Sandi Marr, DHS Reporting Secretary
Our March Program evening was a great celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with fresh shamrock plants on the tables and many people looking quite festive. A 2016 record of 84 people signed in. Debbie Thomas welcomed guests and members. Bill Meems, Cable 14 Access Producer, was introduced. Bill was present to interview a number of our members for upcoming promotion of DHS.
Past Program Minutes and our Treasurer’s Report were posted on the bulletin board and business updates were kept to a minimum. Updates included: Quint Night, which provided networking with other groups, Rotary Club Luncheon highlighting revitalization projects in Dunnville. Ontario Volunteer Service Awards to be presented to: Janice Croft, Doris Thomson, and Karen Waltham for 30 continuous years of service with DHS on March 31, Vittoria & District Community Center. OHA or DHS awards/pins are for continuous service to be eligible so it is very important to keep memberships up to date. Please let the Executive know if you think you are eligible.
Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting: Steve Elgersma was nominated as “Citizen of the Year” along with 2 others. Winner was Dr. Kazemi. Upcoming: Lions Home & Garden Show, April 15/16 will be a great membership recruitment time.
Volunteers are welcomed for 2 hour periods. Trillium Awards will not happen this year as we will take a one year break to re-evaluate and rethink boundaries. We are pleased to announce a DHS Garden Show for members on July 10, 10am-4pm. Opportunity will be provided by 8 of our own members to visit their beautiful gardens. Once again, a bus wineries/horticulture trip is planned for Aug. 13, $50/person with 36 seats available.
Deb Zynomirski is heading up the bus trip. Dunnville Farmers Market Redevelopment dinner & auction is on April 8, $20/person. Sign up sheets available for upcoming events or speak to Debbie Thomas for more information.
Tonight’s trivia question from last month’s guest speaker, Theresa Forte, was shared:
“What are the 3 things needed by bees, butterflies and birds?” Pauline Bradford answered correctly: “Food, Water, Shelter” and won a St. Patrick’s tea towel.
Breaktime was announced with delicious refreshments graciously provided by: Margaret Bottrell., Denise Richardson., Wray & Bev McLean., Rob and Sandi Marr.
Our program resumed and local guest speaker, Adam Koziol, President of EarthGen International Incorporated and his daughter, Meghan Koziol were introduced. Everyone enjoyed a very engaging and informative presentation about “Native Tree Plantings for Fast Results.” Adam has developed a unique way of encouraging greater root development, resulting in 3 to 5 times faster tree growth than other methods. He is also successfully growing trees which are endangered in this area. He talked about hazelnut trees as a valuable and much needed commodity. A time for questions and answers followed his presentation. Adam generously donated one of his trees to DHS and welcomed us to visit his tree farm at any time.
Numbers were drawn from the sign-in sheet and 8 shamrock plants were won by Catherine Baird, Stan Cairns, John Cruickshank, Jan Loots, Roy Marr, Cheryl Brown, Mary Vanhussen, Glen Love. Ways & Means Draw winners were announced and everyone was invited to return on April 21 to hear guest, Karen Richardson, Curator at Haldimand County Museum and Archives, speak on “Early Kitchen Gardens.”
Program adjourned: 8:36pm.