Dunnville Horticulture Society

DHS Monthly Program – Optimist Hall

Sandi Marr, DHS Reporting Secretary

Nov. 2015

Our energetic President, Debbie Thomas opened our annual Christmas celebration and General Meeting with a warm welcome to all members, families of members, and guests. Following the singing of “O Canada” Geoff and Mary Lou Johnston led us in grace for the meal with a Latin hymn. Karen Waltham, a long standing member led the way as we all enjoyed an abundant spread of potluck foods. Everyone outdid themselves once again with food contributions. Thanks to the Optimist Hall Ladies who looked after the kitchen so those who usually work in the kitchen could be guests.

103 people signed in. Penny Sale tickets were available at 10/$5.00 with many generous donations from local businesses. Early memberships for 2016 were on sale. Food donations were received for the Salvation Army Food Drive. Photos were entered into the 4 season photo contest.

With a little musical coaxing, our surprise visitor arrived from the North Pole. Santa wished all a Merry Christmas. Deb Zynomirski treated us to the “Sounds of Christmas” with a beautiful solo and Christmas carolling. With warm hearts and full tummies we moved into our General Meeting.

Our Junior Gardeners were recognized for their participation and hard work with awards presented by Judy Jeffery and Marg Bottrell. Best Garden: 1st Alicia Stavinga, 2nd Emily Iconomopulos, 3rd Landon and Christina Lucas. Grand Achievement: Alicia Stavinga. All other members received a certificate of participation and ribbon “I tried my best.” Congratulations to our young gardeners and thanks to their supportive parents.

“The Light Up Design Award” was presented to Marilyn Stavinga for her creativity and excellent design. Thanks to the other 8 submissions. This great display will be ready to view Sat. December 5 in Wingfield Park, during Dunnville Chamber of Commerce “Light Up Night Celebration” and continuing through until January 1st. Be sure to stop by.

Debbie Thomas asked for a motion to accept the November 2014 AGM Minutes. Motion made by Kim Christoff and seconded by Maura Cooper. Carried.

Kim Christoff reviewed the financial report for 2015. Thanks was expressed to Barb Whyte and Joan King, 2015 financial reviewers. Kim made a motion to pass the minutes, financial report and to accept Joan King and Lorraine Stevens as financial reviews for 2016. Motion made by Gwen VanNatter and seconded by Karen Waltham. Carried.

Debbie Thomas highlighted our terrific year and commended each person who contributes to DHS in a unique way. Together we keep our society strong as we move ahead into the future. The current and new directors were introduced. OHA District 9 official Sue Lusted swore in the new and incumbent executive and directors for 2016: Executive 2016: Debbie Thomas (President), Deb Zynomirski (Vice-president), Sue Mazi (Corresponding Secretary), Sandi Marr (Recording Secretary), Kim Christoff (Treasurer). 2016 Directors: Pauline Bradford, Betty Ballanger, Gloria Hunter, Ian Steel, Mary Lou Johnston, Judy Jeffery, Maura Cooper, Marilyn Stavinga, Marg Bottrell, Wray McLean. Motion to accept made by Karen Waltham and Gwen VanNatter. Motion seconded and passed.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place photography contest winners were announced by Ian Steel. Summer: Bruce Burton, Miranda Bucsis, Ian Steel. Fall: Miranda Bucsis, Lester Fretz, Gwen VanNatter. Spring: Miranda Bucsis, J. King, Bruce Burton. Winter: Jackie Bucsis, Bruce Burton, Miranda Bucsis. Thanks to all who contributed and shared their love for photography and nature.

Maura Cooper circulated a sign up sheet for 2016 snack volunteers, an important part of our monthly meeting.

The many Penny Sale winners were announced: Alicia S, Pamela B, Sharon S, Sam V, Florence Z, Bruce B, Betty C, Brant R, Miranda B, Brant R, Deb Z, Siebels, Debbie T, Ray M, Reg W, Joan K, Pauline B, Beth P, Laura G, Deb Z, Mary V, Valerie, Ellen G, Gerda S, Gloria H, Marilyn S, Maura C, Judy J, Siebels, Glen L, Ellen G, Sue L, Gerda S, Rose Marie, Inez H, Valerie, Siebels, Valerie, Maura C, Dorothy M, Debbie T, Ray M, Valerie, Don Z.
Appreciation was offered to our generous sponsors for Penny Sale donations totalling $465. Debbie reminded everyone to remember our local businesses that support us during the year and support them by shopping local whenever possible. DHS members were thanked for their financial support throughout the year.

40 poinsettias were raffled off as “door prizes.” The evening concluded with a heartfelt thank you to our many volunteers who make DHS a continued success. Our meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

DHS Newsletter

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary

Nov. 2015

This year is really winding down fast.  The weather has been unbelievable this fall and it’s been a treat to be able to clean up the flowerbeds without freezing.  Who knows – maybe it’ll stay like this until spring and then get warmer. I don’t like winter, but I do like having a break and waiting to see what the new spring season brings to my garden.

First and foremost I would like to extend a huge thank you to Sandi Marr who has come on board as our new recording secretary. My work schedule this past 6 months has made it almost impossible for me to attend the executive and general meetings. I will continue as our corresponding secretary as well as newsletter editor and anywhere else that my assistance is needed.

Our speaker for October was Jeff Bokma from Vermeers who spoke to our group about fall bulbs. Thank you, Jeff, for visiting us twice this year.  Both of your lectures were very informative.

The upcoming general meeting is our Annual General Meeting.  At this meeting we have our Installations of officers for 2016. Susan Lusted, District 9 Director, will swear in your new executive this year.   I do believe all of the executive and directors are returning along with a couple of new faces.   We will read the minutes from 2014’s AGM and present our year end treasurer’s report as well as our 2016 budget.

We also have our annual pot luck dinner at this meeting as well as our penny sale and photo contest.  Dinner starts 6:00 p.m. with the doors opening at 5:30.  Bring your favourite dish or dessert and if you have any great gardening photos bring them with you and enter them-you can enter 1 picture in each category:  Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.  Bring your 4 x 6 photos (without matting) and you may win a wonderful prize.  Please don’t bring anything for Ways and Means – we won’t be holding it at this meeting. Instead we’ll be having our annual Penny Sale.  Be sure to purchase your tickets when you arrive at the hall.   Word on the street is that we’re having a special mystery guest. I wonder who that could be?  It’ll be a great night – it always is!  It’ll be a great opportunity to see everyone before the holidays.

Your executive will soon be busy planning 2016.  There’ll be another great line up of speakers as well as our usual functions such as the May plant sale, Home and Garden show and Mudcat Parade.  I do believe another bus trip is in the making as well.

Since this will be my last newsletter until January I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our executive and directors for their hard work this year.  Every year gets better.  Thank you, too, to all the volunteers who showed up to help out at the various functions this year.  Our flowerbeds were outstanding this year, the properties that won Trillium Awards were fabulous, the Plant Sale raised over $1800,  and the Dunnville Lions Home & Garden show gave us great community exposure as well as many new members.  As I’ve said many times before, volunteers are the backbone of our society.  Without our army of helpers none of our projects would be possible. Our partnerships with Haldimand County and the service clubs in our town are flourishing with projects that came to fruition in 2015, and many more in the works for 2016.

Thank you to all of our sponsors who donated plants, planting material, food, money and gifts.  Without your generosity we would not be the successful society that we are today.   If I’ve missed anyone I’d like to extend a huge thank you to you too.

On behalf of the executive and board of directors for the Dunnville Horticultural Society, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

See you all in January.  Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 21, 2016 here at the Optimist Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Happy Gardening!

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary.

See you all in January. Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 21, 2016 here at the Optimist Hall at 7:00 p.m.