Dunnville Horticulture Society

Feb. 2017 DHS Monthly Program – Optimist Hall

Sandi Marr, DHS Recording Secretary




Thursday, February 16, 2017

A February record attendance of 77 people signed in. Members and guests were warmly welcomed. Housekeeping details were announced including procedures around Sign-in sheets, Washrooms, Ways & Means, Memberships, and Refreshments.

The business portion was kept to a minimum with updates by Debbie Thomas, President and Deb Zynomirski, Vice-President. The back wall displays our monthly Treasurer’s Report, Sponsor/Donor List, Program Minutes, District 9 Events, and non-DHS events. Minutes are printed on agenda backs. Since emails are sent out to members, please ensure we have your updated email. To see upcoming DHS and other events visit our DHS website at www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org and look under EVENTS.

Centennial Park Fountain (CPF) update: fundraising initiatives and planned activities include partners and planned activities (April 29 Kick-off CPark, Sept. 23 CPF Rededication), CPP grant from Haldimand County, Mayor’s Gala recipient, Application being made to Libro, Member donations (tax receipts issued), Lions Club donation $1,000., Kinsmen Club donation $1,000.

6th Annual Blooms & Bubbly Garden Tours, June 25: DHS members are invited to participate in this fundraiser by Senior Support Services. Anyone wishing to have their garden as part of tour please contact Senior Support Services at (905) 774-3005.

Volunteer opportunities highlighted: April 29 Kick-off, April 21-22 Lions Home & Garden Show, May 12-13 Plant Sale. See Debbie and Deb during break for sign up sheets. These are great opportunities for those who may not be able to “get down on their hands and knees” to help volunteer in other ways with DHS. Check our website “NEWS UPDATES” for more volunteer opportunities.

Student Volunteer Recognition: Debbie read a letter of recognition commending Shaunasy Thomas for her service to DHS. We wish her all the best in her continued volunteer work with other organizations in Dunnville. We welcome Mason Zynomirski, providing Tech support. Dunnville Secondary School (DSS) students are invited to obtain Community Service Hours by volunteering with DHS. One Bursary may be awarded to a qualifying DSS student (criteria includes 10 hours volunteering with DHS, along with pursuit of post secondary Horticultural-related studies).

Tonight’s refreshment volunteers were thanked: Keith & Marie B., Nellie, Helen E., Sharon S. Congratulations to Don & Barb D. on their 60th wedding anniversary. Thanks to Barb & Don for providing cupcakes to celebrate. March refreshments were volunteered by: Lorraine S., Sherry, Denise R., Alicia S.

Breaktime was announced with time to sign up for volunteering, early bird memberships, Ways & Means tickets, and seed exchange.

Early Bird membership draw was announced. Winner: Sue Milligan. Tonight’s speaker, Hanna Jacobs from Matchbox Garden was introduced. “Heirloom Seeds, Open Pollination, & Veggie Boxes.” She inspired us with her knowledge, experience, and passion. Questions and answers followed. Everyone is invited to their 4th annual plant sale, May 20, 10 am to 5pm for organic vegetable garden plants and seeds. If you would like to reserve your plants, visit http://www.matchboxgarden.ca/seed-shop and fill out the seedling order form. Gardens are open during the plant sale for everyones’ enjoyment and exploration.

Closing remarks were offered. Everyone was invited back to hear Karen Bushert & Moritz Sanio on March 16 “Trees and Bees.”

Ways & Means raised $83.00 and winners were announced by Betty B. & Gwen V. Kitchen donations were $42.10

Everyone was dismissed. Thanks to all who volunteered to make tonight’s evening such an enjoyable time.

Sandi Marr, DHS Secretary