The meeting was opened by Lori Maracle at 7:07 p.m.
There were 41 people signed in.
President Lori Maracle warmly welcomed everyone and thanked everyone for coming out even though the weather was bad. Thank you to Steve & Jenny Elgersma, Gloria Hunter and Regina Loots for assisting Maura Cooper with the kitchen duties. The snacks were delicious as usual.
Debbie Thomas explained the new setup for the Ways & Means draws. Instead of selling tickets and calling out numbers members will put their names on a piece of paper. This way we will call out the names of the winners which should be faster than checking numbers.
Lori reminded members to purchase their memberships in order to qualify for the Early Bird draw. All members (present or not) who have purchased their 2014 membership qualify for the draw.
Lori told the group that the Chamber of Commerce will be presenting us with a certificate acknowledging our nomination for Haldimand County Volunteer Group of the Year for 2013.
For the 2nd year in a row, we have been invited to the annual “Quint” meeting of the Dunnville service groups (Rotary, Royal Canadian Legion, Optimist Club etc). The clubs get together to discuss various projects and it’s so nice to be included in order to know what’s being planned for Dunnville for the upcoming year.
Sue Mazi discussed the minutes from January. Vel LeVatte moved to have them accepted as read, and Ian Steel seconded the motion. Motion was passed.
Kim Christoff discussed the treasurer’s report and updated the membership about our income and expenses for January.
Lori showed everyone our new brochures for this year. Thank you to Debbie Thomas and Ian Steel for their hard work at putting these beautiful brochures together.
Debbie spoke about the member panel of experts that fielded questions at last month’s meeting. Our members hold a wealth of knowledge and thank you to all who participated. Debbie also told us about the “Great Ontario Garden Guide” by the Master Gardeners of Ontario. The brochures were available for the members to take home.
A display table will be available at each meeting for member to “show and tell” their favourite plants, or display odd and unusual items as well.
Lori announced break time at 7:22 p.m. After a short break she introduced our speaker for the evening, Mr. Dan Cooper, author of “Gardening From a Hammock”. He spoke to our group about low maintenance gardening, and had some of his books for sale which he personally autographed. He discussed plants that required minimal watering, pruning, deadheading, and dividing. My kind of gardening.
Jenny Elgersma was the winner of our 2014 Early Bird draw. The Ways & Means draws were made. Calling out names certainly made things move along much more quickly. We raised $39.00.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:45p.m.
Sue Mazi, DHS Secretary