The Arts and Flowers Garden Club meeting was held Sept. 9, 2021, at the Christ United Methodist Church. President Linda Cornelius called the meeting to order. Hostesses Pat Thompson, Linda Epley and Rosie McGuire were thanked for the refreshments and decorations.

The guest speaker was Joe Morris, executive director of the Daviess County Chamber of Commerce. He gave an interesting talk on the projects of the city. The garden club has as one of its main objectives to encourage and participate in civic improvements. Suggestions and questions about improvements were brought up and discussed. The source of projects and who might be responsible and who to contact was discussed. The club thanked Morris for his time and effort on developing civic improvement. Some of the floral attractions of Washington that are under the expense and care of the garden club are the Main Street hanging baskets, the Meredith Plaza flowers, the Depot flowers, the recycling center floral landscape area and the two Blue Star Memorial floral landscapes; one in the park and one at the roundabout.

Nineteen members and three guests enjoyed the September meeting. The October meeting will also be held at the Christ United Methodist Church on the second Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Any one that may be interested is welcome to attend. Cards were signed for members that were ill.

Roll call was given by Secretary Rosie McGuire and President Linda Cornelius asked for members to attend upcoming events and also the Veteran’s Day parade. It will be Nov. 7. Possibly the club will have an entry in the parade.

Cornelius said of all the projects that the Garden Club of Indiana sponsors her very favorite is the Blue Star Memorial. These memorials can only be obtained through the National Garden Club. They are to salute service men of the past, present and future. It is an expression of gratitude for the U.S. military and their families for all their service, sacrifice and dedication.

“It was a great honor and privilege to serve as Blue Star chairman in Indiana as well as the Midwest Conference (seven states),” Cornelius said.

When she was installed as chairman she was presented a Blue Star pin from the previous chairman. Due to the pandemic our member Chris Seal was installed by a Zoom conference meeting. Cornelius said it was with honor that she presented Seal with her Blue Star pin. Washington, Indiana, is fortunate to have two memorials and as you travel across the United States you may see other Blue Star memorials.

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