Meeting was opened by Vice-President Debbie Thomas at 7:10 p.m. There were 38 members and guests signed in. Everyone was warmly welcomed and Debbie introduced Ethan Thomas, a DSS student who volunteered for the evening to help with the set-up, kitchen duties and clean-up of the meeting. Each month we’ll have 1-2 students helping out, thus furthering our partnership with the high school.
Minutes from August were accepted as read. Pauline Bradford made the motion and Vel LeVatte seconded. Motion was passed.
Kim Christoff read the treasurer’s report and explained the expenses. We presently have 129 members.
Cindy Huitema and Barb Whyte will be our financial auditors again this year. Thank you to both for stepping up to do this job.
New Business: Debbie Thomas informed the members about the downtown fountain. It is up and running again thanks to Egger Truck & Machine. King’s Pools is out of business and therefore no longer available to maintain it. Egger’s will open and close it each season and see that it’s operating properly.
District 9 Fall Forum is this being held Saturday (September 21st).
A bus trip to the Royal Winter Fair has been arranged. Tickets for member are $45 pp and non-members $55 pp (includes DHS membership). Tuesday November 5th leaving Dunnville at 8:30 a.m. and returning approximately 6:30 p.m. There will be a draw for a round of golf for anyone who purchases tickets this evening.
Elections are coming up! If anyone is interested in sitting on the board of directors we will have our elections at our November general meeting. Please let the executive know by the October 17th general meeting.
Judy Jeffery and Pauline Bradford of Judy’s Plants & Gardens will be selling fall and spring bulbs at our next meeting. 10% of their sales will be donated back to the DHS. Many of these bulbs are new and not yet on the market.
The photography contest is being held at the November general meeting. You can enter 1 photo in each category: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer. Pictures must be 4 x 6 and do not need to be framed or matted.
Flowerbed Clean-up: The town flowerbeds will be cleaned up on Saturday, October 19th. It may be sooner if we have heavy frost. Volunteers are needed.
10 minute refreshment break was announced. Thank you to Maura Cooper, Jan & Regina Loots and Marilyn Stavinga for doing a superb job with the tea, coffee and goodies.
Our speaker was introduced: Ms. Linda Grimo of Grimo Nut Nursery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. She spoke about how she became involved in growing nut trees and about cultivars of edible nuts that can be grown in Canada. She kindly donated a few items to the Ways & Means draw and had different varieties of nuts for sale.
Kirsten Asher donated approximately 100 daffodil bulbs to us to be planted in the town beds. Thank you Kirsten.
Ways & Means tickets were announced. $63.00 was made. Thank you again to Betty Ballanger and Debbie Wilson for a job well done. The W & M table was outstanding tonight! Thank you to the members for donating items.
Four tickets to the Royal Winter Fair were sold and the winner of the round of golf was Shirley Baatnes.
Meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.
Sue Mazi, DHS Secretary.