August 2016 General Meeting Minutes

TUESDAY August 2, 2016

GUEST SPEAKER: Our guest speaker this evening was Joanne Nichols from Country Rose. Joanne has been employed at Country Rose for 29 years and brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and creativity. The theme of Joanne’s presentation was “Making a Centrepiece Arrangement.” The centre pieces Joanne made were creative, fun and beautiful. We watched Joanne create a gorgeous centre piece using part of a watermelon as the vase. Joanne inspired us to use our imaginations! Country Rose offers a 10% discount for Horticultural Members. Country Rose carries a wide selection of perennials and annuals.


REFRESHMENT BREAK M.J. reminded all members to lug-a-mug rather than using styrofoam cups and to bring a food donation to the snack table or donate a toonie Those planning to exhibit at the Flower Show were urged to get numbers and tags at the break.


CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Mary Jane Irwin at 8:00pm.
“CRACKED POT” STORY: MJ read a cute but meaningful short story to us about a cracked pot. The moral of the story is: we are all “cracked pots” in our own unique, beautiful and useful ways.
LOCATION:   Minden Community Centre
CHAIR:            President, Mary Jane Irwin

MINUTES:     Moved by Michelle Lewis that the minutes of July 5th , 2016 General Meeting be accepted as read. Seconded by Carolyn Langdon               CARRIED

FINANCIAL REPORT: Frances Thivierge reported that our current bank balance is $4031.97. All outstanding cheques have been cashed. The bank credited our account $20.00 for bank errors. We will be charged $6.00 monthly flat fee and $1.25 for each deposit. Frances moved that the financial report be accepted as read. Seconded by Elizabeth Carrell         CARRIED


ADVERTISING: Melanie made posters for the Flower Show. They must go up this week. Melanie has extra posters at her Re/Max Office. Liz will take flyers to Kinmount, Irondale, Gooderham and will email a flyer to Country Rose. Many thanks Liz.

COMMUNITY GARDENS: The gardens are looking beautiful. It was suggested that next year the hanging baskets be placed up higher or shorten the wires. The town is doing a great job of watering. MJ is meeting Parks Department Lead Hand, Ian Andresen, tomorrow morning regarding moving the barrels slightly so the canna lilies can grow up, and trimming the hanging planters in town.

EXCURSIONS: Susan reported the Garden Tour was very successful. At least 30 people attended the tour. Susan will load all pictures taken on the tour on the TV screen for the flower show.

FLOWER SHOW : Margaret reports entry tags are available from Karen Shirley, before and after the meeting as well as at the Refreshment break. We still need help Thursday Aug. 11th at 9:00am to decorate. If you have arrangements, window boxes, planters etc. to help decorate, please bring them in on Thursday morning. We have the recipe cards for you to write the names of the plants and the extension sticks to put in your containers. All sizes and colours are welcome. We still need Styrofoam heads to display the Fascinators.

Please remember to attach a stick or dowel to your mask for display purposes.

Barb Millington will report on the Tea Room needs on behalf of Sandria. All entries for the Show must come in between 9am and noon on Friday August 12th. More entry tags will be available at the time if needed.

LIBRARY & Bulletin Board: Izabel reported there are many great books on fresh and dried flower arranging on the bottom shelf of the library cupboard.

MEMBERSHIP – Nancy reported our total membership is now at 91, with 29 members in attendance this evening.

T-SHIRTS & CARDS & PINS: Elinor reported we have 5 orders for tee-shirts and hoodies so far but we need 6 to place the order with our supplier. Elinor will add one more order for a hoodie in a medium size to have on hand. Pins are always available at $5.00.

VILLAGE GREEN : Liz thanked members for all the help working at the Village Green. Some members have done double duty. The township is doing a great job with the watering. Our big plan now is to purchase mulch which keeps the weeds down and keeps the soil moist. Remember to record all your volunteer hours.


OHA CONVENTION: No reports yet. We have 5 entries in but have not heard any news yet.



 Carol Patrick from TD Canada Trust – announcing a Tree Planting day which will be held September 17th from 9:00am to noon. She needs 50 volunteers (not all from our society). If you are interested in this project please see the website at

Mark Coleman, Minden Hills Director of Community Services – requesting public input on the Draft Master Parks & Trails Plan. All the information and surveys are on the website at www.mindenhills.camaster-parks-trail-plan

Members that do not have access to a computer can pick the survey up at the Municipal Administration Office.


Garlic Festival There seemed to be no interest in selling plants at the Garlic Festival on August 28th. MJ will let Abby Gardens know.

Seed Saving Work Shop – Carolyn Langdon announced there will be a seed saving workshop on Wed. Aug. 10th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Minden Library.

Door Prize – The door prize was won by Karen Shirley

ADJOURNMENT – Moved by Rose Paliwoda “that the meeting be adjourned”. Time 8:45pm

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