Our annual Pot Luck dinner was a success as usual. 49 members signed in and enjoyed a marvelous meal. Thank you to Julie Jurik for looking after the kitchen, giving our executive and directors the opportunity to sit and enjoy the meal, and also to everyone who contributed their favourite food and dessert for the occasion.
The meeting was called to order at 7:14 p.m.
The minutes from the September general meeting were handed out to the members to read. We were supposed to vote on them at the end of the evening but in all the excitement of the Way & Means draw the vote was unfortunately forgotten. We will vote on the minutes at our November meeting. Please read them and be prepared to vote. A copy of them can be found on our website at dunnvillehortsoc.gardenontario.org or you can email me at email@example.com. I will have some copies with me at the next meeting.
The Treasurer’s report was read:
Members to date: 116
Opening Balance: $8411.17
Closing Balance: $7857.17
A few questions regarding the watering expenses were fielded by Lori Maracle. Hopefully things have been clarified and if you need any more information please contact Lori directly or see her at the next meeting.
Kim announced that orders were being taken for Crocosmia and Camassia bulbs. These are being offered for sale by the Ontario Horticultural Association and the DHS receives $1 for each one that we sell. Orders must be in by November 1st.
The OHA also is taking orders for their 1812 Rose. Official Rose of the 2012 Ontario Horticultural Association Convention & the War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration:
- Floribunda – Old Fashioned
- Height: 3′ – 4′
- Very large and full crimson red blossoms.
- Repeat Bloomer.
- Disease resistant – Hardy
- Grown & tended for by Palatine Fruit & Roses a family-owned nursery.
- Sold Exclusively by the 2012 OHA Convention Committee and District 9 Societies.
You can see a picture of this beautiful rose and get more information on their website at http://gardenontario.org/gar/newsl.php?news=238.
Orders taken now will be delivered in 2013.
We have approximately 3000 tulip, daffodil and grape hyacinth bulbs that need to be planted. The Dunnville BIA has donated $500 toward the purchase of bulbs for the downtown area, and one of our members, Mary Galli, has graciously donated daffodil bulbs. Vesey Seeds has donated bulbs as well. Without these donations we wouldn’t be able to fill the flowerbeds with these beautiful spring flowers. Now all we need is the man power to put them in! Please donate a few hours of your time to help us plant these bulbs. Our next scheduled planting date is this coming Saturday, October 20th. We will be meeting at the condo parking lot next to the bridge at 9:00 a.m. Any assistance will be appreciated.
Our guest speaker for this evening was Donna Crooks from Oakridge Garden Centre. She talked to us about fall flowerbed cleanup and what kind of plants to use for winter pizzazz. Thank you very much Donna for a very informative talk.
The Gourd centrepieces were raffled off. Winners were: Glen Love, Vel LeVatte, Stanley Carnes, Ian Steel, Olga Nevils, Betty Ballanger, Judy Jeffery, Gwen Van Natter, Glen Coverdale, Lori Maracle, Karen Waltham, Steve Elgersma, and Jacky Bursis.
Please remember that the November meeting will be one week later than usual on November 22nd. This is the FOURTH Thursday of the month. Our photography contest will be held this evening. Photos need to handed in by this Monday (October 22nd) to Maura Cooper at the Chamber of Commerce by noon . The pictures should be 5 x 7. We will accept 4 x 6 and 8 x 10 as this is our first contest and there is a bit of a learning curve for us. If this goes well it will be an annual event.
We will be holding our Early Bird membership draw again in 2013. Please pay for your membership renewal at or before the January general meeting in order to qualify for a draw for a prize yet to be determined.
Pauline Bradford will be returning to the DHS as a director and our archivist. Welcome back Pauline! We missed you.
The Ways & Means draw raised $61.90 and the meeting was adjourned.
Thank you to everyone who helped out with tonight’s meeting. As usual our Pot Luck dinner was a huge success!
Sue Mazi, Secretary.