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PRESIDENT'S LETTER FOR FEBRUARY 2024

Happy Valentine’s Garden Club Members,

Our January Membership meeting was informative and educational. The board made their reports and members discussed their ideas on the issues. Alice Jarvis did a spectacular job organizing the Recycling seminar and speaker. We found out that corporate recycling efforts are different from individual recycling. Attached are the recycling guidelines provided by the City of Clearwater and Pinellas County. Thanks to Linda Myers for the raffle items. If you have any baskets or other garden related items that you wish to donate for future raffles, please contact Linda Myers.

 

The January Keep Pinellas Beautiful clean up event made good progress. All 8 gardens had their plants cleaned up. Large amount of debris made it to the curb and the hole for the new magnolia was prepared. Volunteers for this clean up came back the next week and pressure washed the Shady Pond Garden’s walkway, cleaned out cracks, reset pavers, and cemented in the cracks. It’s a much safer walkway!

 

The Arbor Day Proclamation was received from the mayor and read at the Arbor Day/Florida Garden Club’s 100-year anniversary celebration ceremony. Pictures of the ceremony are in our Facebook Group “Clearwater Garden Club – Members Only.”  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1743422402669732

Please join this group and share your joy for gardening with other members.

 

Our Card Party was a great success. The lunch was delicious. Everyone had fun playing various card and board games. The door prize, raffles, 50/50 drawing at the end were a blast. Thanks to everyone who participated.

 

Here is the list of February clubhouse and gardening events:

 

Saturday, February 10th from 9 to noon –Keep Pinellas Beautiful clean up event. We will focus on cleaning up plants and turning the compost pile in Mystery Garden, and cleaning up the terrazzo floors inside the clubhouse.

Saturday, February 17th from 9:30 to 10:45am – Executive Board Meeting. We will discuss our vacant positions, details of upcoming events, and other ongoing concerns. We are considering changing the date and time of the board meetings. All members are welcome.

 

Saturday, February 17th from 11am to 1:00pm – Membership meeting/Speckle painting pots. This month's program Jennifer Clarke has arranged the crafts event at our clubhouse in the Shady Pond gardens. James Amsden will show us how to speckle paint clay pots. He will be providing the paint and the Club will provide 4” and 6” pots for the event. The Club is asking for a $5 donation toward the pots. If you wish to waive donation you can bring a pot if it is new and unused, so the paint will adhere properly. Please bring some cardboard so we can protect our tables from the paint spray. Please let me know if you like to participate so we can provide enough paint and pots. Don’t forget to bring your specimens for the Grow and Share event which will also be held in Shady Pond Garden, after the Crafts.

 

March 1 – Membership Dues for the 2024-2025 Membership year are due. Dues paid since January 1 will go toward next membership year. If you would like to make an additional donation to the club, please do.

March 2 - Speckled Painting of Pots.  CLICK HERE for more information

April 10th – 12th - FFGC 97th Convention and Centennial Celebration at the Southbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk—Registration is open. Details to follow.

 

Thursday May 9th – FFGC District 8 Spring meeting at the Heron Creek Golf & Country Club in North Port. The event is hosted by the Lemon Bay Garden Club. Save the date!

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Clearwater Community Gardens – February dates will be forwarded to you soon!

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I hope to see you all at the Clubhouse & Community Gardens! 

Paul Keleti,

President, Clearwater Garden Club

The Clearwater Garden Club
IS A proud member of the
Florida
Federation of Garden Clubs
Beautifying Florida through education, mentoring, and activism since 1924

MISSION

"When I looked at those flowers I couldn't help but feel that they brought heaven nearer and made God so real."  --Helen Steiner Rice

PROJECTS

Let us assist and encourage your neighborhood or school in developing a Community Garden.  Learn about the charitable causes we support, or get involved using your interests and talents.

HAPPENINGS

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