becky Hyatt, Irma Gail Mahaney, Mary Nix and Carolyn Whitlock. Receiving Blue ribbons for Artistic B designs were Marilyn Brown, Jodi Carden and Claire Haley.
Horticulture ribbon winners were Mary Calos - 3 Blues; Ruthan Eliades - 2 Blues; Claire Haley - 3 Blues; Mary Ann Leftwich - 1 Blue, 1 Red; Judy Marks - 3 Blues; Mary Nix - 1 Blue and 1 Red; Linda Peacock - 1 Blue; and Cindy Shearin - 2 Blues.
Program: The program for the September meeting was given by Bob Schamerhorn, an award-winning nature photographer. He presented an audio slide show about the three things that birds need to survive - food, shelter and water. The first slides showed various birds with the food sources.
These included open grass areas, butterfly gardens, berry producing plants, phlox, swamp milkweed, butterfly weed, golden rod, cone flowers, lantana, and day lilies. He suggested leaving the tall stalks for the finch. He encouraged members to consider including these plants for their yards.
The next series of slides showed the many types of shelters. These included a brush pile, mulched bed, tall and lower canopy trees, perch and shade trees, dogwoods. Shade, he said, can be provided on the ground using ferns, hostas and bleeding hearts. Shrubs and bushes can provide shelter from predators and the weather. The last set of slides included sources of water - a Bird Spa is a way to provide water during cold weather; and a portable heater, one like those used by farmers to keep animal troughs from freezing, is used in constructing winter water sources. All of the slides were pictures Mr. Schamerhorn had taken. Mr. Schamerhorn is a member of the Colonial Nature Club and on the board of the Natural Autobon Society. He is on Facebook and can be contacted at www. iPhotoBirds.com. OCTOBER:
The October 5, meeting of the Appomattox Garden Club was held in the home of Claire Haley. The meeting was called to order by the President, Marilyn Brown. The following guests were recognized - Rita Joyner and the design/horticulture judge, Mary Nelson Glass Thompson. Hostesses for the meeting were Claire Haley, Connie Emerson, Bonnie Lawton, Linda Stokes and Jane McCullen.
Carolyn Whitlock, Horticulture chairman, reported on October gardening - sow the seeds of cool weather annuals, plant the spring blooming bulbs, protect warm weather vegetables and harvest as many as possible before a hard freeze.
Mary Ann Leftwich won the horticulture prize, a jar of green pepper jelly.
The Club will be partnering with the other garden clubs in decorating Weston Manor Plantation on December 5 for the holidays.
Mary Nelson Thompson complimented the designs that were judged. She emphasized the monthly schedule for artistic and creative designs is the "law of the land" and the designs have to be judged according to the schedule. She used the example that a traditional triangle does not include asymmetrical or right triangles unless specified in the schedule.
Cindy Shearin announced the following:
Green Ribbon winners - Horticulture, Mary Nix and Mary Calos, Artistic A - Jodi Carden, Artistic B - Claire Haley (wreath), Linda Peacock (swag), Carolyln Whitlock (wreath), Jodi Carden (wreath).
Program: The program for the October meeting was given by Marilyn Brown and Claire Haley. An updated version of the Elements and Principles of Design was provided for each member. Several changes that could impact the monthly schedule for designs included the size of the petite design, ranging from 3 inches to 12 inches to be determined by the schedule.
The traditional design types are much broader in scope. Many designs can be either traditional or creative and will depend on again the schedule. An important change is that all plant material used in a design must be listed on the designers card. A poster with pictures showing some of the newest designs was used to give visual clarification to the designs.
The September and October club reports were submitted by Appomattox Garden Club member, Becky Slagle.
Ettrick Friendship Club
The monthly meeting of the Ettrick Friendship Club was held on October 1, 2018, at Mount Calvary Baptist Church with the president, Joe Funk, presiding. The president welcomed members and opened the meeting with a prayer. Devotions were presented by Ann Pond, chaplain. She read an article in the “Four Elements to Survive”. The minutes were read and the treasurer report was given by June Simmons.
The Ettrick American Legion is sponsoring a spaghetti supper on October 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mount Calvary Baptist Church is hosting a yard sale on October 6th, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Happy Birthday was sung to Helen Mann. Happy Anniversary was sung to Debbie and Jim Lamreaux for 38 years of marriage.
A sick report was given by the members.
An excellent program was presented by Debbie and Jim Lamoreaux by singing hymns and giving testimonies.
Blessing for the food and prayers for the sick were given by the president.
Host and hostesses were Debbie and Joe Funk, Helen Mann and June Simmons.
The meeting was adjourned by the president followed by refreshments and fellowship.
This club report was submitted by Ettrick Friendship Club member Linda Pond.