New Hamburg Countryside Garden Club

The Sept. 4 meeting of the New Hamburg Countryside Garden Club was called to order by President Shirley Zahniser at the Greenville V.F.W. After pledging the flag, the 17 members present responded to roll call with their favorite fall pastimes. Hostesses Bev Chlpka and Rosemary Ryhal passed out small folded American flags which were flown over a vereran’s grave. These were donated by the Greenville American Legion Post 140.

Before conducting the formal meeting, members enjoyed a presentation by Leanna Mayberry from William J’s Emporium. Leanna opened the store 20 years ago and named it after her dad and son. She attends many flower seminars and tries to provide two to three educational gatherings. If interested call the shop at 724-588-5134. Leanna brought an assortment of fresh cut flowers and demonstrated many different arrangements. She also brought several different vases and gave many hints of how to arrange the flowers in them.

After lunch, members celebrated the September birthdays of Lin Murrin, Brenda Connely and Alice Stanley. Secretary Jenny Daugherty read the minutes from the Aug. 14 meeting with Sue Mathieson moving to accept them and Connie Gates seconding the motion. Treasurer Bev Chlpka gave her report with Lin Murrin moving to accept it and Rosemary Ryhal seconding the motion. Both motions carried. The members then each donated collectively $100 to the Pink Angels with the club matching their contribution. Members also donated canned goods to the Good Shepherd Center. Zahniser will deliver those after the meeting. After bidding by a silent auction on the many articles brought in, $74.85 was added to the club treasury.

There was a discussion on the several committees and exactly what are the responsibility of each committee. It was decided that the Sunshine Committee was in charge of get well-cards, thank-you notes and any other correspondence. The secretary will make sure the minutes are in the paper. The hostesses will be in charge of any correspondence with the speakers. The club is also changing the months that everyone is responsible for. All hostess meetings will be moving ahead a month. If there is a problem, hostesses will make sure they switch with another set of hostesses. This will all become effective in 2020.

New officers were elected for two years. President for the term will be Lin Murrin with Kay Riley stepping in as vice president. Bev Chlpka volunteered to stay on as treasurer. The club is still in need of a secretary. Jenny Daugherty resigned her position but will be available on an as-needed basis. Committees are as follows: Ways and Means, Normand and Mathieson; Sunshine, Normand and Mathieson; Telephone, Riley and Ryhal; Historian, Mathieson.

The next meeting, Oct. 2, will be our annual field trip. Members are to meet at the Busy Beaver at 9:30 a.m. and travel by car pool to Edinboro where a guided tour begins at 11 a.m. After the tour members will have time to walk around the Goodell Gardens and Homestead and visit the gift shop. Members will then travel to the Buffalo Ranch for lunch. If registered but then cannot go, please call Normand or Riley 24 hours in advance.

The club adjourned at 2 p.m. Door prizes of flowering petunias were won by Mathieson and Roberta Auguston. New members are always welcomed and may call 724-588-2582 for more information.

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