Area clubs record their meet­ings, to in­clude pro­grams, spe­cial achieve­ments

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Ap­po­mat­tox Gar­den Club fall meet­ings

SEPTEM­BER:

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.

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