August, 2015

August, 2015

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When:  Monday, August 10, 2015 at 7:00p.m. 
Where:  Laurie Hristov's Home
Refreshments:  Pot Luck
Badge Plant:     N/A
Raffle Table:    N/A
Program:  - Garden Tour and Potluck Dinner

President’s Message

We have been having a drier than usual summer here in southern Florida and have also had an unusual meeting in July. In years past we have had a picnic and a silent auction but this year we had the pleasure of Charles Jaros’ company as he repeated a program format he had recently used in Texas: a “swap” program. Charles brought cell packs from Harmonie and gave us the opportunity of buying six little plants for all of $5 and then sharing with others. If you enjoyed this meeting and would like to see another rendition of the same, please let me know.

Our August meeting will be a “potluck picnic” at the home and garden of Laurie Hristov in Lake Worth. She is a mounts vendor and has a garden full of begonias and all sorts of interesting ornamentals. Bring a covered dish and RSVP to and I will send you directions.

Our September meeting features Craig Morrell from Pinecrest Gardens; he will talk about propagation and pest and disease control. In November we will have a booth at the Mounts plant sale so please think about volunteering to help us make it a big success for our chapter. Enjoy the growing season!

Suellen Solodar
President, 2015

Meeting Minutes for July 13, 2015

The meeting was called to order by our president, Suellen Solodar and thanks were extended to Lee Statkewicz for keeping the building open and to Denise Friedlander and Sandy Sklar and Susan Roberts for providing the refreshments. The raffle table was provided by Charles Jaros; there was no badge plant. Frances Drescher, treasurer,reported that we have a bank balance of $2351.89 and $100 petty cash. We are paid up through the first quarter of 2016 with the Leaflet. We had two guests: Samantha Atchinson and Rachel Gustavson. We hope they will decide to join us and become members.

Old Business

Suellen mentioned that Linda Marshall had lost her husband, Frank McKey and that she was sending a condolence card on behalf of our chapter. Virginia Jens spoke about the upcoming convention in Natick, MA.

New Business

We are now committed to having a booth at the fall plant sale, November 7 and November 8. Tony White has been contacted and will be sending us a contract in early September.

Our speaker was Charles Jaros who brought some 30 cell packs from Harmony, and sold them for $5 each. After everyone had picked one, he auctioned off the rest and then everyone who wanted to swap one of their 6 cell pack plants with someone else was free to do so.....Charles gave us a good tip for removing the little plants from the cell pack: gently squeeze from the bottom until the plant pops out. This meeting format seemed popular with all.

The August meeting will be off site at Laurie Hristov's home in Lake Worth. Anyone going should RSVP to Suellen at

Respectfully submitted,
Suellen Solodar for Petra Russell, Recording Secretary