President Bev Spillman welcomed members to the August meeting of the Arts and Flowers Garden Club and thanked the hostesses who helped her with the light breakfast: Jennie Richardson and Chris Seal.
Linda Cornelius presented the program. She first talked about the theme “Plant America” which has been chosen by the National Garden Club president, the central region director, the state president and also by Cornelius herself as southwest district director. Each officer has emphasized a different aspect of this theme. Cornelius has asked gardeners to “Go and Grow,” to ask questions, to learn, and to share what they are passionate about. There has been a loss of garden clubs around the state and the September seminar on Sept. 11 will place an emphasis on getting new members and new clubs. Cornelius then showed a video, “Everglades of the North,” about the Kankakee Marsh in northern Indiana and Illinois and how it was once a thriving wetland for wildlife but was drained to create farmland. Efforts are now being made to restore the area with bison and native plants. Arts and Flowers Garden Club has contributed to this effort.
Roll call was taken and 25 members were present. The minutes of the July meeting were read and approved. The treasurer's report was read and approved.
TU2CU will be Saturday, Aug. 10. Oct. 1 will be the district meeting in Santa Claus, Indiana. Oct. 7 will be the central region meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. At this Indiana will be presenting an invitation to the central region meeting to be held in Indiana in 2020. Arts and Flowers Garden Club can take part in this.
The next meeting will be held Sept. 12 at the library
Also attending were Gloria Ackerson, Sue Colbert, Helen Dashnaw, Linda Free, Sue Garrett, Kay George, Janet Goodwin, MaryLou Gotwald, Shari Gray, Sue Gray, Sue Harper, Bonnie Jones, Tunia McClure, Rosie McGuire, Jan Smith, Bev Summers, Coleen Swartzentruber, Maggie Tuggle, Glenda Clymer, Paula Counsil and Linda Epley.