PRESIDENTS MESSAGE FOR NOVEMBER 2023
Our October Membership meeting was a lot of fun. The board made their reports and members discussed their ideas on the issues. Peggy Page did a spectacular job organizing this month’s program. Marianne Martin from University of Florida Pinellas County Extension Service gave a wonderful educational presentation on composting. The door prizes were a kitchen countertop and 5-gallon composting bins. I’ve attached a composting overview and a composting troubleshooting guide from the presentation. Linda Myers organized the raffle, with exciting and creative items. Sue Witwer provided hospitality and a wonderful spread for our members. Debbie LaHaie led the Grow and Share in the Pond Garden.
The Fall Plant sale Partnership with Clearwater Community Gardens was a great success. It is good to be working with CCG again!
Our October Keep Pinellas Beautiful clean up event made good progress. A large cabbage palm stump was removed from Rose Garden and the Entry Garden planters on both sides of Seminole street entrance were uncovered and repaired.
Here is the list of November clubhouse and gardening events:
Saturday, November 4th at 6pm– Pot Luck Dinner at Clearwater Community Gardens - They will be announcing nominations for their new Board of Directors for 2024 at the event. If you or any of your fellow gardeners would like to join the leadership of the Clearwater Community Gardens, please send your nominations to the President@clearwatercg.org before Saturday. Enjoy a relaxing evening atmosphere with good eats, including vegan, vegetarian and omnivore dishes - something for everyone. If you know what you will be bringing for food, please let Amy their Events Coordinator know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, November 11th, 9am to noon – Keep Pinellas Beautiful clean up event. We will continue to focus on Rose Garden soil grading and bed preparation, and weeding and clean-up of other gardens. Now the weather is cooler, members are encouraged to participate. If you would like to donate or pick up some plants, members will have a chance to do Grow and Share in the Shady Pond Garden.
Wednesday, November 15th at 6:30pm – Clearwater Community Garden membership Meeting led by their president, Mike Flanery. All members are welcome to see the Community Garden vote in their new Board of Directors for 2024.
Saturday, November 18th from 9:30 to 11:00am – Garden Club Executive Board Meeting. We will discuss our vacant positions and other ongoing concerns. All members are welcome.
Saturday, November 18th from 11am to 1:00pm – Garden Club Membership meeting. Members Alice Jarvis and Linda Pointer have organized a Holiday Decorations workshop. Alice will lead the Lighted Globe workshop and Linda will lead the Ornament workshop. We will send you a list of materials needed and more information soon. Hospitality, refreshments and finger foods will be provided by Laura Daniel. We plan on a fun meeting and workshop, followed by a Grow and Share event in Shady Pond Garden after the meeting.
I hope to see you all at the Community Gardens & Clubhouse!
Paul Keleti, President, Clearwater Garden Club
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