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CBGC General Meeting - Oct 2018

Updated: Feb 18, 2019

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Cathie Elliott, our guest judge for the day, invited us to a Rappahannock Garden Club Fund Raiser, “Designing Divas” on Thursday, November 8, at 1:00 p.m. in Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock. Cost is $10 payable at the door.

President, Helen Bell called the meeting to order at 12:38 p.m. Chaplain, Cindy Boyce offered a prayer.

Speaker: Zach Bradford, "Virginia's Vanishing Orchids"

Darleen Nelson introduced our speaker, Zach Bradford, who is the Chesapeake Bay Regional Steward for Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation’s National Heritage Program, responsible for overseeing Dameron Marsh, Hughlett Point, and Bush Mill Stream in the Northern Neck. He presented an interesting detailed program about Virginia’s Vanishing Orchids, an Introduction to the Rare Orchids of Virginia, and how we can save these native treasures. There are 63 species of Native Orchids; half of them are considered rare (vulnerable, critically imperiled, or extinct), and 21 species are found in the Northern Neck – many of them are very small. Threats to these orchids are habitat destruction, fire suppression, and invasive species. Longwood Gardens is working on developing some orchid species for garden use.


Membership reported 38 members present, and introduced four guests.

Attendance at our 65th Anniversary Party included 42 members and 24 guests.

President's Report

Helen thanked and presented token gifts for a job well done to Susan Brandli, Chairman, who spearheaded the 65th Anniversary Party in September, and her committee, Veda Watts, Debbie Boze, Mary Frazer, Karen Luzuriaga, Roz Messing, Sharon Stieber, Patsy Sylvia, and Dee McMurray. A special acknowledgment was given to Roz Messing and Karen Luzuriaga for the hours spent in arranging the vintage scrapbooks and compiling the multitude of pictures that were displayed during the party. Thank you notes received from Jane Kimball and Barbara Yinger were read. We can all be proud of this organization. Here’s to another 65 years!

Ginter Park Garden Club is having a program entitled “Home for the Holidays” on November 8th at 9:45 a.m. at the Ginter Park Women’s Club for $25. David Pippin and Al Brockwell will perform as Dueling Designers.

A request was issued for interest in participating in National Garden Club’s Poster Contest for Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear. It has been done in the past in both Lancaster and Northumberland Counties, and it was suggested to contact art teachers at the elementary schools.

Committee Reports

Awards - Patsy Sylvia reminded everyone that the deadline for submitting Virginia Federated Garden Club awards is December 1st.

Civic Development/Youth - Linda Hixon called for volunteers to assist with The Saved Seed program for the 1st graders at Northumberland Elementary on Tuesday, October 30th at 8:30 a.m. They are going to carve pumpkins and save the seeds to plant next spring for the Ready, Set, Grow program.

Nitti Gritti - Extra tickets were available for the trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, on Thursday, October 25th. Car pools for 25 attendees have been arranged and will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the Methodist Church in Burgess.

Scrapbook - Roz Messing thanked everyone for their love and support in the days since her husband’s passing. She will be moving sometime within the coming year and asked for a replacement to take pictures for the club and its activities to place on Shutterfly and help Karen Luzuriaga with the Scrapbook. Debbie Gwaltney volunteered to take over this position, under Roz’s direction.

Landscape Design - Congratulations to Debbie Gillispie for getting the Reedville Historic Marker moved from the triangle as you enter Reedville to its new location in front of Festival Halle. Thanks to Rebecca Elston, Debbie Gillispie, Kathie Truxall, Sharon Stieber, and Darleen Nelson for weeding the gardens at the Tavern a few days before the Anniversary Party.

Ways and Means - Sharon Lemke reminded members about selling Wreaths and Trees, our only money maker for the year. Orders are due November 19th. Everyone is expected to participate in this activity.

Floral Exhibits - Sharon Stieber presented awards to the top designers for the 2017-18 club year: Dody Douglas, 1st; Sharon Lemke, 2nd; Jerry Jenkins 3rd.

Awards for today’s Transparency Designs were: Carol Cole - red; Patsy Sylvia - red; Sharon Stieber - red; Rebecca Elston - blue; Kathie Truxall - blue; Sharon Lemke - blue and best in show.

Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS) Social was cancelled for October 13th, due to storm damage, and will be rescheduled for Sunday, November 4th.

Horticulture - Rebecca Elston thanked the club members who clerked at the Piedmont District Flower Show on October 8th: Darleen Nelson, Sharon Lemke, Patsy Sylvia, Bobby Brogden, Kathie Truxall, Anne Haynie, and Rebecca. Exhibitors from our club at that show were: Darleen Nelson - blue; Lorraine Van Wickler - blue; Rebecca Elston

- yellow; Sharon Lemke - Honorable Mention. We all learned a lot about the designs in the new 2017 Handbook for Flower Shows.

Rebecca continued with presenting awards to the top horticulture exhibitors for the 2017-18 club year: Helen Bell, 1st; Lorraine Van Wickler, 2nd; Sharon Stieber, 3rd. Today’s horticulture awards were as follows: Sharon Lemke - 2 blue, 1 red; Anne Haynie - 2 blue & best in show; Helen Bell - 2 blue, 2 red, 2 yellow; Bobby Brogden - 4 blue; Sue Moore - 1 blue; Sharon Stieber - 5 blue; Margie Gano - 1 blue; Rebecca Elston - 2 blue, 2 red.

Website - new webmaster, Victoria Bowen was thanked for her in depth answer to a person who requested information about native plants in the Northern Neck. Anyone needing a refresher on this subject might want to check out her response to this individual on the CBGC website.

Conservation - now encompasses 4 Rs: recycle, reuse, reduce, and repurpose. There is still a need for someone to step up to chair this committee.


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