TRGC Minutes – March 2019

Thames River Garden Club Minutes

March 21, 2019

Attendance Active: 36 Privileged: 2 Excused: 6

President Brenda Kramer called the meeting to order at 12:21 and thanked hosts Barbara Allen, Phyllis Grohocki, Mary Ann Richard, and Suzy Young for our delicious luncheon. She asked members to be sure to sign the attendance sheets and whether any guests were present, and Suzy Young introduced her guests: five members of the East Lyme Garden Club who are visiting our club today. Betty Ann Coviello moved to waive the reading of the minutes of the February meeting and accept the corrected minutes as written, and Patty Hancock seconded; motion passed.

President’s Report. Brenda welcomed our guests from the East Lyme Garden Club, then encouraged members to attend the FGCCT Annual Meeting April 17 at the Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT; the speaker is Michael Derouin, award- winning designer and floral industry educator, who delivers a wonderful presentation. Checks for $34, made out to FGCCT, should be sent to Brenda by April 3 along with your meal choice. Please let Brenda know if you would like to be a driver. Brenda asked us to let Ruth Hammell, our Sunshine Chair, know when club members should be sent cards. Members who have favorite nonprofits related to gardening or horticulture should let Brenda know their suggestions; donations will be made in the spring. Brenda reported that our garden party luncheon, catered by Tara, will be held June 20 at her home; invitations will be sent in the spring. Brenda said she would compile the annual reports submitted and send her report to Federated this week. In closing her report, Brenda reminded members who purchase supplies for any event to submit receipts to the treasurer within thirty days.

Vice President’s Report. Elaine Lombardi welcomed new member, Richard Bucklin, to the club. Elaine reported that there are openings for new members and that potential new members should complete the new application forms.

Treasurer’s Report. Phyllis Teeson reported. Phyllis said that there was a list of organizations to which the club has donated in 2017-2018 on the table on the side of the room, and she asked members to consider other groups worthy of our donations. Pam Atkins moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report as submitted, and Ruth Hammell seconded. Motion passed.

Committee Reports.

Hosting—Elaine Lombardi passed the signup sheet around so that members could sign up to host our various meetings and events next program year.

Nominating—Everett Munro reported that the positions of Vice President and Assistant Treasurer remain unfilled. Betty Ann Coviello offered to serve as Assistant Treasurer and Phyllis Teeson said she would assist Betty Ann in assuming her new position.

Plant Sale—The plant sale committee has devised a method of indicating whether plants displayed for sale are best suited for shade or sun. Pick up blue to indicate shade and yellow for sun and stick the proper indicators in your pots. Maria Zalegowski will host a committee meeting at her house in April. There will be a tag sale table with items pertaining to gardening at the sale. Volunteers are needed for setup before the plant sale. Juanita Toldeo asked members to bring in four-inch clay containers at any time. Flowers from members’ gardens will go in the containers along with a geranium. Juanita will have her spray cleaner available, too.

Program—St. Paul’s Church has been chosen as the site of our guest day on November 21, 2019. The decision to have guest day in November was made because the speaker was not available in October.

Workshops—Everett Munro encouraged members to attend a Line Design Workshop presented by Juanita Toledo to be held June 19 at Brenda’s home.

Unfinished Business. Brenda reiterated the need for a new audio/visual committee chair and a publicity chair.

Barbara Mingo moved to adjourn the meeting at 1:02, and Ruth Hammell seconded. Motion passed.

Respectfully submitted, Barbara Skinner, Recording Secretary

TRGC minutes, corrected – February 2019

THE THAMES RIVER GARDEN CLUB

February 21, 2019

Present 32               Excused 7           Privileged 2

President Brenda Kramer opened the meeting at 12:15 pm.  She thanked the hostesses for a delicious luncheon: Laurie Markowicz, Dorothy McCutchen, Ann Thibault, Barbara Mingo and Nancy Cole.  A moment of silence for Lorraine Santangelo was observed. Our new member, official in March, was introduced to the club. Mr. Richard Buckley.  We sang Happy Birthday to Christine Crawford.

Reading and approval of minutes Barbara Skinner was on vacation. The January minutes were amended to include a motion made by Sue Bellefleur to include the donation that was made to the Chief Petty Officers Association be put into the minutes and seconded by Pam Atkins. This was voted on and approved.   It was presented that Linda Chapman be placed in privileged status in view of her many years of participation in the Club. This was voted on and passed.

President’s Report:  Brenda advised that anyone with suggestions for donations be sent to Phyllis Teeson, Treasurer.  Annual forms for the Federation must be to her by March 22 for her to compile and send. There are many awards we are eligible to receive.  You can also go on line for the Federation to see what awards are available. Award applications need to be in by May 1. FGCCT meeting at Aqua Turf is April 17.   We would like to have two tables to represent the club. At the October FCCT meeting at Aqua Turf, Pam and Brenda will present a tablescape of “Sex and the City”. By- Laws review will resume in April with Ethel Gerity. It was noted that Vonice Carr entered an arrangement in petite design in the Hartford Flower Show  and Pam Atkins will be entering an arrangement in the Griswold Museum “Blooms with a View” in June, The Waterford Historical Society is presenting “Art in Waterford” April 27-28 and would welcome any participation from the Garden Club as docents or whatever they want to contribute.

Vice President’s Report: Elaine Lombardi reported that we have 71 members.  There is a new form for introducing new members which will be helpful in obtaining current information.   It is suggested that a new member participate in two meetings and be voted in at the third. Brenda will send out forms to the membership.

Treasurer’s Report:  Phyllis Teeson reported

Corresponding Secretary, Mary Ann Richard, read two letters of thank you.  One from the Avalonia Land Conservancy, Inc. and one from Safe Futures for the Christmas gifts.

Nominating Committee:  Everett Munro presented officers for next year.  Secretary: Denise Heinrich. Treasurer: Joan Treadwell, Corresponding Secretary: Delores Markowicz, Still Needed, Vice President and Assistant Treasurer                                               

Program Committee: Sue Bellefleur reported the guest speaker for the November meeting will be Bill Graham.  A venue is being considered by the committee. Evaluation forms were passed out for members to evaluate speakers to assist the program committee in getting speakers.

Plant Sale:  Claudia Kenyon and Maria Zalegowski advised pots would be given out at the March meeting, Sale is May 11 at the Waterford Town Hall. Any new varieties of plants should be sent to Dotty Nauer for pictures to be made.  Prices for Grosso plants will be decided at time of presentation. I was suggested that more ordinary culinary herbs be presented.

Workshop:   Wed June 19, Lutheran Church, Juanita Toledo will present line design to be used as center pieces at the June meeting.

Garden Therapy: Juanita showed paper flowers made for coffee filters and tissues used for  February. She showed some plants that can be forced, and advised re Oxybenzone and Octinoxate in sunscreen that are bad for water, it affects and destroys coral.  Juanita also showed the membership the silver platter and certificate received for her cleaner at the FGCCT meeting.

Horticulture: Suzy Young had six entries in horticulture specimens and presented a blue ribbon to Pat Uguccioni.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:15.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary Ann Richard,  Corresponding Secretary

 

February 21, 2019 meeting

Our next meeting will be February 21st at the Waterford Public library;  please let our wonderful Membership Chair and Vice-President, Elaine Lombardi, know if you will not be able to attend this meeting.  Xackley3@gmail.com

Speaker : Kim Hargrave, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – “Signs of Spring”          

TRGC minutes – January 2019

Thames River Garden Club Minutes

January 17, 2019

Attendance             Active: 30                   Privileged: 0                    Excused: 19

President Brenda Kramer called the meeting to order at 12:18 and thanked hosts Mary Ann Hauser, Doris Burr, Regina Kowenhoven, and Cecilia Fosser for our luncheon. She asked for the attendance sheets to be passed and whether any guests were present, and Everett Munro introduced his three guests: his wife, Sara Munro; Christine Stuetzel; and Kay Franke. Maria Zalegowski moved to waive the reading of the minutes of the November meeting and accept the minutes as written, and Barbara Mingo seconded; motion passed.

President’s Report. Brenda asked members to view the exhibit of plant-related items brought in today by Jerry Theiler. Brenda was delighted to say that Ingebord Venus, president of the FGCCT, has asked her to submit a National Garden Club award application for Juanita Toledo’s environmental project. Brenda said that discussion of proposed changes to the TRGC Bylaws will resume in April when Ethel Gerity returns; please contact Brenda or the bylaws committee with any questions or concerns about bylaws in the meantime. Brenda asked members to contact Ruth Hammell, Sunshine Chair, when they know of members who should be sent cards. Members who have favorite nonprofits related to gardening or horticulture should let Brenda know their suggestions; donations will be made in the spring.

Two future events to keep in mind:

 

  • February 21-24, 2019—Connecticut Flower Show, April in Paris, at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford.
  • April 17, 2019—FGCCT Annual Meeting at the Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT.

 

     

Vice President’s Report. Elaine Lombardi said she’d received a letter from Linda Chapman requesting privileged status and that the executive committee found her qualified. Elaine reported that there are a couple of openings for new members. Members have suggested that reference letters in support of proposed new members should meet certain general criteria and that the prospective members should also meet requirements, which might include such things as attending a defined number of meetings before being invited to join the club.  

Treasurer’s Report. Phyllis Teeson reported   Jerry Theiler moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report as written, and Barbara Skinner seconded. Motion passed.

Committee Reports.

Civic—Jan Theiler reported that she received a thank you note for holiday wreaths donated to Youth Services.

Garden Therapy—Phyllis Teeson said that George Fisher once again kindly donated fresh flowers for arrangements to be made with the clients of New London Rehabilitation and Care Center of Waterford.

Nominating—Everett Munro reported that Dolores Markowicz has offered to serve as Corresponding Secretary beginning with the June 2019 meeting. Positions commencing in June 2019 remain open for Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer. The need for an Assistant Treasurer for the remainder of this term is immediate.

Workshops— Everett Munro encouraged members to attend a Valentine’s Day Workshop at Christ Lutheran Church on February 12 from 10 till noon.

Suzy Young moved to adjourn the meeting at 12:55, and Regina Kowenhoven seconded. Motion passed.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Skinner, Recording Secretary

 


 

TRGC minutes – November 2018

Thames River Garden Club Minutes

November 15, 2018

Attendance Active: 31 Privileged: 2 Excused: 13

President Brenda Kramer called the meeting to order at 12:20. Brenda praised the delicious luncheon prepared and served by hosts Vonice Carr, Suzy Young, Phyllis Cushing, and Denise Heinrich. She asked that the attendance sheets be passed and whether any guests were present, and Pam Atkins introduced her guest, Richard Buckland. Jan Theiler moved to waive the reading of the minutes of the September 20 meeting and accept the minutes as written. Motion passed.

President’s Report. Brenda thanked all who made Guest Day such a great success. She invited everyone to look at the photo album she lovingly maintains to remember what a special day it was. Brenda also spoke about the FGCCT Awards Luncheon held October 24 and congratulated Juanita Toledo and Barbara Mingo for receiving special FGCCT awards at the luncheon: Barbara for her innovative ideas and demonstrations of container plantings for garden therapy at the New London Rehabilitation and Care Center and Juanita for her outstanding efforts to facilitate environmental awareness and sensitivity; Juanita donated bottles of her environmental cleaning solution to each garden club present. Photos of the luncheon at Aqua Turf are also contained in our photo album. Brenda emphasized her pride in the club, which was well represented at the luncheon. Brenda reminded members to remember, if they hadn’t already, to send in checks for the holiday gathering at her home Friday, December 7; her home is already decorated and ready for us to come! Transitioning to Bylaws, Brenda said that discussion of proposed changes will resume in April when Ethel Gerity returns from St. Croix. Please contact Brenda or the bylaws committee with any questions or concerns about bylaws in the meantime.

Two future events to keep in mind: February 21-24, 2019—Connecticut Flower Show, April in Paris, at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford. October 30, 2019—FGCCT Awards Meeting and Luncheon at Aqua Turf Club in

Plantsville. Tablescapes will again be offered, this time with the theme, Connecticut Authors (Brenda and Pam Atkins represented TRGC in fall 2018 with their tablescape, Dinner and a Movie[Mystic Pizza]).Volunteers are needed to design one of the ten tablescapes for the 2019 luncheon.

Vice President’s Report. Elaine Lombardi announced that the St. Matthias hall will only be available for church members’ use so that we will need to find another location for future Guest Days.

Treasurer’s Report. Phyllis Teeson reported.

 Barbara Skinner moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report as written. Motion passed.

Committee Reports.

Civic—Jan Theiler brought photos from the October 23 cleanup of the grounds of the Waterford historical buildings. She asked committee members to take supplies to make wreaths to decorate the Beebe-Phillips House, school house, Park House, barn, and blacksmith shop for the holidays, with delivery to be made the day after Thanksgiving. Jan encouraged members to help themselves to some flax seeds she’d brought in. A Norway Spruce has been planted between the Beebe-Phillips House and Park House to replace the tree that was donated in memory of Terry Pfeil.

Garden Therapy—Patty Hancock said that Fisher Florist generously donated all fresh flowers for arrangements to be made with the clients of New London Rehabilitation and Care Center of Waterford.

Horticulture—Suzy Young reported that the horticulture committee offers three horticultural submission opportunities per year for members to gain experience and additional knowledge. We rotate TRGC members as our “internal judges,” supplying them with copies of the judging procedures from the National Garden Clubs Handbook for Flower Shows, plus other informative materials. Suzy offered to share the more specific Horticulture Exhibiting and Judging official supplement with anyone looking for judging details on a particular plant. She encouraged members to investigate how much horticultural information can be found in books at our local libraries.

Nominating—Everett Munro said that an additional two members are needed on the nominating committee. Positions are also open for Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer.

Ways and Means—Pat Uguccioni said that the price for TRGC aprons will go up to $20 to cover an increase in cost. She also shared that cookbooks are available for sale.

Workshops— Everett Munro encouraged members to attend the Holiday Workshop with Juanita Toledo at Christ Lutheran Church scheduled for December 4 from 10 till noon.

Pam Atkins moved to adjourn the meeting at 12:55. Motion passed.

Respectfully submitted, Barbara Skinner, Recording Secretary

Happy Holidays!

Dear Members of the Thames River Garden Club,

             Your generosity in giving to Safe Futures is so heartwarming. You have helped to make Christmas so special for those who are going through tremendous challenges.

                Phyllis and I dropped off the beautiful gifts; Susan Noyes was there to greet us like old friends.  On behalf of Safe Futures, she expressed sincere gratitude to our members who have been so thoughtful.  I think this was the first time I’ve left the center with make-up still on, but I don’t know how.  Thinking about what the Safe Future clients are going through and what the many community volunteers are doing to help is beyond touching.

                You have made a difference!

                Thank you.

                Merry Christmas!