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PINE ISLAND GARDEN CLUB 

General Meeting Minutes
February 17, 2022 

The February 17, 2022 meeting of the Pine Island Garden Club was held at the Fishers of Men Lutheran
Church and was called to order at 9:30 AM by President Marty Kendall. All stood to recite the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag.
 

Marty’s Quotes of the Day: “Gardeners stay in their beds all day.” And “Why are husbands like lawnmowers? They are difficult to get started, they emit foul smells and they don’t
work half the time.”


Marty thanked all the members of this month’s tea committee with a “WOW” compliment for all the
goodies provided. They received a hearty round of applause from all members.
 

Marty also proclaimed the March meeting as Crazy Hat Day. All members are encouraged to wear a crazy
decorated hat and have some fun.
 

Membership: Alice Trant announced the 2 guests attending today’s meeting and reported that membership currently stands at 84. Alice reminded those who have not yet done so to pick up their Yearbook.
 

Nominating Chair: Cheryl King requested that nominations for officer positions for the next 2 year cycle
be emailed to her by March 1, 2022. All of the positions are fully described in the Yearbook on page 2.
Cheryl will send out an email to all members regarding the process.
 

Recording Secretary: Carol Mullin reported that the minutes of the January meeting were emailed to all
members. A motion was made by Barb Riordan and supported by Susan Schroeder to approve the Minutes as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
 

Treasurer: Barb Riordan noted that the current P&L report was emailed to all members in advance of the meeting. The P&L will be updated with a final accounting following the Gala. Barb maintains a sufficient cash balance to pay for the Gala’s upfront expenses. After the final accounting and if profits are sufficient, donations will be paid out to the various island organizations as approved in the budget. A motion was made by Susan Schroeder and supported by Kathleen Hecksher to approve the Treasurer's report as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
 

Ways and Means: Nancy Kennedy and Carol Jo Nelson have a supply of t-shirts in butter yellow and
visors in white as well as other miscellaneous merchandise for sale. It was requested that all members wear a club shirt at the Gala. Ways and Means will be selling garden club merchandise as well as 50/50 raffle tickets at the Gala. The winner will be announced at 1PM.
 

Plant Therapy: In Marilyn Moore’s absence, Alice Trant reported that Victoria Krouch created very nice
cards that accompanied the bud vases provided with the Beacon Bites food delivery on Valentine’s Day.
The recipients were delighted. Alice requested that members donate some bud vases for the next Beacon
Bites flower delivery to be held on Monday July 4th. Marty also noted that flowers were delivered to
Marilyn Moore as her husband is very ill.


Corresponding Secretary: Darlene Widirstky had nothing new to report.
Historian: Marty has turned over old pictures to Margaret Bergsten for safekeeping. Treasurer’s and
Secretary’s reports will also be delivered to Margaret. Cher Lewis, Victoria Krouch and Margaret Bergsten will be taking pictures at the Gala for the website and historical records.
 

Garden Park: Kathy Chumley invited committee members to work next Thursday February 24th
beginning at 8:30 AM.
 

Museum Grounds: Kay Wickham, for Marti Carrs, invited committee members to work at the Museum
Grounds on Monday, February 21st beginning at 8:00 AM.
 

Field Trips: Kathleen Hecksher reported that enough reservations were made to hold the next field trip to Ding Darling on March 24th. A few additional participants may be accommodated.
 

Program: No program scheduled.
 

Website: Victoria Krouch keeps the website www.pineislandgardenclub.org updated with garden club news and pictures. She explained that the private members’ section contains links from the page to the email addresses listed for ease of use.
 

Special Projects: Sue Dahod has volunteered to manage the special gardening projects that the garden club maintains on the island. She has recruited coordinators for each project:
Kiwanis Park                                        Barb Riordan
PIE and StJC Community Park         Cheryl King
Beacon of Hope                                   Laura White
Bokeelia Post Office                            Jill Weaver
 

Old Business:  None
New Business: Julie Stein will add a club Face Book page to the PI Prospect.
 

Horticulture: No report.
Marty received some suggestions that specific gardening Q&A’s be part of our meetings. It was further
suggested that questions be posed in advance so that they could be answered as part of the horticulture
presentation.
 

Gala: Date: February 19, 2022 Theme: Gardening for Health.
 

The Gala is 2 days away and Chair Beth Smith is anticipating great weather and a very successful event. All committee chairs reviewed their plans and member assignments. Members were also reminded to drop off plants on Friday morning and baked goods on Saturday morning.
 

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 10:43 AM.
Respectfully submitted,
 

Carol Mullin
Recording Secretary

PINE ISLAND GARDEN CLUB 
General Meeting Minutes 

October 21, 2021

“Growing tomatoes is the best way to devote 3 months of your life to save $2.17.” “Crabgrass can grow on bowling balls, in airless rooms & there is no way to kill it that does not involve nuclear weapons.” 


The October 21, 2021 meeting of the Pine Island Garden Club was held at the Fishers of Men Lutheran Church and was called to order at 9:30 AM by President Marty Kendall. All stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. 
Membership: Alice Trant reported that membership currently stands at 77, including 2 new members & 6 guests, who were introduced. Attendance today was 35 members. She also wanted to thank Victoria Krouch for all of her hard work in preparing the Yearbook for publication, and all members received their copies today. 
Recording Secretary Marty Kendall reported that the minutes of the September meeting were emailed to all members. A motion was made by Susan Schroeder and supported by Bonnie Kellen to approve the Minutes as presented. The motion passed unanimously. 
Treasurer: Treasurer Barb Riordan emailed the P&L and the budget to all members. Expenditures reflected purchasing merchandise for Mango Mania and our upcoming Gala. A motion was made by Kathy Chumley and supported by Beth Smith to approve the Treasurer's report as presented. The motion passed unanimously. Marty explained the Phillips Park project to rebuild the planter area before Garden Gala. An email will be forthcoming to vote on the expenditure for this project. 
Program: Liz Duchaine introduced Mongi Zekri, Citrus Extension Agent with UF/IFAS Extension (40 years), who presented information on growing Florida peaches. Handouts were given with valuable information regarding peach variations, fertilizing, watering, and the importance of fruit thinning. 
Gala: Beth Smith announced that the theme for the 2022 Gala will be: “Gardening for Health”. The Gala will be held on February 19, 2022. Beth has bookmarks, fliers, and donor letters ready to go. So far, 38 vendors have been registered. Marty asked for volunteers to approach local businesses for Gala donations & recorded assignments. If you were not present, please see Marty for your assignment(s). 
Ways and Means: Liz Duchaine displayed this year’s new t-shirts in bright yellow and also new visors in white. Some merchandise was available today and orders could also be taken. 
Plant Therapy: Marilyn Moore had no recent requests for plant therapy. Please keep Donna Schneider (hip replacement) and Bob Kellen (Bonnie) in your thoughts & prayers for their upcoming surgeries. 
Corresponding Secretary: Position open, please consider! 
Garden Park: Kathy Chumley invited members to participate in the next work party on Thursday, October 28 beginning at 8:30 AM. We will need help to replace the borders on the planter in November, an email will be forthcoming. 

Museum Grounds: Members were invited to participate in the next work party on Monday, October 25th beginning at 8:30 AM. 
Field Trips: Kathleen Hecksher has arranged five field trips for this coming year. All of the information is available in the 2021-2022 Yearbook. The first field trip will be to Pine Island Botanicals in Bokeelia on October 27 starting at 10 AM. The cost is $10 and entails a 90minute tour of the property. 
Holiday Luncheon: As per tradition, Bonnie Kellen reported that the Holiday Luncheon will be held at Misto’s on December 9 at 11:30 AM. Please sign up & pay at the November meeting. December1st is the deadline for payment or cancellation. 
Website: President Kendall stated that all of the information contained in the Yearbook is also posted on the club’s website: www.pineislandgardenclub.org. Victoria Krouch, who updated and greatly improved, the website announced that members’ names and addresses will not be public but can be accessed by members at www.pineislandgardenclub.org/members. Everyone expressed appreciation to Victoria for the great job she is doing with the website. 
Old Business: Susan Dahod was named the chairperson for garden projects which the PIGC has undertaken and maintains. Anyone wanting to serve on this committee should contact Sue directly. The first project will be at the Beacon of Hope. 
Members are encouraged to bring contributions of non-perishable food items for the Pine Island Food Pantry to future meetings. Those participating will receive a free raffle ticket for that day’s plant raffle in exchange for their donation. 
New Business: Please share your creative talents and make a basket for our Gala Lucky Buckets raffles. Some basket ideas are:
*Pet Basket *Laundry Basket *Pool Party *Wine & Dine *Gardeners Basket *Movie Basket *Breakfast Basket (Good Morning, PI) *Game Night Basket 
*Beach Basket *Bath Basket *Cat/Dog Basket 
Horticulture: Song of India – variegated long leaves of green/white/yellow, grows well in pots or in the ground. 8’-20‘tall. When trimmed, it will bush out, and likes warm climate & indirect sun. 
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 AM immediately after the plant raffle was announced. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Cheryl King
Assistant Recording Secretary 
 

PINE ISLAND GARDEN CLUB 
General Meeting Minutes 

September 16, 2021

The September 16, 2021 meeting of the Pine Island Garden Club was held at the Fishers of Men Lutheran Church and was called to order at 9:30 AM by President Marty Kendall. All stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Marty welcomed everyone back and proceeded to give the uplifting quotes of the day.
Membership: Alice Trant reported that membership currently stands at 70, including 2 new members who were introduced. Attendance today totaled 29, including 2 guests. Alice stated that the newYearbooks would be available for the October meeting. She also wanted to thank Victoria Krouch for all of her hard work in preparing the Yearbook for publication.
Recording Secretary: Recording Secretary Carol Mullin reported that the minutes of the May meeting were emailed to all members. A motion was made by Barb Riordan and supported by Kathy Chumley to approve the Minutes as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Treasurer: Treasurer Barb Riordan emailed the P&L and proposed budget to all members. Barb explained that there will be a Gala in 2022, however many estimates were made based on the best assumptions Barb could make. President Kendall expressed appreciation for Barb’s diligence in preparing the budget and also reported that she secured a $250 reduction in premiums for the club’s liability insurance. In addition Barb was able to update our computer and AV software. Training and support was provided by Dave at the Bokeelia Post Office. A motion was made by Kathy Chumley and supported by Nancy Kennedy to approve the Treasurer's report as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Program: Liz Duchaine introduced Phil Krieg from the Bonsai Society. Phil discussed many aspects of bonsai (tree in a tray) growing and grooming, displayed 2 of his special projects and invited everyone to attend a bonsai competition to be held November 6 and 7 at the Berne Davis Center.
Gala: Beth Smith announced that the theme for the 2022 Gala will be: “Gardening for Health”. The Gala will be held on February 19, 2022. Beth is in the planning stage. So far, 24 vendors have been registered. Sign-up sheets and much more information will be available at the next meeting in October.
Ways and Means: Nancy Kennedy and Liz Duchaine modeled this year’s new t-shirts in bright yellow and also new visors in white. Some merchandise was available today and orders could also be taken.
Plant Therapy: Marilyn Moore had no recent requests for plant therapy.
Corresponding Secretary: In Paula Bruckner’s absence, President Kendall read a thank you letter from Dr. Millins, Principle of PI Elementary. He, as well as the staff and students were very appreciative of the beautiful plantings and mulching done on the school grounds in June by volunteer members of PIGC.
Garden Park: Kathy Chumley invited members to participate in the next work party on Thursday, September 23 beginning at 8:30 AM.
Museum Grounds: Members were invited to participate in the next work party on Monday, September 19 beginning at 8:30 AM.
Field Trips: Kathleen Hecksher has arranged five field trips for this coming year. All of the information will be available in the 2021-2022 Yearbook. The first field trip will be to Pine Island Botanicals in Bokeelia on October 27 starting at 10 AM. The cost is $10 and entails a 90 minute tour of the property. Kathleen is taking reservations starting today and will finalize at the October meeting.
Holiday Luncheon: As per tradition, Bonnie Kellen reported that the Holiday Luncheon will be held at Misto’s on December 9 at 11:30 AM. More information will be forthcoming.
Website: President Kendall stated that all of the information contained in the Yearbook is also posted on the club’s website: www.pineislandgardenclub.org. Victoria Krouch, who updated and greatly improved, the website announced that members’ names and addresses will not be public but can be accessed by members at www.pineislandgardenclub.org/members. Everyone expressed appreciation to Victoria for the great job she is doing with the website.
New Business: President Kendall named the garden projects which the PIGC has undertaken and maintains:
Beacon of Hope
Bokeelia Post Office
Kids Playground in St. James City
Pine Island Elementary
Garden Park
Museum Grounds
With all this in mind, President Kendall stated that a new committee to steward and monitor all of these projects is needed. Sue Dahod volunteered to be the Chairperson of this committee. Anyone wanting to serve on this committee should contact Sue directly.
Members are encouraged to bring contributions of non-perishable food items for the Pine Island Food Pantry to future meetings. Those participating will receive a free raffle ticket for that day’s plant raffle in exchange for their donation.
Cheryl King provided several copies of a new seed catalog for members to peruse.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 10:44 AM immediately after the plant raffle was announced.
Respectfully submitted,
Carol Mullin
Recording Secretary

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