December, 2014

December, 2014

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When:  Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:30p.m. 
Where: Mounts Auditorium
Program: - Annual Holiday Party. Everyone is asket to bring a covered dish. Dinner will be followed by Begonia Bingo. Every winner will receive a begonia.

President’s Message

While our November 8th meeting had only 26 members in attendance we were attentive to Wanda Macnair's presentation of growing begonias in containers. A nice technique to grow different varieties indoors. Wanda gave everyone in attendance a free container plant. I myself have tried planting two containers and will see what happens. We fulfilled our bylaws by electing a new slate of officers for the 2015 year. That slate is mentioned in the minutes and will be sworn into office at the December meeting.

I will be cooking a turkey and Nancy Cohen will be cooking a ham for our Holiday Dinner. Many members have already signed up to bring a covered dish. We have a lot of desserts. We could use some salads, stuffing, vegetables and baked beans to round off a hearty meal. Maria has volunteered to decorate the tables but she could use another helper or two. We have decided to utilize the new tables in a more restaurant type setting of six people at a table. It was felt that this would be more conducive to talking and would be a more interesting intimate setting.

This will be my last letter in my two year tenure as President. I have really enjoyed myself. I especially am grateful for all the help and assistance that Club members have contributed. Lee is wonderful in keeping the room open from 5:00PM, Denise is helpful with Membership at the door with Sandy who sends out such good Club Blasts. Patrick has been invaluable in working the Mounts Begonia Garden. Donnie is always there with great food and after many long years deserves retirement. Maria is wonderful on telephone reminders. Francis is the most efficient Treasurer in any any organization that I have been affiliated with over my many years of volunteering. And Michael holds us all together with posting the Newsletter from various places around the world.

Remember the Holiday Meetings starts early so we can eat and then enjoy Bingo. All winners will receive a begonia. Guests are asked to contribute $5.00 to defray the costs of the begonias. We are asking for a few more hands to help clean up afterwards. An easy job since the Herbal Society uses the same table set up the next night for their Holiday Party. Hope to see many of you at the Holiday Party.

Ed Whalen
President, 2014

Meeting Minutes for November 10, 2014

President Ed Whelan called the meeting to order and thanked Vice President Nancy Cohen and Donnie Brown for the refreshments. Nancy also provided the badge plant, b. Nancy Cohen. The raffle plants were provided by Emily Dempsey. There were four guests present: Christine Johnson, Evelyn Mesiac, Shishi and Amanda. Treasurer Frances Drescher reported that we have $2,585.24 and that people paying their 2015 dues this month would receive a free plant.

Virginia Jens, chairperson of the nominating committee, read the proposed slate of officers for 2015: Suellen Solodar, President, Virginia Jens, Vice President, Petra Russell, Secretary, Frances Drescher, Treasurer, Ed Whelan, National Representative. Since there were no objections or additional nominations the slate was approved. Ed then called for volunteers to set up tables at the Christmas party. Nancy offered to supply the greens. Ed also asked for a volunteer to give the blessing and said everyone is to bring a dish for the dinner. Five dollars for each guest. Nancy and Pauline Ma agreed to be the reviewers of our books at year’s end.

Nancy Cohen announced that Don Miller, a grower in Dallas, will be our speaker in January. She moved that we give him $200 in addition to his speaker’s fee to help defray the cost of his trip. Motion was passed.

Nancy then introduced our speaker for the evening, Wanda Mcnair, calling her a great ambassador for begonias. Wanda lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has been growing begonias in terrariums for many many years and has won many awards for them. Wanda showed us how to plant a terrarium. There are very few absolutes in horticulture she said, but one is that plants in an enclosed environment do not like to have wet feet. Use long fibered sphagnum which must be damp so that it can receive water. Mix it with some perlite and place it on top of a bed of charcoal (about ¼”) which prevents souring. Little if any fertilizer is required, and if some is used, it must be at ¼ strength. Everyone selected a plant to take home and there were also some small terrarium bowls for sale.

Respectfully submitted,
Suellen Solodar, Recording Secretary